Rev. Gregory Smith dies served as associate pastor


A Mass of Christian burial for the Rev. Gregory Smith, who had served as associate pastor of two Baltimore-area churches before retiring in May because of bad health, will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, 200 Ware Ave., Towson.

Father Smith, who was 68, died of an apparent heart attack Thursday at the Towson apartment to which he had moved 10 days ago.

From 1973 until 1985, he was associate pastor at Immaculate Conception Church, where he participated in a pilot program of Associated Catholic Charities for separated and divorced people that was a forerunner of its present SWORD program.

In 1985, he went to Rome to attend the Institute for Continuing Theological Education and upon his return was assigned to St. Ursula's Church in Parkville, where he remained until his retirement.

He continued to live there until he got the apartment.

Ordained as a Capuchin friar in 1955, he served as a missionary in New Guinea from 1956 until 1967, when he returned to the United States and went to work for two years at the Office of Economic Opportunity in Pittsburgh, Pa.

He then came to Maryland, serving until 1973 as associate pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Cumberland and as superior of SS. Peter and Paul Friary there.

In 1973, he asked for a transfer to parish work in the archdiocesan priesthood, which became final in 1977, while he was at Immaculate Conception Church.

Father Smith was born in Somerville, Mass., and was a graduate of local schools and Sacred Heart Seminary in Fairhaven, Mass., and of the Capuchin College in Washington.

His survivors include five nephews and six nieces.

Archbishop William H. Keeler will be the principal celebrant of the Mass.

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