Father William Gleeson: 1938 - 2018

Father William Thomas Gleeson passed away February 7 in Pueblo. He was born September 13, 1938 in Jersey City, N.J. to James Francis Gleeson and Mary Elizabeth (Reidy) Gleeson. Fr. Gleeson was the youngest of four siblings, two brothers (James F. and John J.) and one sister (Mary P.). He came to Pueblo in 1957 as a student and went on to attend seminary at Immaculate Conception in Conception, Missouri, which he completed in 1966.

Prior to ordination, Fr. Gleeson spent several summers in Alamosa working for the diocese at Sacred Heart Parish. Fr. Gleeson was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pueblo on May 28, 1966 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark, N.J. He celebrated his first solemn Mass at his home parish, St. Patrick in Jersey City, N.J. on May 29, 1966.

Fr. Gleeson began his official service to the Diocese of Pueblo at St. Mary Parish in Montrose where he was assistant pastor for two years. In 1968 he was appointed assistant pastor at St. Pius X in Pueblo and served as the director of the commission of Christian unity. Fr. Gleeson went on to serve at St. Mary in Las Animas for 10 years, after which he was pastor at St. Mary in Walsenburg and was appointed to the board of diocesan consultors. He spent two years in Aguilar as pastor, then returned to Pueblo and was assigned to Christ the King along with appointments to the Clergy Personnel Committee, the Diocesan Cemetery Board, and the Financial Advisory Council. In 1995 Fr. Gleeson became pastor of St. Joseph in Capulin, along with its mission parishes where he remained until 2001. His next assignment took him back to where his volunteer service to the diocese began, Sacred Heart in Alamosa. He was pastor at Sacred Heart for six years before his final assignment to St. Joseph, Pueblo along with St. Therese in Vineland and Sacred Heart in Avondale, where he served until his retirement from active ministry in January of 2013.

Fr. Gleeson remained active in the diocese after his retirement. He could often be found celebrating Mass at the parishes to which he was connected. Recently, he participated enthusiastically in the Mass celebrated by Bishop Berg at St. Therese in Vineland on the feast of St. Therese, where the first group of 33 Days to Merciful Love retreat participants made their Act of Consecration. Fr. Gleeson was an avid Broncos football fan and could always be heard singing or humming joyfully to himself. He was a source of good nature to all those he knew; upbeat, social, and of bright spirit.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Fr. Gleeson on February 13 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo with interment at Roselawn Cemetery, also in Pueblo.