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Live Stream Funeral Link / Richard R. Gaillardetz - d. 11/7/23

11/07/2023 10:50 AM | Anonymous

The CTSA prays and mourns beloved member Richard "Rick" Gaillardetz, CTSA President in 2013 - 2014) who died early this morning.  

Eternal rest grant unto Rick, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

The CTSA's Proceedings includes Rick's work:

The Francis Moment: A "Kairos" for Catholic Ecclesiology (Presidential Address, 2014).

Investigations regarding "When the Magisterium Intervenes": Exercise of the Magisterium in Contemporary Social and Ecclesial Contexts (2011, R. Gaillardetz, Convener and Moderator)

Re-imagining the Ecclesial / Prophetic Vocation (2010) by Catherine E. Clifford and Richard R. Gaillardetz

When the Magisterium Interenes... ( 2010, R. Gaillardetz, Convener)

"When the Magisterium Intervenes...": Investigations regarding the exercise of the Magisterium in Contemporary Social and Ecclesial Contexts (2009, R. Gaillardetz, Convener)

Wake & Vigil: Wednesday, November 15, 4 - 8 p.m
Gormley Funeral Home
Wake 4  - 7:15 p.m.; Vigil Service 7:15 - 8 p.m.

Funeral: Thursday, November 16, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Live Stream Link:
St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church
28 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill

Reception: 11:15 - 2 p.m. 
Gasson Hall, 140 Commonwealth Ave.


  • 11/07/2023 12:10 PM | Rev Thomas P Rausch SJ
    The Church in the United States and all of us at the CTSA have lost a gifted and beloved colleague. Our debt to Rick Gaillardetz for his books, articles, and gracious presence is enormous. Prayers for him and for his family as he rejoices with the risen Jesus.
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  • 11/07/2023 12:30 PM | SimonMary A. Aihiokhai
    Richard brought clarity of thought and a prophetic creativity to all that he did as a theologian and scholar. May he now experience the joyful reward of the beatific vision. Rest in God's love.
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  • 11/07/2023 12:54 PM | Bryan T. Froehle
    Celebrating Rick and his legacy even while deeply mourning. His final act as a theologian was to teach us how to die a good death. Greatly moved by him, his family, and the way he lived his life and served the church with such love.
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  • 11/07/2023 1:05 PM | Anne Masters
    I am stunned and so sad. All the comments above are eloquent and true. As a student of Rick's, he touched me through his mentorship and guidance during my Masters journey.
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  • 11/07/2023 1:07 PM | John Sheveland
    Rest in peace, Rick. I’m grateful to have learned much from your work and will continue to do so. Your BC reception hospitality at the AAR will long be remembered, and your clear voice long missed. Blessings to all who grieve.
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  • 11/07/2023 1:17 PM | Rev John J Burkhard OFM Conv
    I am so saddened to learn of Rick's dying earlier today, even though his health has been an intention in our prayers for so many months. Rick was a warm and encouraging friend and a wonderful colleague and scholar. The CTSA has lost a powerfully human and deeply Christian voice, but Rick's enormous theological legacy will enrich the Church for many years to come. My prayers are with Diana and their boys.
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  • 11/07/2023 1:30 PM | Kate Ward
    Rick helped us understand academically how ecclesial leadership should be at the service of the people. He lived that ecclesiology when he accepted the position of director of graduate studies at BC, reasoning that graduate students needed an advocate with the position and power of an endowed chair. In that role, he secured a stipend increase and the right to parental leave for doctoral students, making it materially easier for lay students, particularly women, to flourish in the theological academy.

    A light has left the world with Rick's death, but the gift of his teaching, mentorship and scholarship has not and will not stop renewing the Church. My prayers are with his beautiful family.
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  • 11/07/2023 1:54 PM | David Stosur
    What a privilege to have known Rick since our graduate school days at Notre Dame, and to have witnessed his incredible contribution as a first-rate ecclesiologist over these many years. Even more, such a model of Christian personhood and inspiring member of the Body of Christ. May he rest in the peace of Christ, and may Diana and their family know the consolation of the Spirit in the love and support of family and friends.
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  • 11/07/2023 2:06 PM | Amir Hussain
    Ah, I'd been dreading getting this news since I last saw Rick, almost exactly a year ago. He was immensely helpful to me when I became chair of the theology department at LMU, when he was going through his own issues, both professionally and with his own health. That in the midst of ALL of that, he found time to help and mentor me was so marvelous.

