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Fordham Mourns the Loss of George McCauley, S.J.


Fordham mourns the death of George McCauley, S.J., a former faculty member in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE).

He was an associate professor of theology and religious education at the school from 1971 to 1987, who specialized in sacramental theology.

Father McCauley was an avid practitioner of the study of group relations. He was a frequent organizer and facilitator at Tavistock Group Relations Conferences and other group-process experiences.

He wrote for America and edited S.J. New York, The Medical Mission News and Here and Abroad. Among his theological publications were Sacraments for Secular Man (Herder and Herder, 1969) andGod of the Group (Argus, 1975).

Father McCauley wrote five books of poetry, composing and producing background music for two of them. More recently, he published a novel, Eddie’s Dream (Something More, 2005), in which the central character navigates the shoals of priesthood, religious life and teaching in the second half of the 20th century.

He was a hospital chaplain at the Jewish Home and Hospital in the Bronx and worked closely with the student Eucharistic ministers who administered communion to the hospital sick.

Father McCauley was honored with the GRE’s Founder’s Award at its 2007 Sapientia et Doctrina Celebration.

A wake will be held on Friday, Sept. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Loyola Hall Chapel on the Rose Hill campus.

Funeral services will take place on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fordham University Church.


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