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Father Jerry Helfrich, SJ
Jesuit Father Philip Jeremiah (“Jerry”) Helfrich, a co-founder of the Oakland-based Pacific Institute for Community Organization (PICO), which has empowered faith-based communities to turn faith into action through social justice for more than 30 years, died Nov. 5 in Los Angeles of cancer. He was 69 and had been a Jesuit for 47 years and a priest for 36 years.

When Father Helfrich came to California in 1972 he and Jesuit Father John Baumann established the Oakland Training Institute, based at Oakland’s St. Elizabeth Parish. They began to train volunteers to mobilize local residents to address their most pressing problems, using the resources of churches and church-related organizations.

The training center was later renamed the Pacific Institute for Community Organization to better reflects its availability to groups throughout the Pacific region. Father Helfrich brought the PICO program to the poor areas of Orange
County when he moved to Santa Ana in 1976.

In addition to his work with PICO, Father Helfrich served as superior of Casa Miguel Pro in Tustin, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in San Jose, director of social/pastoral ministries for the California Province of the Society of Jesus and executive director of Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission in Los Angeles. After a year as associate pastor, he became pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Santa Barbara. His most recent assignment was as a juvenile detention chaplain in Los Angeles.

The funeral Mass was held Nov. 10 at Sacred Heart Chapel at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Burial was at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, Santa Clara.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Father Jerry Helfrich Scholarship Fund at Loyola High School, 1901 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006 or to the Pacific Institute for Community Organization, 171 Santa Rosa Ave., Oakland, CA 94610.

Rudolf Schulze
Rudolf Schulze, a former faculty member at De La Salle High School in Concord, died Oct. 23 in a solo car accident on his 51st birthday.

Schulze was principal at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento at the time of his death. A graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, he served in various capacities at De La Salle High School for over a dozen years before he began to work at the Sacramento high school in 2002. A former Jesuit priest, he also worked at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and at St. Ignatius College Preparatory.

The funeral Mass was held Oct. 30 at Holy Name of Jesus Church in San Francisco.

 

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