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rchbishop John J. Myers celebrated a Mass of

Thanksgiving on Oct. 12, marking his 75th birth-

day, the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the

priesthood, his 29th anniversary of his ordination as bishop

and the 15th anniversary of his appointment as Archbishop of


“My heart is filled with gratitude for all of the blessings

God has granted me, from a wonderful family, the opportunity

to serve in the Church in which all of us together are the Body

of Christ,” Archbishop Myers said. “For the times I failed, I

apologize. For the times we were successful, I thank the Lord.

After Mass, guests line up at the

reception in the Archdiocesan


Rev. Msgr. Ronald Rozniak

was homilist at the Mass.

From left, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, and Msgrs. Michael

Andreano and Thomas Guarino share a laugh as they arrive at the archbishop’s reception.

Good Shepherd Academy students and faculty make a


Mass of Thanksgiving

Advocate photos by Al Frank