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Beloved Jesuit Dies at the Age of 75

Fr. Paul A. Mahowald Dies

The Rev. Paul A. Mahowald, S.J.,  died July 16 in Omaha, Neb. He was 75. Fr. Mahowald was born in Albany, Minn., in 1934. He attended St. Johnís University in Collegeville, Minn., and Saint Louis University before entering the Society of Jesus  in August of 1955.

He received a bachelorís degree in chemistry from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., and a masters degree in physics and chemistry from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He taught chemistry for two years at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee before completing theology studies at St. Marys College in St. Marys, Kan., and at Saint Louis University, where he obtained a master of divinity. He was ordained a priest on June 4, 1968.

Fr. Mahowald taught chemistry at Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis., for one year and was director of the foreign exchange program to Melk, Austria.

For 12 years he was treasurer and director of the business office of America magazine in New York. In 1987, he moved to Omaha and served as treasurer of Creighton Prep high school, a position he held for nine years.

Fr. Mahowald held many positions in Iowa including as pastor of Our Lady of Grace in Griswold and  St. Timothy Church in Cumberland. He also served as  sacramental minister at St. Mary Parish in Anita.

Since 2005, he was an associate pastor of St. Johnís Church on the Creighton University campus.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 23, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Johnís Church followed by the Memorial Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m.

Condolences may be sent to the Rev. Robert F. O'Connor, S.J., Creighton Jesuit Community, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, Neb. 68178-0522; Dr. Theodore (Natalie) Mahowald (brother), 732 West Hemlock Street, Sequim, Wash. 98382; Dr. Mark (Zoe) Mahowald (brother), 724 12th Street, #204, Wilmette, Ill. 60091; Dr. Anthony (Mary) Mahowald (brother), 5050 South Lake Shore Drive, #1414, Chicago, Ill. 60615; and Mrs. Dorothy (Patrick) Quirk (sister), 5902 Paradise Circle, Naples, Fla. 34110.

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