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Meet the world’s oldest priest. What’s his secret?

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 07/10/16

It’s simple. He explains: 

A strict daily routine is the recipe for a long life, according to the world’s oldest priest, Belgian Jacques Clemens, who will celebrate his 107th birthday on Monday.

Clemens, who has also celebrated his 80th anniversary as a Catholic priest, gets up every morning at 5.30 a.m. and goes to bed at 9.00 p.m.

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To put this in context: Fr. Clemens was born in 1909, when Pius X was pope. He has lived through 10 popes.

He was ordained in 1936 (under Pius XI).

If Fr. Clemens has said Mass once every day for the 80 years of his priesthood…he’s celebrated the Eucharist 29,200 times.

May he say many more.

Ad multos annos! 

Photo: Reuters

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