Friends of the University

Fr. Joseph "Ripley" Caldwell, longtime Santa Clara Pastoral Minister, died on Thursday, May 27, 2010, in Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heard Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was a Jesuit for 68 years and a priest for 55. Ripley, as he liked to be called, taught English, philosophy, and psychology for fourteen years at Loyola University in Los Angeles, after which he served for fifteen years as a retreat director at the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos. He later provided pastoral ministry at Santa Clara University and nearby St. Clare Parish, retiring to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in 1994 where he spent his time reading, listening to classical music, writing poetry and taking care of his Boston Terrier, Little Rip. As we give thanks for the life of Fr. Ripley Caldwell a line from one of his poems seems appropriate: "Happiness is remembering that Someone once said: ‘I have come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly.’" Fr. Caldwell is survived by his sister Mary Catherine Fillingim of San Antonio, Texas.

08 Nov 2018