REV FR JOSEPH KELLER

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Father Joseph Keller was a lifelong parishioner at St. Anne's, Edge Hill, Liverpool, where he served as Deacon from 1981. A bookseller by trade, he ran the Metropolitan Cathedral bookshop until 1989, when he decided he was ready for the priesthood.
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Of his time as a deacon, he said: "I had been very happy as a deacon. I was able to work at St. Anne's, which was a great privilege for me, but eventually I realised it was my hope to join the priesthood. I am glad I gave myself that time. The diaconate can be a great thinking stage in that respect.

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After studying, sometimes under his own initiative, in Ireland, at Ushaw College in Co. Durham, and in Czechoslovakia - a country for which he has the utmost regard - Father Joseph was ordained  by Archbishop Derek Worlock at St. Anne's on 31st October 1993 - during the year of the old church's 150th Anniversary.

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Speaking of his ordination to the priesthood, he said "It is a wonderful thing for me to be ordained at St. Anne's in this year of celebration. We had been building up to the 150th celebrations for about eighteen months and it is a great culmination for us to have a parish ordination."

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The year before his ordination to the priesthood, Joseph had come to St. Jude's, where he served as Deacon, after which he took up his first position as curate in our parish, where he proved to be a devout and much-valued priest.

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In September 1998, St. Jude's parishioners were sorry to see him leave, when he was relocated and was appointed Priest in Charge to the parish of St. Michael and All Angels, Havant, Hampshire, in the Portsmouth Diocese.

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The year 2001 saw Father Joseph return to the Liverpool Archdiocese, to the Parish of St. Bernadette, Liverpool, where he is still in charge.

 

 

 

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