RIP: 26/10/2020 - Silver Spring, Maryland
Fr. Eliot Nitz was born at Hammond, Indiana, USA, on 8 December 1941, the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the day the members of the Society of the Divine Saviour were celebrating the 60th anniversary of their founding. After having attended parish grade schools, he began his high school studies at Salvatorian Seminary in St. Nazianz, Wisconsin, where he became acquainted with the Salvatorians. When he finished his second year of college there, he entered the Salvatorian novitiate in Colfax, Iowa, where he made his first profession of vows on 8 September 1962. He completed his studies for the priesthood at Divine Saviour Seminary in Lanham, Maryland, and Catholic University in Washington, DC. He was ordained a priest in St. Mary´s Parish in Landover Hills, Maryland, on 6 September 1968. Over the years, Fr. Eliot has served in numerous places and in various ministries: he was active as a chaplain for the US Army Reserve, he was pastor, chaplain, retreat master and he served as novice master. Fr. Eliot enjoyed spending time with people, sharing stories, and even getting into deep discussions with anyone who wished to do so. He was a “people person”. It´s why others were so drawn to him wherever he ministered. He died on 26 October in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was 78 years of age, and he was a Salvatorian for 58 years.