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A treasured priest: Fr William Ross

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 Contents - Oct 2005AD2000 October 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Health of Church and health of family connect - Michael Gilchrist
Benedict XVI speaks out on the crisis of faith in Australia - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Books: The Incredible Da Vinci Code falsehoods exposed - Frank Mobbs
Juventutem: Young Latin Mass Catholics attend World Youth Day - Fr Glen Tattersall
Youth: The lasting impact of World Youth Day - Sannon Donahoo
Society: The latest marriage statistics: implications - Zenit News Agency
Dies Domini: Armidale Diocese promotes Sunday observance - Bishop Luc Matthys
Conference: C.S. Lewis: defender of objective truth - Adam Glyn Cooper
Culture: How the Catholic Church built Western civilisation - Thomas E. Woods Jr
Priesthood: Christ's call to priestly celibacy - Fr Thaddeus Doyle
Letters: Reverence? - P.R. Smith
Letters: Blasphemy - Alan Onraet
Letters: A sense of sin - Henk Verhoeven
Letters: Contraception - Anne Lastman
Letters: Watered-down faith - Paula Gartland
Letters: A treasured priest: Fr William Ross - Tom King
Letters: Anti-Christian media - Frank Bellet
Letters: Sacrifice of the Mass - A. Bono
Letters: New hymn lyrics for Come As You Are
Books: Your Life is Worth Living: The Christian Philosophy of Life, by Fulton J. Sheen - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: What is Opus Dei?, by Dominique le Tourneau - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: A Beautiful Story to be Told: The Legion of Mary in Oceania 1932-2005 - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Events: Who's Afraid of Vatican II? Seminars October-December 2005
Books: More good reading from AD Books
Reflection: What the early Church tells us about the celebration of Mass - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM

The Oxford Dictionary describes a treasure as an item of significant value or rarity. It also specifies a treasure as a "person of high value and one who is beloved".

In this deteriorating society of our making, or toleration, we often fail to recognise or appreciate the treasures in our midst, who seek no special recognition or thanks.

On 25 July, just such an individual, without fuss, achieved his 65th anniversary as a priest of the Catholic Church. Fr William Ross is the man to whom I refer. On a recent Sunday Father celebrated the second Latin Mass he has presided over, during the absence of the regular priest, Fr Jordan. What was so special in that, some may ask?

Let me extend the justification. The congregation filled the church, not so evident in these times. The altar servers were immaculate in dress and deportment, with prayerful reverence. The choir was led in traditional hymns, by Father Ross, from the altar. The sermon was as it had been in previous weeks, worthy of delivery in Saint Peter's Basilica, in a loud articulate voice, that captured the attention of the congregation.

It was the most moving Mass I as a practising Catholic have attended over the previous three or four decades. Christ was present at Saint Luke's, Buranda, church, on the 24 July, as he is always.

However, on this occasion, he ignited the faith and souls of all those who were moved to shed a tear of joy and delight, by his Vicar of the day, Fr William Ross, the Scot, who was raised in both a Christian and Jewish home environment. He satisfies all the criteria as an Australian and Church treasure.

Elanora, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 9 (October 2005), p. 15

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