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Fr. Paul Locatelli 1938-2010

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My Last Conversation with Paul

Monday, Jul. 26, 2010

My Last Conversation with Paul Locatelli, S.J. My last conversation with Paul was on May 13 at a reception following the Center for Science, Technology, and Society Advisory Board. As Secretary for Jesuit Higher Education he was on the Board of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools, an association with ninety-two member Jesuit universities around the world. The meetings this year were in the Philippines and I asked if he would be going to Manila. In his quiet voice he said, “No, I won’t be going this year.” In reflecting on his keynote at Fordham two years earlier I recalled how much he had inspired this group. Paul led by vision and example. In his leadership and love of Santa Clara he was tireless and personified for me the Hebrews 12: 1 verse. . . “let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.” By coincidence I had been asked to speak at the Manila meetings and to host a round table discussion on the Jesuit network and social entrepreneurship, so I took the red eye from SFO to Manila on the evening following Paul’s Mission Gardens memorial. At these meetings there were several heartfelt references to Paul and the hopes that animated his work as Secretary of Jesuit Higher Education. In conjunction with the April meetings of Jesuit leaders that he organized in Mexico City a news release from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities quoted Paul as saying, “Learning in a global context is the future, and as the only global network of higher education in the world, Jesuit higher education should seize this opportunity and at the same time, accept its responsibility for helping to fashion a more humane, just and sustainable world for all.” Paul’s spirit is alive across this campus and around the world. We are all truly blessed to have traveled with him and by his vision and example for the race that is before us.