Mgr Freddie Miles celebrated 65 years of Priesthood on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 16 July.
Cardinal Vincent was the principal celebrant at the Thanksgiving Mass for Mgr Freddie in the Chapel at St Peter’s Residence in Vauxhall. Reflecting in his homily on the momentous occasion of this Blue Sapphire Jubilee, the Cardinal said that only one event was more important in the history of the Residence: Pope Benedict’s historic visit in 2010!
At the end of Mass, in recognition of this significant Jubilee, Mgr Freddie was presented with a Papal Blessing.
Ordained in 1950 by Cardinal Griffin at St Edmund’s College, Ware, Mgr Freddie has served under six Cardinals, including serving as Private Secretary to Cardinals Heenan and Hume between 1966-1977. For 22 years subsequently he was Rector of St James Church, Spanish Place. Such is the affection and esteem in which he is held that many priests, former parishioners, friends and family joined the celebration.