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A Day To Celebrate


Dear Faithful Readers of Fr. McKenna’s Blog – God Is Good.  Our spiritual director and guide turns 98 Years Young today.   He does not know that I have placed this on his website.  All who know him, know how humble he is.  We are so blessed to have him continue his ministry of spreading the Good News to all of us.  His 73 Years as a priest is a testament to his Love for this Jesus of Nazareth – and we are the fortunate ones who can learn from his teachings and stories.

Happy Birthday Uncle George – you are loved beyond measure, and I am so happy my children and grandchildren have known you through their lives!  God Bless

July 12, 2017 - Posted by | Bulletins

34 Comments »

  1. Wishing you many blessings. Thank you for the many pearls of wisdom you have shared.
    God bless. Nancy

    Comment by Nancy | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  2. Happy birthday Father, hope you have a good day. I admire you greatly.

    Comment by Arlene Johnson | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  3. Happy Birthday Father George and God Bless You
    You are a very special person in my life.

    Comment by Matt Marich | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  4. A very happy and blessed birthday to you Father George! You are an inspiration to all! God Bless you! ❤️
    The Kelly Family (Jack, Carrie, Katie, and Conor)

    Comment by Carrie Kelly | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  5. Happy happy birthday Fr. George! We love you xo Love Mike, Patty, Clare & James

    Sent from my iPhone

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    Comment by Patricia | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  6. Happy Birthday Father McKenna! May God reserve His richest and most abundant blessings for you! You have been an inspiration to me and so many others. Thank you for both proclaiming God’s word in a way that touches hearts, and also for being a living example of Christ through your kind and gentle spirit. You are a blessing to all who meet you! Enjoy your special day ♥️

    Comment by Gail Siedlecki | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  7. Happy Birthday Fr. George, I hope you have a lovely day. I often think of times past when you visited my Uncle Pat (Corcoran) and Aunt Nancy’s home here in Ireland to see your Aunts Maggie and Bridgie and the extended family members. Remember, you used to give us (the children) 1/2 dollars to get changed into our money for sweets/candy. Your visits were always exciting, sometimes we knew in advance that you were coming and sometimes you just turned up! My dad (John Corcoran) gave you a four leaf shamrock that he found one time for good luck. I hope you still have it. Mary, Ann, Breda, Patricia and myself all follow your blog through email & Facebook. Keep up the good work, and have a very happy day today celebrating with your family. Best Wishes, Imelda, Oliver, Fern & Joshua

    Comment by Imelda Sheridan | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  8. Happy Birthday Father McKenna. May you have many more

    Comment by Mike Derrick (former ATA Pilot) | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  9. Happy Birthday my dear friend! You are so loved by all who have been blessed to read your blog or hear you say mass. I am SO blessed to call you my friend and spiritual advisor. Your life is an incredible testimony to your faith and trust in the Lord. May we all live by your example. I love you!! Happy Birthday from Nancy and Tim

    Comment by nancywest22 | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  10. Happy birthday, Father George, and thank you for your stories, insights and love.

    Comment by Joanne Kelly | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  11. Happy Birthday, Fr. McKenna! Please tell him Mariza and Vince Cascone say hi.

    Comment by Vince Cascone | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  12. Happy birthday Fr George,greeting from one of your fans from England.

    Comment by Joe Harrington | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  13. Happy Birthday, Fr. George,

    You have lived and continue to live a beautiful life. We are all Blessed to know you and
    to celebrate God’s love with you. Nan B

    Comment by Nan Brennan | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  14. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Love reading from 3 minutes book. I try to visualize where Father is speaking of. God has blessed him.

    Comment by Janice Carmody | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  15. Happy Birthday, Father. You are a blessing to all of us. God Bless you today & always.

    Comment by Pam Tegel | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  16. Many Happy Returns of the Day Fr. McKenna! Can’t believe you are 98 yrs. young….seems like just yesterday you were walking thru the yards at Maryville and giving us your Joe Dokes stories. Always look forward to your “God is Good” posts. God Bless you. Joan Kilgallon Heller

    Comment by Anonymous | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  17. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FATHER MC KENNA!!!

    Comment by Anonymous | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  18. Happy Birthday Father George!!🎂🎈

    Comment by Pamela Joy | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  19. To my Spiritual Director at Quigley and later my Pastor at St. Barnabas, a very happy birthday, Father!

    Comment by John Carlson | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  20. Birthday Blessings Fr. George!!! Wishes of Joy & Love…that sparkle from all the stars in the sky! You are a special shepherd for His flock…we celebrate you on your birthday…and every day! God Bless you! Love you, marianne. xox

    Comment by mcs | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  21. Dear Father, I have admired you beyond words. I hope you have a joyous birthday and hope your future holds many more trips around the sun. I am going to say something from my heart. Almost from the first time I met you at Quigley, I knew you were a blessed man. As I grew to know you more I became convinced in my heart that your goodness and kindness could have you included in the company of saints. You are the only priest I have ever known that made me want to be a priest. My life took other roads but I have never nor will I ever forget you, Happy Birthday.

