Father Francis J. Buckley, SJ
July 16th, 2013
Jesuit Father Francis J. Buckley, noted theologian and author of catechetical works, died July 9, after a long illness at Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, at the age of 84. Ordained in 1958, Father Buckley entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1945. He held a postgraduate degree in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and served as a theological advisor to the United States bishops at the 1977 Synod of Bishops on Catechetics in Rome.
Born in Los Angeles, Father Buckley taught at the University of San Francisco for more than 40 years retiring in 2002. He remained with the Jesuit community at USF until moving to Sacred Heart, Los Gatos in 2005. He was also a member of the board of trustees of the Jesuits’ Loyola Marymount University, 1974-1989, and served in a similar capacity with other institutions.
Father Buckley with Society of Helpers Sister Maria de la Cruz Aymes produced catechetical works for children in the post-Vatican II era that were adopted many parishes and schools throughout the English and Spanish speaking worlds. In addition, he was the author of 10 books and over 100 journal and press articles.
A colleague called him a “passionate educator, priest and person of faith;” his own term was “compulsive teacher and troublemaker,” the Jesuits said in an obituary of the priest. “He was a vigorous, creative and clear teacher and writer who was not afraid to express his convictions, whether it concerned campus politics, the state of Catholic education or church affairs.”
A funeral Mass was celebrated July 16 at St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco with committal at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, Santa Clara.
Donations in memory of Father Buckley may be made to the California Province of the Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos 95031.
From July 19, 2013 issue of Catholic San Francisco.