    There's a phrase in the Qur'an that we often recite at times like these, "We belong to God, and to God we return". I'll remember Rick, and his family, in my prayers.
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  • 11/07/2023 2:18 PM | Lizette M Larson-Miller
    I met Rick at Notre Dame (at his wedding as a guest of someone else! ) - I have learned so much from his writing, lectures, reflections and responses. What a loss to the theological world in the US and beyond. But, in particular, this has been a long process of dying for him - and it is here that all that he is and believed comes through in the most important formation. Thank you for showing us the path toward eternal life.
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  • 11/07/2023 4:36 PM | Andrew Massena
    Even though I was never Rick's student, nor his advisee, he played a tremendously important role in my life. When he was grad director at BC, he constantly advocated for the PhD students, and I distinctly remember all of the times he advocated for me. I don't know if my time in the program would have been nearly as successful without his support and encouragement. I am where I am today, thanks to him. He will be dearly missed. Prayers for him and his family.
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  • 11/07/2023 10:48 PM | Colleen Mallon
    It is no mistake that Rick returns to our God on the feast of Dominican All Saints Day, November 7. He served our church with the passion of Yves Congar, the wisdom of M.D. Chenu and the creativity of Paul Philibert. Surely the OP saints are relishing his entry into the banquet of the Reign. I will miss you, Rick, so very much. Condolences to Diana and the boys.
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  • 11/08/2023 4:14 AM | Hosffman Ospino (Administrator)
    A remarkable scholar, colleague and friend. It was a true pleasure to collaborate with Rick on several projects at Boston College and beyond. He lives in our memories and in his many works, which will likely continue to inspire love for the ecclesial community about which he cared so much. Rest in peace.
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  • 11/08/2023 1:48 PM | Sister Mary C Boys SNJM
    I grieve Rick's death--such a loss to so many. He was a gifted theologian. More importantly, he was a lively, humane,and deeply committed man of faith. And a great deal of fun! May his beloved family be deeply consoled.
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  • 11/08/2023 2:16 PM | Mary E Hines
    What a loss for the church, for Catholic theology, especially ecclesiology, and for his family and all who loved him. He will be so deeply missed. We will continue to rely on his wisdom and prayerful theology.
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  • 11/09/2023 9:01 AM | James F. Keating
    I first saw Rick when he was a senior at University of Texas and playing the guitar at our 10:00 pm Newman Center mass. I thought to myself, that's a cool way to be. Later I came to know Rick as Houston's most famous theologian--a title he still holds. I can recall a talk he gave in Austin and thinking: I'd like to do something like that. I also recall that I asked an irritating question, to which received a graceful and informed answer. Over the years, I have had many occasions to witness Rick's contributions to the American Church. The most important to me personally was his support of our report on theological diversity at the CTSA. It was a contentious issue and the report's conclusions challenging. It was to Rick's everlasting credit that he insisted on its being made public to the membership. Apart from his undeniable talents as a theologian, Rick was a gentleman and a person of great integrity. We were blessed to have him as long as we did, even though we needed him much longer.
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  • 11/09/2023 5:24 PM | Maria-Pilar Aquino
    A bright mind and a delightful human being. I interacted with him on many occasions since he became CTSA president. At the time of his election, I served as his counterpart but I knew from the outset that he will be rightfully elected. We sat together during voting and experienced firsthand his graciousness. It was a joyful moment of service to the Society. He cared deeply for his faculty, his CTSA colleagues, his family and his friends. He now enjoys God’s glory. Rest in peace.
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  • 11/11/2023 4:50 PM | Carlos Mendoza-Alvarez
    A man passionately dedicated to his theological vocation, as a researcher, professor and director, with a faith rooted in his experience of the Church in the United States, open to dialogue with colleagues from other contexts and theologies.
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  • 11/15/2023 11:59 AM | Janice Poss
    A sad loss. I remember often attending his sessions at RECongress when I was a fledgling theologian and learning so much from him. He is missed by many of us. Prayers for his family and for his soul.
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