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Fr. Kenneth Walleman, SJ
Fr. Kenneth T. Walleman, SJ
September 15, 2014

Fr. William F. Prospero, SJ
Fr. William F. Prospero, SJ
September 8, 2014
 Fr. William J. Brennan, SJ
Fr. William J. Brennan, SJ
August 11, 2014
Dennis R. Karamitis, SJ
Fr. Dennis Karamitis, SJ
July 27, 2014
  

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Fr. Bob Frommelt, SJ 

I started working at the Wisconsin Province office in 1993 and shortly after became acquainted with Fr. Bob Frommelt, SJ. 

He was a youthful 88 year-old when I met this former director of the Jesuit Mission Service.  Fr. Bob was a gentle human being, a devoted worker and a passionate advocate for peace and justice issues.  For years he came to the office four days a week, riding the bus... read more,

 

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Fr. Patrick E. Walsh, SJ
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Fr. Nicholas E. Schiel, SJ
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Fr. Joseph C. Gill, SJ
December 9, 2012

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Fr. William T.Kolarec, SJ
November 2, 2012

 

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January 31, 2011
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December 26, 2010

 

 

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October 7, 2010

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Fr. Paul A. Mahowald, SJ
July 16, 2010

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July 9, 2010

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March 30, 2010

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January 19, 2010

 

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Fr. Richard A. McGarrity, SJ
October 26, 2009

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Fr. Earl J. Kurth, SJ
September 3, 2009 

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Fr. Philip E. Pick, SJ
August 14, 2009

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August 1, 2009

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Fr. Harold C. Bradley, SJ
July 10, 2009 

 

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Br. Edmund W. Stetzen, SJ
March 25, 2009

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Br. James R. Zuercher, SJ
January 23, 2009

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Fr. Robert F. Purcell, SJ
January 16, 2009
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Fr. Edward A. Larkin, SJ
December 13, 2008
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Fr. Robert P. Hart, SJ
November 29, 2008
 
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Fr. James A. Egan, SJ
October 2, 2008
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Fr. Robert J. Kelly, SJ
August 16, 2008
Br. Lee McNamee, SJ
Br. Lee A. McNamee, SJ
July 23, 2008

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Fr. Robert C. Ostertag, SJ
July 12, 2008
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Fr. Lawrence Flanagan, SJ
June 29, 2008
 

 
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Fr. Leland A. Lubbers, SJ
June 27, 2008
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Fr. Paul I. Manhart, SJ
May 1, 2008
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Fr. Richard T. Jones, SJ
January 20, 2008

Fr. John Scott, SJ
Fr. John M. Scott, SJ
December 27, 2007

 

 


Fr. Kenneth T. Walleman, SJ


Fr. Kenneth T. Walleman, SJ, was called to eternal life on September 15, 2014.  Ken died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI.  He was 91 years old, a Jesuit for 67 years, and a priest for 55 years.

Born in Milwaukee on July 30, 1923, Ken attended grade school and high school in Milwaukee and graduated from Marquette University with a degree in chemical engineering in 1944.  He served in the U.S. Navy for two years, spent another year studying Latin at Marquette University, and entered the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, MO, on February 4, 1947.  Ken had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College.  He was ordained on June 16, 1959, made tertianship in Decatur, IL, and pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1965.

Ken did regency at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI, and for two years after tertianship taught chemistry and mathematics at Marquette High School in Milwaukee, WI.  In 1963 he moved to St. Francis Mission in South Dakota, where he did pastoral ministry for the next thirty-four years.  In 1997 he moved to Marquette University and a year later to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, WI.  During some of his years back in Milwaukee, Ken assisted with the work of the Jesuit Partnership.

Ken was a gentle, steady Jesuit priest.  He struggled off and on with ill health during his years as a Jesuit.  He lived simply and felt at home among the Indian people he served on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.  He had some Lakota nomadic instincts and loved to travel—usually by Greyhound Bus.  He was a good companion to his brother Jesuits.    Back to Top

 

Fr. William F. Prospero, SJ

Fr. William Prospero, SJ, was called to eternal life on September 8, 2014.  Will died surrounded by family members and close Jesuit friends at the St. Camillus Jesuit Community, in Wauwatosa, WI.  He was 49 years old, a Jesuit for 27 years, and a priest for 16 years.

Born on August 4, 1965, in Wauwatosa, Will attended St. Jude’s Grade School, Marquette University High School, and Marquette University before entering the Society at the Jesuit Novitiate in St. Paul, MN, in 1987.  Will studied humanities and philosophy while at Campion House at Creighton University.  He completed his theology studies at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, was ordained on June 12, 1998, made tertianship in Milford, OH, and pronounced final vows on September 30, 2007.

Will taught at Holy Rosary Mission on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for regency.  After ordination he continued ministry to the Lakota people through the retreat and lay formation ministries of the Sioux Spiritual Center, Plainview, SD (1998-2000).  From 2000 to 2006, Will worked in Marquette University’s Campus Ministry.  For some of those years he also served as the Province director of the Apostleship of Prayer (2004-2006).  Will brought his skills as a campus minister to the students of Central Michigan University where he served as pastor of St. Mary’s University Parish, Mt. Pleasant, MI (2006-2012).  His efforts to integrate the University students into the regular life of the parish continue to give life to the parish and larger Church.  Will’s work with young people and the formation of Church leaders also benefitted the men of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD, many of whom he served as spiritual director (2012-2013).  Health issues brought Will to St. Camillus Jesuit Community, and back to his hometown, in 2013.

For Will, faith in Christ offered light for the path.  A true son of St. Ignatius of Loyola, he dedicated his life to the Roman Catholic Church, defending her doctrines and traditions.  As a Jesuit, he relied upon the principles of Ignatian spiritual discernment to guide many college students and young adults in the faith, helping many to hear God's call to religious life and priesthood.  Taken by illness before his time, he walked the way of the cross alongside his Savior with patience and faithful hope in the resurrection.  He will be remembered for his love of the Church and her people, his love of family and friends, his generous spirit, self-effacing humor, his special devotion to Our Lady, his faithful exercise of the ministerial priesthood, and his humble stance of prayerfulness before God and others.   Back to Top

 

Fr. William J. Brennan, SJ

Fr. William J. Brennan, SJ, was called to eternal life on August 11, 2014.  Bill died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI.  He was ninety-four years old, a Jesuit for seventy-five years, and a priest for sixty-three years.

Born in Wauwatosa, WI on May 14, 1920, Bill attended grade school in Wauwatosa and Whitefish Bay and graduated from Marquette University High School in 1938.  He entered the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri on September 1, 1938.  After the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, Saint Louis University, and St. Mary's College, Bill was ordained on June 14, 1951, made tertianship in Decatur, IL, and pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1954.

Bill lived not only a long Jesuit life, but a very full Jesuit life.  Regency in Belize was the beginning of years of service in Central America, in both Belize and in Yoro, Honduras, and of a life-long ministry in various Latino parishes in New Mexico, Texas, California, and Wisconsin.  From 1966 to 1979 Bill taught at Saint Louis University High School and at Marquette University High School.  Involvement in the struggle for justice and peace was also life-long for Bill.  From 1981 to 1985 he lived and worked at the Casa Maria House in Milwaukee, and almost to the day he died he continued to demonstrate for justice issues, for the poor and oppressed to whom he gave his heart.

Bill was a great-hearted man who remained amazingly active even after he turned ninety and his body began to fail him.  He did not mind controversy and loved to campaign.  He lived his life with passion.  He was a people's priest.    Back to Top





Fr. Dennis Karamitis, SJ

Fr. Dennis Karamitis, SJ, was called to eternal life on July 27, 2014. Dennis died unexpectedly from a heart attack shortly after being transported from his apartment to the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. Dennis was 70 years old, a Jesuit for 47 years, and a priest for 39 years. Born in Berlin, WI, on February 7, 1944, Dennis attended St. Michael’s Grade School and Berlin High School before attending Marquette University. In 1966, after completing his undergraduate studies, Dennis entered the Society at the Jesuit College, St. Bonifacius, MN. He completed his course of studies at Saint Louis University and Regis College, Toronto. Dennis was ordained on June 20, 1975, made tertianship at Campion House, Omaha, and pronounced his final vows on May 5, 1995.

Dennis taught theology as a regent at Marquette University High School (1970-1972) and, after ordination, at Creighton University (1979-1982). His heart seemed to lie more in the realm of pastoral care than classroom teaching. He served as pastor of St. Benedict’s Church in Omaha (1982-1985), and as associate pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Jersey City, NJ (1985-1987) and Gesu Parish in Milwaukee, WI (1988-1989). He had a keen interest in ministering to people of diverse cultures. Over the years, Dennis exercised his priesthood among the Hispanic community and he helped found Korean Catholic Communities in Richmond, VA (1977-1978) and Omaha (1980-1984). His care extended to his Jesuit brothers too: he was minister of the LaStorta Community in Minneapolis, MN, for ten years (1989-1999). At the age of 50, Dennis returned to studies to earn a doctorate in psychology. Since 2005, Dennis has ministered to numerous people, including many priests, through his private practice as a clinical psychologist in Chicago.

Once Dennis put himself to a task, he followed through, no matter the obstacles. He invested himself whole heartedly in pastoring and, later in life, doctoral studies and a new career. Although Dennis struggled to find his niche in the Society, he always tried to make the best of things and remained upbeat. His big smile showed his cheerfulness. He was always happy to meet all kinds of people and generously share his spirit and talents with them.

 

Fr. W. Richard Ott, SJ

Fr. Dick Ott, SJ, was called to eternal life on July 15, 2014.  Dick died in hospice care in Omaha, having had several of his fellow community members keep vigil with him during the day.  He was seventy-two years old, a Jesuit for fifty years, and a priest for forty-two years.

Dick was born in Ottumwa, IA on July 6, 1942.  After completing grade school and high school in Ottumwa, he attended Creighton University from 1960 to 1963.  On August 14, 1963 Dick entered the Society at Jesuit College, St. Bonifacius, MN.  He had the usual Jesuit course of studies at Jesuit College and Saint Louis University and was ordained on May 18, 1972.  In 1978 he completed a doctoral program in science education at the University of Iowa.  He did tertianship in 1981-1982 and pronounced final vows in the Society on April 22, 1982.

Dick taught math and physics at Creighton Prep (1968-1969 and 1978-1979) and physics at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH (1979-1992).  Following a noble Jesuit tradition, he worked as a seismologist at the Observatorio San Calixto in Bolivia (1992-1994) and at the Boston College Observatory in Weston, MA.  In 2002 he began a second career as a hospital chaplain at the Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, NE – a ministry he continued until his final illness forced him to enter a hospice program.

