Monday, February 25, 2013

Father Paul Bids Farewell
Date: 1/14/2013 Album ID: 1594643
Photos by Bill Tarutis
Rev. Paul McDonnell leads the prayer to Oblates founder St. Joseph Marello at the conclusion of his last Mass before leaving for California Wednesday night.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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Oblates Provincial Superior Rev. Philip Massetti, left, bestows a blessing on Rev. Paul McDonnell for a successful ministry in California.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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Oblates Provincial Superior Rev. Philip Massetti bestows a blessing on Rev. Paul McDonnell for a successful ministry in California.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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Oblates Provincial Superior Rev. Philip Massetti embraces Rev. Paul McDonnell after bestowing a special blessing upon him.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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Rev. Paul McDonnell reacts to a standing ovation in the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary chapel at the conclusion of Mass on Wednesday night.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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Rev. Paul McDonnell, OSJ, and Rev. Joseph Sibilano, OSJ, embrace before the Josephite-Marellian Laity Association meeting after Mass on Wednesday night.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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Rev. Paul McDonnell leads a decade of the rosary during the Josephite-Marellian Laity Association meeting as treasurer Michele Dente and president Elaine Fisher participate.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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Members of the Josephite-Marellian Laity Association listen to remarks by Father Paul.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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The Greater Pittston community will miss Father Paul's sense of humor.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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The Greater Pittston community will miss Father Paul's sense of humor.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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The cake, which reads 'Father Paul is heading west.  We will miss you!'  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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Members of the Josephite-Marellian Laity Association and Oblate clergy applaud after Rev. McDonnell concludes his farewell remarks.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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Father Paul looks over his cake.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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Jasmine Mikita of West Pittston, right, wishes Rev. McDonnell a safe trip to California.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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Peggy Bostwick, left, traveled from Pocono Pines to bid Rev. McDonnell farewell.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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