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In Memory of Father Bill Stoeger, SJ, PhD, of the Vatican Observatory

Memorial Mass and Reception for Father William R. Stoeger, S.J., on Tuesday, April 22, at 5:00 pm at the Benedictine Monastery, 800 N. Country Club Road, Tucson AZ.
Priests who wish to concelebrate please bring an alb and white stole.
Please pass this invitation on to other friends of Father Bill Stoeger.
Inquiries to Fr. Chris Corbally

This remembrance was written by Jose Funes, the director of the Vatican Observatory, which has offices at Steward Observatory:

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Father Bill Stoeger, S.J.

He was called home to the Lord yesterday evening at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. The Jesuit Community of the Vatican Observatory has lost a brother, a friend and an outstanding scientist.

Bill Stoeger was a staff scientist for the Vatican Observatory Research Group in Tucson, specializing in theoretical cosmology, high-energy astrophysics, and interdisciplinary studies relating to science, philosophy and theology. The eight volumes of the Vatican Observatory and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences series on "God's Action in the World" attest magnificently to this broad-based work.

His sensitivity to others was shown in finding the right words for special Masses, in the regular calls he received to give retreats, and in the lives of the very many people to whom he gave spiritual direction. Bill's goodness, and his genius, never ceased to move those around him. He was one of the few who could excel not only at understanding and working with the mathematics of the Big Bang but also at directing retreats for religious men and women.

The funeral mass was held at 10:00 AM on Friday March 28 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, CA.