Dick was a steady fellow, quiet and kind and willing to serve.  Folks appreciated his ministry to them and with them.  He was an easy man to be in community with.  He was a faithful Jesuit and a good priest.  At the end he was ready for the Lord to call him to eternal life.   Back to Top



Fr. Patrick J. Malone, SJ

Fr. Patrick J. Malone, SJ, was called to eternal life on July 22, 2014.  Pat died in hospice care in Omaha, NE.  He was fifty-five years old, a Jesuit for twenty-one years, and a priest for thirteen years.

Born in St. Paul, MN, on February 13, 1959, Pat attended grade school and high school in St. Paul. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1981 and then spent some years with the Peace Corps in Mali before earning a M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1986.  Pat entered the Society at the St. Paul Jesuit Novitiate on August 22, 1992.  At Spokane and Berkeley he had the usual Jesuit course of studies, was ordained on June 8, 2001, made tertianship in Weston, MA, and pronounced his final vows on September 28, 2011.

Pat taught at Marquette High School during regency, but his assignments after ordination were all in pastoral ministry.  Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Pat spent six weeks ministering to the needs of recovery workers at ground zero.  For three years he was an associate pastor at the Church of St. Luke in St. Paul, and worked in campus ministry at Macalester College in St. Paul.  Pat spent several years as the spiritual coordinator of the Creighton University ILAC program in the Dominican Republic.  In 2009 Pat moved to Omaha and began work at St. John's Parish; in 2011 he became the pastor of St. John's.

Pat was a very gifted and successful pastor who, for much of his adult life, periodically struggled with serious health issues.  Even after several bone-marrow transfusions to deal with his leukemia, he was hospitalized a number of times with life-threatening infections and immune-system issues.  Pat never let his illness define him but focused on ministering to the people he was called to serve.   He was a very active pastor, renowned for memorizing the day’s Gospel reading and, on occasion doing backflips for the children’s religious education classes at St Luke’s.  Pat was admired by all for his compassion and his courage.  He was the face of Jesus for many people.   Back to Top

 



Fr. William B. Neenan, SJ

The following obituary was prepared by the Office of News and Public Affairs at Boston College, supplemented by information about Bill Neenan’s Jesuit formation.

Chestnut Hill, Mass (6-26-14)--William B. Neenan, SJ, a beloved Jesuit and an accomplished administrator at Boston College who served in several key leadership positions during more than three decades at the Heights, passed away on June 24, 2014 in the Jesuit Residence at Roberts House. He was 85.

As academic vice president and dean of faculties from 1987-1998, Fr. Neenan helped guide Boston College to its place among the nation’s premier universities. During his 11-year tenure, he oversaw a steady strengthening of Boston College's undergraduate and graduate programs, with the University placing among US News & World Report’s top 20 teaching universities and  top 40 national universities overall. He became vice president and special assistant to University President William P. Leahy, SJ, in 1998, a position he held for the past 16 years.

Fr. Leahy praised his fellow Iowan as a scholar, administrator and Jesuit who dedicated his life to advancing Boston College. “Fr. Neenan was such a presence on our campus and was a tremendous Jesuit priest,” said Fr. Leahy. “We will all miss him greatly.”

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, on January 9th, 1929, Fr. Neenan was one of four children of Edward and Grace (Braunger) Neenan.  He attended local public and Catholic schools and graduated from Trinity High School in Sioux City in 1946.

He attended St. Louis University for two years and, in 1948, entered the novitiate of the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus at historic Florissant, Missouri (he became a member of the Wisconsin Province when that province separated from Missouri, in 1955).  He did philosophy studies at St. Louis University, from 1952 to 1955, and received an M.A. in economics there in 1956.   He remained at the university for another year, teaching economics, and then taught Latin and American history at Marquette University High School, in Milwaukee, in 1957-1958.  He did theology studies at St. Mary’s College in Kansas, from 1958 to 1962, earning an S.T.L. degree, and was ordained a priest at the Gesu Church in Milwaukee, in 1961.  After completing tertianship, he studied economics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1966.

The following year he accepted an appointment teaching economics and social work at the University of Michigan and taught there until 1979, rising to the rank of Professor.  In 1979, he was invited to take a visiting appointment in economics at Boston College, as the first holder of the Gasson Chair.  The following year, he was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a position he held until 1987.   

Well known among students, faculty and alumni for the genuine friendship he extended to those he met — often in the form of a spontaneous handshake and introduction (“Hello friend, I’m Fr. Neenan”) delivered in a dining hall, on a campus shuttle bus, or while walking through the Quad — Fr. Neenan founded the "Iowa/Nebraska Luncheon Club," providing BC students from the Midwest with an opportunity to gather and catch up on happenings back home. The luncheons became so popular among students that they spawned numerous other regional luncheons for undergraduates from all over the country.

His annual release of the "Dean's List of Recommended Reading," a lineup of his favorite novels, biographies, histories and other books, became an anticipated yearly rite on the BC campus.

Throughout his 35 years of service, Fr. Neenan was an active and in-demand presence at Boston College and a highly sought-after speaker at alumni events nationwide. He attended countless reunions and alumni club gatherings, spoke at myriad student forums, served as chair of several administrative search committees and officiated at several hundred alumni weddings. His mellifluous voice, familiar to all in the BC community, is among those of administrators and faculty members included on the “Tour of the Heights” app and mobile website.

In 2004, a gift from Margaret A. and Thomas A. Vanderslice '53, Hon. '03, established the William B. Neenan, SJ, Millennium Chair in Economics. Announcing the chair, Tom Vanderslice called Fr. Neenan "the soul of the University."

Fr. Neenan became the namesake for another University initiative in 2009, with the creation of the William B. Neenan, SJ, Society, which recognizes alumni who make annual gifts in consecutive years. The establishment of the Neenan Society came in the wake of the “Neenan Challenge,” which set a goal of 25,000 alumni donors contributing $1 million in financial aid. During the 2008-09 fiscal year, more than 26,300 answered the call to support Boston College in his name.

Fr. Neenan wrote numerous articles, reviews, books and monographs on subjects ranging from urban economics to public health and taxation, and has directed a string of economic institutes and seminars.

In 2003, Fr. Neenan received the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award from the New England Province of the Society of Jesus, in recognition of his commitment to Jesuit education in New England. He received an honorary degree from Boston College for his distinguished service to the University in 2008, the year he celebrated his 60th anniversary as a Jesuit, and the Founder’s Medal from BC Law in 1996.  

He served as a trustee for a number of schools and universities, including Loyola University of Chicago, Fordham University, Nativity Preparatory School, North Cambridge Catholic High School, Boston College High School, and Boston College Ireland Ltd., among others. He also served as director of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities from 1988 to 1994, and as director of the Jesuit magazine America from 1990 to 1991.

A self-described "immigrant" from Sioux City who, like his fellow Iowan Fr. Leahy, maintained a lifelong rooting interest in the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, Fr. Neenan, however, was quick to acknowledge his fondness for his adopted home on the Heights. "I came with the intention of spending just a year here, and I ended up falling in love with Boston College," he said.     Back to Top


Fr. J. Robert Hilbert, SJ

In May 2013, Fr. Hilbert was featured in our quarterly online series featuring Senior Jesuits.  Click here to visit the web page profiling Fr. Hilbert and other Senior Jesuits.

Fr. J. Robert Hilbert, SJ,  was called to eternal life on May 19, 2014.  Bob died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI.  He was eighty-eight years old, a Jesuit for seventy years, and a priest for fifty-seven years. 

Born in Omaha on March 25, 1926, Bob attended Holy Name Grade School and Creighton Prep in Omaha before entering the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri, on August 8, 1943.  Bob had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College.  He was ordained on June 18, 1956.  After tertianship in Decatur, Illinois, Bob earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Kansas.  He pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1959.

Bob did regency at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri.  After graduate studies, he taught math at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and, from 1966 to 1973, served as rector of Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  Apart from a few years as Director of the Emmaus Center in Des Moines, Iowa, and as Provincial Assistant for Pastoral and Retreat Ministries, the rest of Bob’s years of active ministry were devoted to service of the Native Americans.  For almost thirty years he ministered to the people of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota (1973-1982) and the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming (1987-1995 and 1998-2010).  For a number of years, Bob also served as a member of the Wisconsin Province tertianship team.  Declining health led to his move in 2010 to St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, where he remained until his death

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A gentle, quiet man, Bob was passionately devoted to the service of the poor.  He was an excellent listener who tried to help others address their own issues rather than trying to fix things for them himself.  He was an intelligent, well-read, thoughtful critic of American cultural trends who had a gift for seeing things from the viewpoint of the culturally marginalized.  And, he was a good priest whom the Lord drew close to himself and through whom the Lord touched the hearts of thousands of men and women searching for him.     Back to Top

 



Fr. Richard F. McCaslin, SJ  

Fr. McCaslin shared a bit of his spiritual wisdom in October 2012 when he was featured in a quarterly online series that profiles our Senior Jesuits.  Click here to visit the web page profiling Fr. McCaslin and other Senior Jesuits.

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Richard F. McCaslin, SJ, who was called to eternal life on May 13, 2014.  Dick died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI.  He was seventy-nine years old, a Jesuit for sixty-one years, and a priest for forty-eight years.


Born in Omaha, Nebraska on July 16, 1934, Dick attended Holy Angels Grade School and Creighton Prep in Omaha before entering the Society at Florissant, Missouri on August 8, 1952.  He completed the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Saint Louis University, and St. Mary's College.  Dick was ordained at St. Mary's on June 9, 1965.  He did tertianship in Seoul, Korea.  After two years of studies at the Gregorian University in Rome, Dick pronounced his final vows at Sogang University on August 15, 1973.

For almost twenty years Dick served in Korea.  He learned the language and the culture and held a succession of important positions as the new mission grew into an independent region and as a small Sogang College developed into a major university.  After his return to the United States, Dick served as socius to the provincial (1986-1989), director of the Oshkosh Retreat House (1989-2001), and superior of the Creighton Prep Jesuit Community (2001-2004).  From 2004 to 2010 he worked in South Dakota, residing at the Sioux Spiritual Center and later at Holy Rosary Mission as he helped direct the permanent diaconate and lay ministry programs of the Rapid City Diocese.  Declining health led to his assignment in late 2010 to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community. 

Trained as a theologian, Dick's heart was not so much in research but in teaching and especially in applying theological insights to the giving of the Spiritual Exercises.  All his life, whatever other responsibilities he had, Dick served as a spiritual director and a retreat director.  This is the ministry at which he wanted to excel, and he did.

