Funeral Held for Fr. MacGillivray

Funeral Held for Fr. MacGillivray


A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 6 in St. Mary's Chapel for Prof. Emeritus Arthur A. MacGillivray, SJ, a poet and popular English Department faculty member who died Sept. 1 at Marian Manor in South Boston. He was 87.

Fr. MacGillivray, who taught at BC from 1953 until his retirement in 1978, was known among his students and brother priests for his sense of humor. But he also cultivated a reputation as a poet, publishing a volume of his works titled Sufficient Wisdom and contributing to a number of anthologies. Some of his work is contained in a collection at the Burns Library.

"He had a style about the way he taught poetry that would engage students," said Rev. Edward O'Flaherty, SJ, who gave the homily at Fr. MacGillivray's funeral Mass.

A Boston native, Fr. MacGillivray attended Boston High School of Commerce and studied at Boston College before entering the Jesuit novitiate in Lenox in August of 1932.

-Stephen Gawlik

 

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