Friday, January 29, 2010

Ralph McInerny (1929-2010) [UPDATED]

Joseph Bottum writes at First Thoughts:
Our friend, Ralph McInerny, has slipped away, dying at 7:45 this morning. I have no voice or words to speak our loss. Not yet. Not today.

An autobiographical essay of Ralph’s appeared
here, and severval fine poems ...

[Read the rest]
Requiescat in pace.

More tributes:
Francis Beckwith at Southern Appeal

Kathryn Lopez at The Corner

(Hat tip: Opinionated Catholic)

Thomas S. Hibbs at On the Square

UPDATE #3 (1 February)
Dominican Province of St. Joseph:
Ralph McInerny, a Third Order Dominican and eminent Thomist, published over 100 books over the course of his illustrious career. Most of his work was in the field of philosophy, where he made a lasting contribution to the study of the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. He also published several mystery stories, including the popular Father Dowling Mysteries, and a volume of poetry. His last work, Dante and the Blessed Virgin, was published late last year.

McInerny taught at the University of Notre Dame for over 50 years. Not only was he a sharp mind, but he was possessed a lively sense of humor that endeared him to students and collegues alike. He was a wonderful teacher of St. Thomas who gave his life to the service of the Church. He has had a personal and profound impact on many members of our Dominican community.

To honor the memory of Dr. McInerny and to pray for the repose of his soul, the Dominican House of Studies will celebrate a Memorial Mass for him at 5:00 PM on Monday, February 1.

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