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FORT WRIGHT, Ky. - This Memorial Day weekend stirs quite a few memories of a different kind of service for a quiet semi-retired priest in Northern Kentucky.
Father James Quill celebrated his ordination as a priest on Memorial Day 60 years ago, a legacy that had parishioners rising to their feet for an ovation at St. Agnes Church in Fort Wright during Mass this Sunday.
Rev. Quill, not typically one to share his personal life during his homilies, decided he'd do just a little reminiscing in honor of such a milestone.
"I think of anniversaries as involving two elements: memory and passage of time," said Quill. Quill spent about half his priestly time as a teacher and half as a pastor. "I like both, but being a pastor put me in touch with people's lives, the good times and the hard times...and this touched me," he said.
"I have also had the good fortune to be associated with fellow priests who proved to be wonderful friends and companions on the journey," said Quill.
Quill spoke affectionately about the priests serving with him at his celebration mass, three of whom are also celebrating their 60th milestone as priests, Rev. Msgr. Donald F. Hellmann, P.A., Rev. Robert C. Rosing and Rev. Albert E. Ruschman. Rosing and Ruschman actually went to school with Quill at Covington Latin.
Quill talked about his time teaching, eventually full time at Thomas More. He served as pastor at St. Paul in Florence, Blessed Sacrament and St. Joseph in Crescent Springs. He moved to St. Agnes after retiring from there and has continued to serve at St. Agnes since.
"I really did not have a plan to be here at St. Agnes as long as I have been. But here as elsewhere, the people have been good to me. The people have inspired me and over the years I have been privileged to meet so many good people. They are the substance of my memories."
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