The Reverend H. Gregory West, JCL – Pastor
Father West was born in Charleston during the eye of a hurricane and was raised on Sullivan’s Island, where his family has been members of Stella Maris Parish for five generations. At age six, he was playing "Mass" with neighborhood children. He attended Stella Maris School, Mount Pleasant, from Kindergarten through eighth grade, and Bishop England High School, Charleston.
He graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Urban Studies then worked in the maritime industry for six years before entering Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland, for five years of formation, from which he received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Church History.
Father West was ordained priest of the Diocese of Charleston on July 6, 1991 by the late Most Reverend David B. Thompson. In 1995 he received a Licentiate (Pontifical Masters) in Canon Law magna cum laude from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. His past assignments include Parochial Vicar, The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Charleston; Founding Pastor, Saint Gregory the Great Parish and School, Bluffton; Pastor, Saint Andrew Parish, Clemson; Founding Pastor, Saint Paul the Apostle Parish, Seneca; Diocesan Chancellor; Diocesan Master of Ceremonies; Founding Dean, Lowcountry (now Beaufort) Deanery; Co-Vicar for Vocations.
He was named Founding Pastor of Saint Clare of Assisi Parish, Daniel Island, by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone in February 2014. Additionally, he serves as Pastor of Saint Mary of the Annunciation Parish in downtown Charleston (www.sma.church), and as a Judge in the Diocesan Tribunal, deciding marriage cases for Decrees of Nullity.
He has traveled to more than 30 countries, to 44 U.S. states, and has jumped out of perfectly good airplanes. He enjoys a nice meal and sleep.
You may email Father West here.
Direct Phone: 843.471.2672