Rev. Richard Hauser, SJ

 Rev. Richard J. Hauser, S.J.Longtime Creighton University Jesuit the Rev. Richard Hauser, SJ, passed away April 3, 2018, at the age of 80.

Fr. Hauser first arrived at Creighton as a professor in the Department of Theology after earning his doctorate in religion and religious education in 1973 from the Catholic University of America.

From his earliest days on campus as a theology instructor in 1972, Fr. Hauser proved to be a source of spiritual inspiration to Creighton students. His inauguration of the candlelight Mass and his taking on of the directorship of Creighton's programs in theology, ministry and Christian spirituality were in keeping with what he always felt was his fundamental calling: to help all people recognize God's presence in their lives.

Read the media release.


Please consider continuing to recognize Fr. Hauser's contributions to Creighton and our students with a gift to the Richard J. Hauser, S.J. Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Gifts can be made online here.  They can also be sent to Creighton University, PO Box 30282, Omaha, NE 68103-1382, or you may call 800.334.8794.

The scholarship supports students pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology who are planning to teach in Catholic schools, graduate students in the Master of Science Specialist Areas, students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Ministry program and students enrolled in the Christian Spirituality Program who work, teach or are involved in ministry in Catholic or Christian schools.


Fr. Hauser reflects on life and death in this 10-minute reflection with his RENEW spiritual group:

Fr. Hauser talks about his Jesuit vocation in this 2012 video:

I would like that Mass to be my legacy, Fr. Hauser says in this 2012 video on the candlelight Mass he established at Creighton University: