Rev. Howard Gray, S.J., Ph.D.

Rev. Howard Gray, S.J., Ph.D.

Rev. Gray (1930-2018) was a nationally recognized expert on Ignatian spirituality and served as Special Assistant to the President at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. From 1983 to 1989, Rev. Gray was Provincial for the Detroit Province and, from 1991 to 1995, Executive Director of the Detroit Province Spirituality Team. He was an Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology at Weston School of Theology from 1977 to 1983, and he served both as Dean and as an adjunct professor in spiritual theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. During his long career, he also taught at Fordham and John Carroll Universities, Loyola University of New Orleans, and the University of Detroit Mercy. His many noteworthy publications include: An Experience in Ignatian Government and Studies in the Spirituality of the Jesuits.

As a young man, Rev. Gray earned a bachelor's degree in Latin from the Society of Jesus at Milford, Ohio and a Master’s degree in English from Loyola University Chicago. From there, he would go on to earn licentiates in philosophy and sacred theology from West Baden College in Indiana. From 1965 to 1968, Rev. Gray completed his doctoral studies in English as a Knapp Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

In May of 2018, Rev. Gray was involved in a car accident and subsequently succumbed to his injuries at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, Michigan. He was 87 years old.

 

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