Father Harry Tyler “Dutch” Olivier entered into God’s peace on March 17, 2015 in Arizona Heart Hospital, Phoenix. He was 88 and had been a Jesuit for 70 years.
Father Olivier was born in San Francisco on September 5, 1926. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1944 and entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Los Gatos on August 14 of that year. His studies were made at Los Gatos (1944-48) and at Mount St. Michael’s, Spokane (1948-51). He taught Latin and religion at St. Ignatius High School (1951-53) and was a lecturer in English at the University of San Francisco (1953-54). Theological studies were made at Alma College, Los Gatos (1954-58) and he was ordained a priest in San Francisco on June 15, 1957.
Although Fr. Olivier returned to the high school classroom for brief periods at St. Ignatius College Prep (1959-60 and 1985-87), his primary work was in administration of Jesuit institutions. From 1960 to 1966 he served as assistant to the master of novices at Sacred Heart Novitiate, Los Gatos. When the collegiate studies program was relocated to Loyola University in 1966, Dutch was named superior of the Jesuits-in-training.
In 1972 he assumed the position of minister, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the large Jesuit community of Loyola Marymount. In 1981 he was named executive assistant to the provincial of the California Province, serving until 1985. From 1987 until his death, Fr. Olivier was stationed at Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix, as rector (1987-92), and as Minister of the community since 1993. He also taught religion and faithfully attended student events and athletics events during those years.
Fr. Olivier was known for his remarkable kindness, patience and generosity as Minister of the community, overseeing the myriad details of day-to-day operation and pitching in on whatever chore needed to be done. His deep spirituality was recognized in the assignments dealing with the formation of young Jesuits. Always a true gentleman, he was a warm and gracious presence in the school and community.
He is survived by a brother, Albert, of Novato, Calif.
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September 30, 2018 - Jesuit Scholastics studying Philosophy spend their first summer on service immersion programs. The rural villages of Alakanuk, Bethel and Newtok in western Alaska were the frontier destinations for Shane Liesegang, SJ, John Meyers, SJ, Jason McCreery, SJ, Raymond Parcon, SJ, and James Millikan, SJ. Their mission was to contribute their talents wherever needed.
September 17, 2018 - Ms. Kim Cavnar, Principal of St. Francis Xavier School, received Loyola University of Chicago’s 2018 Damen Award from the Institute of Pastoral Studies on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
September 12, 2018 - Father Michael J. Mandala, SJ, emeritus president of Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles, died September 9, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He suffered from pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years of age and had been a member of the Jesuit Order for 54 years, 41 years a priest.
September 5, 2018 - Father John J. (“Hex”) Kindall, SJ, longtime high school teacher/principal and pastor in schools and parishes throughout the Pacific Northwest, died August 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He was 91 years of age, a Jesuit for 74 years, and 61 years a priest.
September 2, 2018 - The Jesuits West Prayer for September centers on St. Peter Claver, SJ, whose feast day is September 9. From 1610 until his death in 1654, Peter Claver, ministered to the slaves brought from Africa to Cartagena, Colombia. Peter signed his name, “slave of the slaves forever.”
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