Substitute Pastor, Bilingual Parishes
Fr. Gillespie received his Doctorate in Sociology with a concentration in Social Demography from the University of Texas in Austin. He has worked for about three years in Latin America, including Chile (2 years), Brazil (6 months), Mexico and Paraguay (two months each) and has been in over a half dozen other Spanish American countries. He has also lived three months in the Middle East, including two months in Jordan, with brief stints in Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel. Earlier in his career he was a tenured faculty member in the Sociology Department of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and also Research Director and later Executive Director of CARA at Georgetown University where he conducted survey research for religious orders and dioceses. He has published in the areas of emigration, mortality, religiosity of undergraduates, priestly vocations and on the Church’s liturgical calendar. Fr. Gillespie has pastored parishes for over two decades in the Carolinas and Georgia. Currently he serves as substitute pastor in bilingual parishes in the Raleigh Diocese in situations where pastors have need to be away for a while for health or other reasons.