JSerra is saying thank you and best wishes to its Rector and longest-serving priest, Fr. Vincent Gilmore, O. Praem, who is being transferred to a new assignment.
Fr. Abbot Eugene Hayes, superior of the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey, notified JSerra that Fr. Vincent will be reassigned. Fr. Abbot notes “Fr. Vincent served JSerra faithfully and admirably for the past seven years, but after careful consideration, we believe his talents and leadership are needed elsewhere. We are impressed with and proud of JSerra’s growth and are committed to supporting the school and surrounding community.”
“The JSerra community was blessed to have had Fr. Vincent serving our campus for seven years,” said Frank Talarico, JSerra’s President and CEO. “We wish him success in his new role, and we sincerely hope he’ll visit us often. He has an open invitation to celebrate our student body Mass here whenever his calendar allows.”
Fr. Vincent said goodbye to students Monday morning, June 6, during the underclass awards.
Talarico said JSerra remains committed to its wonderful relationship with the Norbertine fathers. He noted that Fr. Damien, Fr. Charbel and Fr. David will remain at JSerra.
Talarico added Fr. Abbot has appointed Fr. Norbert J. Wood, O. Praem to aid JSerra in its principal search. Fr. Norbert, Rector of St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Costa Mesa, will most likely remain an advisor to JSerra in the future. He has a master degree in education administration from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.