Obituaries 09-22-2023

Rev. Fr. Gregory Mercurio

He Will Be Remembered for Acts of Kindness and Compassion

Rev. Fr. Gregory Mercurio succumbed to a courageous battle with Corticobasal Degeneration on September 6, 2023.

He was born on March 26, 1949 in Montauro, Provincial di Catanzaro, Calabria Italy to the late Giuseppe and Angelina Mercurio.

At the age of 6 he arrived in the United States with his family and settled in the North End of Boston and later became a citizen of the United States. He attended Christopher Columbus High school and graduated from St. Francis Seraphic Seminary in Andover to begin formal studies for the priesthood. He took time off to work at the federal reserve bank of Boston to subsidize his education.

He received his BA in philosophy and Master of divinity degrees studying at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Troy, New York and St. John’s Seminary in Brighton. In 1979 he became a member of the Franciscan Friars and on November 8, 1980, he was ordained to the priesthood.

His first assignment was at St. Leonard’s Church in the North End. He was transferred to St. Ann’s parish, where at the age of 34, he became pastor. He incardinated into the Archdiocese of Boston as a diocesan priest and served the parishioners of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Winthrop. He became pastor of Holy Family parish in Lynn and while serving as pastor, he became administrator of St. Pius the V in Lynn. He was granted senior priest status in 2017 and served the parishioners of Immaculate Conception in Marlboro until his medical leave.

Fr. Gregory served as Chaplin for the Knights of Columbus in Marlboro and Lynn. He was involved in the order of Sons of Italy, where he founded a lodge at Holy Family, served as Chaplin for the Marlboro lodge and was State Chaplin in Massachusetts. Fr. Gregory was an avid gardener, cook and photographer. He will be remembered for acts of kindness and compassion.

He is survived by his sisters, Liberata Scimemi and her late husband, Mario of Revere and Rose Oliveri and her husband, Carl of Saugus and many loving nieces and nephews.

The Short & Rowe Funeral Home, 95 W. Main St., Marlborough, MA was in care of the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial please visit,

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