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Fr. Gregory Coulthard - History & Legacy

Fr. Gregory Coulthard, SDS ~ History and Legacy

Navigating multiple ministries within various locations around the world had been a common mode of operation for Fr. Greg Coulthard SDS throughout his 60 plus years of service as a Salvatorian priest. 

Fr. Greg, born in Milwaukee, grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. He attended Salvatorian Seminary in St. Nazianz through high school and went on to our junior college in Colfax, Iowa, before heading to the Catholic University in Washington DC for Theology. He was ordained a priest in June 1967.  

The subsequent 40 years took Fr. Greg in many different paths and geographic locations. With his degree in Library of Science, he served as dean of students and librarian at St. Pius X Seminary in Galt, California, and taught at schools in California and Nevada.  Parish ministry led him to Arizona, Alabama, and Wisconsin. He served at our International headquarters in Rome as Secretary to the Generalate and in the USA as Director of Vocations, as well as a local coordinator. Ultimately, he was asked to assume the role of editor of Hope Newsletter and spiritual director of the Salvatorian Center starting in 1991.  

In 1973, he began to serve in the USA Air Force as a chaplain around the world, and retired in 1998 with the rank of Colonel. "I never felt overwhelmed," he had shared.  "Rather, it brought me great joy to be able to minister in so many ways and places, and to so many different people."

Always aligned with the Salvatorian "all ways and means" mode of ministry, Fr. Greg, in 2009, accepted the challenge dual roles, also serving our Salvatorian formation community in the Philippines, as a wisdom figure. As a formator, tutor, mentor in community life and aide to the director of the English as a Second Language program, he received well-deserved recognition from leadership in Rome, for the witness of his life, 'marked by humility and joy' and a wonderful spirit of generosity.  
In 2017 Fr. Greg returned full-time to the USA to carry on his leadership with Salvatorian Center. He offered Mass regularly and responded to our benefactor inquiries.

At the time of his retirement from the Salvatorian Center ministry, Fr. Greg had shared, "I thank you all for your continued support of the Salvatorians and their ministry. I am happy to turn over the reins of support to Br. Silas Henderson SDS and ask for your support of him. You will always remain in my heart and my prayers."

Rest in Peace, Good and Faithful Servant ~

Fr. Gregory Coulthard, SDS
Mar 16, 1938 – Aug 31, 2022


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