Stahel, the Rev. Thomas Herbert The Rev. Thomas Herbert Stahel, S.J., a member of the Jesuits of the New Orleans Province, died at 5 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2006, at Ignatius Residence in New Orleans. He was 68 years of age, a Jesuit for 46 years and a priest for 35 years. Born in New Orleans, Rev. Stahel attended elementary and secondary schools in Greenwood, Miss. He graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 1959 with a bachelor of science degree followed by a master's degree from Yale University in 1960. He joined the Society of Jesus College in Grand Coteau on Aug. 14, 1961. Following his philosophy studies at Bellarmine College in St. Louis, he continued his education at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, receiving a Ph.D. in English in 1968. He was ordained a priest on June 4, 1971, at Jesuit High School Chapel in New Orleans, after completing his theology studies at Woodstock College in Maryland and New York. Following his ordination, Rev. Stahel was the managing editor for America Magazine from 1972 to 1977. He then answered the call of Rev. Arrupe and became the provincial of the New Orleans Province from 1977 to 1983. He then became the novitiate socius in Paraguay from 1983 to 1985. From 1985 to 1988, he returned to America Magazine as the associate editor and again from 1989 to 1994 as the executive editor. He worked with the novices as the assistant director and then the novice master in Nigeria, Africa, from 1995 to 1999. Rev. Stahel then returned to the New Orleans Province as the provincial socius from 2000 to 2004. His last assignment was as pastor of the two Jesuit parishes in New Orleans, the Church of the Immaculate Conception and Holy Name of Jesus Church. In September 2005, he began medical treatments in New York City for the cancer which eventually brought him back to Ignatius Residence, where he died. Survivors include his brother, Henry C. Stahel of New Orleans; and his sister, Mary Nancy Fontenot of Baton Rouge. His parents, Helen Byrne Stahel and Harry F. Stahel, preceded him in death. Visitation will be at the Church of the Immaculate Conception (Jesuit), 130 Baronne St., New Orleans, on Sunday, July 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a wake service held at 5:30 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 6367 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, on Monday, July 10, at 10 a.m., with visitation at Holy Name of Jesus Church after 9 a.m. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. in the Jesuit Cemetery, Grand Coteau. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jesuit Seminary Fund or Retirement Fund, 710 Baronne St., Suite B, New Orleans, LA 70113, are preferred. Arrangements by Jacob Schoen and Son Funeral Home. Guest book may be signed on line at http://www.legacy.com
Published by The Advocate on Jul. 8, 2006.