Rev. Francis Edward Nouza, O.P., died on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Fr. Nouza was born on August 16, 1929 in Chicago to Francis and Martha (Benson) Nouza. He was a member of the Dominicans, Order of Preachers, Province of St. Albert the Great.
Fr. Nouza entered the Dominican Novitiate in 1951 and given the religious name Marcolinus. He made his first profession of vows on August 31, 1952 at St. Peter Martyr Priory in Winona, Minnesota. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 1958 at St. Rose Priory in Dubuque, Iowa. Before entering the Dominicans, Fr. Nouza attended St. Lucy’s Grammar School and Austin High School, both in Chicago. He then attended college at DePaul University in Chicago and later at Loras College in Dubuque. After entering the Dominican Order he continued his studies for the priesthood with the Dominicans in River Forest, Illinois and Dubuque, Iowa.
Shortly after his ordination he was assigned to work in California where he spent many years. Fr. Nouza taught high school at St. Vincent Ferrer High School in Vallejo, California. He also served at the following schools: Sacramento State College Newman Center, St. Albert’s College, Oakland, San Jose State University, Cabot College, and University of San Francisco. For much of his career, Fr. Nouza served as the chaplain of the Police Officers‘ Research Association of California and Executive Director of Problems in Ethics and Policing in California.
Besides his Dominican Community, Fr. Nouza is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded death by his parents and siblings, Dorothy Maclaughlin, Alice Gieske, Robert Hallman, and Harold Hallman. Services were held at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in River Forest, Illinois on Monday, March 2, 2015. Memorial Donations to the Dominicans, Society for Vocational Support, 1910 S. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL, 60608-2904 are greatly appreciated.