Fr. Kurt J. Pritzl, O.P. (February 15, 1952 – February 21, 2011)

With great sadness I relay the passing of Fr. Kurt J. Pritzl, OP, Dean of the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America. The university announcement can be found here, along with a collection of photographs here and a link of publications here. I’ll post additional notices as they become available.

A specialist in ancient Greek philosophy, Fr. Pritzl received a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and wrote a dissertation on Aristotle’s De anima under the direction of Fr. Joseph Owens, C.Ss.R. Among his publications were several that explored the Aristotelian notion of truth, the last of which appeared in a collection he edited: Truth. Studies of a Robust Presence (The Catholic University of America Press, 2010).

Those of us who were privileged to know him as priest and scholar give thanks for his life in service to the Truth.

Update: Here is a notice from the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. It includes a video of a homily by Fr. Pritzl offered on the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas in 2010 in the crypt church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Update: There are obituary notices in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal and The Washington Post with reader comments.

Update: CUA has put online a video of the Mass of Christian Burial here