Dr. Alejandro García-Rivera, faculty member at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, passed away Monday morning, December 13. His death is a sorrow for all, particularly for his family and the many colleagues at JST who were so attentive to him and to his wife during his illness. He leaves behind a wife, Kathryn, and two daughters, Sophia and Elizabeth.
Dr. García-Rivera had taught Systematic Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology since 1993. During his time at JST and the GTU he advised students in several areas of the GTU doctoral program, including Systematic and Philosophical Theology, Art and Religion, and Christian Spirituality. He was the GTU Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for 2002 and recipient of the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award for 2010. A prolific author, he will be remembered especially for his contributions to the field of theological aesthetics (St. Martin de Porres: The Little Stories; The Community of the Beautiful: A Theological Aesthetics; A Wounded Innocence: Sketches for a Theology of Art; Living Beauty: A Liturgical Aesthetics) and his work at the interface of theology and science as in his recent book, The Garden of God: A Theological Cosmology.
Services honoring the life of Alejandro García-Rivera:
Vigil Service of Prayer and Sharing
St. Leander’s Church, 550 West Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro, California (note that the Church is directly across street from San Leandro BART station)
Sunday, December 19, 5:00 p.m.
Convivencia/Reception to follow in St. Leander parish hall
Mass of the Resurrection
St. Leander’s Church, San Leandro, California
Monday, December 20, 10:00 a.m.
Notes of Condolence may be sent to the family:
232 Cherrywood Avenue
San Leandro, CA 94577