John Felice Passes Away
January 31, 2008
To the Loyola Community and Friends of Loyola,
I write to inform you of the sad news that John Felice died this morning at his home in Glenview, Illinois. John died peacefully with Kate, his dear wife, by his side. He was 84 years old. Over the last weeks and days, as his health progressively worsened, John received many visitors who found an alert and joyful friend, mentor, and colleague eager to see them and share old experiences. In his last moments, he continued to express his profound gratitude and happiness for his many friends, his memories, and his experiences, especially those connected with the Rome Center and Loyola.
As many of you know, John was the founder, director, and then for many years the director emeritus of the center which now bears his name. For over 40 years, John’s passion for the Rome Center, especially its students, was truly remarkable. Since his retirement in 1998, he continued to serve as an active and invaluable ambassador, advisor, and steward of the John Felice Rome Center. Even during his later years when his health began to fail, he worked every day to ensure the future of the Rome Center.
To me, John was a wonderful example of Ignatian availability and dedication, putting his daily life to work for the greater glory of God and for others around him. His generosity of spirit was extraordinary. He was truly a person for others.
Please pray for the repose of John’s soul and for Kate, his family, and his many friends.
Details of John Felice’s funeral, which will be held at Madonna della Strada Chapel at the Lake Shore Campus, will be released in the next couple of days.
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.