Canisius College is saddened to announce the passing of Rev. Michael R. Pastizzo, SJ. The former adjunct professor of religious studies and theology and user services specialist in IT, passed away on Thursday, December 16 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, CA. He was 87.
Father Pastizzo arrived at Canisius in 1996. He taught courses related to theology and Christian art, Christian faith through art, and theology and film. His scholarship focused on the legacy of American painter William G. Congdon, whose works became renowned for the persistent spiritual element that underpinned his art.
Father Pastizzo authored several books about Congdon, including The Works of William G. Congdon from 1935 – 1962, William Congdon: atlante dell’opera, and The Movement Toward Union with God in the Life of William G. Congdon.
Outside the classroom, Father Pastizzo was a great fan of the men’s basketball team and a longtime season ticket holder. He was also lover of foreign films, particularly Dekalog (pronounced [dɛˈkalɔg], also known as Dekalog: The Ten Commandments, a 1988 Polish drama series of films, which Father Pastizzo often incorporated into his classes.
Father Pastizzo earned a BS in mechanical engineering from the University at Buffalo, and a master of arts degree in teaching (mathematics) and licentiate in philosophy both from St. Louis University. He also held master and doctorate degrees in theology and spirituality, respectively.
Father Pastizzo remained at Canisius until spring 2017, when he moved to California.
Submitted by: College Communications