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Mass for Fr. Leonard to be celebrated Feb. 16

(2-14-2000) -- A funeral Mass will be said Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church for Rev. William J. Leonard, SJ, noted Jesuit theologian and author and founding curator of the Boston College Liturgy and Life Collection, who died Friday at the Campion Center in Weston at age 91.

Calling hours will be at St. Mary's Hall tonight from 7-9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

In addition to founding the Liturgy and Life Collection to preserve many aspects of pre-Second Vatican Council Catholic liturgical devotions, Fr. Leonard was noted for his memoirs. The Letter Carrier was an account of his life as a Jesuit, as well as a chronicle of the liturgy before and after the Vatican Council, while Where Thousands Fell told of his experiences as an army chaplain in World War Two.

Fr. Leonard, born and raised in Dorchester, entered the Society of Jesus in 1925 and was ordained a priest in 1937. He joined the Boston College Jesuit community in 1939, teaching for 34 years in the BC Theology Department, which he chaired from 1965 to 1969.

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