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Remembering Michael Buckley, S.J. (July 25, 2019)

07/25/2019 5:18 PM | Anonymous

 Fr. Michael Buckley, SJ, died at 6:10 this morning, July 25, 2019. May he rest in peace!  We share this news for your prayers and request you take a moment to reflect and comment on how his life and work influenced you.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him. 
May he rest in peace.


  • 07/25/2019 6:34 PM | Sixto J Garcia
    Fr. Buckley’s book, “At the Origins of Modern Atheism,” had a great influence on my thought. I used it as a text for my elective course “”The Question of Atheism: Challenge and Response” - Both his immense scholarship and his deep faith were reflected in it - I regret his passing
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  • 07/25/2019 10:24 PM | W. Jerome Bracken, C.P.
    Fr. Buckley took a great interest in people. I remember him attending one of my presentations and asking a question afterwards so I could favorably elaborate on what I had said. From his correspondence I have a sense that he had a genuine care not for a few but for many people.
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  • 07/26/2019 5:58 PM | Anonymous
    Services for Fr. Buckley:

    Vigil, August 1, 7 p.m., Mission Santa Clara de Asís, California
    Funeral, August 2, 10 a.m., Mission Santa Clara de Asís

    All are welcome.
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  • 07/29/2019 6:42 PM | Mark F Fischer
    During my first year as a student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Michael Buckley and Sandra Schneiders offered a seminar on Hans-Georg Gadamer's "Truth and Method" which had just been published in English. We spent the entire semester on the book. It opened up to me the philosophical concept of tradition, which became my dissertation topic. Mike Buckley left the GTU and could not direct my dissertation, but he made a profound impression on me.
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  • 08/05/2019 12:06 PM | Dung Q. Tran
    While I didn't know Fr. Michael Buckley personally, I loved his 1998 book about Jesuit higher education, and his brother Fr. Tom Buckley, from our days in Berkeley and Los Angeles.

    I'm sure both of them are loving the fact that they get to swap stories and jokes once again!
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  • 08/05/2019 12:09 PM | Rev Thomas P Rausch SJ
    One of his professors at the University of Chicago once described Michael J. Buckley as possessed of “an eloquent mind.” He authored two seminal works on atheism, Motion and Motion’s God (Princeton, 1971) and At the Origins of Modern Atheism (Yale, 1987). His writings on Catholic higher education, prayer, the Spiritual Exercises, and the priesthood played a significant role in the formation of several decades of young Jesuits. He was truly a wisdom teacher.
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  • 08/05/2019 12:16 PM | Mary Jane Ponyik (Administrator)
    James T. Keane, "Remembering Michael Buckley, S.J." (America, July 29, 2019).
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