Age 86 The Jesuit priest taught math and physics in India for decades and loved telling humorous anecdotes.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen Sun Reporter
July 19, 2008
The Rev. Francis H. McGauley, a Jesuit priest who taught in India for almost 30 years and later was director of St. Francis Xavier House of Prayer at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore, died Tuesday of complications after surgery at Manresa Hall Jesuit Community in Merion Station, Pa. He was 86. Father McGauley was born in Boston and graduated from Framingham High School.
He studied at Georgetown University for three years before entering the Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pa., in 1942. He pronounced his first vows in 1944. He traveled to India in 1951 as a Jesuit scholar and, after studying Hindi, taught mathematics, physics and catechism at Loyola School in Jamshedpur, India.
"He loved the people of India and never forgot them. He remained devoted to them for the rest of his life," Father Watters said. "And his homilies were always rooted in his experiences there."
Father Watters, who described him as a "giant and humble man who was an extraordinary Jesuit,"
The Rev. Michael Roach, pastor of St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in Manchester, was an old friend. "He was a classic old-school Jesuit who had the great common touch. There were never any airs about him,"