LISNASKEA parish priest, Canon Joseph Mullin has a special occasion coming up as he celebrates 50 years as a priest.
Canon Mullin, originally from Fintona, was ordained on June 16th 1968 and has been the parish priest in Lisnaskea for the past 25 years.
Over the past 50 years, Canon Mullin has travelled around the country before he settled in Lisnaskea. Starting out as a priest, he spent a year in Bundoran before he was moved to Enniskillen where he spent 11 years, and he then spent five years in Tempo.
He also spent short periods of time in Carrickmacross and Monaghan.
“The day I went into Maynooth there was 99 students and I spent seven years there, so it is a very different time now. I have been the parish priest in Lisnaskea for 25 years which is a very long time and I have been very happy as a priest and have had all kinds of experiences,” said Canon Mullin.
He explains that a priest is there for people at the ‘depths of their feelings and experiences’ throughout the different stages of their lives.
“We meet people in the saddest of circumstances but also in the most joyful occasions at weddings and baptism. A priest lives in the love and support of the people and I have been lucky to always have good people around me carrying me through the difficult times in priesthood. I have also seen the tragedies that have happened in this town – but unfortunately every parish is the same,” Canon Mullin.
To mark the occasion, celebrations will be held this Friday, June 15th to mark the occasion and Canon Mullin will celebrate mass in Holy Cross Church at 7.30pm. Following the Mass, there will be a social in St Kevin’s College, Lisnaskea and everyone is welcome to attend both events.
“I am looking forward to seeing everyone who comes to the event as I will only be doing this once. I hope to acknowledge the people too and their goodness,” concluded Canon Mullin.