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What ever happened to Father Greg?  That’s a question that many people have asked me over the past few years.  I met Fr. Greg at my home parish of Saint Martin of Tours Church in Brentwood many years ago.  We happened to be in the same Italian language class one semester at the IIC in Westwood, when he mentioned that he may be returning to Rome.  And so he did.  I last saw him when our family celebrated Thanksgiving in Rome.

Our friend, Father Greg! Our friend, Father Greg!

The Church of Santa Susanna

Father Greg was appointed Vice Rector of Santa Susanna in 1996. In 2003, Father Greg returned to Los Angeles to be the Vice President of Paulist Productions, the film and television unit of the Paulist Fathers in Pacific Palisades, California. He facilitated the Humanitas Master Writers Workshops and assisted in the research, selling and making of religious films and documentaries for television. Father Greg sought to encourage the good that he knew Hollywood could produce and, through his writing seminars, sought to help young screen writers in passing on human values in their scripts.  The call was strong to return to Rome and when the offer was made to be the new rector, Father Greg said “yes” immediately. Returning to Santa Susanna after an absence of nearly two years, Father Greg became the 11th Rector of the Church of Santa Susanna.


The fantastic white walled city of Martina Franca The fantastic white walled city of Martina Franca

Some History  

Father Greg’s grandfather was born in Martina Franca, a 14th Century medieval walled village in the Puglia region. He often visits his many cousins and has discovered that he is actually one of three priests in the family. Born in Alhambra, California, just down the road from Hollywood, a love of the film industry became an early part of Father Greg’s identity.

Having earned an M.A. in Theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Father Greg was ordained a priest in May of 1983 and served first as Chaplain at Clemson University in South Carolina and then as Assistant Pastor at Old St. Mary’s Church in San Francisco.

In April 2005, Fr. Greg assisted CNN International in covering the days after the death of Pope John Paul II.  This included the Pope’s funeral, the opening of the Conclave and the announcement of the new Pope, Benedict XVI.  Since then, Fr. Greg has focused his energy on our Family Based Religious Education Program, his work with Marymount International School’s Board of Regents and the annual St. Nicholas Charity Serata, where he was this year’s auctioneer.

The Church of Santa Susanna
 Via XX (Venti) Settembre 15
00187, Roma, Italia

Diagonally across from the St. Regis Grand Hotel, and directly across from Santa Maria della Vittoria (which has Bernini’s famous Cornaro Chapel and The Ecstasy of St. Teresa).

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