Published: Sep 20, 2010 8:07 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 20, 2010 5:07 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Rev. Stephen McNamara, pastor of Resurrection of Our Lord parish in Fort Myers has been elevated to the title of Monsignor by Pope Benedict the XVI.

Msgr. Stephen Edward McNamara was ordained at St. Patrick College, Carlow, Ireland, on June 10, 1967 and came to the United States where he served as a parochial vicar of St. Martha Parish in Sarasota.

Msgr. McNamara also served on the teaching staff of Cardinal Mooney High School and at St. Cecilia parishes in Clearwater and Fort Myers.

In 1974, Msgr. McNamara became founding Pastor of Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in Fort Myers.

These priests receive the honor from the Holy Father in recognition of their contribution to the local Church through the distinguished exercise of their priestly ministry. This honor for the priest is a symbol of his deep communion with the Holy Father and his apostolic ministry.

“I commend the honored priests for their years of service and their fidelity to the Mother Church and to the Holy Father,” Bishop Dewane said. “These honors are very meaningful to the men themselves, to their families, to the Diocese and to the faithful they serve. The many clergy, religious and laity who know these men are quick to express their appreciation for their priestly zeal and pastoral charity. I am sure that their brother priests and the faithful will rejoice with them in these ecclesiastical honors.”

An investiture ceremony was held at Resurrection of our Lord Parish on Sunday, September 19, 2010.