In memoriam: John Haughey, SJ

The Lonergan Institute community was saddened to learn of the passing of John Haughey, SJ on December 5th at the age of 89.  Fr. Haughey was a regular participant in Lonergan Workshops, and authored an important work on Lonergan’s thought, Where is Knowing Going (Georgetown University Press, 2009), which he published in 2011.  He authored ten books in his long career on topics as diverse as personal finance, work, and public policy.

Born in White Plains, New York in 1930, Fr. Haughey soon moved to Philadelphia and attended St. Thomas More High School, entering the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, PA in 1948.  He received a Licentiate in Philosophy from Bellarmine College, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Woodstock College and a Doctor of Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of America.  He was ordained a priest on June 18, 1961.

Following ordination, Fr. Haughey taught theology at Georgetown University until 1969 when he began work as an assistant editor at America Magazine, the national Jesuit Catholic periodical. In 1974, he became a research associate at the Woodstock Theological Center in Washington DC, where he served for ten years.  He then served Seton Hall University for two years as a visiting professor of theology.

In 1986, Fr. Haughey became superior and pastor at St. Peter Church in Charlotte, NC, serving the parish for four years. He then spent six years teaching business ethics at Loyola University Chicago and completed subsequent stints at John Carroll University and Marquette University, teaching religious studies and theology, respectively.  In 2004, he returned to the Woodstock Theological Center where he served for nine years as a visiting fellow.  For his final post, he moved to the Colombiere Jesuit community in Baltimore in 2013, praying for the Church and the Society of Jesus.

We greatly appreciate Fr. Haughey’s contribution to Lonergan scholarship and his presence will be missed.