Father Gordon Grace Retires

Father Grace has served in many parishes throughout the Diocese. From 1958 -1965 he served as Curate, first in Lourdes (1958-1960), then in the Cathedral Parish (1960-62), and then in all Hallows Parish in Corner Brook (1962-65).  In 1965 he became the Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Parish in Harbour Breton.  He arrived in his first parish by float plane, being met by a young man in a dory that was partially filled with water. Quite a shock for the “city boy”!

From there he went to St. Ignatius Parish in St. Alban’s in 1969, back to All Hallows Parish in 1979 and then to Holy Rosary Parish, Pasadena, in 1986.  While in Pasadena, he was asked, in 1992, to provide pastoral services to Immaculate Conception Parish in Deer Lake while that parish was under the care of two Sisters.  In the year 2000, Father Grace retired.

On the sudden death of Msgr. Boone in 2002, Father Grace offered to provide weekend services for the people of All Hallows Parish.  In 2006, he returned to Holy Rosary Parish in Pasadena as Administrator.

Father Grace now retires for the second time and “for the last time”, he says.  Life as a priest in this diocese has been” interesting and very rewarding”, says the retiree, “I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my moves”.

In announcing Father Grace’s retirement the  Bishop of the Diocese said, “ I want to thank Father Grace for his generous service to the people of Corner Brook and Labrador, and I ask that you join with me in praying for God’s blessings on Father Grace throughout what we hope will be a long, healthy and joy-filled retirement.”