Obituaries | Fr. Edward R. Goldian, SJ

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Father Goldian

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 28 at St. Mary Magdalen Church in South St. Louis for Jesuit Father Edward R. Goldian, an associate pastor at the parish who had served at two other parishes in the archdiocese the past 19 years.

Father Goldian, 75, died March 24. A St. Louis native, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1956 in Sheridan, Ore. He was ordained in St. Louis by Bishop George Gottwald in 1969 and took final vows in 1978.

Father Goldian attended St. Mary's High School in South St. Louis and St. Louis University. He received a bachelor's degree in 1961 in classics from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., a bachelor's degree in theology in 1969 from St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a master's degree in French in 1970 from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

He taught French and religion from 1963-66 and 1970-81 at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane where he also directed the drama program and won the nickname "Pere" from his students. He taught religion at Loyola-Sacred Heart High School in Missoula, Mont., from 1982-84 and served as an assistant hospital chaplain, assistant pastor and pastor at a parish in Missoula from 1983-92.

In St. Louis, Father Goldian served at St. John the Baptist Parish in South St. Louis from 1992-2002, St. Joseph in Imperial from 2002-08 and at St. Mary Magdalen since 2008.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

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