Fr. Jurgen Liias was born in Schwenningen Germany in 1948; his Father Arnold was a refugee from Estonia, his mother Inge a refugee from East Germany. He and his family came to the US in 1952 as displaced persons and eventually were taken into the Rectory of St. John’s Episcopal church in Charlestown Mass. by the Priest, the Rev. Wolcott Cutler.
Fr. Liias sensed a call even as a young boy to the priesthhood. After education at Boston Latin School, Amherst College and the Episcopal Divinity School, he was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1972. He served parishes in the greater Boston area for 40 years: Winchester, Malden, Beacon Hill, Hamilton, and Danvers/Beverly. His ministry had special emphasis on Charismatic Renewal, Healing, and Pro-life Advocacy.
After retiring in February 1972, he began a process of discernment and formation to become a Roman Catholic Priest through the Anglican Ordinariate, newly established by Pope Benedict. On April 21,2013 he was ordained into the Sacred Order of Priests of the Roman Catholic church by Cardinal Sean O’Malley. Fr. Liias presently serves as Pastor of St.Gregory the Great Church in Beverly Farms (www.saintgregoryordinariate.org) and assists at various catholic parishes in Beverly and Melrose.