Father Gregory Perez to leave Trinity Parish

Pastor Greg is moving to Massachusetts

After many years of dedicated service, Father Gregory Perez is leaving Trinity Parish.

Perez has been a faith leader at Bergen Point’s Trinity since 2007 and a staple of the community since his move from Texas to New Jersey in 2003. He served as Assisting Priest, before becoming Priest in Charge in 2009, and Rector in 2012.

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Perez is the President and CEO of the Windmill Alliance, Trinity’s outreach program which “provides services to developmentally disabled adults and to others at the margins of society.”

Perez will become Priest in Charge at St. Stevens Memorial Church in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Perez submitted his name to diocese officials to transition to another church. Soon, he was notified about St. Stevens and its need to fill the position for priest in charge. Perez answered the call.

He said he’d been praying, “asking God what’s next.” Now he has found the answer. He said the change is good for him and the community.

“There comes a time in life when you know it’s time to move on,” Perez said. “Whether it’s because you’ve said all you can say, or done as much as needed.”

While he didn’t anticipate leaving amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Perez said now is the right time to move on and to answer the call to service at St. Stevens.

From Lone Star to Garden to Bay

Originally from Texas, Perez will now venture to the Bay State. But leaving the Garden State won’t be easy.

“It will be hard to leave Trinity because I’ve come to know the people, even the people of Bayonne,” Perez said. “It’s going to be very difficult.”

Perez said he felt the same “intense call [from God]” to serve St. Stevens as when he left the Roman Catholic Church to become Episcopalian.

“I will miss Trinity very much,” Perez said, noting how the church has been with him through the loss of his parents, family members, and the two dogs that accompanied him from Texas.

Pondering retirement, Perez said his new position at St. Stevens may be his last opportunity to work in a congregation.

Perez’s husband landed a job in Boston. Pastor Greg is returning the favor to his husband, who left his job in Texas to move to New Jersey so Perez could be Trinity’s pastor.

Perez performed his last mass at Trinity, via Zoom, on Aug. 31, but will be in Bayonne for the next few weeks until he is ready to move.

Perez said he is most proud of his work with the City of Bayonne and Hudson County to open Hobart Housing, working with officials to help redevelop the former thrift store into low-income housing.

Most important, Perez is proud of the support the city and its residents have given to Trinity and The Windmill Alliance throughout his time as pastor.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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