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.
Gretchen Carlson, veteran television journalist and author whose fight against workplace sexual harassment helped spark a national discussion about female empowerment and activism, will speak at 7 p.m. March 21, at Loyola Marymount University.
Father William John Stout, SJ, longtime teacher, chaplain, and parish priest, entered into God’s peace March 14, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 85, a member of the Society of Jesus for 66 years and an ordained Catholic priest for 53 years.
Superior General Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, has named Fathers Martin Connell, SJ, and Michael Boughton, SJ, new rectors for the two Jesuit theology centers in the United States in Berkeley and Boston, respectively.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA) has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Joan Rosenhauer to serve as the first woman in the role of executive director, leading the organization into a new era during a critical time for refugees.
Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ, is hosting a new Bible-based show, "Scripture and Tradition," that debuts today on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). The show replaces one of Fr. Pacwa's previous series, "Threshold of Hope.”
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