Rev. William J. Wood|
Resident of Los Gatos
Father William J. Wood, S.J., 80, died June 29, 2014 at Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, after a long illness. He had been a Jesuit for 62 years, 49 as an ordained priest.
Bill was born in Philadelphia in 1934 and raised in Reading, PA and Pasadena. He entered the Jesuit Order in 1951 after graduation from Loyola High School. He was ordained a priest in Hollywood in 1965. He earned degrees from Gonzaga University, Santa Clara University and a doctorate from the Gregorian University in Rome.
During his years of active ministry Bill served at the University of San Francisco, Bellarmine College Preparatory, Santa Clara University, and Verbum Dei High in Los Angeles. He also served as Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference, Sacramento for a number of years. He was a noted spiritual director and retreat master and was a passionate advocate for the poor and marginalized and for the environment.
Bill is survived by a sister, Marie McElwee of Vancouver, Washington.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, July 3, 10:00 a.m. at St. Clare's Chapel, Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050, with committal immediately after.
Donations in memory of Father Wood may be made to the California Province of the Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos, CA 95031, or to a charity of your choosing.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 2, 2014