by NZ CATHOLIC staff
Fr John Brian Webb of Pt Chevalier parish, in Auckland, last month celebrated his 40th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.
Fr Webb was ordained by Bishop Hugh Boyle in South Africa on July 19, 1975, in the Cathedral of Christ the King in Johannesburg.
The 40th anniversary Mass was held at St Francis and St Therese parish, Pt Chevalier, Auckland, attended by family and friends from South Africa and New Zealand.
Fr Webb’s first appointment was as assistant priest at the Johannesburg cathedral.
After 7½ years there he replaced a priest who had been murdered in the presbytery at Tufffontein, Johannesburg.
Fr Webb was 33, and this was his first appointment as parish priest.
After more than 16 years there, in 1999, Fr Webb came to New Zealand.
He has served here at Takapuna, East Coast Bays, assisted at Pakuranga, and is now parish priest at Pt Chevalier.