Gregory Gay, CM

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Father G. Gregory Gay III,C.M.A native of Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Fr. G. Gregory Gay, C.M. was born on October 8, 1953 to George and Jeanne Gay. and was educated at John Carroll High School in Bel Air, Maryland. He entered the Congregation of the Mission on August 8, 1973, and was educated at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton PA where he received Masters of Divinity (M-Div) and Theology (M-Th.). He was ordained to the priesthood May 24, 1980 as a member of the Eastern Province, USA.

After ordination, Fr. Gay served the Daughters of Charity at St Joseph’s Provincial House in Emmitsburg, MD for a year. From 1981-85, Fr. Gay ministered at Niagara University as a chaplain, adjunct professor in Religious Studies, and charter member of the NU Justice and Peace Council. In 1985, he went to the missions in the Republic of Panama, where he remained until 2000, when he was named Visitor (provincial) of the Province of Central America. He was reelected Visitor for the Province of Central America in 2004.

On July 15, 2004 at the General Assembly of the Congregation of the Mission, Fr. Gay was elected Superior General. He was reelected for another six year term on July 8, 2010. He has made visiting the provinces of Vincentians and Daughters of Charity, as well as becoming familiar with the various works of the Vincentian Family a top priority of his time as Superior General. In doing so, Fr. Gay has sought to give support and encouragement to all who share his love for the charism of St. Vincent de Paul. Fr. Gay has encouraged young people to avail themselves of Vincentian spirituality and service through involvement in the Vincentian Marian Youth and the Association of the Miraculous Medal.

Fr. Gay was elected to the Executive Council of the Union of Superiors General, which represents the Societies of Apostolic Life. He served in that capacity from 2006-2009. He was recently chosen as one of their official representatives for the Synod of Bishops held in Rome in October, 2012.


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