Say One Hail Mary for Marc Berquist

Marcus Berquist died yesterday (Note to readers who do not know him – Marc Berquist is not to be confused with his brother Duane, who I link to on by sidebar). He was, quietly and more or less anonymously, one of the best Thomists of the last thirty or so years. His arguments had more clarity, force, simplicity, order and fidelity to St. Thomas than any contemporary Thomist I have ever known, and I don’t say that lightly. He published nothing.

I am confident he died well, and I know that he lived a life dedicated to the love of divine things. I have confidence that he is at least on the way. Wherever he is, it’s hard for me to imagine him not taking a great deal of joy in being able to simply see what he was stuck having to merely reason to for all those years.


  1. Credo said,

    November 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm


  2. Brian said,

    November 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I had the privilege of studying the Treatise on the Trinity with Marc Berquist this past summer. What a holy and learned man. God rest his soul.

  3. Codgitator said,

    November 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Just said three. If the Berquist branch is the Thomistic wind beneath your wings, I owe it to myself to finally listen to all the audio linked on your sidebar.

  4. November 4, 2010 at 10:38 am

    His lectures on logic are very simple and wonderful.

  5. skholiast said,

    November 6, 2010 at 7:12 am

    I didn’t know him. But I will pray for him.

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