I have just learned that my long time friend, Reverend Stephen H. Gratto passed away on May 26th 2012. Fr. Steve was in the care of the Sisters Of St. Josephs Mother House Infirmary. I first met Fr. Steve when he was assigned to Holy Family Church in 1973 just shortly after his ordination. He was a source of realistic christian views and was held in the highest regard by many of my peers. The Diocese of Ogdensburg has lost a valuable Catholic mentor.