Photo slideshow: Monsignor Logan celebrates 50 years in the priesthood

Recently retired Monsignor Dan Logan celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Sunday, July 28, at Derrinturn Church.

After Mass a presentations were made to Monsignor Logan to mark the occasion.

Msngr. Logan, who spent the majority of his career in Florida, thanked everyone for their kindness and consideration.

“It is with gratitude and appreciation that I thank Fr. John Fitzpatrick PP. the organising committee, and the community of Carbury Parish for the invitation to celebrate Mass in Holy Trinity Church, 50 years after I celebrated my very first Mass there in 1963.

“I was overwhelmed by the large attendance that made the celebration so special.

“I thank you for your gifts, cards and good wishes. I enjoyed the reception, meeting old friends and been among the people of my home parish. I will continue to remember you all in my Masses and may God Bless you,” he concluded.

The Derrinturn native celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in early June. He was ordained on June 8, 1963 in Assumption Cathedral Carlow, and by the end of August that same year, he had been sent as a missionary to Florida.

Mons. Logan spent the next 50 years in Florida, based mainly around Jacksonville.

He was the eldest of three sons born to Nellie and Peter Logan in Derriturn. He attended the local national school in Allenwood, and Mungret Jesuit High School and College in Limerick before entering the seminary in Carlow in 1959.

In Florida he went into teaching initially where he taught religion and Latin. He went back to school himself in the mid 60’s, to the Catholic University of American in Washington. In the early 1990s he attended college in Rome. He is a canon lawyer.

- Conor McHugh