Published: Jun 17, 2013 10:46 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa priest is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his ordination.
Monsignor Laurence Higgins will be honored Saturday, following a 4 p.m. mass at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Tampa.
The Tampa Tribune ( ) reports Higgins stepped down from his role as senior pastor in 2007. But he didn't slow down.
Last month 83-year-old Higgins received an honorary law degree from Ava Maria School of Law in Naples.
He says he hails from a family in Ireland with four generations of lawyers and doctors and three generations of priests and nuns.
Higgins was ordained in 1953 and was part of a mass export of Irish clergy sent to the United States to serve a fast-growing Catholic population.
He founded St. Lawrence in 1958 and stayed there 49 years.
Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune,

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