|April 7, 2014 • VOL. 52, NO. 7 • Oakland, CA|
Sister Marion Loretta Carr, PBVM, (religious name Sister Mary Agnes Loretta) died Feb. 14, at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. She was 90. She was a native of San Francisco and a Sister of the Presentation for 73 years.
Father William R. Stoeger, SJ
Jesuit Father William R. Stoeger, a staff scientist for the Vatican Observatory Research Group in Tucson, Arizona, died March 24 in the Regis Infirmary at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos after a struggle with cancer. Father Stoeger was the main speaker at an annual dinner of about 120 Catholic scholars in Berkeley hosted by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, on Nov. 21. Father Stoeger attended graduate school at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, was a deacon at Newman Hall and ordained a priest in 1972.
Father Stoeger specialized in theoretical cosmology, high-energy astrophysics, and interdisciplinary studies relating to science, philosophy and theology. He investigated the physics of black holes, mathematical issues of theories of gravity, and the origin of the universe, among other issues.
He was born in Torrance on May 10, 1943, grew up in Redondo Beach, and after graduation from Bishop Montgomery High School, entered the Jesuit order at Los Gatos in 1961. His studies took him to Jesuit-run Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, the University of California Los Angeles and Cambridge University in England. At Cambridge, where he worked with Stephen Hawking, the famed British theoretical physicist and cosmologist, he received his doctorate in astrophysics.
Father Stoeger was known as a dedicated priest, assisting at various parishes and was sought after as a retreat presenter.
He is survived by his brother, Father Jack Stoeger, a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and a sister, Rosemary Bruscino of Carrollton, Texas.
A funeral Mass was celebrated March 28 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, followed by burial at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery in Santa Clara.
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