Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of September 6, 1999
Farewell celebration for MacNeil set
By WCR Staff
Friends and admirers of Archbishop Joseph MacNeil will have an opportunity to wish farewell to the man who served as head of the Edmonton Archdiocese for nearly 26 years at a ceremony Sept. 19.
The event, hosted by Newman Theological College, will be held at City Hall from 2 to 5 p.m.
Students in the Edmonton Catholic Schools are making T-shirts and bookmarks for the event. The jazz band at Louis St. Laurent Elementary School is practising its musical ABC's to prepare for its performance during the ceremony.
On the program for the ceremony will be presentations and greetings from parish representatives. Mayor Bill Smith and former Senator Jean Forest, who has worked with MacNeil on various archdiocesan projects, will be present.
"The purpose of it is to create an opportunity for people to thank him and talk with him," said Teresa Haykowsky, assisting in the coordination of the event. "It's open to everyone to come and meet him if they haven't before. Or even to those who just want to come by and say thanks for the time he has spent working here with us."
MacNeil, 75, retired as the spiritual leader of the archdiocese's almost 300,000 Roman Catholics, June 7.
His successor, Archbishop Thomas Collins, will be formally installed on Monday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Joseph's Basilica.