Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I hope you have been enjoying this beautiful summer with your family and friends and enjoying all of God’s blessings! Fr. Gregory has written a letter to update you of his situation. Please read
Many of you may be wondering "Where is Fr. Gregory?" As you are aware, I was recently diagnosed with stenosis. Fortunately, my recent surgery freed me from back pain, but the condition remains and has progressed. It has become a challenge to get my legs to cooperate with my body! In light of my limited mobility, Cardinal Sean has granted me senior priest status. This means that effective August 1st I am officially retired and will no longer be assigned to Immaculate Conception Parish. Mentally, I feel I had so much more to offer and give to the parish, but regretfully, I am physically no longer able to serve in ministry to the level of clerical assistance this parish needs.
I thank God for the opportunity to return to Marlboro and serve you. As I reflect on my years of service, I take with me so many treasured memories of people, children, families, classes, events and sacraments shared with you. It is difficult to express the joy I found in trying my best and giving 110% to provide the best pastoral care possible to you and our parish. I am blessed to have worked with so many phenomenal staff members, parishioners, and volunteers. Your talent, commitment and dedication inspired me!
I would like to express my gratitude to the parishioners of Immaculate Conception Parish. You have touched my heart and my life more than you will ever know. I hope in some small way, I have done the same for you. I treasure the friendships I've made. My life has been blessed by so many wonderful people who have graced my life. It has been an honor and privilege to minister with and serve you. Thank you for all you have done for me. I will keep you and the parish in my prayers.
God Bless you!
We have been so blessed to have Fr. Gregory at Immaculate Conception Parish over the years and would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for all he has done for our Parish and School community. Please join us in keeping Fr. Gregory in your hearts as we pray to the blessed Mother to accompany him in his retirement.
Father Steven Clemence