Death of Rev. Thomas F. Sable, S.J.

    September 24, 2018

    A note from University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., on the passing of former faculty member Rev. Thomas F. Sable, S.J.

    I am saddened to inform you of the passing of Rev. Thomas F. Sable, S.J., Ph.D., who taught theology at the University for 30 years. He died on Sept. 21 at Murray-Weigel Hall on Fordham University’s campus in the Bronx, New York, at the age of 73.

    Father Sable joined the faculty at the University in 1985 and for decades led the University’s Center for Eastern Christian Studies, including serving as the editor of the Center’s ecumenical journal Diakonia. In 1990, Father Sable was appointed as the Byzantine Diocese of Passaic postulator in the cause for canonization of Father Walter Ciszek, S.J. He was also actively involved with the University’s student radio station WUSR.

    A native of Rochester, New York, Father Sable earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston College, his Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago, his master’s degree in Slavic languages and literature from Georgetown University, and his Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

    Father Sable entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1963, and was ordained on June 29, 1975. He pronounced his final vows on Feb. 2, 1987 at The University of Scranton.

    He is survived by his brothers, James and John, and his sister, Marie (Hack).

    A Mass of Christian Burial was held today, Monday, Sept. 24, at Murray-Weigel Hall Chapel.

    Condolences may be sent to Father Sable’s brother, Mr. James Sable, 70 Park Terrace West, Apt. E33, New York, New York, 10034

    His obituary can be seen here.

     Eternal life grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.


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