Fr. Pat Howell, s.j.


It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of Fr. Pat Howell, S.J. As many of you know, Pat came to LIS in the summer of 2017 to serve as Interim Director for the year, following the departure of Felix Just, S.J. In a time of significant transition, Pat was always a source of encouragement and wise counsel, at the personal and organizational levels. His optimistic, can-do attitude was coupled with a humility and transparency that inspired the entire Institute to explore new possibilities with confidence. Pat's joy was infectious, and helped to inspire a creative spirit toward change and growth. Throughout the Institute community he became a source of inspiration and trust.


His passing on Thanksgiving Day was a shock to all, but our sadness is brightened by the gratitude we feel for all the kindness, compassion, and wisdom he brought to our lives. 


Go in peace, dear brother.


To learn more about Fr. Pat's life please read this reflection by Fr. James Martin, S.J.


Please note, funeral arrangements are pending. We will provide details once they have been made available.