On June 10th, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church celebrated Father Timothy Fuller’s 25th Anniversary of priesthood. The celebration included Mass at the parish and a brunch reception accompanied by jazz music at the Reed Conference Center. Over 500 people were in attendance.
Special guests included Father Anthony Chandler of Immaculate Conception in La Grange, Kentucky, Deacon Paul Albert of St. Matthew’s in Elk City, Oklahoma as well as many family members and personal friends of Father Fuller and hundreds of St. Philip Neri parishioners. Grace before the meal was presented by Father’s first grade teacher, Sister Theresa Margaret, who at the age of 97 is of the Carmelite Sisters and was joined by Sister Sylvia Negrete and Sister Barbara Joseph.
The afternoon’s celebration included video tributes from St. Philip Neri Catholic school students, a personal message from Archbishop Coakley and touching tribute from parish staff on the sacrament of Holy Orders. Guest speakers included school principal, Brenda Tener who announced the number of sacraments Father Fuller has celebrated during his career as a priest. Deacon Norm Mejstrik, who has served St. Philip Neri as a deacon for the last 15 years, spoke to Father’s timeline as priest highlighting the many missions and parishes served in the Archdiocese.
At the end of the celebration, Father Fuller addressed the assembly, “I am grateful to the Almighty God for these last 25 years of priesthood, especially in the graces of all the people who have come into my life. I will always carry those relationships with me."
Father Fuller continues to lead and serve the parish and school of St. Philip Neri as well as holds the esteem title of Global Fellow for the international humanitarian agency, Catholic Relief Services. Most recently Father Fuller was given a special assignment as the Director of Seminarians for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.