Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, S.J.: 70 years of reaching for the stars

Fr. Daniel McNamara, SJ, celebrated his 70th birthday with fellow faculty, administrators and close friends, over some of his favorite dishes.  The party was not just meant to celebrate the life and achievements of Fr. Dan, as he is called by his many friends, but also to re-launch the Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, SJ Endowment, a scholarship fund established to support physics students from the provinces.

The celebration began at 12 noon with a mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel of the College. Fr. Dan shared a brief summary of his life, recalling that even as a boy growing up in Long Island, New York, he would be watching the stars.  His interest in astronomy came along with an interest in the Jesuit vocation and, eventually, he would be able to accomplish both.  He was assigned to the Philippines, where he would be initially be tasked to teach in the high school and work at the Manila Observatory.  After further studies, he would teach Physics at the Loyola Schools, where he would eventually become the Chairman of the Physics department.  Currently assigned to the Ateneo de Davao University, Fr. Dan noted that God has pointed the way in his life, and that ‘God does call and we are given the grace to answer.’

Source: Boy Tristan Agustin, Fr. Dan McNamara: 70 years of reaching for the stars (2009-06-30)