In Remembrance
AFFIRMING AN INCLUSIVE PRIESTHOOD, ROOTED IN A REFORMED AND RENEWED CHURCH

McClory, Eugene

May 9, 2013

So where is Gene now? We don't know. Jesus gave us some images and metaphors about heaven but not a real clear picture. Christians often think of the afterlife as a great banquet or a reunion by the river. There's an old, framed photo we have in the family of some kind of celebration inthe southern Illinois town my dad came from. There are literally hundreds of people all dressedup standing in front of the old church. Many of them were McClorys. So I think of Gene cominginto that great crowd. And they've been waiting for him. They come to him, our mother and father, our brother Edward, our grandparents – and they're saying, "It's all right, Gene, you'reOK, you're home."Mary Malone McClory is there too, and she's sure to have a lot of questions.And after some time of welcoming, I see some ladies coming toward this gathering. And they'resaying, "Are you the Father McClory who saved our lives in the 1960s? We never had a chance to thank you except when we spoke to your little brother." And there's Gene fully in charge of the situation. What a reunion! I can only imagine it.Thank you all for coming and for your kind words to us. Gene would be so glad to see you all. May his soul and all the souls of the departed rest in peace.
- Bob McClory

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