Rev. William Farge, S.J.

Rev. William Farge, S.J. is our guest celebrant for the 4:00pm Vigil Mass and the 10:30am Sunday Mass. As an undergraduate at Loyola in the late 1960’s, then Mr. Farge was very interested in learning about foreign languages and cultures. Upon graduation, he sought admission into the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and requested to be sent to Japan to learn about that country’s culture and language. Father Farge, S.J, completed his theological studies for the priesthood in Tokyo, Japan, and was ordained a priest in 1978. He subsequently taught English and religion at Jesuit high schools in Hiroshima and Kobe, Japan from 1978 to 1990.

Father Farge returned to the States in 1998 and has taught courses in Japanese literature and language to a receptive student body. While teaching at Georgetown, Father Farge was approached by some students who asked him to say Mass for them according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (the pre-1962 Latin Mass). Since moving to New Orleans, he has celebrated that Mass at Loyola and St. Patricks. It is the hope of both Father Farge and Msgr. Nalty that he will soon be celebrating that Mass at Good Shepherd Parish.