ICB in the News

Jan. 14, 2016
Rest in Peace - Mark C. Aita, S.J., M.D.
Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., the President of Saint Joseph's University

I write to you today with the sad news of the death of Mark C. Aita, S.J., M.D., who passed away yesterday evening [Jan. 11, 2017] in the infirmary of Manresa Hall. He was 67.
Father Aita was a member of Saint Joseph’s Jesuit community for 10 years. He served the University as the associate director of the Institute for Clinical Bioethics for eight years and also taught in the graduate health care ethics program. He was a frequent Eucharistic celebrant for Saint Joseph’s community Masses held at the Chapel of St. Joseph.
Father Aita was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, attended La Salle College High School in Philadelphia, and joined the Jesuit Novitiate in Wernersville in 1967. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Fordham University in 1972, an M.D. from Medical College of Pennsylvania [merged to Drexel University School of Medicine] in 1977, and an M.Div. in theology in 1983. Throughout his life, Father Aita’s ministry was wide and varied. As associate pastor at Holy Name Church in Camden, New Jersey, he founded St. Luke’s Catholic Medical Services. He was also professor of geriatric medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in New Jersey, and offered medical and pastoral assistance at Loyola University Maryland. He was a career internist at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, a physician for Bon Secours Health System, and a teacher at Loyola Blakefield, all in Baltimore.
He will be deeply missed by his Jesuit brothers and his friends and colleagues at the University. He is survived by his brothers, Paul C. Aita, M.D., and S. Joseph Aita, M.D