There was a packed congregation for the celebration of Mgr. Clancy’s Golden Jubilee at St Joseph’s Robroyston on 11 March 2017, with family and friends being joined by Archbishops Tartaglia and Cushley, Bishops Nolan and Toal, Archbishop Emeritus Conti, and Bishop Emeritus Moran, as well as clergy from the Archdiocese of Glasgow and beyond.
Archbishop Tartaglia reflected on Mgr. Clancy’s 50 years of service to the church; his period at Blairs College and as Rector in Scots College, Rome where he was remembered as kind and quietly encouraging; his years as Parish Priest in a number of parishes in the Archdiocese and as Administrator at the Cathedral, where he had sought to lead people to a deeper friendship with the Lord; his work as Vicar General for the Archdiocese; and latterly his continuing priestly service at St. Joseph’s despite his ill-health.
Although confined to a wheelchair, Mgr. Clancy took full part in the celebration Mass, reading the Gospel from his wheelchair, and at the end of the Mass thanking everyone who had made the celebration possible, and also expressing his thanks for all the prayers, support and love he had received.
After the Mass, there was a lovely buffet provided and the chance to remember all the events of his long priesthood over a cup of tea or even a glass of wine.