Happy birthday, monsignor

Monsignor Christopher J. Walsh, pastor of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Shelton, celebrated his 60th birthday on Sunday.

On Friday, as shown here, he visited St. Joseph School and students gathered to sing “Happy Birthday” to the man they affectionately call “Monsignor Chris.”

Walsh was ordained to the priesthood in 1987.

He previously was associate pastor of St. Lawrence Church in Shelton and editor of the Bridgeport Diocese’s newspaper, the Fairfield Country Catholic.

In 2005, he was named the spiritual leader of St. Joseph Church, located on Coram Avenue in downtown Shelton.