Rev. Gray (1930-2018) was a nationally recognized expert on Ignatian spirituality and served as Special Assistant to the President at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. From 1983 to 1989, Rev. Gray was Provincial for the Detroit Province and, from 1991 to 1995, Executive Director of the Detroit Province Spirituality Team. He was an Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology at Weston School of Theology from 1977 to 1983, and he served both as Dean and as an adjunct professor in spiritual theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. During his long career, he also taught at Fordham and John Carroll Universities, Loyola University of New Orleans, and the University of Detroit Mercy. His many noteworthy publications include: An Experience in Ignatian Government and Studies in the Spirituality of the Jesuits.As a young man, Rev. Gray earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin from the Society of Jesus at Milford, Ohio and a Master’s degree in English from Loyola University Chicago. From there, he would go on to earn licentiates in philosophy and sacred theology from West Baden College in Indiana. From 1965 to 1968, Rev. Gray completed his doctoral studies in English as a Knapp Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.In May of 2018, Rev. Gray was involved in a car accident and subsequently succumbed to his injuries at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, Michigan. He was 87 years old.
Fr. Brian McDermott, S.J. is a Catholic priest and a member of the Jesuits, the Society of Jesus. He is currently the Special Assistant to the President at Georgetown University. He previously served as Rector of the Jesuit Community, Research Professor in the Department of Theology, and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University Maryland. He received his doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 1973. From 1973 to 2000, he was a member of the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., serving as academic dean for eight of those years. Fr. McDermott is the author of two books, What are They Saying About the Grace of Christ? and Word Become Flesh: Dimensions of Christology as well as numerous articles and reviews.