News of my demise has been greatly exaggerated.
Instead, please stop and say a prayer for the late Fr. John Zuecher, SJ, a former chaplain at Creighton University Law School who died recently, at 86 years of age.
His smile lit up a room almost as much as the colorful plaid jackets he wore over his priestly blacks. Zuercher was an avid Chicago Bears and Red Sox fan and his favorite hobbies included watching sports and old movies.
The Rev. John “Jack” Zuercher, S.J., former Creighton University Law School Chaplain and founder of the University’s Collaborative Ministry office, died Saturday, May 7, in Omaha. He was 86.
“Fr. Z,” as many knew him, came to Creighton in 1976. During his 35 years at the University he taught psychology courses, founded the Collaborative Ministry Office and served as Chaplain at the School of Law for several years. He most recently worked as a promoter of Christian Life Communities for the North Central Region.
“Our beloved Father Z was a wonderful chaplain for the Law School,” said Marianne Culhane, dean. “In the days before e-mail, he encouraged faculty, staff and students with lively, usually humorous messages on small slips of paper which he delivered to each person’s individual mailbox several times each semester. Some were jokes – at least tangentially – about law and lawyers, and others were short prayers and meditations. I’ll never forget the retreats he organized, his listening skills, his perfect choices for invocations and benedictions and his deep knowledge of psychology when asked for advice. But it’s those little surprise messages that still make me smile.”