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 (http://bit.ly/13NjpWt ) 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.
    
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Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com

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