The Friars’ dear friend and great philosophy professor, Dr. Richard Geraghty, PhD passed away in his sleep. He was found dead by a friend on July 23, 2017.
About twenty years ago, the Friars hired and welcomed Dr. Geraghty to become their philosophy professor. At the time, they had no idea about the profound impact he would leave with them and the local community.
Prior to his employment with the Friars, Dr. Geraghty had been a brother in the Society of Mary. Eventually the congregation and he decided that it was best to move on. From there he attended the University of Toronto and earned a doctorate in philosophy. He then taught in colleges and seminaries throughout the country. While teaching, he rediscovered the truth of the Catholic faith and met his late wife Becky. He was also an accomplished author and speaker.
In 1999 Dr. Geraghty began a full-time philosophy professor position with the Friars. His teaching style was unique. He was brilliant, incorporating analogies and humor into his instruction. Through him the Friar students and many others learned complex and complicated philosophical concepts from Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, St. Paul, St. Thomas Aquinas, Blessed John Henry Newman and many more.
His teaching was effective because he was not only a teacher but a perpetual student. Sometimes instructors forget the rigors of student life, but not him. Until his death, his hunger for God and truth only increased. He continually read, thought and wrote. Before his passing he was working on a book about Blessed John Henry Newman.
Please pray for the blessed repose of the soul of our beloved professor. The friars will always be grateful for his contributions to their education and formation.