I did not know Bill personally, except in connection with his participation in the Catholic Theological Society of America and his work bringing science and theology into dialogue. He left us all too soon! Condolences to his family and to the California Province of the Jesuits. Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM
I was a classmate of Bill's in grade school (St. James) and high school, Bishop Montgomery. He was a good soul--friendly, humble, and brilliant. He has returned to the star dusk that so captivated his imagination.
I remember with fondness Bill's visits to Desert House of Prayer in Tucson during my time there as a resident staff member. He came not only for his own retreats but to direct retreats for Sisters who were guests at Desert House of Prayer. He had such a gentle spirit.
We will miss Bill's annual New Year's Day visits to our home, breaking bread together and discussing many topics, but will always treasure the memories.
We will miss his annual New Year's Day luncheon visits at our home in Santa Barbara but will treasure the memories.
Bill was my best friend. I was honored to be with him through out the night and into the morning of the day he died. Even on his death bed he was smiling and showing me his silly sense of humor. He was so weak and could not even swallow at this point but when I asked him to come with Jesus and meet me at heavens gate he said "yes". Then he shouted "YES!" and banged his fist on the bed. I was frightened and amazed that he had that strength and passion left in him and will be forever consoled knowing he will be waiting for me.
He will be missed very much. I admired him greatly and am blessed to have met him and to have interviewed him at various times for the Report on Research and for California's Mission Magazine. I appreciated his presentations to the Dominican Laity and to the St. Albert the Great science and theology sessions. Every meeting with him was a great learning activity.
Father Bill has been greatly missed here in Tucson by many. I was so hoping that he would be healing soon and returning to our city. His death is an incredible loss to the Vatican Astronomy Department, to the Jesuit Order and to us, the people, who knew him as a very humble and intelligent minister. May he rest in peace and may he continue to be a saintly help to our research of space.
I wanted to light a candle in memory of my dear friend Bill whom I had the privilege of knowing for many years.
May he rest in peace.
deepest condolences at the passing of Bill.He was a loyal and loving friend to me and many others for many years.We have a saying here in Ireland We will not see his like again.
Ruth Kearney from Dublin Ireland
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
My life is so much better having had the honor of having Bill as my friend, my heart on the other hand is broken. What a tragic loss. My sincere condolences to Bill's family and all the people that had the privilege of knowing him. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.
This kind, brilliant man was a great friend to me and to many. Bill valued people. He valued friendship. He loved God and the earth and learning of all the universes God has made. He savored life and paid attention. He could have stayed with is head in a book or on mathematical calculations but he valued the peoples of the earth, the earth, and the heavens, and all of God's creation too much to do that. He walked the earth in a gentle, humble way. His love for God was simple the way God likes it. He loved his family, his Jesuit brothers and he had friends all across the world for he paid attention to the importance of friendship. I will sorely miss him. Bill, until we meet again may all you sought to know be revealed to you now in the wonder of being in God's loving presence.
Fr. Bill was so gentle and kind and such a good friend to the Laverty family for years. We are all saddened by his passing and will always remember him with affection. Heartfelt condolences to his brother and sister. May he Rest in Peace.
My deepest condolences to the family of Father Bill Stoeger. I am so happy now that I was able to spend some time with Bill on the evening of our 50th BMHS Class Reunion. I will treasure that time forever. Father Bill was so gifted and such a compassionate soul. He will be missed by everyone that he touched. With sympathy, Kathy Host-Bodnar
Bill and I were in the same grade at St. James School. I only lived in California for 3 years, but in that short time Bill and I became close friends. This world will miss him greatly, but heaven will welcome him with open arms. My sincerest sympathies to the family
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Classmate Bill, you accomplished so much in life striving to unify science and the Catholic religion into harmony by looking towards the heavens in your chosen profession while exercising your love and wisdom as a Jesuit priest and scholar. Now you are with God in Heaven and have found the answers you looked for all your life. We were lucky to have your gracious and kind presence among us and we weep for your passing.
With great love and respect,
What an amazing life for an amazing man. I went all through grade school with Bill and somehow I knew back then that he would become a priest. He was a gentle person who was liked by everyone.
Your job on earth is done Rev.William R Stoeger and God needs you in heaven. I am so happy I was able to see and talk with him at our 8th grade St.James