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CTSA Remembers Brian David Berry - d. Oct. 26, 2021

11/01/2021 9:26 AM | Anonymous

The CTSA remembers long-standing member Brian David Berry who died on Tuesday, October 26th.  


Brian Berry passed away from cancer on October 26 at the age of 64. He received his PhD in theological ethics from Boston College in 1995. Prior to his work as a theology professor at Ursuline College, Notre Dame of Maryland University, and St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute, where he received multiple teaching awards, Brian worked in Jamaica in a Jesuit mission and as an assistant in a L’Arche community in Calgary. He published in areas of bioethics, social ethics, and the spirituality of Jean Vanier. Brian leaves behind his wife of 26 years, CTSA member Susanne DeCrane. As she reflects, Brian was a proud Canadian and had a particular concern for those “whom society deems insignificant.” (Written by Kristin E. Heyer and Brian's wife and CTSA member Susanne DeCrane.)

Link to Brian David Berry's Obituary


  • 11/01/2021 10:52 AM | Lisa Sowle Cahill
    All Saints Day is a good time to remember Brian! It was a privilege to work with him on his dissertation (and with Susanne as well), and to have known him for 30+ years. Brian was gentle, compassionate and ready with a smile. He was also an astute theologian! His CTSA colleagues will miss him, yet remember him with gratitude. My heart and prayers go out to Susanne. Lisa
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  • 11/01/2021 11:00 AM | David Hollenbach
    I am very saddened to learn of Brian Berry's death. I got to know Brian well at Boston College when he was a graduate student. He was a kind and gentle person,. with deep concern for those who are struggling. We will miss him and I pray in gratitude for his friendship and his contributions on this All Saint's Day.
    David Hollenbach, S.J.
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  • 11/01/2021 11:30 AM | Timothy P Muldoon
    Susanne, keeping Brian and your entire family in prayer as you grieve.
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  • 11/01/2021 1:30 PM | Colleen Mallon
    I am so sorry to hear this news. Brian was one of those dear and loving CTSA faces I always looked forward to seeing and sought out at our yearly gathering. Grace and peace, dear Brian, is yours now and eternally.
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  • 11/01/2021 8:12 PM | Prof. Michael Vertin
    In 1976-77, Brian Berry was a student in my year-long second-year undergraduate course in Philosophy of Religion at St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto. I remember him as a young man who was very bright, deeply interested in the course's topics, and extremely kind. (A few years ago, I had occasion to review my records for that course, and Brian had the top grade of the 34 students.) Though my only direct contact with him since then was a brief conversation we had at a conference more than a decade ago, I have been aware of his teaching appointments and the high esteem in which his students held him. Obviously God's goodness showed through him in many ways. My condolences to Susanne, and my prayers for both Brian and her.
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  • 11/02/2021 8:20 AM | Anonymous
    I will remember Brian in prayer! My sympathies to his wife, Susanne. Prayerfully, Fr. Doug Spina
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  • 11/02/2021 4:14 PM | M Shawn Copeland
    Brian Berry was one of the most kind, sensitive, and gracious of men. I am so sorry that we are deprived of his mind and his smile.
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  • 11/09/2021 8:31 AM | Thomas J Massaro SJ
    My deepest sympathies go out to Susanne DeCrane and all those who mourn the loss of Brian. As others have written here, his compassion and kindness were transparent and inspiring. I will greatly miss our conversations. November is a "month of remembrance" and I will certainly remember Brian fondly, now and always.
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