FR. PAUL MIRANNE'S 70TH JUBILEE
On Friday, 25 May, the community of Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College celebrated the 70th platinum jubilee of the monastic profession of Fr. Paul Miranne in the Abbey Church. Fr. Paul professed first vows on 20 August 1942.
Fr. Paul, who will be 90 in July, has followed Christ faithfully in prayer and in many works. Never a stranger to work, both in the monastery and the seminary college, he served 18 years as seminary prefect and teacher of Latin, algebra, geometry, civics, chant and physical education. Serving 14 years in both seminary maintenance and janitorial service, he was also vice-rector of the seminary for eight years, 26 years in abbey general maintenance, five years as abbey prior, five years in seminary counselling and 18 years on the abbot's council. His service went beyond the abbey and seminary to 35 years of weekend parish assignments, most notably Saint Phillip Neri in Metairie, and 15 years as manager of Camp Abbey. While the sheer length of these years of service is impressive, what is most significant are the love and dedication behind those years. Through them all, Fr. Paul manifested the love of Christ to generations of seminarians, campers and parishioners.
After the Jubilee Mass, Fr. Paul joined his family and friends in the monastic refectory for a festal supper with the monks.