Fr Stephen G. Goetz

Photo added by Susan Watts McAlister

Fr Stephen G. Goetz

Death 30 Sep 1989 (aged 34)
Burial Rosaryville, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 73566331 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Stephen was born on August 13, 1955, to John and Lorette McClatchy Goetz in San Francisco, the youngest of four children. As a young child, he moved with his family to Chicago where he attended the University of Chicago Laboratory School through the 12th grade.

Stephen moved to New Orleans in 1972, to attend Loyola University. While at Loyola, hebegan attending the liturgies at neighboring Tulane University. It was at Tulane that he met the Dominicans and first considered joining the Order. Stephen majored in biology and developed a love for science. He graduated from Loyola with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1977. He continued his biological studies at Florida State University, and received the Master of Science degree in 1980.

In the summer of 1980, Stephen entered the first novitiate class of the newly formed Southern Province at St. Martin de Porres Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He made his first profession there on August 28, 1981. Stephen was able to combine his keen interest in science with his theological studies at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He excelled in his studies and received joint degrees in 1985: the Master of Divinity from DSPT and the Master of Arts in Theology through the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences at the GTU.

Stephen continued his studies at Emory University in Atlanta from 1985 through 1987. He was ordained to the diaconate on April 12, 1986, at Emory's Cannon Chapel and served as a deacon at Holy Cross Parish in Atlanta between 1986 and 1987. In addition to his academic skills, Stephen became known for his fine preaching and musical talent. He was ordained to the priesthood at Cannon Chapel on April 4, 1987.

In the fall of 1987, Stephen moved to St. Anthony of Padua Priory in New Orleans. For two years, he taught theology and biology at Xavier University. He was loved and respected by students and colleagues there for his teaching ability, as well as his frequent work with campus ministry. As an academic advisor and spiritual director, Stephen always had time for his students.

Perhaps Stephen's greatest honor came in 1989, when he was awarded a scholarship to study Christian ethics at Yale University's Department of Religion. With great anticipation, Stephen moved into St. Mary's Priory in New Haven and began studies in the fall of 1989. His time at Yale was cut short when he died suddenly of a heart attack while running on September 30, 1989. The funeral took place on October 4th at St. Anthony of Padua in New Orleans. He was buried at Rosaryville Retreat Center in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, on October 5, 1989.

Stephen's untimely death at the age of 34, was mourned by all who knew him in his brief life. Memorial services were held for him from New Haven to Berkeley. Stephen will long be remembered for his dedication to the Dominican charisms of study, preaching, prayer, and social justice.

Sponsored by Ancestry


Plan a visit to Dominican Friars Cemetery?



  • Maintained by: Eman Bonnici
  • Originally Created by: Susan Watts McAlister
  • Added: 18 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 73566331
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Fr Stephen G. Goetz (13 Aug 1955–30 Sep 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 73566331, citing Dominican Friars Cemetery, Rosaryville, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .