Requiescat in pace, Fr. Paul S. Naumann, S.J.

Keith McShea


Requiescat in pace, Fr. Paul S. Naumann, S.J.

Fr. Naumann, a longtime English teacher and drama club moderator at Canisius High School who was beloved by generations of CHS alumni, died peacefully Friday night at the age of 92.

He passed away at Murray-Weigel Hall, the Jesuit healthcare community on the Fordham University campus in the Bronx.

The wake (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and funeral Mass (1 p.m.) will take place Friday, June 24 in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne College campus in Syracuse, N.Y.

"May this good and faithful servant now rest in the peaceful presence of the One he served so well," said Canisius President Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J. 

The orchestra room in the CHS Center for the Arts was named for Fr. Naumann on June 18, 2021. 

The dedication of the orchestra room to Naumann was made possible through a generous gift by Robin and Ken Kencel '77. 

The following are excerpts from Ken Kencel's address to Naumann and those gathered at last year's dedication ceremony. Kencel and his wife became decades-long friends with Fr. Naumann years after Kencel first encountered Fr. Naumann as a teacher.  

"He was worldly, urbane, polished, extraordinarily well read and knowledgeable. ... He was also incredibly demanding, extremely passionate about the details and wholly unwilling to ever compromise his high standards, particularly when it came to his beloved drama guild.

"In many respects, P.S. was the father I never had. He was kind, demanding and always there for me. When my mother died freshman year, he did a beautiful Mass for her. When I was accepted to Georgetown my senior year, he was the first one I told. I was and am so incredibly grateful for his kindness and support through all the years. I know many of my classmates feel very much the same way.  

"Wherever P.S. has been, whether teaching at Le Moyne College or on sabbatical in London, his first love has always been Canisius. It is where he had his most dramatic impact on the students who studied under him, the actors and singers who performed for the drama guild and chamber choir and the Jesuits and other faculty who worked with him. His wisdom, kindness and great humor were always evident and that is, in many respects, his greatest gift to all of us. 

"I am so grateful for what Canisius has provided to me and for teachers like P.S. Naumann, who taught me so much … not just about academics … but about life and how to be the man I have become. 

"P.S., you are an amazing person and have lived an incredible life. You have influenced so many like myself with your wisdom, passion, humor and great kindness. 

“I know I speak for everyone here today in thanking you for having played such a meaningful role in our lives and in the wonderful history of your beloved Canisius. Now we will always have a place to gather and play and sing music that remembers you."


In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to make a donation in memory of Father Naumann to:

Canisius High School
c/o Fr. Naumann Scholarship Fund
1180 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209

Donations can also be made via
At the "designation" dropdown menu, choose "In Memory of Rev. Paul S. Naumann, S.J. / Fr. Naumann Scholarship Fund" 

Gifts will provide scholarships for promising students in need of support.


National Honor Society induction among highlights of Junior Awards Ceremony

Several distinguished honors and the 2022 induction to Canisius's Robert Bellarmine Chapter of the National Honor Society highlighted Tuesday’s Junior Awards Ceremony in the historic Scaccia Auditorium.

"This past week, we celebrated and bid farewell to the class of 2022," said Principal Andrea Tyrpak-Endres. "Today, we gather to highlight the achievements of our rising seniors, to celebrate the accomplishments of our new student leaders – the class of 2023."

Military appointments among scores of students honored at Senior Awards Ceremony

Tuesday’s Senior Awards Ceremony honored scores of members of the Class of 2022, which collectively has earned more than $21 million in college scholarships and grants.  

Students attending service academies, earning national honors and school-wide recognition for a wide range of activities and achievements were honored before their parents and schoolmates in the historic Scaccia Auditorium.

Victor Mazzara named Mr. Canisius 2022

The 61st Mr. Canisius was announced by principal Ms. Andrea Tyrpak-Endres during this morning's senior awards.

These are the words of Mr. Canisius 2022 upon being nominated:

"I am beyond thankful for the formative role the entire Canisius community has played in my life. No longer am I the shy, anxious kid that walked through the Blue Doors in 2018 ... 

Peter Reiser ’84 named dean of students at Canisius

Peter Reiser ’84, who has 22 years of experience in Jesuit education, including six of those here at Canisius, has been named dean of students at Canisius High School, Principal Andrea Tyrpak-Endres announced Monday morning.

Reiser was the director of college counseling at Canisius from 2000 to 2006. He has spent the last 16 years at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado.

Finalists announced for 2022 Mr. Canisius award

The Mr. Canisius Award is presented annually to the graduating senior who, in the estimation of his peers, epitomizes all that Canisius stands for. 

Read the reflections written by the 2022 finalists about their time at Canisius and what it means to be a candidate for this award. 

Requiescat in Pace, Liz Lyons Friedman

We mourn the loss of Friedman, who was the first female full-time teacher at Canisius High School.

The Buffalo native and Nardin graduate taught at Canisius from 1970 to 1977 and was also the first female lay faculty member at CHS; she helped establish the fine arts program at Canisius.

The GAMBIT silent auction is open!

The GAMBIT silent auction is open!

Check out hundreds of awesome items, from a signed Josh Allen authentic Buffalo Bills helmet to an embroidered CHS dog sweater (dog not included :-) ).

The auction runs through Saturday night, when hundreds will gather at CHS for GAMBIT XLVII.

'All you really need is heart:' Great run for 'Damn Yankees' cast and crew

"You've gotta have heart ... all you really need is heart. ... When the odds are sayin' you'll never win ... that's when the grin should start."

Congratulations to the grinning cast and crew of "Damn Yankees," who seemed to take manager Van Buren's advice after they endured several Covid-related delays and switched musicals in the middle of the rehearsal schedule (!) ... only to respond by putting on a great show for three evenings last week in our historic Scaccia Auditorium.

CHS students raise more than $5,500 in Lenten Mission Drive

A special dress-down event on St. Patrick's Day capped off a very successful Lenten Mission Drive by Canisius students.

More than $5,500 was raised in two weeks, marking the drive's highest total in five years. The Lenten Mission Drive, as it has for the last decade, benefitted two fellow Jesuit schools in Micronesia, located in the western Pacific Ocean: Yap Catholic High School and Chuuk Xavier High School.