Dick will also be remembered for his warm human qualities.  Raised in a large Irish Catholic family, he relished frequent contacts with his family and from them learned how to nurture supportive relationships with all sorts of people.  He was seldom at a loss for words.  He was extremely perceptive and had a gift for using humor to make others feel good about themselves.  An athlete in his younger days, he found the diminishments of old age challenging because they restricted his ability to reach out to other people.  In the end, however, he was able to let the good Lord reach out to him and call him to Himself.                 Back to Top

 

 

Fr. J. Cletus Healy, SJ

Fr. J. Cletus Healy, SJ was called to eternal life on April 7, 2014. Cletus died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI. He was ninety-six years old, a Jesuit for seventy-five years, and a priest for sixty-two years.

Born in Newton, Iowa on October 26, 1917, Cletus attended grade school and high school in Newton. He completed one year of college at Dowling Junior College in Des Moines, Iowa and a second year of college at Creighton University in Omaha. He entered the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Missouri on September 1, 1938. Cletus had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus Seminary, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College. He was ordained at St. Mary's on June 14, 1951. After completing tertianship in Decatur, Illinois, he pronounced final vows at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee on August 15, 1954.

Cletus did regency at St. Francis Mission in St. Francis, South Dakota and at Regis High School in Denver, Colorado, but his ministry after ordination was concentrated in Milwaukee. He taught sociology and religion at Marquette High from 1953 to 1968. Then he remained a member of the Marquette High Jesuit Community for another twenty-four years - until 1992, when he helped inaugurate the St. Camillus Jesuit Community. During this latter period of his life, Cletus was involved in editing and/or promoting various Catholic publications (Twin Circle, Vatican Voices, etc.) and managing a Milwaukee-area Catholic book and gift shop.

Cletus combined many traits. All his life he reflected his strong Catholic upbringing on an Iowa farm. All his life he did battle under the banner of the Cross, not afraid of taking strong stands on issues of Catholic concern. All his life, even in his years of declining health and energies at St. Camillus, he attracted large numbers of devoted friends to whom he ministered with gentleness and compassion. And all his life, especially as he grew older and prepared for death, he was a peaceful and prayerful presence in his Jesuit community, a man both respected and loved by his Jesuit brothers.                      Back to Top


Fr. James E. Mauel, SJ

Fr. James E. Mauel, S.J., who was called to eternal life on March 17, 2014.  Jim died peacefully at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI.  He was eighty-eight years old, a Jesuit for sixty-nine years, and a priest for fifty-six years.

Born in La Crosse, WI on October 31, 1925, Jim attended grade school and high school in Cashton, WI.  After a year at Marquette University he entered the Society June 22, 1944 at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri.  Jim had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College.  He did regency at Holy Rosary Mission and St. Louis University High School.  Jim was ordained on June 12, 1957, made tertianship in 1958-1959, and pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1960.

Jim's years as a Jesuit were full of quiet but good ministry in a number of places.  After ordination he taught Latin and Greek for eight years at Marquette University and at Jesuit College in St. Bonifacius, MN.  During 1961-62 he served in Rome as the Substitute Secretary for the American Assistancy and from 1968 through 1981 – thirteen long years! – as Secretary to the Provincial in the Wisconsin Province Office in Milwaukee.  From 1982 through 2010 Jim ministered as a spiritual and retreat director in Milwaukee.  He moved to St. Camillus in 2010.

Jim was a gentle man whom people found easy to trust.  He knew how to listen.  He knew how to keep confidences.  He was a patient man.  He was a priestly presence to both his Jesuit brothers and to those to whom he ministered.  A great crowd will surely welcome Jim into the heavenly home the Lord has prepared for those who love him.                      Back to Top


Fr. William L. Mugan, SJ

Fr. William L. Mugan, SJ, was called to eternal life on January 30, 2014. Bill died at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI. He was ninety-one years old, a Jesuit for seventy-one years, and a priest for fifty-eight years.

Born in Omaha, NE on January 28, 1923, Bill attended grade school and high school in Omaha and studied one year at Creighton University before entering the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, MO. He had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College. He was ordained on June 16, 1955, made tertianship in Decatur, IL, and pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1958.

Bill taught high school during regency, but after tertianship served mostly as a community minister and treasurer in a succession of Midwest Jesuit communities. He received training as a hospital chaplain and served for a number of years at St. Joseph's Hospital in Omaha, NE and Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, IA. Finally, in 1992, Bill was appointed Wisconsin Province Archivist. He was a natural in this position, and worked in one capacity or another as an archivist in Milwaukee and St. Louis and even after he moved to St. Camillus in Wauwatosa.

Bill loved being a Jesuit and a priest. He loved telling Jesuit stories and recounting the history of the Catholic Church in Omaha and Milwaukee. He was a quiet, steady presence in community and a wise community minister. He lived peacefully through years of change in both Church and Society. He was ready when the Lord called him.                 Back to Top


 

Fr. M. Delmar Skillingstad, SJ

Fr. M. Delmar Skillingstad, SJ was called to eternal life on November 12, 2013.  Del died at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI. He was eighty-seven years old, a Jesuit for sixty-three years, and a priest for fifty-three years.

Born in St. Paul, MN on October 11, 1926, Del attended grade school and high school in St. Cloud, MN before serving in the military for
several years. From 1947 to 1950 he studied at St. John's University and Marquette University before entering the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri on August 8, 1950. He had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College. Destined early on for missionary work in Korea, Del had one year of Korean
language study before theology while he was also teaching at Marquette High in Milwaukee. He was ordained on June 16, 1960, made tertianship in Hiroshima, JAPAN, and pronounced his final vows in Seoul, KOREA on February 2, 1977.

Del was assigned to Korea from 1961 to 1983. He served as Treasurer and, for eight years, as President of Sogang University in
Seoul. Next, Del moved to Rome, where for ten years he served as socius to the Delegate for Roman Houses and Director of the Gregorian Consortium. After a year on the staff of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1995 he returned to the United States as an administrator at Gonzaga University, where he served until he moved to St. Camillus in January, 2013.

Del was a world-class Jesuit who successfully occupied leadership positions in such dramatically different cultural settings as Seoul,
Rome, Nairobi, and Spokane. He worked long and hard at whatever tasks he was assigned. Almost to the end of his life he continued to preside at Korean language liturgies in Spokane.                      Back to Top

 

 

Fr. Richard F. Sherburne, SJ 

Fr. Richard F. Sherburne, SJ, was called to eternal life on September 28, 2013.  Dick died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI.  He was eighty-seven years old, a Jesuit for seventy years, and a priest for fifty-seven years.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 29, 1926, Dick attended St. Robert's Grade School and Marquette High School before entering the Society at Florissant, Missouri on August 8, 1943.  He had the usual course of Jesuit studies at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Saint Louis University, and St. Mary's College.  He was ordained on June 20, 1956, at Gesu Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  After tertianship in Decatur, Illinois, he pronounced his final vows in Milwaukee on August 15, 1959.

Dick began and ended his years of active ministry in the Midwest - regency at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis (1950-1953), teacher of classics and dean of students at Marquette University in Milwaukee (1958-1968) and, later, a writer and Law School chaplain at Marquette University from 1997 until 2008, when declining health led to his assignment to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community.  Twelve years after ordination, however, at the age of forty-two, Dick's interests turned to Asia and Asian Studies.  He spent a year at St. Joseph's College in Darjeeling, India (1968-1969), and then completed an M.A. in Asian Language and Literature and a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at the University of Washington (1969-1976).  He remained in Seattle, teaching Asian Religions at Seattle University, from 1977 through 1996.  In 1983, Dick was transcribed to the Oregon Province, but was re-transcribed to the Wisconsin Province when he returned to Milwaukee in 1997 after twenty-eight years in Seattle.

Dick had a gift for exploring new frontiers in a quiet way.  In his early years at Marquette University, he set up the Catacombs, a gathering place in the basement of old Grandmora Hall that eventually developed into today's Campus Ministry program.  Certainly not many Jesuits from the Midwest set out to make themselves experts in Buddhist Studies as Dick did.

Dick was a man of God, a good companion, a loyal friend.


Fr. John E. Naus, SJ

Fr. John E. Naus, SJ, was called to eternal life on September 22, 2013.  John died in Milwaukee at Froedtert Hospital.  He was eighty-nine years old, a Jesuit for seventy-one years, and a priest for fifty-eight years.

Born in Milwaukee on August 28, 1924, John attended Holy Cross Grade School and Marquette High School in Milwaukee before entering the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri on August 8, 1942.  John had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, Saint Louis University, and St. Mary's College.  He was ordained on June 16, 1955.  After tertianship in Decatur, Illinois, John earned a doctoral degree in philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome.  He pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1959.

John did regency at St. Louis University High School and, after graduate studies, taught philosophy to young Jesuits at Fusz Memorial in St. Louis from 1959 to 1963.  In 1963, John was assigned to Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he spent the bulk of his years of active ministry.  He taught philosophy for over forty years, specializing in the philosophy of humor.  Along the way he became a professional clown named Tumbleweed.  John was renowned as a resident hall chaplain known to thousands and thousands of Marquette students.  At Marquette, he served as a Special Assistant to the President for nine years and, towards the end of his career, as a chaplain in the Alumni Memorial Union.  A stroke finally forced John to move to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community, but he remained active in various ways on the Marquette University campus almost until his death.

John loved people, especially young people.  He was a warm, charming person who laughed at himself as he made others laugh with him.  He was the definition of an always approachable Catholic priest who helped literally thousands of college students through good times and bad.  Stories will be told about John Naus for a long time, and most of them will be at least partially true.  Yet at heart John was a simple man, a good companion to his Jesuit brothers, a much loved, balloon-blowing jester busily enjoying God's wonderful creation.                 Back to Top

 

Fr. Francis J. Guentner, SJ

Fr. Francis J. Guentner, SJ died Friday evening, September 20, 2013, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was 96 years old and a Jesuit for 79 years. Born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on March 10, 1917, Frank entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Missouri, on September 1, 1934. He completed a B.A. in English and Licentiate in Philosophy at Saint Louis University. After teaching Latin and English at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 1941 to 1944, Frank studied Theology at St. Mary’s College in Kansas, where he was ordained to thepriesthood on June 18, 1947.  

After tertianship in Decatur, Illinois, Frank taught Latin for three years at St. Stanislaus Seminary. He was then appointed socius to the master of novices and served in that position from 1952 to 1957.  Frank was a gifted musician and during his time at the seminary, he directed novices and scholastics in choral and liturgical music.

