In Memoriam
Requiescat in Pace: Father Carlo A. Farina, SJ

Father Carlo A. Farina, SJ, long time English teacher at Bellarmine College Preparatory and admissions officer at Santa Clara University, entered into God's peace May 22 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 83.

Father Farina was born in Los Angeles on March 10, 1934. Around 1940, his family relocated to San Jose and Carlo attended St. Leo's Grammar School and Bellarmine College Preparatory, where he was involved in debating and publishing the school newspaper. Upon graduation, he, along with several classmates, entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Los Gatos in August 1951 and followed the course of training for the priesthood. His studies took him to Spokane for philosophy, to San Francisco for teaching experience at St. Ignatius High School (1958-60) and at Bellarmine (1960-61). Theology studies were made at Alma College, Los Gatos, and Fr. Farina was ordained to the priesthood in San Francisco on June 5, 1964.

With studies completed, Fr. Farina returned to Bellarmine in 1966, teaching English and twice chairing the department. For some years, he also had charge of the boarding students. In 1981-83, he taught English at St. Ignatius in San Francisco. In 1983, he deferred a sabbatical at Santa Clara University to take up a position in undergraduate admissions as assistant director. For the next 15 years, he read thousands of applications and travelled extensively across the country on recruiting trips for the university. Finally taking the sabbatical in 1998, Fr. Farina had some time for theological renewal and reflection.

He once more returned to Bellarmine to direct the English writing center (1999-2000) then served as director of alumni outreach until 2008. After a one-year assignment as associate pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Sacramento, Fr. Farina came to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, in 2009, where he continued his pastoral ministry at local parishes. 

Father Farina is survived by his twin sister, Maria Menard, of Meridian, Idaho, nieces and nephews, and is fondly remembered by his many close friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place on May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Leontyne Chapel, Bellarmine College Preparatory, 960 W. Hedding Street, San Jose, with burial May 31, 10 a.m. at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln Street, Santa Clara.

Donations in memory of Fr. Farina may be made to the California Province of the Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos, CA 95031, or through the Province's secure donation site at www.jesuitswest.org/donations online.






Recent News

Gonzaga University has hired Jacob H. Rooksby, JD, PhD, as the new dean of Gonzaga University School of Law. He will start his term on June 1. Rooksby succeeds Dean Jane Korn, who began her tenure in 2011.

Father Francis “Frank” Goodman Hernandez, SJ, longtime teacher of physics and computer science at Jesuit High School, Carmichael, Calif., entered into God’s peace April 11 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos.

Kate Hannick, a Seattle University junior and economics and public affairs double major, has been named a 2018 Truman Scholar, one of only 59 selected this year by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Santa Clara University Law School alumna Lizbeth Mateo, JD, ’16 has reached another milestone: She’s the first undocumented immigrant named to statewide post in California.

Psychology doctoral student Liliana Campos Ramales won’t graduate for another two years, but she already knows the types of patients she wants to work with as a psychologist – undocumented residents who face constant fear of being discovered and deported.

Gonzaga University will welcome eight new Act Six Scholars to the incoming class of 2022. The urban and community leaders from Spokane and the Tacoma-Seattle area will receive full-tuition, full-need, four-year scholarships as members of the latest Act Six cohort.

The Board of Directors of Verbum Dei High School announced the appointment of Father Stephen A. Privett, SJ, as president. Father Privett will lead the Catholic boys high school that has been acclaimed for providing its South Central Los Angeles students a rigorous college prep curriculum for more than five decades.

view all news

Search news

Publications

Mission Magazine - Fall 2017

Mission Magazine - Fall 2016

Mission Magazine - Spring 2016


Companions
Fall, 2017

Update
Summer, 2017

Update
Spring, 2017


Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra
The Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra is an adult, youth, and family retreat center in Applegate, Placer County, California, for nonprofit groups of 20-130 (105 guests overnight; +25 additional beds in summer only).