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.
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.
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.
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.”
August 26, 2018 – Bishop Thomas Daley of Spokane celebrated the 8:30 am Mass at St. Aloysius Church and officially announced Fr. Tom Lamanna, SJ, as the new Pastor. Fr. Jerry Graham, SJ, joins the parish team as Associate Pastor.
August 24, 2018 - In a letter released today, Jesuit Superior General Father Arturo Sosa addressed the Society of Jesus and its lay collaborators regarding the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.