Mgr Dempsey was ordained by Archbishop Matthew Beovich on September 6 1969 in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral.
His first appointment was assistant parish priest of Edwardstown where he served for two years until he joined the Royal Australian Navy as chaplain. In 1984 he was appointed a Prelate of Honour to Pope John Paul II with the title of Reverend Monsignor.
After a distinguished 20-year ministry as a navy chaplain, he returned to Adelaide to take up the position of parish priest at Edwardstown.
From July 1995 to June 2000 he was Vicar General of the Adelaide Archdiocese and a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Team. In 2000 he was appointed parish priest of Brighton where he remained until his retirement in September last year.
Administrator Delegate Father Philip Marshall and a large group of priests and deacons concelebrated the Mass.
Mgr Dempsey thanked those joining him for the “special occasion” and for the “love, care and support you have always extended to me over the 50 years of my priestly ministry and most especially for the treasured gift of your friendship”.
“I am very grateful to you all,” he said.Jump to next article