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Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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my close encounters w/ Fr. Locatelli

Monday, Jul. 19, 2010

I first met w/ Fr. Locatelli 37 yrs ago when a close Jesuit associate of mine Fr. Jerry Phalin. At the time I was in U.S Govt service and my 2nd child April was ready to be baptized. Also at that time while in Govt service with the approval of the San Jose Bishop Piere Dumain, I was a functional married deacon and as a result I and Fr. Locatelli baptized my daughter April jointly in the University Mission Church. At that time Fr. Locatelli was the Dean of the accounting Dept and had not yet become a President, SCU. As a result of the joint baptism, I became am extremely close associate of Fr. Locatelli. Over the years I had many opportunities to visit with him, not only a Jesuit Priest but also as President of the SCU. One important extension of our freindship was that from the time I was 11 yrs of age until 21 yrs of age I was a DISCALCED Carmelite Friar, and as a result during my Carmelite training I had completed the ignition spiritual exercises of 30 days each, 3 times during those 11 yrs, twice at USC and once in Rome. My two children, my oldest son Eric and my youngest daughter April both graduated from SCU and the training and spiritual direction they recieved at SCU under SCU's guidance by Fr. Locatelli has left a lasting positive spiritual influence on my children as well as myself. Enclosing these remarks, I know that Fr. Locatelli is united with our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Holy Father St. Ignatius founder of the Jesuit Order. Just prior to Fr. Locatelli to Rome, my wife Puri and myself had an opportunity to briefly visit with him and Puri had this opportunity to meet him. Our visit was the result of an unfortunate unprofessional behavior of an SCU alumni and part time legal professor, who became very instrumental in removing under a temporary Court Order full custody of her children. The sad part of this situation is not only the pain and the emotional injury this female attorney Rebecca Sue Jones- brought on both Puri and myself but the terrible psychological, emotional stress brought on to the children, shortly after Fr. Locatelli went to Rome on November 8, 2008 at the Catholic Church of St Francis of Assisi, Puri and I were married by Msgr. John Sandersfelf of Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi. While he was alived and now that he is in heaven, I feel that knowing him and having him as an influence in my life is truly been and is a BLESSED GIFT from our Almighty God..