Parishioners at St. Bernard’s RC Church in Youngstown were saddened and shocked last weekend as longtime pastor Monsignor J. Thomas Moran announced he would be retiring as the year ends.
Those at the 11:15 a.m. Sunday service rose to their feet and gave him a standing ovation. Many had tears in their eyes. Moran himself was visibly moved. There had been rumors of possible retirement in other years, but somehow, Moran, who will be turning 84 soon, kept on serving.
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