    Comment by Bob Gelms...class of 67 | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  22. Happy birthday, Fr. McKenna! Enjoy the day and may the next year be your best ever! God bless you today and always!

    Comment by Larry Kean - QPSS 70 | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  23. Happy Birthday Uncle George you have always been an inspiration! God Bless Fr George enjoy your day! July birthdays are the best! Love Mary Condon

    Comment by Anonymous | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  24. Happy 98th birthday Fr. George! God’s choicest blessings to you! We have many wonderful memories going to Midway airport to participate in the mass with you.

    Comment by Corrine & Helen Ganiec | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  25. Happy Birthday Father McKenna,
    You are a wonderful person and a great priest. Your monthly newsletters and your books are inspirational and a joy to read. You are a great. Bless you. Tom H. & Family.

    Comment by Anonymous | July 12, 2017 | Reply

  26. Father McKenna changed my life, as a young boy, 8 or 9 yrs old. I remember him standing outside the doors of the “new” St Barnabas church, after Mass, the snow falling. He was saying goodbye to the parishioners after saying Mass. He radiated kindness, gentleness, goodness and love. Even as a distracted kid I could sense he was truly different.
    Looking back I know without a shadow of a doubt that Fr McKenna changed the course of my life that day. God used Fr McKenna to plant a spiritual seed in an 8 yr old boy. He was the first link in a spiritual chain that eventually, 30 plus years later, God used to change my life more than I could ever ask for or imagine.
    Happy Birthday, blessed Father! To say you are a blessing is too much an understatement! You are a “priestly priest”, a “priest forever”, a living testament to the power of God in Christ and the Holy Spirit. Your impact and significance in this world cannot be measured. Your Spirit of love echoes in eternity.
    Your spiritual son and brother in Christ,
    Brian Egan

    Comment by Brian Egan | July 12, 2017 | Reply

    • I couldn’t have said it better, Brain. Thanks.

      Comment by Bill Schuetter | July 13, 2017 | Reply

  27. Hope you had a wonderful birthday. You make our lives a bit better through your inspiring thoughts. God’s blessings always.

    Comment by Anonymous | July 13, 2017 | Reply

  28. God Bless you Father McKenna. Ad Moultos Anos. It’s been a long time since my 5 years at Quigley with You and your Spiritual and Educational guidance. I’ve tried to keep to those values all these years. Dick Barry ,Class of 1960

    Comment by Dick Barry | July 13, 2017 | Reply

    • Totally agree. Class of QPS 1969.

      Comment by Bill Schuetter | July 13, 2017 | Reply

  29. I thank God for the GIFT you have been in my life and the lives of my children. The years we shared at Saint Barnabas and through your writings have been a real source of inspiration.

    Happy Birthday, Father.

    Comment by Noreen Sullivan | July 13, 2017 | Reply

  30. I visited Father today and he remembered me, despite the fact that it has been almost 50 years since we’ve seen each other. He even remembered my grandpa, Nick (after whom my older son, Nick Schuetter, is named), who used to open the doors of Christ the King church in Beverly in the 1960s for Father to say the early Mass before he was off to serve as Teacher and Spiritual Director at Quigley South. This man is a saint, as far as I am concerned, and I asked him to pray for Nick, Mike and Maura. I understand that on his walker he had taped a sign which read “Any day now,” reflecting his attitude on life and death. It had been my privilege to have known him as priest, confessor, friend and role model. Before I left I asked him for his blessing and in it he, in turn, thanked God for my visit, leaving me a bit choked up. He still writes a blog (https://fathermckenna.wordpress.com/…/a-day-to-celebrate/) for those who want to listen to his wisdom. AD MULTOS ANNOS, Father!

    Comment by Bill Schuetter | July 13, 2017 | Reply

  31. Happy birthday, Father McKenna!! Love Moira Egan Green

    Comment by Anonymous | July 13, 2017 | Reply

  32. What a blessing and treasure you are. I met you only once in person at Midway on a Sunday morning. I had had to travel that day and tried everything I could to get to Mass before I left Minnesota, but to no avail. I finally said, “Lord, if you want me to get to Mass, you are going to have to arrange it.” I walked off the plane at Midway to hear the announcement, “Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel on concourse 3.” I hustled to the chapel, laughing all the way, and was privileged to meet Father George…. and purchase his wonderful book. I count that day as what I call a Red X day on the calendar of my life. The red X on the map tells you where the treasure is. Thank you, Father George, for being the faithful and treasured servant that you are, leading all to Jesus. Happy Birthday!

    Comment by Debbora Clegg | July 14, 2017 | Reply


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