LEWISTON – St. Joseph’s Parish will celebrate priesthood at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, in the church hall.

Priesthood Sunday is a one-day celebration of the American priesthood to show support for priests. Only 4,000 of the 19,000 parishes in the U.S. have more than one priest. Some priests serve two or more parishes by themselves.

The lay faithful of St. Joseph’s have developed a special way of marking the day and honoring the priesthood and their own pastor, the Rev. Michael Seavey.

Special guests will be former pastors, Fr. Stephen Concannon, Fr. Richard McLaughlin, Fr. Frank Morin, unable to attend, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Seavey.

On the committee are Mark Labonte, MC; Eva Labonte, decorations; Nancy Ruff, photographer; Mildred Bickford, invitations; Mildred Whittingham, Eva Ladouceur, Amy Ashton, Antoinette Fontaine, Ed Snook, Dan Asselin, Peter Vincent, Claire Vincent, Clara Glendenning, Hope Liming, Mary Riley, Mary Gowel, Doris Albert, Lorraine Aubut, Theresa Baumer, Connie Currie and Dorothy Higgins.

The program will begin with piano selections by Josh Hatfield. There will be two guests speakers and the event will conclude with the resurrection choir singing “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” Refreshments will be served. All priests are invited.

Seavey was born Aug. 25, 1954, in Portland to James and Anita Seavey. He attended Portland public schools and graduated from Portland High School in 1972. He earned a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Southern Maine in 1976; master of arts in public policy from the University of Minnesota in 1980; and master of arts in divinity from Pope John XXIII Seminary, Weston, Mass.

Seavey has be pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church since July 2003. He also served as pastor of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Augusta and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wallagrass. Other assignments include parishes in South Portland, Bangor and Biddeford.

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