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This profile was last updated on 4/30/02  and contains information from public web pages.

Father Donald Gillig

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St. Joseph's , Fremont

Employment History

  • Member of the Second Graduating Class
    Calvert High School
  • Assistant Pastor
    St. Peter's Church
  • Calvert


  • St. Joseph College
  • St. Gregory Seminary , Cincinnati
  • Mount St. Mary Seminary
Web References, 30 April 2002 [cached]
The Rev. Frank Murd, pastor of St. Mary's Church, Tiffin, said Father Gillig had been in declining health for about two years.
Father Gillig was "a very stately man," who was proud of being a priest, Father Murd said.
Father Gillig was very well respected in his parishes and in the Diocese of Toledo and remained active after his official retirement in 1978, serving in several capacities that ended with 14 years as his nursing home's chaplain, Father Murd said.
Born and raised in Tiffin, Father Gillig in 1928 was a member of the second graduating class at Calvert High School.
After attending St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, Ind., St. Gregory Seminary, Cincinnati, and Mount St. Mary Seminary, Norwood, Ohio, Father Gillig was ordained in 1936 and returned triumphantly to his high school alma mater as assistant principal.
Father Gillig worked at Calvert until 1939, when he was assigned to Rome City, Ind.The following year, he returned to Ohio to be assistant pastor at St. Peter's Church, Mansfield.In 1943, he moved to St. Thomas Aquinas in Toledo.
At St. Thomas Aquinas, Father Murd said, Father Gillig was in charge of the Catholic Youth Organization sports program, which he considered an honor.
Father Gillig got his own parish in 1953 with his assignment to St. Mary's in Van Wert.His 18-year tenure was highlighted by the construction of a new church there.He then spent five years each as pastor of St. Joseph's, Fremont, and St. Michael's, outside Defiance, before retiring.
After providing liturgical assistance at Immaculate Conception Church, Bellevue, for two years, Father Murd said, Father Gillig traveled throughout the Toledo diocese between 1980 and 1987 to preach in parishes about the church's international and domestic mission work.
Surviving are his brother, Donald Gillig, and a sister, Joan Greenspun.
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