FATHER Timothy Burke celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday January 3 this year - and he's still a working priest.
He said Mass on his birthday at Stone Cross, West Bromwich, wearing white vestments given to him by Cardinal O'Connor of New York in 1973.
Since 1961 he has served the people of the Black Country stoically.
Between 1961-1968 he was parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, Old Hill, Cradley Heath.
From 1968 to the present day he has been parish priest at Holy Cross, Stone Cross, West Bromwich, and also St Joseph's on the Yew Tree Estate.
Reaching the age of 90 and still working as a priest he must hold the record for service as a "man of the cloth," not only in the Black Country but in Britain as a whole. Bugle reader, Michael Doyle, of 26 Bernard Street, Walsall, who sent us this picture and report, said: "Perhaps the air of the Black Country enhances the life span of people - let's hope so!"
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