Mourning the Death of Key CCGI Theological Advisor

Announcement CCG President by William B. May

Dr. William E MaySAN FRANCISCO, December 15, 2014 -- I am so sorry to announce that our dear friend and theological advisor, William E. May passed away Saturday morning, December 13. His work and consultations were foundational to development of the Catholics for the Common Good strategy for evangelization of culture for marriage. He was the Michael J. McGivney Emeritus Professor of Moral Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.

Dr. May was so gracious in supporting me and Catholics for the Common Good Institute and was so patient and generous with his time. So many of his insights were incorporated in our work. Dr. May also provided careful review of the concepts we developed to assure their theological accuracy. Dr. May's great contributions to the Church are so many, but he is particularly well respected for his work on marriage, sexual ethics, bioethics and the dignity of human life.

One of his short books, The Theology of the Body in Context, Genesis and Growth, provided a synopsis of St John Paul the Great’s works on sexuality, gender, marriage and family from Love and Responsibility through “The Dignity and Vocation of Women” and “Letter to Families”, was used and is recommended for study groups for the formation of marriage evangelists. I recall, after returning from a meeting with Dr. May, telling our board that the book would soon be published. Board member, John Galten, former Executive Director of the St. Ignatius Institute at the University of San Francisco responded, “That is the book I was hoping someone would write.”

We had a few laughs over the years about the confusion generated by having the same name (although we had a different middle initials). I told him, when meeting people in Catholic circles, they initially excited about meeting the great moral theologian, and when they find out I am not, they were disappointed to meet me.

Dr. May was such a wonderful man who inspired so many of his students by not only what and how he taught, but by the way he lived his life. His wake will be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (in Kensington, MD) on December 19 from 4 - 8 pm, and his funeral Mass will be at Holy Redeemer at 10 am on December 20.

Please keep Dr. May, his wife Patricia and his family in your prayers.

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