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IN MEMORY OF A JESUIT PRIEST: FR WILLIAM J FULCO

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ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL WRITES — William J. Fulco, SJ, died not too long ago after a protracted sickness – however after lengthy and devoted service to this college. And, very similar to different Jesuits on this campus, he was a supply of inspiration and concepts to these of us at AMI who’d want a bit of significant uplift on occasion.  On one event, he served to supply the invocation prayer on the annual gala dinner of the Pacific Century Institute, which is a strategic accomplice of Asia Media Worldwide. After which … Reasonably than proceed with a story of our grateful reminiscence of this discovered Jesuit, as a substitute we reprint in full the educated and really shifting assertion by LMU President Timothy Regulation Snyder.

Expensive LMU Group (11/30/2021): 

I’m saddened to share that the Rev. William J. Fulco, S.J., a Jesuit priest and the retired Nationwide Endowment for the Humanities Chair of Historical Mediterranean Research, handed away on Nov. 28, 2021, of a longtime sickness on the Sacred Coronary heart Jesuit Heart in Los Gatos, California. He was 85 years outdated. 

Father Fulco joined LMU in August 1998, and thru his retirement in 2019, he established himself as a scholar, trainer, curator, mentor, and raconteur. A well-liked trainer, Father Fulco’s programs lined a formidable vary of subjects: “God and the World of Historical Israel”; historical religions; music tradition in historical Palestine; historical Close to Japanese languages; Close to Japanese archaeology; biblical archaeology and Previous Testomony research; and classical numismatics. He traveled the world exploring these topics, and he made archeological journey out there for LMU college students, yearly sponsoring digs throughout the globe by means of his NEH funding. In 2007, LMU acknowledged him with the President’s Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Educating Award, one of many highest honors bestowed on school by the college. 

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Father Fulco based LMU Bellarmine School of Liberal Arts’ Archaeology Heart to check and show the collected and preserved museum-quality artifacts he acquired throughout his travels. His scholarship within the Aramaic language led him to be the advisor for the movie “The Ardour of the Christ.” He additionally suggested on the movies “The Nativity Story” (2006) and “Jesus VR: The Story of Christ” (2016), and the tv documentary collection “Historical Aliens” (2010 -13). Father Fulco labored extensively with the Pontifical Biblical Institute Museum in Jerusalem and made a transformative influence by means of his work with Alcoholics Nameless, talking at retreats throughout the US. 

He was the traditional Jesuit educational, equally at dwelling on an archeological dig as within the classroom. Father Fulco embraced, together with his attribute animated pleasure, no matter undertaking lay in entrance of him. He was a faithful member of LMU’s Jesuit Group, a extremely engaged school advisor, and he remained related together with his former college students over time, all the time current to have fun sacraments and supply recommendation. His contributions and influence impressed the formation of the Father Fulco Balanced Residing Scholarship, reflecting his work over time with Sigma Phi Epsilon and benefiting first-year college students. 

A local Angeleno, Father Fulco was born within the Leimert Park space, graduated from Loyola Excessive College and joined the Society of Jesus in 1954. He was ordained in 1966. Father Fulco earned his Ph.D. in Close to Japanese languages and literatures from Yale College. He earned his B.A. at Santa Clara College and his M.A. at Gonzaga College. He additionally held a Licentiate of Sacred Theology and Grasp of Sacred Theology from the Jesuit College of Theology, Berkeley, California. 

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Please hold Invoice, his household, colleagues, fellow Jesuits, college students, and his many mates in your prayers.

Sincerely, Timothy Regulation Snyder, Ph.D. 

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