December 14, 2012

Jeanette Grider

Richard Dunphy, S.J., 1941-2012

Richard Dunphy, S.J.

Richard Dunphy, S.J., whose work provided a beginning for today's Division of Mission and Ministry, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12. He was 71.

A native of Milwaukee, Father Dunphy entered the Society of Jesus at the Jesuit Novitiate in Oshkosh in 1959 and was ordained in 1973 at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.

Following ordination, he joined the formation team for Jesuit scholastics at SLU, providing spiritual direction and coordinating liturgies at Fusz Memorial.

Father Dunphy completed a bachelor's degree in philosophy at Loyola University Chicago as well as master's degrees in English at Marquette University and spirituality at SLU.

He also received a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Theological Faculty Teresianum in Rome.

Father Dunphy became a member of the Pastoral Care Department at Saint Louis University Hospital in 1983, where he served as staff chaplain and also as an adjunct faculty member in SLU's department of theological studies.

In addition, he was a preceptor for the Master's program in pastoral health care and a resource person for the Medical Center on the Jesuit heritage and mission in health care.

In August 1988, Father Dunphy was named Assistant to the President for University Mission by SLU President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. In that newly created position, which laid the foundation for today's Division of Mission and Ministry, Dunphy helped facilitate discussion and dialogue about SLU's Jesuit, Catholic mission, and acted as a liaison with other Jesuit colleges and universities in matters that pertain to the Jesuit mission in higher education. Father Dunphy served at SLU until 1993.

"When I appointed Father Dunphy, I knew he would be a strong spiritual guide and an inspired leader for all of us at Saint Louis University," Father Biondi said. "His efforts to ensure that we truly live our mission brought programs of profound significance to our University, and I know that generations will continue to benefit from his efforts."

Paul Stark, S.J., vice president of Mission and Ministry, agreed noting that Father Dunphy's vision continues as a beacon as Father Stark and his staff continue to uphold SLU's Catholic, Jesuit identity, character, history and heritage.

"He helped establish what has become a living legacy for our University mission -- seeking truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity," Stark said. "May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace."

After a short time as the vice rector at the Gregorian University in Rome, Father Dunphy returned to SLU and was named Assistant Vice President of Mission and Ministry where he served until 1997 when he was appointed rector of the Jesuit community at Regis University, where he also was assistant to the president.

He also became the first director of the Regis University Institute for Common Good, an organization that provides a place for community dialogue and public deliberation.

In 2002, Father Dunphy became the retreat and spiritual director of the Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat Center in Colorado where he served for 10 years.
Father Dunphy is survived by his brother, Patrick, and sister, Lynn Schindler.

Visitation will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at St. Francis Xavier College Church followed by a funeral Mass at 7:30 p.m. Burial will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Calvary Cemetery.


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