Santa Clara University

Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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  •  Statement from Bishop McGrath of San Jose

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    Father Paul Locatelli had many friends; I am pleased that I was one of them. Paul was a quintessential Jesuit: a man of deep faith with a commitment to bringing the gospel to life in whatever situation he found himself. His faith gave him energy, but it also brought new life to all who encountered him. His “preaching” the Good News of Jesus, the Christ, was accomplished in boardrooms, during his daily run or over a hot stove. He pushed us all – his friends, his acquaintances, and our Valley – to think in terms that made what had seemed impossible to be within our reach. Above all, Father Paul taught many how to dream and he gave them the tools to make those dreams real. I will sorely miss Father Paul’s counsel. I know that my predecessor, Bishop Pierre DuMaine, joins me in this expression of gratitude to Paul who was our collaborator for so many years. May he rest in peace.

  •  Leadership

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    Father Locatelli provided a great lesson in leadership as the president during my time at SCU. I remember him taking time out of his schedule for informal sessions with students on the patio of the Benson center to just listen to our concerns. -Paul Guerra, BSME '02

  •  Thank you, Paul

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    Paul was and will continue to be an incredible influence in my life. Greg '73 and I were his first wedding in the Mission 35 years ago. He baptized all three of our children in three different locations. Our youngest daughter, Ellen '10, was the first Lautze grandchild to attend and graduate from Santa Clara this year. She was fortunate to have Paul as president for two of her years. Ellen's wonderful experiences at Santa Clara are a tribute to Paul's vision for the University. Paul's compassion and caring for our family will live with me. He was an inspiration during my father's passing. You will be missed. God bless you, Paul.

  •  Not to be forgotten

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    Although have not returned to the campus often, whenever we did and were able to meet Father Locatelli he always greeted us with the same warmth and interest in us that made us love the school to begin with. God bless. John Ginella, '55.

  •  Condolence

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    Seeing the Photo of Fr Locatelli and his neice Amy took my breath away. My daughter, Birgitta Delurgio went to school in Santa Cruz and at Santa Clara U with her. I always felt a family connection to Fr Locatelli because of this. My most vivid memory of Fr Locatelli was remembering how accessable he was greeting new parents of Santa Clara University students. At a Gold Circle event, my husband Nick and I spent a few moments with Fr Locatelli in an elevator and I remember his smile could warm your soul. He always knew how to make the sacred in the everyday. Condolences from Leta and Nick Delurgio

  •  Greatness

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    All of us who have been touched by Father Locatelli have experienced "Greatness". His imprint on my life will extend to my children then their children and many generations to come. Thank you

  •  An Honor to Have Known Him

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    At the end of my Freshman Year, AFTER the Financial Aid deadline, my parents filed for bankruptcy and I thought I'd have to drop out of SCU. My mother and I went to meet with the financial aid office and one of the Jesuits who then recommended we meet with Fr. Locatelli. He took compassion on me and my circumstances and helped me with scholarship money to stay at Santa Clara. It is because of him that I was able to finish my education at such a great school and I am forever grateful. May he enjoy eternal peace with our Lord.

  •  Condolences

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    I met Father Locatelli during summer orientation when my son entered SCU. I recognized his open mindedness, immediately, and that made my visit so welcoming. When speaking to him he was very friendly and I will remember him for his smile. At mass he spoke to accepting people from different backgrounds and that was so meaningful.

  •  Always a class act

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    Fr. Locatelli was a true gentleman and the archetypical Jesuit priest. Requiscat in pace.

  •  Accomplishments

    Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010

    Frank, Bob: I graduated 12 years before your bro. Paul and 4 years later than planned because of activities out in the Pacific. I'm still alive and kicking but never ever achieved anythig comperable to what Paul did. I had the pleasant oppertunity to meet with him a couple of times when he was Presicent. God Bless Him, Joe