Frank taught Latin, theology and music at Saint Louis University from 1957 to 1967. During that time he completed a Master’s degree in Music at Washington University in St. Louis. He wrote his thesis on Cistercian Chant. Frank also composed choral pieces, including “Is it Far to Bethlehem?” and “Praises to the Lord,” that are still being sung today. He was as a reviewer for Caecilia: A Review of Catholic Church Music.  

In 1967 Frank became a fulltime member of the Music Department, where he served until his retirement in 1991. He was the chair of the department for several years and also directed the Saint Louis University Chorale. Alumni of the Chorale later established a scholarship fund for music majors at Saint Louis University in Frank’s honor.

Frank always loved traditional hymns and chants. At the same time, he welcomed changes in liturgy and music that grew out of the Second Vatican Council. In the late 1960s, Frank presided frequently at non-traditional Sunday Masses in the lower College Church. In addition to his other responsibilities, Frank regularly did parish supply in St. Louis and on occasion would cover the Masses at parishes during the summer to give pastors a chance to get a vacation.

After his retirement, Frank continued to teach Latin part-time and to edit music. At the age of 77, Frank began a ten-year stint as guestmaster at Jesuit Hall. He was well suited to this work, as he was always a friendly and welcoming presence in the community. In 2012, as his health began to decline, Frank joined the Pavilion community where he continued to pray for the Church and the Society. May this talented and graciousman rest in peace.

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Fr. Robert L. Burns, SJ


Fr. Robert L. Burns, SJ, was called to eternal life on September 10, 2013. Bob died in Omaha, NE. He was eighty-eight
years old, a Jesuit for seventy years, and a priest for fifty-six years.

Born in Omaha, NE on August 16, 1925, Bob attended St. John's grade school and Creighton Prep before entering the Society at
Florissant, Missouri on August 8, 1943. He completed the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus Seminary, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College. Bob was ordained in St. Mary's, KS on June 19, 1957. After completing tertianship in Decatur, Illinois, he pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1960.

Bob taught English, Latin, and theology during regency at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, MO and at St. Louis University High
School in St. Louis, MO and, after ordination, at Marquette High School in Milwaukee, WI. From 1963 to 1970 he taught theology at Creighton University.

After 1970 his ministry was primarily pastoral – Apostleship of Prayer, Charismatic Renewal, and hospital and parish ministry. From
1970 to 1978 he was an associate pastor at St. Benedict the Moor Parish in Omaha, NE and from 1981 to 1987 he was a hospital chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, IA. The Creighton University Jesuit Community was his home base from 1963 until his death.

Bob was a quiet man who year after year did good ministry in his own quiet way. He touched the lives of many people. For fifty
years he was a steady and solid member of the Creighton University Jesuit Community. He was a holy and faithful Jesuit priest. 
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Fr. John R. Schak, SJ

Fr. John Schak, SJ, was called to eternal life on August 18, 2013, the feast of St. Alberto Hurtado, S.J.  John died in Salta, Argentina, and was buried today in Salta.  He was eighty-four years old, a Jesuit for almost sixty-five years, and a priest for fifty-two years.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota on January 2, 1929, John attended grade school and high school in Superior, Wisconsin.  He completed two years of college at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and entered the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri on August 20, 1948.  He had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College.  He was ordained in 1961, did tertianship in 1962-63, and spent two years studying Spanish in Bogota, Colombia before moving on to Argentina and beginning forty-eight years of pastoral ministry in the environs and later in the city of Salta.

‘Padre Juan’ was a missionary pastor, steady, fiercely loyal, with few frills about him.  He loved Christ, the Church, and the people entrusted to his care.  And John, in turn, was much beloved by all those whose lives he touched during almost a half-century of ministry in the rugged northwest of Argentina.  The last twenty-five years of his ministry in Argentina were spent as pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in the city of Salta, where he had been sent after the death of Fr. Joe Lally, S.J., his Jesuit companion in pastoral ministry in Argentina (and also, by chance, from Superior, Wisconsin).  The local paper in Salta appropriately described John as ‘a priest who makes roads where he walks.’  

John was always at the service of his people.  One phone call he was not able to take came just a few days ago as he lay in intensive care in a hospital in Salta.  The call was from Pope Francis, whom John had known when the Pope was the Argentine Provincial.   Told that John was not available to take his call, the Pope settled for calling the Archbishop of Salta, who conveyed Pope Francis’ blessing to John.   Back to Top 

Fr. John H. Rainaldo, SJ

Fr.  John H. Rainaldo, SJ was called to eternal life on August 10.  Jack died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI.  He was eighty-four years old, a Jesuit for sixty-two years, and a priest for forty-nine years.

Born in Ironwood, MI on March 4, 1929, Jack attended grade school and high school in Hurley, WI and Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.  On August 17, 1951 he entered the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri.  Jack had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College.  He was ordained on June 16, 1964, made tertianship in Decatur, IL and pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1967.

Jack had many years of active ministry in a variety of assignments, many of them involving leadership positions.  After tertianship he returned to Creighton Prep, where he had done regency, and served there as Assistant Principal, Rector/President, and Alumni Director until 1973.  After three years on the staff of the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, WI, he spent four years serving as spiritual director of the diocesan priests of the Archdiocese of Omaha.  From 1981 to 1983 Jack was Rector of the Marquette High Jesuit Community, from 1983 to 1990 Director of the Oshkosh Jesuit Retreat House, and from 1990 to 1994 Director of the Jesuit Seminary Guild in Milwaukee, WI.  He was National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer from 1995 to 2003.  As Jack began to experience a number of serious health problems, he continued to do pastoral and retreat ministry in the Milwaukee area, moving to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in 2006.

A man of great energy and strong convictions, Jack touched the lives of many, many people.  He struggled with a number of serious health issues in his latter years but somehow managed to carry on.  At the end, Jack was ready to entrust himself to the good and gracious Lord he served so well.

Fr. Jack was featured in a Senior Moment profile. 

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Fr. William F. O'Leary, SJ

Fr. William F. O’Leary, SJ was called to eternal life on July 1, 2013. Bill died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI. He was eighty-four years old, a Jesuit for sixty-three years, and a priest for fifty-one years.

Born in Milwaukee, WI on October 1, 1928, Bill attended St. Matthew’s Grade School and Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. After three years at Regis College in Denver, he entered the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri on August 8, 1949. Bill completed the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College.

He did regency at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, MO. He was ordained at Gesu Church in Milwaukee on June 12, 1962. After tertianship in Decatur, Bill pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1965. Bill spent almost his entire priestly ministry at Creighton Prep in Omaha, NE. For forty-three years, from 1964 until 2007, he taught history and theology and did student counseling at Prep. Even after he left the classroom, he kept up many active contacts with former students and their families in the Omaha area.

Until declining health led to his moving to St. Camillus in 2011, Bill remained very active pastorally in Omaha parishes, at wakes and funerals, and in ministering to the sick and dying. He was a zealous priest and a faithful Jesuit who touched the hearts of thousands of people.   Back to Top

 



Fr. Patrick E. Walsh, SJ

Fr. Patrick E. Walsh, SJ, was called to eternal life on February 6, 2013.  Pat died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI.  He was eighty-nine years old, a Jesuit for sixty-one years, and a priest for fifty-two years.

Born in Marquette, Michigan on October 23, 1923, Pat attended grade school and high school in Marquette.  He graduated from Holy Cross (after serving several years in the U.S. Army) in 1948, and earned an M.A. in English from Marquette in 1951 before entering the Society at Florissant, Missouri on August 8, 1951.  He completed the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus Seminary, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College.  Pat was ordained at Gesu Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 16, 1960.  After completing tertianship in Decatur, Illinois, he pronounced his final vows in Milwaukee on August 15, 1963.

He was an associate pastor at Gesu Church in Milwaukee for all his years of active priestly ministry.  He worked at Gesu during tertianship and then served there continuously from 1962 through 2001.  Failing health forced him to cut back after 2001, and in 2010 he moved to St. Camillus.  Over the years Pat became a well-known preacher and a sought-after confessor in the Milwaukee area.  His homilies were always well grounded in scripture, always down to earth, and always, always brief.  Ordained before Vatican Two, Pat lived through a myriad of changes in both the Church and the world, never losing track of the men and women, old and young, rich and poor, in the pews in front of him.  He had, in his Irish way, a way with words.  He made people laugh.  He touched their hearts.

Pat will surely be welcomed into his Father's house by the multitude of Christ's brothers and sisters he served so well for so long. 
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Fr. Nicholas E. Schiel, SJ

Fr. Nicholas E. Schiel, SJ, was called to eternal life on January 21, 2013. Nick died in the San José Jesuit Community in El Progresso, Honduras to which he moved several years ago because of failing health. He was eighty-eight years old, a Jesuit for almost seventy years, and a priest for fifty-seven years.

Born into a large family in Waterloo, IA on December 26, 1924, Nick attended grade school and high school in Waterloo. After a semester at Creighton University, on February 4, 1943 he entered the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri. Nick had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, West Baden College, and St. Mary's College. He was ordained on June 16, 1955 and made tertianship at St. Joseph's Hall in Decatur, IL in 1956-57. He pronounced final vows in 1960. In 1965 He earned a Ph.D. in Spanish at St. Louis University.

Nick did regency in Belize. After ordination and graduate studies, he taught Spanish at Creighton University from 1962 to 1970. In 1970 he began almost forty years of service as a missionary in Yoro and Olancho, Honduras. He spent 2003-2005 in residence at St. Camillus, praying for the Church and the Society, but then returned to Honduras for several more years of demanding pastoral and retreat ministry before he moved to the San José Community in El Progresso.

Nick found himself in Honduras. He lived close to the poor for many, many years, giving well over one thousand two-day village retreats between 1970 and 2009 in Yoro and Olancho. Thousands of villagers remember Padre Nicolás and mourn his passing.

Nick will be buried in El Progresso. A memorial Mass will be celebrated for him at St. Camillus Jesuit Community. Eight of Nick's brothers and sisters have already preceded him in death and now welcome him to eternal life. His sole surviving sibling is his sister Virginia, who is lives in Waterloo and will soon celebrate her one hundredth birthday.

Let us remember with gratitude all that God has done through Nick's life of service to God and God's people.   Back to Top



Fr. Joseph C. Gill, SJ

Fr. Joseph C. Gill, SJ, was called to eternal life on December 9, 2012. Joe died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI. He was eighty-six years old, a Jesuit for sixty-six years, and a priest for fifty-three years.

