About 250 people showed up for a Mass and reception Sunday to celebrate the milestone with Werth.
The 75-year-old priest returned to the Ellis County town where he was raised and ordained as a Roman Catholic priest on April 5, 1959.
His career took him across the Salina Diocese. That included work at 19 parishes and missions from the Kansas towns of Clyde and Cuba in north-central Kansas to Oberlin, Colby and Oakley in the northwest Kansas.
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