Jesuit Father Charles Moutenot, SJ, was called to eternal life on Feb. 4, 2019. Fr. Moutenot died at the JCCU Tertianship Community in Portland, Ore. He was born on June 16, 1946, in New York, N.Y., raised in Cliffside Park and entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew Hall, Syracuse, N.Y., on August 20, 1975. He was ordained on June 9, 1984 at Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y. He pronounced his final vows on Oct. 19, 1995, at the Church of St. Anthony of Padua, Bronx, N.Y. Before entering the Jesuits, Fr. Moutenot served as a United States Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam.
Fr. Moutenot joined the Loyola Retreat Staff in January of 2004. After completing a doctorate in Systematic Theology in 1990, Fr. Moutenot served as spiritual director for Jesuit seminarians and taught Theology at Fordham University in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education until 1996. In 1996, he was appointed rector of the Jesuit Community at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., a position he held until 2002. During a sabbatical year at Fordham University from 2002 to 2003, Fr. Moutenot studied spirituality.
He was appointed director and president of Loyola House of Retreats in 2004. Fr. Moutenot’s relationship with Loyola goes back to 1972 when, as a young layman, his father invited him to make a retreat. It was his first, but not his last, encounter with Jesuits. He entered the Society of Jesus three years later in 1975 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1984. In 2011, he became the director of the USA Tertianship located in Portland, Ore.