Fr. Gary grew up in the small town of Adams, MA as a member of a faith-filled Catholic family. His father and mother were active in the church and his grandparents from Poland were a huge influence in his life.
Fr. Dailey says his faith was nurtured by the Felician Sisters at the local Catholic school and the priests in his parish. He became more spiritually mature in college, having a spiritual director to assist in his journey. He remember raising his hand in the 4th grade when the priest came into the classroom asking who wanted to be priests and sisters. He says that thought never left him. It was only in college that he began to seriously think of priesthood and finally entered seminary formation.
Fr Gary says, “Nothing gives me greater joy in the Priesthood than to know that I snatched a soul from the devil and won it for Christ – all accomplished through celebrating the sacraments and being the instrument of grace.”
He advises men considering the priesthood to “give yourself completely to Christ, become his disciple, be quiet and listen to God speaking.” He adds, “ Allow the Holy Spirit to tug at your heart and then respond with a huge and generous ‘Yes’. That ‘yes’ will change your life as it did for our Blessed Mother. Just imagine being a priest of Jesus Christ and becoming his warrior to save souls.”
Fr. Gary was ordained in May 1985. He attended St. John seminary in Brighton, MA.