By Joyce Rothermel
On May 20, TMC member Fr. Gene Lauer passed away at age 82. A priest of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, he was a scholar, theologian, author, popular pastoral minister, conference speaker and retreat master; but most of all Fr. Lauer was a teacher. His career called him to Duquesne University, LaRoche College, Wheeling College, Seton Hill University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Notre Dame University, and the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Before returning to Pittsburgh he served as the Director of the National Pastoral Life Center in New York City.
As recently as last month, Fr. Lauer was teaching in the Osher Programs at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Fr. Lauer was a long-time board member of Global Links, a medical relief and development organization dedicated to supporting health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities and promoting environmental stewardship in the US healthcare system. We are grateful for Fr. Lauer’s life-time witness of peace and social justice.