The Scots College community in Rome is saddened to hear of the death of former Rector, Monsignor James Clancy.
Monsignor James Clancy was the Rector of the Scots College in Rome from 1981 until 1986. A priest of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, he was ordained in 1967 and served as staff at St. Marys College, Blairs before a spell as Assistant priest in St. Andrews Bearsden. During that time he was also a confessor to the Carmelite community in Dumbarton. A major event of his tenure in the Eternal City, was the pastoral visit of Pope St. John Paul II to Scotland in the summer of 1982. The first trip of its kind was followed two years later when the Bishop of Rome visited the college on the Via Cassia to mark the 20th anniversary of the new college building opening.
His time at the college began at the start of the new academic year in 1981. One of the new intake of students that year was the current Spiritual Director of the college, Fr. Mark Cassidy. He remembers his first rector as “…a good priest with a fruitful ministry which included the five years he guided us in our formation in this college.”
Fr. Mark also speaks fondly of Monsignor Clancy at the end of the Holy Father’s visit to the college. “My abiding memory of Mgr Clancy would be from the day he, as Rector, had the privilege of welcoming Pope St John Paul II to the college. There was a visible, simple joy radiating from him, epitomised by the image of him joining in the singing of ‘Will ye no come back again’ as the Holy Father prepared to leave.”
Following his time in Rome Monsignor Clancy returned to the Archdiocese of Glasgow in the mid 80’s where he went on to serve in Knightswood and as Vicar General of the archdiocese. In 2001, after the death of Cardinal Winning, Monsignor Clancy served as the Diocesan Administrator. In 2004 he moved from St Andrews Cathedral to Whiteinch and then finally St. Michael’s, Dumbarton from where he retired in 2014.
Latterly, Monsignor Clancy had been resident with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Robroyston. He passed away on the morning of the 6th November at the Royal Infirmary. Reception of the remains with Vigil for the Deceased will take place at Saint Michael’s, Dumbarton on Sunday 12th November at 7pm. Archbishop Tartaglia will offer the Funeral Mass at 12 noon on the 13th November.
May the Lord bless him and reward him for his goodness.
Requiescat in pace.