Edwin Dodge Cuffe, S.J.
April 25, 1915 - November 23, 1979
Entered Jesuits: August 14, 1932
Ordained Priest: June 17, 1945
Final Vows: August 15, 1949
The phrase "Ed Cuffe, priest" comes from a story he enjoyed telling
when he and Father Fitzsimons were together returning from a trip
to Europe. (I think from Rome and a meeting on the future of
Juniorates in the Society.) As he tells it, at customs they were
asked their name and occupation. Fr Fitzsimons responded in his
most rhetorical tones "Matthew J. Fitzsiomns, Educator!" and Fr
Cuffe said very humbly "Ed Cuffe, priest."
Some poems written by Father Cuffe
Here is a little something I found on the www at
For October 16, 2005 - Michael Leddy's Blog
As it's Dictionary Day, I'll mention that my most memorable
dictionary experience has been looking up the word tappen
in the Oxford English Dictionary. Edwin Cuff, SJ, a funny
and wonderful man, suggested that I look it up. I later learned
that he pointed countless students to the joys of the OED
via this word.
Father Cuffe's Ph. D. thesis titled "An interpretation of Cleanness,
Patience, and The pearl from the viewpoint of imagery" is published (1951) on microfilm and is in the library at the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. It is about "The Pearl" which is
the classic Middle English poem.
Father Cuffe's thesis is available from
Edwin Dodge Cuffe as a student
at Saint Andrew-on-Hudson
Poughkeepsie, New York
Novitiate and Juniorate
Cartoon of Father Cuffe at America House