Date of death: 3/10/2009
Saint Meinrad Class: O 1954
Father Ludwig F. Stiller, SJ, died at Norvic Hospital in Katmandu.He was born Aug. 24, 1928, in Salem, OH.Father Stiller served as teacher, minister, scholar, and friend to the people of Nepal until his death. Before joining the Jesuits he was a seminarian at Saint Meinrad in Indiana and completed his first two years of college there. He then served in the U.S. Army in the military police at Manila from 1946 to 1947.Father Stiller entered the society at the former novitiate in Milford, Ohio, on Aug. 18, 1949. He was appointed to Nepal in 1953. However, due to the visa problem at the time, he first completed his philosophy studies at West Baden College in Indiana (closed in 1964). He then came to Nepal in 1956 for two years of regency at St. Xavier’s Godavari School in Katmandu before coming to India for theology at St. Mary’s at Kurseong in India from 1959 to 1963. Bishop Augustine Francis Wildermuth, SJ, ordained him for priestly service March 19, 1962.In 1964 he returned to Nepal and served as minister at St. Xavier’s Godavari School for two years, founding the now famous Godavari Alumni Association. Meanwhile, he earned his BA and PhD in History from Tribhuvan University, becoming one of the pillars of the Research Center.Memorial gifts may be made to the Jesuit Partnership or the Jesuit International Missions by writing or calling Chicago Development Office, 2059 N. Sedgwick St., Chicago, Ill. 60614; 773-975-8181.Published in the Salem, OH News on 3/14/09.