Give Me Five

Give Me Five!

A monthly series in Vincentian Voices where we ask five random questions to an Eastern Province Priest or Brother.

We talk with Fr. G. Gregory Gay, CM, who in May celebrated 40 years as a priest. The occasion of his four-decades of priestly ministry seemed like a good time to ask him a few questions.


  1. When did you first meet the Vincentians and who made the greatest impression?


My great uncle Elbert Gay spent his vacations with us. As a young teenager I would drive him to former missions he had either with the Daughters of Charity (in Emmitsburg or Seton institute In Baltimore) or to the Immaculate Parish in Baltimore. He would often tell me stories about his mission in Panama.


  1. What do you do for fun and recreation?


I like to watch movies that are stories about heroic people, play dominos, pinochle, travel, hike in the mountains, and eat Maryland crabs


  1. In your opinion, what is one effective way (of many) to share the Gospel message in an increasingly secular world?


Through the use of multimedia, and directed toward young people with stories about fascinating people of the Bible and history.


  1. When you were a child, who was your favorite Saint and why?


Besides St. Vincent de Paul, it was Elizabeth Anne Seton. Her willingness to move forward in faith in difficult times and through many struggles and sufferings all after having come to experience God in new way via the Catholic Church. She was a courageous witness of the faith then and now!


  1. If you could have dinner with one non-religious historical figure (dead or alive), who would it be and why? What might you ask them?


John Lewis. I knew something of his life, but learned much more following the different programs, memorial services, and his funeral. He was a courageous faith-filled, non-violent activist. His life, together with others, brought about a much needed change in our society. Much more can be done building on the foundation that he and many others like him gave their lives. I would ask him to teach me the way he discovered how to be his own person in the midst of so much opposition and hate!

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