Born in Madison, Wisconsin on July 15, 1926, Joe attended grade school and high school in Madison. After two years at Marquette University, he entered the Society at Florissant, Missouri on August 18, 1946. He completed the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus Seminary, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College. Joe was ordained in Gesu Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 16, 1959. After completing tertianship in Decatur, Illinois, he pronounced his final vows at St. Francis Mission on February 2, 1964.

Almost all of Joe's years of active ministry were spent at St. Francis Mission in South Dakota in the service of the Lakota people on the Rosebud Reservation. He did his regency there, returned to St. Francis immediately after tertianship, and - apart from three years as pastor of St. Isaac Jogues in Rapid City - served on the Rosebud until he moved to St. Camillus in 2003, after forty-two years of ministry at St. Francis.

Joe ministered as a reservation pastor, helped launch the Mission radio station (KINI), but above all worked to provide better educational opportunities for the young people of the reservation. For fourteen years he was principal and later superintendent of schools of St. Francis Indian School. In 1969 he completed a doctorate in secondary education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. He was instrumental in the planning and early years of the tribal college (now Sinte Gleska University) in Mission, SD and served as co-chair of its education department from 1990 to 1994.

Joe worked hard at challenging assignments. All his life he lived among poor people who suffered and struggled in a culture of poverty. The last years of his life at St. Camillus were equally challenging as his health and especially his memory failed. In the months before his death he was surely consoled to have his blood brother and fellow Jesuit Br. Ed Gill, S.J. with him at St. Camillus.  Back to Top

Fr. William T. Kolarec, SJ

Fr. William T. Kolarec, SJ, was called to eternal life on November 2, 2012.  He died at St. Camillus Health Center in Wauwatosa, WI.  He was seventy-nine years old, a Jesuit for fifty-five years, and a priest for forty-three years.

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on September 15, 1933, Bill attended grade school and high school in Grand Rapids and graduated from Marquette University in 1956.  On August 25, 1957 he entered the Society at the Oshkosh Jesuit Novitiate and then completed the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College/St. Louis University.  He did regency at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea.  He was ordained at Gesu Church in Milwaukee on June 4, 1969.  After tertianship he pronounced his final vows on February 2, 1976 at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Most of Bill's years of active ministry were spent as an associate pastor and a hospital chaplain (in Milwaukee and - for many years - in the Omaha area).  He struggled with poor health from time to time and in 2008 moved to St. Camillus, where he remained until his death. 

Bill was a faithful Jesuit who served God's people as a good priest for many, many years.   Back to Top

 

Fr. Robert E. Hoene, SJ

Fr. Robert E. Hoene, SJ, was called to eternal life on May 19, 2012. Bob died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI. He was ninety-two years old, a Jesuit for seventy-one years, and a priest for fifty-eight years.

Born in Duluth, MN on March 21, 1920, Bob attended grade school and high school in Duluth and Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI before entering the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri on September 1, 1940. He had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College. He did regency at St. John's College in Belize City, Belize. Bob was ordained on June 17, 1953, made tertianship in Decatur, IL, and pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1956. In the years immediately following tertianship, Bob began studies in biology and psychology which eventually led to his earning a Ph.D. in psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 1963. Along the way he taught at Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, WI and Marquette High School in Milwaukee, WI. From 1963 to 1980 he taught psychology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. In 1981 Bob began a long career in Omaha, NE as a counselor and chaplain at Creighton University and St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Mental Health Center. In 2003 failing health led to his moving to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community.

Bob was a complex character, interested in many things, with many areas of expertise. His youthful interest in medicine never left him, but the human psyche and the human soul were what fascinated him. He was a good companion and an extraordinarily patient listener. He stayed close to the large Hoene family in which he was raised. He was an accomplished artist. He was unfailingly kind to people. He was a good priest.   Back to Top

 

Fr. Howard E. Kalb, SJ

Fr. Howard E. Kalb, SJ, was called to eternal life on April 4, 2012. Fr. Kalb died in the Creighton University Jesuit Community in Omaha, NE.  He was eighty-eight years old, a Jesuit for seventy years, and a priest for fifty-seven years.

Born in Dubuque, IA on July 27, 1923, Howie attended grade school in Dubuque and Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI.  He entered the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, MO on August 17, 1941.  He had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College.  He was ordained on June 16, 1954, made tertianship in 1955-1956, and pronounced his final vows on February 2, 1959.

His long years of service to God's people were devoted to teaching, parish work, and retreat ministry.  He taught math at Campion (where he also did regency and later served as Rector/President) and at Marquette High.  He served as Pastor at Ss. Peter and Paul in Mankato, MN and at St. John's in Omaha, NE, and he ministered as a retreat director at the Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Elmo, MN and the Creighton University Retreat Center in Griswold, IA.  Howie also served as Director of the Jesuit Seminary Guild in Milwaukee and minister of the Creighton University Jesuit Community.  For the last eight years of his life Howie resided in the Creighton University Jesuit Community.  Until very recently he continued to give several weekend retreats a year, and until he died he served as chaplain to the sisters at Mercy Villa in Omaha. 

Fr. Kalb was a large, friendly man who drew people to himself.  He was a happy, hard-working priest whose ministry was very fruitful.  His loyalties were strong and steady over seventy years of Jesuit life in a changing Church and a changing world.  At the end he was ready to enter into the joy of the Lord he served so faithfully.   Back to Top


Fr. Aloysius F. Schmitz, SJ

Fr. Aloysius F. Schmitz, SJ was called to eternal life on January 27, 2012. Al died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI. He was 89 years old, a Jesuit for 66 years, and a priest for 52 years.

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on August 15, 1922, Al was educated in various places in Canada and earned his B.A. at the University of Montreal in 1942. He entered the Society at Florissant, Missouri on February 6, 1946. After the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus Seminary, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College, Al was ordained on June 16, 1959 at Gesu Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After tertianship in Decatur, Illinois, he pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1962.

Al spent 10 years as a teacher and guidance counselor at St. Francis Mission and Marquette University High School. In the 1970s he began many years of pastoral work as a DRE in Milwaukee and a hospital chaplain and pastoral minister in Minneapolis and Milwaukee. Al was quite active in CLC ministry. At times during his long life as a Jesuit he struggled with poor health. In 2008, at his own initiative, he moved to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community and resided there until his death.

Al was a quiet, steady soul. He was very well organized, even meticulous. He was kind to many people, over many years. He had a surprisingly broad range of interests. Al loved music. Anything historical interested him. Born into a large family of German descent and raised on the prairies of western Canada, he dedicated much time and energy to tracing the family's genealogy. He was proud of his lineage, and proud of his Canadian origins.     Back to Top

 
Fr. John P. Daly, SJ

Fr. John P. Daly, SJ, was called to eternal life on December 28, 2011. John died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI. He was eighty-eight years old, a Jesuit for sixty-eight years, and a priest for fifty-five years.

Born in Anamosa, Iowa on July 20, 1923, John enrolled for two years in Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, after graduating from high school in Anamosa. He entered the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Missouri, on September 1, 1943. John had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College. He did regency at Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. He was ordained at St. Mary's on June 18, 1956, and completed tertianship in Decatur before earning a doctorate in English at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He pronounced final vows as a Jesuit in 1961.

For most of the next fifty years, the ministry of this Iowa farm boy was focused on Asia. John was assigned immediately after graduate studies in 1961 to teach English at Sogang College in Seoul, Korea, at the time a struggling young institution under the auspices of the Wisconsin Province of the Society. Years later, Sogang College would become the prestigious Sogang University and the Korean Mission of the Wisconsin Province would become a full-fledged province in its own right. Fr. John Daly had a lot to do with both these developments. John served as president of Sogang from 1963 to 1975 and as superior of the Jesuits assigned there from 1963 to 1973. Along with a large number of other dedicated pioneers, John worked day and night to understand Korean culture, to learn to communicate in a new language, to help establish the Society of Jesus in a new land, and to launch a new kind of educational institution in Korea. John returned to the United States in 1975 but in a sense never left Asia. He served as Director of the Jesuit Mission Service in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1977-1979. He returned to Sogang as a professor of English and library director from 1979 to 1981. After a year on the staff of the United States Jesuit Conference and four years as academic vice president of Creighton University, in 1986 John began twenty-four years of Asian-centered ministry, first at the University of San Francisco and then at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, promoting and coordinating research and exchange programs with Korean and Chinese institutions. Declining health led to his assignment to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in 2010, although almost to the end John also helped out in the Wisconsin Province advancement office.

John was a Jesuit who was comfortable in a world Church and a world-wide Society of Jesus. He had a gift for planning and administration in a cross-cultural milieu. He was able to dream dreams and get others to share and support those dreams. He realized early on the central importance of Asia and dialog with Asian cultures for both the Church and the Society. He was a good priest and a warm human being who made friends easily and was loyal to those friends over many years. He was best when he had a briefcase, as he used to say in his Irish way. Physical decline and old age were not easy for him. But in the end John was ready when the Lord called him.   Back to Top

Br. James F. Becwar, SJ

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. James F. Becwar, S.J., who was called to eternal life on November 24, 2011. Jim died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI. He was eighty-eight years old and a Jesuit for sixty-four years.

Born in Eastman, Wisconsin on January 16, 1923, Jim attended grade school and high school in Eastman and Seneca, Wisconsin before entering the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri on March 3, 1947. Ten years later, after completing tertianship in Trinidad, Colorado, he pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1957.

Jim was a worker bee. For twenty-four years he kept the boilers firing and the lights on at Florissant, Marquette High, Creighton Prep, St. Bonifacius, and Campion – and for another thirty years at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Mankato, MN. During his years in Mankato he also served very effectively as a pastoral minister in the local hospital. In 2001 Jim moved to Creighton University and in 2004 to St. Camillus.

Unlike many Jesuits, Jim lived by his hands, not by his mouth. He was a quiet presence in community, and did his work quietly. Even as a hospital minister, he provided support by his presence and gentle touch rather than by what he said. In the last years of his life, the Lord gradually took Jim's memory even as He left him physically quite strong for his age. Jim became known to folks at St. Camillus as the Jesuit brother who like to wander, sometimes very far. But he always seemed happy to come home again when he was found - and a little surprised that anyone was worried about him.  Back to Top

Fr. Richard A. Tomasek, SJ

Fr. Richard A. Tomasek, SJ, was called to eternal life on August 6, 2011. Dick died at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI, after a long struggle with cancer. He was sixty-eight years old, a Jesuit for fifty years, and a priest for thirty-eight years.

