Quaker City String Band Member Says Mass With Pope Francis

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53-year-old Deacon Bill Hickey said mass on the parkway with Pope Francis in September for the World Meeting of Families. Underneath all of the vestments during the mass with Pope Francis, Deacon Bill wore a Quaker City String Band t-shirt.

I did have my Quaker City t-shirt on. Again it just reminded me of who I am. Reminded me of what I’m about. Reminded me about the organization that is so close to my heart. Having that t-shirt on that day…again was just another thing that made it all the more special,” Hickey said.

Being close to Pope Francis was a top life moment for Deacon Bill.

“I will never forget that experience of being with Pope Francis, assisting him at the alter that day. Being able to take all of the prayers of my family of Quaker City and really the thoughts and memories of all of the mummers. Being with him that day was a spectacular experience,” Deacon Bill said.

by:David Grzybowski/ PHL17

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