Remembering Father Naus
There are people who are bigger than life and Marquette Magazine loves to discover and tell their stories. But with some very rare souls, it feels as though there is no way to do them justice. That’s the case with Marquette’s beloved Jesuit, Father John Naus.
He brought sunshine, smiles, surprises, silly jokes, a little slapstick, serenity and solace to everyone he touched, and his reach was extraordinary. Countless alumni and parents have their favorite “Naus stories.” I have one.
I dropped my second son off on campus to begin classes as a freshman and at 10:30 p.m. my telephone rang. The voice at the other end asked if I was the mother of Marquette student Alex Mueller. I instantly began thinking — as a mother would — about the various punishments I could mete and what I would say to Alex after I heard exactly what trouble he’d caused on his first day on campus.
Then the voice said: “This is Father John Naus. I had lunch with Alex this afternoon and I just have to tell you what a fine young man he is.” That was Father Naus, a one in a million kind of friend and a man whose love of life may actually have come in second to his love for this university, for its students and graduates, and for its Catholic and Jesuit mission.
Do you have a story to share about Father Naus? Share it with us. We want to hear every single one and remember our dear friend.
— Joni Moths Mueller, editor of Marquette Magazine