Heavenly Father God, may you be pleased with the life, love and devotion of your servant, the beloved Father Clay exuded on this planet Earth. His dedication to live the word of God, his kindness, respect, smile and prayer will continue to resonate in my memory. I am thankful for the opportunity to have shared a snippet of his beautiful spirit of love for humanity and God through fellowship with Eme. Rest in peace as your soul serves as an Angel watching over us to keep us safe, in Jesus name I pray. Amen
Thank you Father Clay for all your kindness, love and inspiration. Thank you for you smiles. God's love certainly emanated from you. Thank you for touching the hearts of me and my family. You were a true gem and now your glory will shine in heaven... You will be missed and by the grace of God we will meet again some day.
Thanks for everything Father Clay. Don't know how you did it, but you always seemed to show up just when you were needed most. We will never forget you!
Father Clay was a person that gifted us with his wisdom. He told me that God doesn't cause sicknesses, injuries, or bad things to happen those are due to human kind. God instead will be at our side giving us strength for he never abandons his children.
He also told me he became a priest because he wanted to help people. Well he accomplished that.
He was an important person in our family and will never be forgotten.
We are going to miss him dearly, and already have really since his retirement. We knew the day would come when news came of his passing but it hasn't lessened the grief of knowing he's not around to ask questions or lean on or share insights gathered from a lifetime of dedication to God and truth and compassion. He inspired a kind of wonder and awe at the creator and creation. He had a grasp of theology and science and psychology like some kind of yoda, and yet he wore tennies and gave sermons about his own sins. Father Clay, if you're still working up in Heaven (and not resting like you really deserve to), could you grant us one more favor and help us see the world as you did?
With love and gratitude, Pete & Jenny
Father Clay, how could I ever forget you? It was my privilege to minister with you for 6 years, 1975 -1981. Never once did you tell me what to do.
We worked together, we discussed what needed doing, and worked it out together. There was no doubt about who was the spiritual leader, always caring and being present with kindness to anyone who wanted to see him. All the tributes shared below give testimony to his manner of being a priest of a parish. The Eucharist always celebrated with joy.
My ministry was mostly with the elderly and Father Clay was always concerned about their well-being, going to visit them if a request was made. He brought God's peace to so many of them in his caring, loving manner.
It was difficult for me to leave St. Stan's and Father Clay. Yet I felt I was being called to minister on behalf of the Guatemalan people. He gave me his blessing which I have carried with me and can still hear him say, "Alice, Smile, God loves you!
Father Clay changed my life forever. He was a true friend, mentor, and spiritual guide and I'll never forget all that he taught me. His unconditional love and acceptance have left an indelible mark. Thank you so much, Fr. Clay for your innumerable gifts.
Rest in Peace Fr. Clay.
You were loved by all, and touched peoples lives everywhere You went.
Cindy, and I were blessed, and privileged to have You officiate our wedding, and baptize our daughter Corbin.
You were always there to listen, and give advice. For this I am forever grateful.
May Your soul, and all of the souls of the faithfully departed Rest in Peace.Thank You for all You have done at St. Stans, and making this such a great place to worship, and a loving community.
We cannot remember a time we met Fr. Clay that he was not smiling. We have to think that is a reflection of how God is with us. Fr. Clay was everything a priest should be: compassionate, pastoral, a good preacher and a conduit of God's love. His homilies, his books and his presence always left us wanting to hear more from him. And the ways he was inclusive to others is an extraordinary example for us to follow. That example was real for us. He allowed our family to hold our annual extended family Mass and brunch at St. Stan's. So welcoming. And as a member of the St. Athony Society from the old Holy Redeemer Church - he allowed the Society each year to hold our annual feast day Mass at St. Stan's. His welcomes were always so gracious. The phrase "good and faithful servant" is embodied in Fr. Clay's life. What joy he must now enjoy. And for us...we can say without reservation, his life and work is saintly. We suspect he might deny it. But when you look at how he lived, the lives he touched and the inspiration he gave - all of it stands out as what saints do. They show God's love in radiant ways and in the ordinariness of life. May Fr. Clay rest in peace. With admiration and thanks. Rick & Sue Cunningham
Dear Father Clay,
Thank you for bringing God’s love into our hearts. You were so very special to our entire family. You are peace now in God’s hands. May the warm winds of heaven blow gently upon your spirit. We love you. Rosie & Wally