Paddy Ferry writes:
My friend, Fr. Brian Logue, a native of Kincasslagh – yes, where Daniel comes from – just two miles from my home in Keadue, celebrated 60 years of priesthood on Friday having been ordained on 4/6/1961. Brian served the Diocese of Motherwell here in Scotland and is now retired.
I remember reading about Brian’s Silver Jubilee in the Scottish Catholic Observer – 35 years ago now — and Tom Winning, Archbishop of Glasgow and soon to be Cardinal Archbishop, describing him during those celebrations as the finest priest he had ever known.
My old friend, Fr. Jim McGarry, former PP of St.Paul’s here in Edinburgh, once told me that in his home parish in Motherwell he was an altar server when Tom Winning was PP and Brian was the curate.
I also remember well Brian coming home for his summer holidays and saying Mass in Kincasslagh and what a breath of fresh air he always was, enough to make a young lad give serious consideration to becoming a priest.
I remember so well the evening of 4/6/1961 and how we all gathered at St. Mary’s Hall to welcome him home as a newly ordained priest. I was only 8 but I was playing in one of the marching bands gathered to meet him. Brian, however, never did arrive that evening. There had been a serious crossing of the wires and he did not arrive back in Kincasslagh until next day. I shared this memory with Brian a few years ago and he told me he never knew that he was expected to arrive home that evening.
Brian has always been a lovely man and a wonderful priest. I am sure he would have been a member of the ACP if he had been at home in Ireland.
I had to share this good news story of a great Irish priest.