Fr. Jurgen Liias, Our Founding Pastor

Fr. Jurgen Liias shepherded the Community of St. Gregory the Great from the Autumn of 2010 when he gathered a group to explore the meaning of the newly-promulgated Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Cœtibus  until his retirement as Pastor, celebrating his last Mass with us on October 16, 2016.

Fr. Liias played a pivotal role in the history of the community as described here.  Fr. Liias’ was ordained to the diaconate on March 23rd, 2013 and to the priesthood on April 20th, 2013. He continues as a parish priest at St. Patrick’s Church in Stoneham and remains available to the members of the Community of St. Gregory the Great.

He appeared on “The Journey Home” on EWTN, The Coming Home Network. He detailed his spiritual autobiography on his blog, part 1 and part 2.

Fr. Liias published an article, “New Evangelization and Ecumenism,” in Homilectic & Pastoral Review, America’s foremost pastoral publication.

Here are some articles about Fr. Liias:

Here are some videos and an article with a podcast:

Fr. Liias formulated our Parish Discipline, which incorporates the Joys, Privileges, and Disciplines of the Catholic Christian Life. Father Liias, always said the Church is not a cruise ship, but a freighter: no passengers, all crew! We try to actively embody the Apostolate of the Laity in all aspects of our communal life.  As Father Liias said, the parish disciplines are not conceived or presented as legalistic requirements but rather as means by which Grace may flow into and through us to support and enlarge the Kingdom of God.