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Father Naus retires

Rev. John Naus, S.J., 88-year-old esteemed friend, wondrous raconteur, teacher, singer of ditties, champion of Christmas card mailings, patient resident of Schroeder Hall for 28 years, beloved icon who clowned around, bended balloons into animals, and served Marquette’s mission and students for 49 years. There is no adequate thank you. Enjoy retirement, and visit us often.

Enjoy a YouTube video created to celebrate Father Naus, and contribute to a named scholarship fund.


Comment by Gregg Hilliard at Oct 18 2012 02:33 pm
I was lucky to meet him in Schroeder and take his humor class. I saw him in his clown suit a few times, too.

- Gregg Hilliard, '87
Comment by JoAnne Markel Otto at Oct 18 2012 03:37 pm
I now have college kids myself and have told them about the midnight masses at Schroeder. Fr. Naus was a wonderful role model for me and such a welcome face each week. I had no idea he would be 88 already! I imagine him in his 50's.
Comment by Mary Sydzyik at Oct 18 2012 07:29 pm
I took my family to MU this past summer of 2012, and Fr. Naus gave us a guided tour of some of the campus buildings! You are a gem, Fr. Naus! A light in a sometimes dark world!! Thanks for spending time with me, my husband, and my four boys!! Mary Sojka, PT '91
Comment by Michele Vertucci, '74 at Oct 18 2012 10:53 pm
Fr. Naus and midnight Mass, clown suit, and his sermons would end mid-sermon when a child or baby cried at midnight Mass. He said it was God's way of telling him to stop.
Enjoy your retirement.
Comment by Matthew Jungblut at Oct 19 2012 07:47 am
Father Naus had not yet joined Marquette when I graduated, but I had the good fortune of meeting him during my son's campus visit while he was looking at Universities. Father Naus made my son's visit, he was kind, helpful and inviting. My son still speaks with awe of his time with Father Naus. Enjoy your retirement you will be missed.
Comment by David Guy at Oct 19 2012 09:07 am
I met Fr Naus in my freshman year (1963) and he has been a mentor and friend since then. He has shared his wisdom and humor with me and my family and we will always be in his debt.
Comment by Tom Burke at Oct 20 2012 06:25 am
We just attended a mass & celebration honoring Fr. Naus for his many years of dedication & service to the Evans Scholar Chapter at Marquette.His work as spiritual advisor, academic counselor & presence throughout our existence at Marquette made a great difference in all our lives.You are loved & will forever be a part of our Marquette experience.
On a personal note, with a recent graduate & current senior, I will miss the impomptu visits with Fr. Naus at his campus office & his warmth & humor. May our paths cross again soon. Tom Burke, AS '75
Comment by mark r russell at Oct 20 2012 09:16 am
as an incoming freshman, seven days after orientation, a greatly love family member passed away and I had to fly to Boston for the funeral, Father Naus was the first person I saw when I got the news, the guidance and steady hand in September of 1967 will never be forgotten

Comment by Donna Fitzgerald at Oct 20 2012 10:11 am
A most amazing man and spirit! Fr.Naus has touched the lives of all who have met him.Our daughter, Liz, has also celebrated Mass with Fr.Naus whilst attending MU and holds much admiration for the man who can bring sunshine on a dreary day. We say, 'So long and God Bless You!'
We shall meet again.Failte! The Fitzgerald Family
Comment by Linda Jaeschke, BSN, RN, '71 at Nov 19 2012 03:20 pm
I would take my dates to Schroeder Hall for Fr. Naus' midnight Mass every weekend... even if they didn't usually go to Mass, and even if they weren't Catholic! Every single guy loved going! ! Years later I cared for Fr. Naus in the hospital, and saw him again when I cared for his mother in the same hospital. You didn't experience Marquette if you didn't know Fr. Naus with his humor, clowning, & graciousness. He is a gem.
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