Rev. Warren J. Wright, S.J.
Jan. 9, 1947 - Nov. 19, 2012
Father Warren J. Wright, S.J., 65, died November 19, 2012 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center.
He had been a Jesuit for 39 years, an ordained priest for 20 years.
Warren was born on January 9, 1947 in Los Angeles. His early life and all his schooling took place in Los Angeles: Cathedral Chapel Grammar School, Loyola High School (Class of '64), and Loyola University (B.A., History, 1968). He spent four years in the Air Force, including work as an Intelligence Specialist at Fort Meade, MD, analyzing Hungarian air-ground communications.
He entered the Jesuit novitiate at Santa Barbara on September 7, 1973. After his years of Jesuit training he was ordained a priest in Los Angeles on June 19, 1982.
Warren served as Associate Pastor at St. Ignatius Loyola parish, Sacramento and St. Francis Xavier parish, Phoenix. He taught history and religion at Brophy College Prep, Phoenix for three years and in 1987 he returned to parish work at St. Francis Xavier for five years. In 1996 he was assigned to St. Ignatius College Prep, San Francisco, where he taught religious studies and served as Assistant Dean of Students. Failing health brought him to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, in 2011.
Warren was greatly esteemed by colleagues as a hardworking, conscientious and compassionate priest, who was clear-sighted and perceptive, with a self-deprecating sense of humor. He coped admirably with years of suffering from diabetes and renal failure. A recent immobilization due to knee surgery led to his peaceful decision to forgo his regimen of thrice weekly dialysis.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, November 27 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, 300 College Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95030, followed immediately by interment at the Jesuit plot at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050.
A memorial Mass for Fr. Warren Wright will be held in the
Orradre Chapel at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, 2001-37th Avenue SF, CA at 3:30 pm on Wednesday November 28th. There will be a reception to
Donations in memory of Father Wright may be made to the California Province of the Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 68, los Gatos, CA 95031 or to a
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 24 to Nov. 26, 2012