In your words: Father Locatelli
Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2008 11:11 AM
Father Locatelli, I have worked for you since 1989 and was fortunate to experience your tenure as President of Santa Clara University first hand. I witnessed the closing of The Alameda through campus, the creation of Arts & Sciences building, parking structure, Kennedy Commons, residential learning centers, new Jesuit residence, Schott Stadium, and now the Learning Commons and the new business school. I also watched with pride as the number and quality of faculty and students grew each year. And the University's endowment followed along with the Centers of Distinction. Santa Clara has become a world-class university under your leadership. Personally, to have the opportunity, the challenge, the fulfillment of teaching at Santa Clara as a second career is a life-time achievement of which I am very proud. To thank you for all you have done seems woefully inadequate. But, I am not sure there is anything anyone could do that would properly convey our gratitude. The time has come to share you, your vision and skills with all of the Jesuit institutions of higher learning around the world. As you depart Santa Clara for Rome, please don't leave us without a extraordinary successor who can carry on your legacy and take SCU even greater levels of excellence. Father Locatelli, it has been an honor and privilege working for you. Thank you so much for the opportunity. My very best and God speed. Buford Barr Department of Marketing Department of Communication SCU since 1989 .
Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2008 2:51 PM
It's ironic that I receive your email at this moment in time. Your vision of global social justice and transformational Jesuit educational opportunities for all people, have inspired me to find a way to bridge Santa Clara graduate students with underprivileged populations around the world. I'm sitting in the Miami Airport right now getting ready to fly to the jungles of Belize to explore the possibilities of setting up a teacher to teacher mentoring program between the teachers there and Santa Clara University teacher education candidates. Within the next 5 days, I'll be meeting with people from the Department of Education and the University of Belize. Most teachers in Belize only have their high school credential so they are in desperate need of mentoring. We will be investigating the work of a K-12 school for at risk students in the jungle. The mission of the school follows the Jesuit tradition of educating the minds, hearts and souls of marginalized youth. These students would have no future educational opportunities if a such a school and scholarship fund hadn't been provided by the Pathlight organization. Check it out on this website: http://pathlight.org/jaguarcreek/
I will be presenting my findings to the SCU department of education in April. Your dedication to follow God's call on your life will continue to have a ripple effect on all who come in contact with you. Thank you...Thank you... for your tender heart of conscience, competence, and compassion! P.S I'll miss making you the "Finsk" short bread cookies every Christmas and giving you a thoughtful book to read! Pray for our endeavors as we become the "hands and feet" of Jesus to many of his children around the world. This quote from Elie Wiesel encapsulates much of the passion I have learned from you: "This is the duty of our generation as we enter the twenty-first century -- solidarity with the weak, the persecuted, the lonely, the sick, and those in despair. It is expressed by the desire to give a noble and humanizing meaning to a community in which all members will define themselves not by their own identity but by that of others." Always looking forward, I press on... Cheryl
Sunday, Mar. 16, 2008 10:15 AM
I received the news of Fr. Locatelli's upcoming departure from Santa Clara and just wanted to write to say what a privilege it was to attend Santa Clara under his leadership. I attended SCU from 1997 to 2003 receiving a BA in English and an MA in Spirituality. I am now in seminary and an MDiv candidate at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. I crossed paths with Fr. Locatelli many times and found him always open, approachable and engaging. I remember times that I waited in Nobili for Fr. Rynes (my spiritual advisor and mentor) to come down for a dinner appointment; and Fr. Locatelli would take the time to speak and ask if I had been helped. I just wanted to reach out and tell you that there is someone on the East Coast who feels excited and sad at the same time. My best wishes to you Father.
Friday, Mar. 14, 2008 2:05 PM
Paul: I remember when you came back to SCU from Loyola in 1988 during my senior year at Santa Clara. Your success in these past 20 years says everything about you as a leader in this community. Continued success to you in your global adventures to come. Thank you. Go Broncos! Sean Murphy '88
Friday, Mar. 14, 2008 1:33 PM
Santa Clara will not be the same without Papa Loc. It makes me selfishly sad to know he's moving on. His kind smile and friendly manner exemplified the SCU culture and will be greatly missed. Only the best to him.
Friday, Mar. 14, 2008 1:31 PM
When the graduate reading program in education was established and the Reading and Learning Center was completed, Father Locatelli and our donor, Ann Bowers (Noyce Foundation), came by to visit. Father Paul was immediately drawn to the book displays and left with a list of recommended books and periodicals to buy for his nieces and nephews. He instinctively essentialized the goal of the reading program by responding with a personal focus on children and literacy. I often begin my classes with this story; thank you, Father Paul!
Friday, Mar. 14, 2008 1:27 PM
As a former Jesuit, I had the blessing of being shaped by your commitment to your vocation for "faith that does justice" which was as globally known even to Jesuits in Micronesia as it was locally lived in the California Province. My desire to work at Santa Clara after leaving the Society had much to do with wanting to share in the great work that you were / are doing. I'm privileged to work at the International Programs Office where we can continue to share in the global mission of the Society with you. Thank you for your continued generosity to the Society, the Church... inspiration to all of us at SCU who will continue to build on the foundation you've built. In Faith, Vid