Born in Waucoma, Iowa on June 18, 1943, Dick attended grade school and high school in Waucoma and in Lawler, Iowa, before entering the Society at Jesuit College, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, on August 14, 1961. During his studies he earned a B.A. in philosophy and letters from St. Louis University, an M.Div. from Weston School of Theology, and an S.T.L. in Christian Spirituality from the Gregorian University in Rome. Dick was ordained on June 2, 1973, in Waucoma, Iowa, made tertianship in 1978-79 in Ranchi, India, and pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1980, at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea.

Dick's fifty years as a Jesuit were full of good ministry in many places. He was a teacher - of Latin as a regent at Marquette High in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, of theology at Marquette High (1974-1978), of English at Sogang University (1979-1982), and again of theology at Creighton Prep in Omaha, Nebraska (1982-1991). He served as an associate pastor on several occasions. Above all, he touched the lives of many, many seminarians in his role as director of spiritual formation at the Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio (1996-2004) and the North American College in Rome (2004-2009).

Dick had a gift for making friends of those to whom he ministered. He traveled well, handled foreign languages well, and made the most of modern media to stay in touch with the many people he helped journey through life. Even when his cancer appeared and he was forced to return from Rome to care for his health, he managed a final year of parish ministry in Tucson, Arizona before settling in at St. Camillus to prepare to pass to the Lord he served so faithfully.   Back to Top

Fr. Richard H. Ahler, SJ

Fr. Richard H. Ahler, SJ, was called to eternal life on June 8, 2011, in Wauwatosa, WI. He was 80 years old.

Fr. Ahler was born in Burlington, WI on September 12, 1930 and was baptized at St. Mary's Church. He attended St. Mary's Grade school and St. Mary's High School, graduating in 1948. That same year he joined the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO on August 15 and pronounced his first vows on August 22, 1950. After two years of humanities studies in the same place, he enrolled at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO and obtained the A.B. degree in English, classics and philosophy and the Ph.L. degree in 1956. His first year of regency was at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, WI teaching English and then he taught at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI. From 1958 to 1962 Dick studied theology at St. Marys College in St. Marys, KS, being ordained a priest at the Gesu Church in Milwaukee by Archbishop William E. Cousins on June 15, 1961. The following year he did tertianship at St. Joseph Hall in Decatur, IL under the direction of Fr. Hugo J. Gerleman, S.J. From 1963 to 1965 he did graduate work in theology at the Gregorian University in Rome and then taught theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee. On February 2, 1966 he pronounced his final vows in Milwaukee. He spent the year 1974-1975 at the Gregorian University completing his graduate work and received the S.T.D. degree, returning then to Marquette University as theology teacher. In 1977 Dick moved to Seattle University in Seattle, WA, where he taught theology until 1994, being department chair from 1977 to 1987. He used the school year 1994-1995 for theology update at the Vatican II Institute in Menlo Park, CA and at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. As he experienced health limitations, he taught theology part-time at Marquette University for one year and then he was missioned to pray for the Church and the Society of Jesus, first residing at the Marquette University Jesuit Community until 2008 and, as his health deteriorated further, at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, WI, where he died.   Back to Top

Fr. John D. Zuercher, SJ

Fr. John D. Zuercher S.J., was called to eternal life on May 7, 2011 in Omaha, NE. He was 86 years old.

Fr. Jack was born in Brodhead, WI on December 28, 1924 and was baptized at St. Rose Church. He attended St. Paul of the Cross Grade School in Park Ridge, IL and Maine Township High School in the same place, graduating in1942. After obtaining a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University in 1945 and serving in the U.S. Navy, he joined the Society of Jesus on February 2, 1947 at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO and pronounced first vows there on February 11, 1949. At the end of one year of humanities studies in the same place he studied philosophy at Saint Louis University, obtaining a Ph.L. degree and later an M.S. degree in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering Mechanics. During regency he taught mathematics at Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, WI. He studied theology at St. Marys College in St. Marys, KS, obtaining the S.T.L. degree from Saint Louis University, and was ordained a priest at Gesu Church in Milwaukee, WI on June 16, 1959 by Bishop Roman Atkielski. He did tertianship at St. Joseph Hall in Decatur, IL under the direction of Fr. Hugo Gerleman, S.J. After tertianship he enrolled at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL and obtained a Ph.D. in Engineering Psychology. From 1965 to 1968 he taught psychology and was department chair at Marquette University. Jack was then appointed Rector of Jesuit College in St. Bonifacius, MN. In 1970 he became Assistant for Formation and Education on the Province staff and in 1972 he was appointed Director of Personnel Services. In 1976 Jack became Rector of the Jesuit Community at Creighton University in Omaha until 1982 and after a sabbatical year he returned to Creighton as Director of Collaborative Ministry and Chaplain of the Law School. He relinquished that chaplaincy in 1995 to become Province Regional Assistant for CLC, a title that in 1997 was changed to Province Ecclesial Assistant for CLC, a position he retained until his death.    Back to Top

Fr. William J. Doran, SJ

Fr. William J. Doran, SJ, was called to eternal life on January 31 in Wauwatosa, WI. He was 87 years old.

Fr. Bill Doran was born in Omaha, NE on September 23, 1923 and was baptized at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral. He attended Franklin Grade School and St. John’s Grade School and then Creighton Prep Jesuit High School, where he graduated in 1941. After one and a half years of college at Creighton University in Omaha, he entered the Jesuit novitiate at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO on February 4, 1943 and on February 11, 1945 he pronounced his first vows there. After one year of humanities studies in the same place, he enrolled at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO and received the A.B. degree in Latin, Greek and philosophy in 1947. From 1949 to 1952 he taught English and Latin at St. Louis University High School and during this time he took some education courses at Creighton University and completed the requirements for his Ph.L. and M.A. degree in Latin from St. Louis University. After regency he started theology studies at St. Mary’s College in St. Marys, KS, being ordained a priest by Archbishop Albert G. Meyer at the Gesu Church in Milwaukee on June 16, 1955 and receiving the S.T.B. degree from St. Louis University. In 1956-1957 Bill was assistant principal at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI and the next year he did tertianship at St. Joseph Hall in Decatur, IL under the direction of Fr. Hugo J. Gerleman, S.J. He returned to Campion as principal, until in 1968 he moved to Marquette University High School in Milwaukee first as principal and then as president. In 1985 he left that position to become vice president until 1989, when he spent a sabbatical year at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. Bill returned to Marquette University High School as assistant to the president. During his time at that school Bill pronounced his final vows on February 2, 1977. In 1991 he moved to Creighton University to occupy the parallel position of assistant to the president. The following year he served as associate pastor at Gesu Church in Milwaukee, but in 1994 he returned to Omaha, this time at Creighton Prep as assistant to the President and chaplain to the alumni. As his health continued to fail and he needed more care than the Creighton Prep community could provide, he was missioned to pray for the Church and the Society of Jesus in the Jesuit Community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI, where he died.    Back to Top

Fr. William M. Kegel, SJ

Fr. William M. Kegel, SJ, was called to eternal life on December 26 in Wauwatosa, WI. He was 100 years old.

Fr. Bill Kegel was born in Milwaukee, WI on January 11, 1910 and was baptized at Gesu Church. He attended Gesu Grade School and then St. Rose Grade School, graduating in 1924. In 1928 he graduated from West Division High School. He then attended Marquette University in Milwaukee for one year. On September 2, 1929 Bill joined the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO, where he pronounced his first vows on September 8, 1931. Following humanities studies, in 1933 he obtained from St. Louis University the A.B. degree in Latin, Greek and English. He moved to L’Immaculée Conception in Montreal, Canada, to study philosophy and in 1934 he obtained there the Ph.L. degree, as well as the M.A. degree in Latin, Greek and English from St. Louis University. From 1934 to 1937 he remained at L’Immaculée Conception and obtained the M.A. degree in French. That year he was assigned to Creighton Prep in Omaha, NE as a teacher of mathematics. In 1939 he started theology studies at St. Marys College in St. Marys, KS, and on June 17, 1942 he was ordained priest there by Bishop Paul Schulte. At the end of his theology studies he obtained the S.T.L. degree from St. Louis University. The year 1943-1944 saw him in Cleveland, OH doing tertianship at St. Stanislaus Seminary under the direction of Fr. Francis McMenamy, S.J. From 1944 to 1955 he pursued further studies in philosophy at the University of Toronto in Canada and pronounced his final vows at the Jesuit Seminary in Toronto on February 3, 1947. From 1948 to 1966 he taught philosophy to Jesuit scholastics in St. Louis, MO and was Superior of that community from 1950 to 1954. In 1966 he was assigned to the then Korean mission and taught philosophy at Deagun College in Kwanju and then French at Sogang University in Seoul. In 1976 he returned to the States and undertook a succession of pastoral work assignments in California, either as associate pastor or as parish administrator. As his health required closer attention, in 2005 he was missioned to pray for the Church and the Society as a member of the Jesuit Community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI, where he died.   Back to Top

Fr. Harry Eglsaer, SJ

Fr. Harry S. Eglsaer, SJ, was called to eternal life on October 7th in Wauwatosa, WI. He was 93 years old.

Fr. Harry Eglsaer was born in Nebraska City, NE on July 4, 1917 and was baptized at St. Mary’s Church. He attended grade school at St. Mary’s Academy and high school at St. Bernard’s Academy, both in Nebraska City, graduating in 1934. He worked at several locations for five years and on August 31, 1939 he entered the Jesuit novitiate at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO and pronounced his first vows on September 8, 1941. Two years of humanities studies followed at the same place, before enrolling at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO, where he received the A.B. degree in 1944 and the Ph.L. degree in 1946. Harry spent two years of regency teaching Latin at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, WI and in 1948 he obtained the M.A. degree in Latin and Greek from St. Louis University. That year he started theology studies at St. Mary’s College in St. Marys, KS, receiving the S.T.L. degree from St. Louis University in 1952. On June 14, 1951 he was ordained priest in St. Marys by Bishop Marcus Carroll. Harry did tertianship at St. Joseph Hall in Decatur, IL in 1952-1953 under the direction of Fr. Hugo J. Gerleman, S.J. His first assignment as a priest was to teach Latin at St. Louis University High School, but after one year he was missioned to be minister at Fusz Memorial in St. Louis, a position he held for ten years. During these years he pronounced his final vows on February 2, 1957 at the St. Robert Bellarmine chapel at Fusz. In 1964 he moved, again as minister, to the provincial residence in Milwaukee and served in that capacity for two years. Harry was then assigned to Native American ministry in the South Dakota reservations, serving fifteen years at St. Francis Mission in St. Francis and eight years at Holy Rosary Mission in Pine Ridge. Between these two assignments he took one year to participate in a renewal program at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA in 1981-1982. In 1990 he was missioned to be chaplain at Bergan-Mercy Hospital in Omaha, NE. Retiring in 2001, he did supply ministry at various parishes and convents in Omaha. As his health required closer attention, in 2004 he was missioned to pray for the Church and the Society as a member of the Jesuit Community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI, where he died.   Back to Top

 

Fr. Paul A. Mahowald, SJ

Fr. Paul A. Mahowald, SJ, was called to eternal life on July 16th  2010, in Omaha, NE.  He was 75 years old, a Jesuit for 55 years and a priest for 42 years.

