With the unexpected death on May 3rd of Monsignor Glenn “Duffy” Gardner, pastor of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Forney, we have lost a faithful priest and a dedicated pastor. His many parishioners and friends are mourning the loss of “Father Duffy,” who suffered a fatal seizure at his parish and died at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman.
Monsignor Duffy was truly a man for all seasons, having served the Diocese of Dallas in many capacities, ranging from parochial vicar to Vicar General during his 46 years of priesthood. He was ordained on May 2, 1970 by Bishop Thomas Tschoepe in his home parish of St. James in Oak Cliff. After ordination, he served as parochial vicar at St. Thomas Aquinas before being sent to Rome to study canon law at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum. He was awarded a doctorate in canon law in 1976. When he returned to Dallas, he was named to the Diocesan Tribunal where he served for many years.
A native of Chicago who moved to Dallas with his family as a child, Monsignor Duffy attended St. James Parochial School and graduated in 1962 from Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas where he was active as a thespian, debater and cheerleader. His brilliant sense of humor caused him to be much sought after as a master of ceremonies and speaker.
In addition to his 15 years as vicar general to Bishop Charles V. Grahmann, Monsignor Gardner served as Diocesan Consultor and as pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Plano, St. Mark the Evangelist in Plano and, following his service as vicar general, pastor of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Forney.
Please join me in prayers for Monsignor Gardner, whose cheerful demeanor and ready smile will be missed by so many.