Remembering Jesuit Father William McCurdy, Student Counselor and Campus Minister
March 4, 2016 - Father William McCurdy, S.J., died on February 28, 2016, at Murray-Weigel Hall in Bronx, New York. He was 85 years old.
Fr. McCurdy was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 13, 1930. He was the son of Walter and Irene (McDonnell) McCurdy. He attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans and graduated from Brooklyn Prep and then St. John's University in 1947. Fr. McCurdy entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew on Hudson in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1948. He studied philosophy at Bellarmine College in Plattsburg, N.Y. from 1952-1955.
From 1955-1958, Fr. McCurdy was a teacher of Latin, English and speech at Brooklyn Prep. He then studied theology at Woodstock College in Maryland from 1958-1962. In 1963, Fr. McCurdy became director of vocations for the New York Province and assistant director of JSMB (Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau) at Loyola Residence on 83rd Street. He became a student counselor at Canisius High School in Buffalo, N.Y., from 1968-1980, took a year sabbatical, and then resumed his position until 1988.
From 1989-1996, Fr. McCurdy became campus minister at Canisius College. He then became superior at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, N.Y., until 2002. After a short sabbatical, Fr. McCurdy became faculty chaplain at Canisius Jesuit Community until 2011 when he became pastoral minister and assistant to the minister through 2013. In 2014, he became house confessor.
He spent the remainder of his life at Murray-Weigel Hall where he continued his community ministry and was missioned to the work of praying for the Church and the Society.
The wake is on Friday, March 4, from 3-5 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Murray-Weigel Hall Chapel in the Bronx. The Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, March 5, at 11:30 a.m. at the MurrayWeigel Hall Chapel, followed by the burial at the Jesuit Cemetery in Auriesville, N.Y.
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Nov. 12, 2018 - Fr. Daniel J. O’Brien SJ, was called to eternal life on Nov. 9, 2018. He was born on Aug. 31, 1928, in Hoboken, N.J., entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 7, 1946, and was ordained on June 20, 1959. He pronounced his final vows on February 2, 1964.
Nov. 2, 2018 - Fr. Robert F. Taft, SJ, was called to eternal life on Nov. 2, 2018. He was born on Jan. 9, 1932, in Providence, R.I., entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 14, 1949, and was ordained on June 7, 1963. He pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1966 in Heidelberg, Germany.
Oct. 31, 2018 - November 2 is the feast of All Souls, when many Christians remember family members and friends who have died. Please join us as we prayerfully remember the Jesuit priests and brothers who were called to home to God.
Oct. 24, 2018 - Fr. James F. Bresnahan, SJ, was called to eternal life on Oct. 23, 2018. He was born on Dec. 28, 1926, and entered the Society of Jesus at Shadowbrook in Lenox, Mass., on July 30, 1949, and was ordained on June 13, 1959. He pronounced his final vows on Aug. 15, 1965.
Oct.10, 2018 - Fr. James M. Keegan, SJ, was called to eternal life on Oct. 9, 2018. He was born on July 19, 1940, in Franklin, N.H., entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 14, 1962, and was ordained on June 5, 1971. He pronounced his final vows on Sept. 8, 1977, at St. Andrew Bobola House.
September 24, 2018 — Jesuit Father Joseph T. Bennett was called to eternal life on Sept. 23, 2018. Fr. Bennett was born on Dec. 19, 1926, and entered the Jesuits at Shadowbrook in Lenox, Mass., on Aug. 14, 1944. He was ordained in June 1957 and pronounced final vows on May 4, 1989.