Philip Albert Gray

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Monsignor Philip A. Gray, pastor emeritus of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Scranton, and a resident of Villa Saint Joseph, died on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

Monsignor Gray, son of the late Albert and Angela Datto Gray, was born in Carbondale on Oct. 1, 1934. His early education was at Sacred Heart of Mary, Jermyn. He graduated from Scranton Preparatory School and received his B.A. from Mount Saint Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Md., in 1956, where he continued his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained on June 11, 1960, in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton, Pa., by the Most Rev. Jerome D. Hannan, D.D., late Bishop of Scranton.

Monsignor Gray served as assistant pastor at St. Philomena's, Hawley, and St. Mary's Assumption, Jessup. He was chaplain of St. Michael's School for Boys, Hoban Heights, and Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. In 1970, he was assigned as assistant pastor of the Cathedral of St. Peter in Scranton. On March 13, 1975, he was assigned to his first pastorate at St. Maria Goretti Parish, which was then in a temporary chapel at St. Joseph's Oblate Seminary. Monsignor Gray began his pastorate by building the physical church in Laflin and remained there as pastor for 20 years. He was then assigned as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi, Scranton, where he served 14 years until his retirement and appointment as pastor emeritus on July 15, 2009.

Monsignor Gray was named a Prelate of Honor by His Holiness on July 10, 1990. Along with his pastoral duties, he also served the Diocese of Scranton as a procurator-advocate and then Judge of the Diocesan Tribunal. He was Diocesan Director of the Apostolate to the Hearing Impaired and served on the Diocesan Committee on Ecumenism and Human Affairs and as Dean of the Scranton South Deanery. He served on the Office for Continuing Education advisory board and as chairman of the Diocesan Communications advisory board.

Monsignor Gray is survived by a sister, Anna-Mae Acquisto, Allentown; sister-in-law, Patricia Gray; nieces, Donna Laury, Anita Regan, Angie Marchiarullo and Phyllis Babcock; and nephews, Albert Gray, Rick Stevens and Jeff Stevens.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Joseph A. Gray.

Viewing will take place at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 603 Genet St., Scranton, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. A Vigil Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Church at 7, with the Rev. Samuel J. Ferretti, Dean, presiding. A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Rev. James C. Timlin, D.D., bishop emeritus of Scranton, on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church. Interment will be in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary Church, 624 Madison Ave., Jermyn, PA 18433.

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Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 22, 2013
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