Priest has many golden memories

Father Daniel Boyd. A celebration mass was held at St Bernadette's RC Church to mark 50 years of his ordination on March 18, 1961.
Father Daniel Boyd. A celebration mass was held at St Bernadette's RC Church to mark 50 years of his ordination on March 18, 1961.

A mass has been held to celebrate the golden jubilee of the ordination of a local priest.

The celebration was held at St Bernadette’s RC Church in Larbert for Father Daniel Boyd (73) to mark 50 years since he entered the priesthood.

The retired priest was born in 1938 in the Fraser’s Buildings and attended Falkirk’s St Francis Primary School before going to St Modan’s High School, Stirlinghshire’s only Catholic high school.

He left there in 1955 to take up priest training for Edinburgh’s St Andrew’s Archdiocese at its Drygrange Seminary College near Melrose in the Borders. Six years later, on March 18, 1961, Mr Boyd became Father Boyd.

He undertook a temporary appointment at St Bernadette’s, before becoming priest at St Ninian’s in Edinburgh until 1963.

The next two years were spent at the Pontifical Gregorian University graduating as Licentiate of Canon Law (LCL) in 1965 when he returned to St Bernard’s in Ballingry, Fife for a year.

He then taught at Drygrange for four years until 1970 when he moved to St Machan’s, Lennoxtown, becoming a founder member of the Scottish National Tribunal in 1971. He moved to St Dominic’s in Torrance in 1979 for ten years before retiring in 2000 at St Joseph’s in Bonnybridge.

“I kept telling people I had retired from parochial work but not pastoral work as I was still appointed to the Catholic National Tribunal,” said Father Boyd.

“It has been a very fulfilling life that has had its ups and downs and highs and lows like everyone else’s. Everyone is the same in different ways.

“I wouldn’t have chosen any other life, although technically it wasn’t my choice, it comes from above. It is a vocation from the moment the Bishop ordains your fitness and your intelligence has been tested.

“Remember, our seminary course lasts six years which is more than a doctor’s.”