Fr Liam Talbot, parish priest of the Precious Blood, has said farewell after nearly two decades in the Borough's Roman Catholic parish.
Earlier the Roman Catholic Precious Blood Church had been full to standing room as families and others packed the building for Fr Liam's last Sunday mass. Among friends in the congregation were Anglicans from Southwark Cathedral. Ken Hayes was present on behalf of the nearby church of St George the Martyr.
During his sermon, Fr Liam stressed that the parish was not the church building but the people filled with God's love in the area.
Speaking at the Sunday lunchtime party he thanked parishioners for their friendship which a priest, not living within a family, needs.
Fr Liam came to the Borough in 1987 from a posting in Australia.
Fr Bill Harrison