Born in Albany, MN on August 16, 1934, Paul attended Holy Family Grade School and Albany Public High School in Albany, St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, and Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO before entering the Society at the Jesuit Novitiate in Oshkosh, WI on August 8, 1955, where he pronounced his first vows there on August 15, 1957. After two years of classical studies at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO he earned his B.S. degree in chemistry from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL and the M.T.S. degree in physics and chemistry from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Paul taught chemistry for two years at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, WI and then he did his theology studies at St. Marys College in St. Marys, KS and at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, obtaining the M.Div. degree. On August 6, 1968 he was ordained priest by Archbishop William E. Cousins at the Gesu Church in Milwaukee. Paul taught chemistry at Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, WI and for one year he was director of the foreign exchange program to Melk, Austria. In 1972-1973 he did tertianship at the Jesuit Novitiate in St. Paul, MN under the direction of Fr. James J. Gladstone, S.J. and later pronounced his final vows there on August 15, 1975. For the next twelve years he was treasurer and director of the business office of America Press in New York, NY and in 1987 he moved to Omaha as treasurer of Creighton Prep high school, a position he occupied for nine years. Following a sabbatical year, Paul became pastor of Our Lady of Grace in Griswold, IA and of St. Timothy Church in Cumberland, IA, while being also sacramental minister at St. Mary Parish in Anita, IA. Since 2005 he was associate pastor of St. John’s Church on the Creighton University in Omaha. Paul struggled with a number of health problems, but he never stopped serving, until his illness forced him to do so in the last weeks of his life.  Back to Top

 

Fr. Robert W. Lambeck, SJ

Fr. Robert W. Lambeck, SJ, was called to eternal life on July 9, 2010 in Wauwatosa, WI at the age of 92 years.

Fr. Bob Lambeck was born in Milwaukee, WI on October 1, 1917, and was baptized at St. Michael’s Church. He attended St. Michael’s Grade School and Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, graduating in 1935. After one year of college at Marquette University, he joined the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO on September 1, 1936 and pronounced his first vows there on September 8, 1938, remaining two more years in the same place for humanities studies. In 1940 he enrolled at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO, obtaining the A.B. degree in Latin and English that same year and the Ph.L. degree in 1943. During regency he taught English and history at Creighton Prep Jesuit High School in Omaha, NE and completed the requirements for his M.A. degree in European history from St. Louis University in 1945. Bob began his theology study at St. Marys College in St. Marys, KS in 1946, being ordained priest by Bishop Ignatius Glennie, S.J. at St. Marys on June 14, 1949. Tertianship followed in 1950-1951 at St. Joseph Hall in Decatur, IL under the direction of Fr. Hugo J. Gerleman, S.J. and in 1951 he received the S.T.L. degree from St. Louis University. From 1952 to 1957 Bob taught English, history and religion at St. Louis University High School, where he pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1952. He then taught English and religion at Marquette University High School for the next two years. From 1959 to 1961 Bob was assistant principal at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI and then became Socius of the Wisconsin Province until 1963, when he was named Superior of Holy Rosary Mission at Pine Ridge, SD. The year 1965-1966 he was back at Campion High School teaching history and religion, before joining the theology faculty at Marquette University until his retirement in 2004. During his tenure at Marquette University, Bob made his solemn profession on June 16, 1980. He remained at the Marquette University Jesuit Residence, but in 2007, due to failing health, he was missioned to pray for the Church and the Society of Jesus at the St. Camillus Jesuit community in Wauwatosa, WI, where he died.   Back to Top

 

Fr. Paul J. Strittmatter, SJ

Fr. Paul J. Strittmatter, SJ, was called to eternal life on March 30, 2010, in Omaha, NE. He was 63 years old.

Fr. Strittmatter was born in Des Moines, IA on July 12, 1946 and was baptized at All Saints Church. He attended St. John’s Grade School and then Dowling High School in Des Moines, graduating in 1964. That year he joined the Society of Jesus at the Jesuit College in St. Bonifacius, MN on September 1 and he pronounced his first vows there on September 8, 1966. After two years of humanities studies in the same place, he enrolled at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO and obtained the B.A. degree in Philosophy and Letters in 1970 and the M.A. degree in History in 1971. During regency he taught history at Creighton Prep in Omaha, NE and then moved to the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA for his theology studies. On June 17, 1977 he was ordained priest by Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan at St. John’s Church on the campus of Creighton University in Omaha and then worked as campus minister at Creighton University, where he then became Associate Director of the Medical School in 1982. From 1984 to 1997 Paul served as associate pastor at St. Francis Mission in St. Francis, SD and did tertianship in the summers of 1985 and 1986 at the Campion Renewal Center in Weston, MA and at Campion House in Omaha under the direction of Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J. Paul pronounced his final vows on December 7, 1991 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Mission, SD. After a sabbatical year at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines, Paul became pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Dunlap, IA, of Sacred Heart Church in Woodbine, IA and lately of Holy Family Church in Mondamin, IA, a position he occupied until his unexpected death at the Creighton University Jesuit Community, where he went every Monday for his day off.   Back to Top

Fr. Eugene J. Jakubek, SJ

Fr. Eugene J. Jakubek, S.J., was called to eternal life on January 19, 2010, in Omaha, NE. He was 87 years old.

Fr. Gene Jakubek was born in Milwaukee, WI on October 11, 1922 and was baptized at St. Casimir’s Church. He attended St. Casimir’s Grade School and then Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, WI, graduating in 1940. On August 17, 1941 he entered the Jesuit novitiate at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO and on August 24, 1943 he pronounced his first vows, remaining two more years in the same place for humanities studies. In 1945 he moved to St. Louis, MO and received from St. Louis University the A.B. degree in philosophy and English in 1947 and the Ph.L. degree in 1948. Gene did regency at Creighton Prep Jesuit High School in Omaha, NE, teaching English and speech and in 1951 he began his theology studies at St. Marys College in St. Marys, KS, being ordained priest there by Bishop Edward Hunkeler on June 16, 1954. In 1955-1956 he did tertianship at St. Joseph Hall in Decatur, IL under the direction of Fr. Hugo J. Gerleman, S.J. and completed the requirements for his S.T.L. degree from St. Louis University. For the next two years Gene taught English at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI and in 1958 he was assigned to the Jesuit Seminary Guild as assistant director, a position he held until 1989. During that time he pronounced final vows on February 2, 1961 at Marquette University High School, where he lived. After a one-year sabbatical, he was missioned to Creighton Prep, where he served as pastoral counselor until 1997, when his health needs required a move to the Creighton University Jesuit Community and there he continued to help as counselor. As his health needs increased, in 2005 he moved to Westgate Assisted Living to pray for the Church and the Society of Jesus and later that same year to Montclair Nursing Home in Omaha, where he died.  Back to Top

 

Fr. Richard A. McGarrity, SJ                           Read memorial tributes and view photo collage

Fr. Richard A. McGarrity, S.J., was called to eternal life on October 26th, 2009, in Milwaukee, WI. He was 78 years old.

Fr. Dick McGarrity was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada on August 27, 1931 and was baptized at Holy Rosary Church. He attended Holy Rosary Grade School and St. Stephen High School, graduating in 1948. Dick obtained the B.S. degree in 1952 from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and then enrolled at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, receiving the M.B.A. degree in marketing in 1959. On September 1, 1960 he joined the Society of Jesus at the Jesuit College in St. Bonifacius, MN and pronounced his first vows at Fusz Memorial in St. Louis, MO on September 8, 1962. He received the Ph.L. degree from St. Louis University and then enrolled at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where he received the Ph.D. degree in business in 1969. Dick studied theology at Regis College in Toronto, Ontario and on June 6, 1970 he was ordained priest by Bishop J.N. MacNeil at Holy Rosary Church in St. Stephen, N.B. From 1971 to 1977 he was assistant professor of marketing at Marquette University and then did tertianship at Regis College in Toronto under the direction of Fr. William Clarke, S.J. Dick returned to Marquette University as assistant vice-president for academic affairs, becoming later associate Vice-President, and remained in that position until 1999, having taken a sabbatical at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA in 1990. Dick made final profession at the Jesuit community of Marquette University on February 2, 1979. In 1999 he was assigned to be president of the Jesuit Partnership in Milwaukee.  Back to Top

 

Fr. Earl Kurth, SJ  

Fr. Earl J. Kurth, S.J., was called to eternal life on September 2, 2009, in Wauwatosa, WI. He was 93 years old.

Fr. Earl Kurth was born in Waterloo, IA on November 3, 1916 and was baptized at St. Mary’s Church. He attended St. Mary’s grade school and St. Mary’s High School, graduating in 1934. After two years of college at Columbia College in Dubuque, IA, on September 1, 1936 he joined the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO and pronounced his first vows on September 8, 1938. Following two years of humanities studies in the same place, he attended St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO and received the A.B. degree in Latin in 1940 and in 1943 both the Ph.L. and the M.A. degree in medieval history. Earl did his regency as a teacher of Latin at St. Louis University High School and then moved to St. Marys College in St. Marys, KS for theology studies, being ordained a priest there by Bishop Ignatius Glennie, S.J. on June 14, 1949. Tertianship took place at St. Joseph Hall in Decatur, IL the year 1950-1951 under the direction of Fr. Hugo J. Gerleman, S.J. His first assignment as priest was to be associate pastor at St. Stephen’s Mission in St. Stephens, WY, where he pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1952 and from 1953 to 1961 he was Superior of that Mission. From there he was missioned to the Jesuit College in St. Bonifacius, MN as novice director for the novice Brothers. In 1965 he was named Superior of Holy Rosary Mission in Pine Ridge, SD and after his term as Superior he remained there as director of development, serving also as minister for twelve of those years, and on February 2, 1977 he made his solemn profession. From 1987 to 1996 Earl was associate pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Mankato, MN and then returned to Holy Rosary Mission as minister. As his health required closer attention, in 2003 he was missioned to pray for the Church and the Society as a member of the Jesuit Community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI, where he died.  Back to Top

 

Fr. Philip E. Pick, SJ

Fr. Philip E. Pick SJ was called to eternal life August 14, 2009, at the Fusz Pavilion in St. Louis, Missouri. He was 93 years old and would have celebrated his 70th anniversary of entrance into the Society on September 1.

