Vale Fr Peter Steele SJ AMASAL mourns the passing of the Reverend Emeritus Professor Peter Daniel Steele SJ AM, who died at 6.10pm on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 at Caritas Christi Hospice, Kew, Victoria, aged 72 years.
A Vigil Mass will be held at 7.30pm on Sunday 1 July in the Newman College Chapel, 887 Swanston Street, Parkville, Victoria. The Requiem Mass and Funeral will take place at 1.00pm on Monday 2 July, in the Newman College Chapel, followed by interment in Melbourne General Cemetery.
Morag Fraser's tribute to Fr Steele, published in Eureka Street, is available at http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=32067.
Fr Steele was made a Member of the Order of Australia, AM, for “service to literature and higher education as a poet, author, scholar and teacher,” in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.
August 1939 Born in Perth, Western Australia
1947-56 Education at Christian Brothers’ College, Perth, WA
1957-58 Noviceship at Loyola College, Watsonia, Victoria
1959-61 Philosophy at Loyola College, Watsonia, Victoria
1962-64 Arts degree at Melbourne University; Campion Hall/College, Kew, Vic.
1965-67 Regency at Melbourne University: tutoring & postgraduate degrees in English Literature; Campion College, Kew, Vic.
1968-71 Theology at Canisius College, Pymble, NSW (1968) and Jesuit Theological College, Parkville, Vic. (1969-71)
1972 JTC, Parkville, Vic.: lecturer & doctoral studies at Melbourne University, teacher at Glen Waverley Seminary, province consultor
1973-78 Rector of Campion College, Kew, Vic., lecturer & doctoral studies (1973-75) at Melbourne U, province consultor (1973-75), spiritual father at JTC, assistant to delegate for Education, sabbatical in 1978
1979-83 Campion College, Kew, Vic.: lecturer at Melbourne U, spiritual father, writer, Chair of Province Theological Reflection Unit (1983)
1984 Sabbatical at Loyola University, Chicago, USA and in UK
1985-90 Provincial Residence, Hawthorn, Vic.: Provincial
1991-2012 Newman College, Parkville, Vic.: Scholar in Residence, superior (2002-06), Reader in English at Melbourne U (1991-92), Professor & Personal Chair in English Lit. at Melbourne U (1993-2006), province consultor (July 1998-July 2003), Professor Emeritus of English Lit. at Melbourne U (2007-12), Visiting Professor in English Lit. at Georgetown U (1994, Jan. — July 1997 & 2001), Loyola U (Chicago), Oxford U, Fordham U, Fairfield U, Queen’s U and U of Alberta, Canada; Inaugural Scholar in Residence, U of Armidale, NSW; distinguished Scholar in Residence at Georgetown U (July-Nov. 2008)