Requiescat in Pace: Father Fredric W. Schlatter, SJ
Fredric W. Schlatter, SJ, entered into God’s peace on October 21 at the Sacred
Heart Jesuit Center Infirmary in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 90.
A scholar of classical languages and history, Fr.
Schlatter was an outstanding professor, educator, gentleman, and priest who
influenced the lives of many students at Gonzaga University as well as those
studying for the priesthood. He both challenged and cared for each person who
entered his classroom with a deep passion and imparted in them increased
confidence in their abilities to learn and grow.
Born in Tacoma on June 16, 1926,
Fredric and his younger brother, James, were the two children of Fredrick W.
and Genevieve M. (Boyne) Schlatter. Fred graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory
(Tacoma) and entered the Jesuit Novitiate in August 1943 at Sheridan, Ore. He excelled
in the humanities and philosophy, and after his ordination on June 16, 1956
(Spokane,) Fr. Schlatter went onto to Princeton University to obtain a
doctorate in the classics in 1960.
With this degree in hand, Fr. Schlatter began an
era of teaching the classics, first for seven years instructing younger Jesuits
in formation for priesthood and for the next 30 years at Gonzaga University where
he taught in the classics and history departments. Every class he taught started
promptly on time and went the full time allotted; never was a moment wasted nor
a harsh word spoken by Fr. Schlatter when he was teaching. He was named
Professor Emeritus in 1997 by Gonzaga University; with this honor he reduced
his work and teaching duties but remained available to mentor and guide
students and colleagues. Declining health necessitated his transfer to the
Jesuit Infirmary in Los Gatos in October 2014; he remained mobile and lively
until the very last few days of life.
June 20, 2018 - Pope Francis has criticized the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the Mexican border, saying populism is not the answer to the world’s immigration problems.
June 14, 2018 - Rep. Juan Vargas read a letter on the U.S. House Floor by Jesuit West Provincial Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ, calling for support for the peaceful negotiation of a solution to the crisis in Nicaragua and for respect for the physical safety of all Nicaraguans.
June 11, 2018 - Bishop of San Diego, Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy ordained on Saturday, June 9, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in San Ysidro, California, four Jesuit Priests: Fr. JT Tanner, SJ , Fr. Elías Puentes, SJ, Fr. Alejandro Báez-González, SJ, and Fr. Thomas Flowers, SJ.
June 10, 2018 - The Jesuits West Province of the Society of Jesus held its Ordination Mass near the U.S.-Mexico border to call attention to the plight of immigrants. Province leaders and priests also participated in a Prayer Rally on June 8 at Chicano Park in San Diego in support of immigrants.
Jesuits West sponsored a spiritually enriching Portugal Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima and the renown cities of Porto and Lisbon, May 21-31. Father Sam Bellino, SJ, and Father John Mossi, SJ, were the spiritual directors for the journey which included daily Masses at Fatima.