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Stephen J. Duffy

died: March 29, 2007

Reverend Stephen J. Duffy, a Priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and a Professor of Systematic Theology at Loyola University, died on March 29, 2007 at Ochsner Hospital after a brief illness at the age of 76. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was a resident of New Orleans for the past 53 years.

Rev. Duffy attended Corpus Christi School and La Salle College High School in Philadelphia. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the Marist College. He was ordained a Priest on Feb. 2, 1957. He received a Licentiate in Theology from the Pontificia Universita Gregoriana in Rome, and a Doctorate in Theology from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Father Duffy was a professor of Theology at Notre Dame Seminary for over 20 years and has been a Professor of Theology at Loyola University from 1971 – 2007 where he served as Chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies for 13 years and was currently the Director of the Department’s graduate program. He was a visiting professor and Donnellan Lecturer in Religion at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and a Visiting Scholar at St. Edmund’s College at Cambridge University, England. Father Duffy taught in Loyola’s Irish Studies Program at Trinity College in Dublin.

He authored 2 books, Dynamics of Grace: Perspectives in Theological Anthropology and The Graced Horizon: Nature and Grace in Modern Catholic Thought. He published numerous encyclopedia and journal articles and book reviews. He presented papers and lectured extensively both in the United States and abroad.

He was a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, The American Academy of Religion, and the College Theology Society. At the request of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, Father Duffy served as an Official member of the Baptist-Roman Catholic Dialogue. He was the recipient of Loyola’s Dux Academicus Award in 1999, the highest honor a professor can receive for excellence in teaching and scholarship. It was noted at the time that “he has written and published two books and numerous articles which have received national acclaim among theologians for their depth and insight” and “rather than limiting himself to a narrow subspecialty within his field, he tackles big issues and major thinkers and has created works of lasting value”.

A Memorial Mass was held at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA on Saturday, April 14, 2007.


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