VATICAN INSIDER: THE 100 YEARS OF PAULIST FATHER JIM LLOYD (Part II) – A POPE AND A CHALICE TURN 94

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VATICAN INSIDER: THE 100 YEARS OF PAULIST FATHER JIM LLOYD (Part II)

In the interview segment of this week’s Vatican Insider, I continue my tribute to a special friend, Paulist Father Jim Lloyd who, on Holy Saturday, April 3 2021, turned 100! As I mentioned in Part I of our conversation, Fr. Lloyd lives at the Paulist Motherhouse in New York City where I’ve been a guest on many occasions. I also said last week that I’ve known many wonderful and interesting priests in my life but I’ve known only two whose life story should be a movie, and Fr. Lloyd is one! The conversation you’ll hear actually took place in New York at the Paulist residence right after Fr. Jim’s 97th birthday and days before his 70th anniversary as a Paulist priest!

Here is a photo of Fr. Jim’ 100th birthday celebration, courtesy of Paulist President, Fr. Eric Andrews.

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A POPE AND A CHALICE TURN 94

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI turns 94 years old today! Millions around the world wish him a very happy and blessed birthday and ask the Lord to continue blessing him (and us, through him). It was my joy over the years to meet him a number of times and to cover the early days of his pontificate when I was working at the Vatican Information Service.

On this very same date 94 years ago, my paternal grandparents gave this chalice to a young man, Leo Raphael Toohey, on his ordination day. When Fr. Toohey died at the age of 52 in 1950, that chalice returned to my grandparents who then gave it to my parents who, in turn, gave it to me.

This was taken a few hours after Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in his private chapel with the chalice. He gave me holy cards and a rosary, one set for me and another for the future recipient of the chalice.  I have no photos of that Mass, most unfortunately!

I had two dreams for that chalice.

The first came true when Pope emeritus Benedict celebrated Mass with that chalice on Saturday, October 19, 2013.

The second will come true on May 15, 2021, when Deacon Ryan Brady, to whom I gave the chalice at Christmastime 2018, will be ordained a priest in Chicago! His first Mass with the chalice will be the following day at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral.

I wrote the full story of the chalice in January 2019: A CHALICE GOES HOME….. | Joan’s Rome (wordpress.com)