Reverend Edward Brophy
Parish: St Gabriel’s, St. Brendan, NL
Tel: (709) 674-4484
New Mailing Address:
Sweet Bay, NL
Date and Place of Ordination: 25th June 1967 in Harbor Grace, NL
Date of Appointment to parish: OLPH, Gambo, NL: February 2018
Date of Retirement: November 26, 2023
My name is Fr. Edward Brophy and this is my story.
For over fifty years, I have been a priest. And more and more, I have been thanking God for having given me a beautiful life. I rejoice. But I also pray that I will be faithful, a priest forever according to the Order of Melchizedek.
Sometimes I think I have been a priest all my life. Not so. I was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and there I did my schooling. In 1961, I went to Rome where I lived in the Irish College for six years. I came home to be ordained. On June 25, 1967, Bishop John Michael O’Neil laid his hands on my head, and from that moment, I could take up the Chalice of Salvation and stand at the Altar of God.
Since ordination, I have lived in Newfoundland, and I have worked in many towns and communities, in many bays and islands throughout the North East Coast of Newfoundland. This has been an eventful voyage. It has sometimes been a trying life with its own difficulties. But there have been moments of great beauty and blessings. I can say in all truth, that God has given me a life rich and full and rewarding, even a life of joy.
At this time in my life, I can see the far distant hills. I hope to keep going forward, even upward; praying that I may be worthy to climb the mountain of the Lord, and in the end, to stand in His holy place.
Dated: August 20, 2020