Ray of sunshine at Holy Trinity

It has been a rough year for the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Buffalo. No one can deny that.

But there was a shining moment of sorts on Sunday in Dunkirk. On that day, the Rev. Daniel Walsh celebrated 50 years in the priesthood.

It was an overwhelming and proud event, to be certain. More than 400 parishioners and community members celebrated the happening from noon to 3 p.m. in the church hall.

While Walsh has been pastoring for 50 years, it has been almost three years since he joined Holy Trinity. Before that he was pastor at St. Anthony’s Church in Fredonia and at St. Joseph’s Church in Gowanda until December 2012.

“The parish is exciting; I feel like I’m on a honeymoon and I hope Holy Trinity feels the same,” he said in an OBSERVER article in 2015. “It’s a very welcoming community, to me and to others. And it has some good contemporary music, which I think is important in the church. I’m just happy to accompany the people (in their life journeys).”

Sunday was a milestone that brought smiles and well wishes at the parish. Congratulations, Father Dan.