Well-known Catholic priest Father Alister McLean celebrated 50 years of priesthood on Wednesday.
About 110 guests attended a special mass followed by a delicious lunch in the St Michael’s Sisters of Mercy Hall.
There were a number of special guests, including Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green. Also attending were Wayne and Lyn Champion, whose wedding Fr McLean officiated 48 years ago.
Fr McLean began his studies in philosophy at St Columba’s College in Springwood at age 27, before progressing to study theology at St Patrick’s College in Manly four years later.