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Priests honor three peers at convocation


Father Mark O'Connell, Father Thomas Nestor, and Msgr. John McDonough were honored for their service to the priesthood during the annual priest convocation May 3. Pilot photos/Gregory L. Tracy

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NORWOOD -- During the annual priest convocation, held May 3 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, three priests were honored for their service to the priesthood.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and Father Robert M. Blaney, director of the Clergy Personnel Office, honored Father Mark O'Connell, Father Thomas Nestor, and Msgr. John McDonough during a ceremony that was originally set to take place after the March 22 Chrism Mass, but had to be delayed due to technical issues at the original venue.

Ordained in 1990, Father O'Connell served St. Barbara Parish in Woburn and St. Mary of the Annunciation in Danvers, and has held a number of positions in the Archdiocese of Boston that have utilized his training and understanding of canon law, including currently serving as judicial vicar.

Offering a few words of thanks, Father O'Connell remembered the late Bishop Daniel Hart and Father Charles Anadore, a former pastor in Woburn, noting that both used to send beautiful thank you cards.

To his fellow priests in attendance, he said they should "keep encouraging" the sending of thank you notes and other small, kind gestures.

"Let us love one another," he said.

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