Last night was the second ordination in two years at Galashiels’ Our Lady & St Andrew as Fr Joshua Moir was ordained to the priesthood.
Fr Moir called the ordination ‘beautiful’, saying how grateful he was to everyone who organised the event.
Being received into the priesthood felt ‘dreamlike’, he said. “I’m looking forward to settling into it over a life-time.”
Archbishop Cushley, who ordained Fr Moir, said he was ‘very pleased’ to celebrate a priestly ordination for the second year in a row in the small Borders town.
“Our seminarians are for the most part younger men taken from among their kin and their peers and set aside for sacred duties,” he said. “We are all of us able to love and respect what is sacred and I believe that what the young people wish from the Church and from our example is a renewed and profound sense of the sacred.”
Julie Moir, mother to Fr Moir, said she felt ‘extremely proud’ of her son and was ‘very emotional’ at the ordination.
“It was such a beautiful Mass. I had to struggle not to cry the whole way through,” she said. “I didn’t know until about two minutes before the ordination that I was to hand over the vestments, I found that touching.”
Fr Bobby Taylor was ordained in the same Church a year and a day earlier.
Pic by Paul McSherry.