Msgr. Gilg among seven priests retiring
Msgr. James Gilg – one of seven priests retiring in the archdiocese this year – says his retirement will be something of a pilgrimage, even as he slows down and continues to serve.
Marking 50 years as a priest, he said he wants to visit the places where he studied for the priesthood – Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo., and Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
And he wants to pray at the gravesite in Arcadia, Mo., of his grandmother’s sister, Ursuline Sister Bridget de Chantel O’Donnell, just as he prayed at the gravesites of two relatives who were priests, in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
“They watched over me in my life as a priest,” Msgr. Gilg said. “Three guardian angels.”
Watch for the July 15 edition of the Catholic Voice for more about Msgr. Gilg and the six other priests: Fathers Michael Fitzpatrick, Dennis Hanneman, Frank Lordemann, Gary Ostrander, Michael Schmitz and Luke Steffes.