Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor celebrated Mass to mark Canon Reginald C Fuller’s 100th birthday on Friday 12th September 2008 at Westminster Cathedral.
Canon Fuller was ordained in 1931 by Cardinal Bourne. Prior to his retirement in 1983 he served as parish priest to a number of parishes in the Westminster diocese and from 1983 to 1994 he was an assistant parish priest. He was appointed an honorary Canon of Westminster Cathedral by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor in 2001. He continues to concelebrate Mass most mornings, and it is estimated that by saying Mass at least once a day every day, since his ordination he will have celebrated over 28,000 Masses in his lifetime.
Cardinal Cormac said during the Mass, “You see here in front of you a very remarkable priest, not only because of his great age but also because of his great service to the Church. The whole diocese is very proud. On behalf of all of us here I want to say congratulations and thank you.”
The Cardinal also read out personal messages to Canon Fuller from the Holy Father and from the Queen. Pope Benedict wrote, “I ask you all to give thanks to God for Canon Fuller on the great occasion of his 100th birthday.” Queen Elizabeth said that “I am so pleased to know that you, Canon Reginald Fuller, are celebrating your 100th birthday on 12th September.”
Canon Fuller said: “thank you all for coming, thank you for your good will and may my contact with you all continue for a considerable time to come. Thank you and God Bless you all.”
Mass was attended by many of Canon Fuller’s friends and family, including his nephew who had traveled from Canada in order to celebrate his birthday.