Santa Clara University

Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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  •  Handsomest Jesuit Priest!

    Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

    I am forever naive, being here in Honolulu, Hawaii most of my life. I learned about M-R-S's, and coeds, and a's, b's, and c's. I was most surprised when my best friends always brought my attention to the many men on campus at Santa Clara! I was accustomed to being with men, I am the eldest of four chlidren, three younger brothers. I read about Father Locatelli's accomplishments today, and I treasure the moments when I probably did meet him. My friends were always interested in our opinions of the faculty members. This is always important for success everywhere. Now, I know he was at the beginning of his very long career of priesthood in the Society of Jesus. We were quietly, admiring his model behavior on campus, which always sparked some envy among our male friends. We were luckily in the college of sciences, not the school of business and accounting. I am sorry he is gone, but he achieved his ultimate goals in his life. I was most happy when I saw he also served Pope Benedict, because I think it is one of the most important achievements a priest can have, and Father Paul Locatelli did reach his goal. I am sure we will all miss him, but there must be some young students, or relatives just like him. Santa Clara is a wonderful school, and he helped SCU become one of the best! aloha, Stephanie, class of 1978

  •  Thank you

    Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

    I attended SCU before Fr. Locatelli was President. Anyone tha can do what he has done for Santa Clara, must truly be a great person. Anyone that holds his values is indeed a great person. I am deeply grateful even I did not know him personally. Two of my children, also SCU graduates share my views, Nena Duran-Lehane, and Francisco Duran. Fr. Locatelli, you have our deepest respect. Thank you. May God be with you. J. Duran

  •  With Gratitude.....

    Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

    It was an honor to have known Fr. Paul. My husband and I are grateful to have served him and the University on the Board of Fellows. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Norman Kline, History, '79 and Allison (Abbott) Kline, '81, English.

  •  Good Man

    Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

    I am a 1990's graduate of SCU, Fr. Locatelli was a man of great strength and a great leader for the school I gladly call my undergraduate alma mater.

  •  Paolo

    Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

    I was privileged to know so many of our great ones while I served as a resident counselor in Kenna Hall and worked also as the nightime keeper of the Infirmary A couple of years ago, I received word that I suffered from metastatic prostate CA. It seemed a bleak time and I had little enthusiasm. I then read Fr. Locatelli's Christmas Message. It had a magnificence that greatly touched me. It's ecumenical perfection deserves restatement as an SCU credo. His bringing together the diverse world peoples while rejecting the exclusionary philosophy of many is my notion of and sanctity. RIP papa. Thomas

  •  That smile!

    Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

    I'll miss Father's smile and the joy behind it. Reared Catholic, I came to SCU from the high-tech community, so I was unfamiliar with how to address the priests in the work place. The first time I spoke with Father, it was on the phone. I asked him what I should call him. And, he said, "You can call me whatever you want, but don't call me late for dinner." Seriously! And then he laughed that delightful laugh! When I finally met him in person, I saw the smile and it made my heart sing. I hope the angels appreciate your cooking, Father. Loved you dearly and will miss you terribly.

  •  A Powerful Force for Change

    Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

    Paul was a powerful force for change at Santa Clara University and for service to humanity. His presidential letters at Christmas and Easter always emphasized social justice, equality and peace. We worked together on university governance during the 1990s, and he was respectful of different opinions. The SCU system of governance became a model for other universities and received wide recognition. Paul was a creative and thoughtful man who always made time to chat with his colleagues. Santa Clara University benefited greatly from his leadership, and I mourn his death.

  •  Remembering Fr. Paul

    Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

    I can't think of a time that I ever saw "Father Paul" that he didn't have a smile on his face. He had an infectious attitude and sense-of-humor. If only 4 words came to mind to describe him, I think they'd be: kind, smart, visionary and devoted. He was a GREAT President (and AVP) for SCU and accomplished so much. When I last saw him at the bon voyage party for SCU's Solar Decathlon 'Refract House" last year, I reminded him we were still looking forward to a personal tour of the Vatican with -- including the Archives (we had a good laugh about the last part). :-) R.I.P. Fr. Paul. I'm sure the Lord has great plans for you in the beyond... - Bill

  •  Thank you

    Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

    As I read through the 23 pages of posts, there was no doubt in my mind that Paul left a mark on SCU that will not soon be surpassed. I graduated the year that Paul was ordained so I never had him for my accounting classes but his mark is clearly felt on today's accounting department. Paul is being honored by the great and the not so great but they all share one thing in common - their lives were touched by a great man.

  •  Prince in His Many Roles

    Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

    Emalie and John Feerick and their daughter Rosemary express their heartfelt sympathy on the death of Father Locatelli. He was an extraordinary exemplar of the priesthood and his many kindnesses to us we will long remember. It was a distinct honor for John Feerick to have served with Father Locatelli on the Board of the Jesuit School of Theology. He was a prince in his many roles. Emalie, John, and Rosemary Feerick