Phil was born in West Bend, Wisconsin, on January 11, 1916. He attended grade school and high school in West Bend and earned a BA in Economics from Marquette University before entering the Society on September 1, 1939, at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Missouri. He followed the usual course of studies and was ordained on June 14, 1950, at St. Mary’s College in Kansas. Tertianship followed during 1951-52 at St. Joseph’s Hall in Decatur, Illinois.
Phil gave his entire life as a Jesuit to missionary work. Except for a brief sabbatical in 1976-77 and the following year spent working at the province office promoting the work of the missions, virtually all of his ministry was in Central America. His first assignment as a priest was to parish work in Belize. He spent six years in the towns of Orange Walk and Stann Creek and then served for three years as superior of the Belize Mission before he was sent to Honduras where he labored for the next 40 years.

Tall and lanky, handsome in a white cassock, he looked every bit the missionary. His broad smile was all this quiet and outwardly shy man needed as an introduction to the people of the villages. Phil knew the power of God’s Word and used any technology available to spread it. He had a mobile chapel that he pulled behind his blue Jeep; he established a fledgling radio network as a means to keep the missionaries in touch with each other in their remote postings. As he gained experience with communications technology, he founded and staffed Radio Progreso which broadcast a broad range of news, music, religious programming and literacy training. The government closed the station for a time in the late 1970s because of its defense of human rights and advocacy for the compesino movement. When the station returned to the air, its voice was stronger than ever particularly in moments of crisis when it was instrumental during the recovery efforts following Hurricane Mitch. It continues to be a steady, objective voice during the current political turmoil in Honduras. Phil’s work became widely known and he was invited to assist in establishing a network of influential radio schools in Guatemala and Panama. He worked to help air Archbishop Romero’s powerful homilies in El Salvador and personally labored to reconstruct the station when it was bombed. He had visited with his friend Romero on the morning of his death.

Padre Felipe, as he was affectionately known, took a “hands-on” approach to everything he did.  He begged and scrounged used towers and transmitters and installed and serviced the equipment. He taught others the skills to keep the equipment running and to manage the programming  Through all the years of civil turmoil in Central America Phil embodied God’s Word doing his part to make it present, active and available even in the remotest village. As age diminished his energy, he remained in Honduras doing pastoral ministry until his failing health necessitated his move to the Fusz Pavilion in 2008.  Back to Top

 

Fr. Charles C. Murphy, SJ

Fr. Charles C. Murphy, S.J. was called to eternal life on August 1, 2009 in Wauwatosa, WI. He was 85 years old. 

Fr. Murphy was born in Green Bay, WI on July 10, 1924 and was baptized at Sts. Peter and Paul Church. The family moved to Milwaukee, WI and he attended Gesu Grade School and then Marquette University High School, where he graduated in 1942. After serving with the Marines, he enrolled at Marquette University and obtained the B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1949. On August 17, 1950 he joined the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO and pronounced his first vows on August 22, 1952. After one year of humanities study there he attended St. Louis University, obtaining the A.B. degree in philosophy in 1956. For the next three years he taught physics, science and mathematics at Holy Rosary Mission in Pine Ridge, SD and in 1959 he began his theology study at St. Marys College in St. Marys, KS, obtaining the S.T.B. degree from St. Louis University in 1964. Charlie was ordained priest by Bishop Roman Atkielski at Gesu Church in Milwaukee on June 12, 1962. In 1963-1964 he did tertianship at St. Joseph Hall in Decatur, IL under the direction of Fr. James E. Coleran, S.J., after which he was missioned to be Socius to the director of novices at Jesuit College in St. Bonifacius, MN. On August 15, 1965 he pronounced his final vows and remained there until 1970. From 1970 to 1973 Charlie was campus minister at Marquette University and then became chaplain of St. Joseph Convent in Milwaukee. While at St. Joseph, he obtained the M.A. degree in theology from Marquette University and founded and directed the Cardoner Retreat Center. In 1988 Charlie was missioned to be minister at the Mwangaza Jesuit Spirituality Center in Mwangaza, Kenya. During the year 1994-1995 he was minister at the Southland Jesuit Community in Nairobi, Kenya and worked also as retreat director. He then moved to Loyola House in Nairobi, where he served as spiritual director and retreat director until he returned to the States in 2000 to be pastoral minister at Marquette University. From 2002 to 2005 he was assistant pastor at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Havasu City, AZ. As his health required closer attention, in 2005 he was missioned to pray for the Church and the Society as a member of the Jesuit Community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI, where he died.  Back to Top

 

Fr. Harold C. Bradley, SJ 

The Rev. Harold C. Bradley, Assistant to the Vice President for Federal Relations at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died Friday, July 10, 2009, at the St. Camillus Jesuit Community. He was 84 years old. 

Fr. Bradley devoted his life to building better human conditions for the disadvantaged of the world. In the Jesuit tradition, he believed firmly that the means to do this was through education; and he was a driving force in designing and deploying many programs throughout the world with the common theme of enabling through education and local development or skills, talent, and resources. At Marquette, among programs he started or touched were the Kenyan "Train the Trainer" program in which nurses received training for AIDS/HIV patients, the "Anacrobic Digestion/Poop-to-Power" program, a campus beautification and native tree project, an Indian Tribal magazine, and most recently the Haiti Sustainability project, which aspires to bring clean water and public restrooms to the country of Haiti. Prior to joining Marquette, Fr. Bradley was at Georgetown University from 1971-1995. He held the positions of Assistant to the President on Federal Relations, Director of the Office of International Programs, Founder & Director, Center for Immigration Policy and Refugee Assistance (CIPRA). Among the programs that he forged during his time included the Central American Scholarship Program (CASP), the DC Schools Project, the Vietnamese Entrepreneur Training Program, the Georgetown Hospital Volunteer Interpreting Service, Foreign Student Assistance, Friends of Solidarity, the Southeast Asian Refugee Relief, and Study Abroad. He has been published extensively and honored by presidents of many countries, including former President Ronald Reagan, Noble Peace Prize winners Lech Walesa of Poland, and Oscar Arias of Costa Rica. Fr. Bradley graduated from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo., in 1943, and was immediately drafted to the United States Army. He fought in World War II, serving as a tank commander in Italy at Rome-Arno, North Appennines and Po Valley. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He later returned to Kansas City and received his BA in history and economics from Rockhurst University in 1949. He joined the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo, in 1949, and was ordained 1961 in St. Mary's, Kansas. He also received his MA and Ph.D. in American History from St. Louis University. During his training, Fr. Bradley was assigned to various teaching and administration positions around the U.S. and abroad, including Kapaun Jesuit High School in Wichita, KS; Director of Latin American Programs and Teacher of History at St. Louis University, administrator and teacher in Quito, Ecuador, Cali, Columbia, and Mexico City, Mexico.  In 2000 he was hired by Marquette University as assistant to the vice-president for governmental and community relations. As his health required closer attention, in 2007 he moved to the Jesuit community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI, where he died.  Back to Top

 

Br. Edmund W. Stetzen, SJ 

Br. Edmund W. Stetzen, SJ, was called to eternal life on March 25, 2009, in Wauwatosa, WI. He was 97 years old. 

Brother Ed Stetzen was born in East St. Louis, IL on August 22, 1911 and was baptized at St. Phillip’s Church. He attended Signal Hill Grade School and Cathedral High School, both of them in Belleville, IL, graduating from high school in 1929.  Br. Ed held several work positions and on May 13, 1939 he joined the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO and pronounced his first vows as a Jesuit Brother there on May 13, 1941. He remained in that community and took care of the Florissant dairy until 1947, when he was assigned to work as a carpenter at Holy Rosary Mission on the Pine Ridge reservation of South Dakota. On August 15, 1949 he pronounced final vows at what was then the theologians villa on the island of Lake Beulah in Mukwonago, WI. In 1962 he was missioned to Creighton University in Omaha, NE, where he was the community’s buyer, sacristan and wardrobe keeper. As his health care needs increased, in 2007 he was missioned to pray for the Church and the Society in the Jesuit Community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI, where he died.   Back to Top

Br. James R. Zuercher, SJ 

Br. James R. Zuercher, SJ, who worked in St. Louis, Minneapolis, Nebraska and Iowa, died January 23, 2009 at the age of 84.

Br. Zuercher was born in Brodhead, WI on August 20, 1924 and was baptized at St. Rose’s Church. He attended Brodhead Grade school and then St. Victor’s Grade School in Monroe, WI, graduating from Monroe High School in 1942. In two non-consecutive years he was a student at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and on July 8, 1948 he joined the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO, where he pronounced his first vows on July 18, 1950. His first assignment, one that would last for thirty-two years, was to Fusz Memorial in St. Louis, MO as refectorian and groundskeeper and he pronounced his final vows there on August 15, 1958. From 1982 to 1990 Jim was pastoral minister at St. Stephen’s Parish in Minneapolis, MN and then he moved to the L’Arche Community in Clinton, IA as minister to the developmentally disabled for four years. In 1994 he was assigned to Creighton Prep Jesuit High School in Omaha, NE as minister of the community and in 1997 he moved to the Creighton University Jesuit Community as assistant to the minister. As he experienced health limitations, he was missioned to pray for the Church and the Society of Jesus at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, WI, where he died.  Back to Top

 

 

Fr.  Robert F. Purcell, SJ

Fr. Robert F. Purcell, S.J., who was pastor of Milwaukee's Gesu Church, instructor of speech, and retreat director, died Jan. 16, 2009 in Wauwatosa, WI. He was 89 years old.

Fr. Purcell, born in Chicago on December 18, 1919, and attended grade school at St. Giles Grade School in Oak Park, IL.  From 1934 to 1938 he was a student at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI. After attending De Paul University in Chicago, he joined the Society of Jesus on June 25, 1941 at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO and pronounced first vows on July 22, 1943. At the end of two years of humanities studies he studied philosophy at St. Louis University and from 1948 to 1959 he taught English and speech at Campion, his high school alma mater. Bob studied theology at St. Marys College in St. Marys, KS, obtaining the S.T.L. degree from St. Louis University, and was ordained a priest at St. Marys on June 17, 1953 by Bishop Edward Hunkler. He did tertianship at St. Joseph Hall in Decatur, IL under the direction of Fr. Hugo Gerleman, S.J. In 1955 he returned to St. Louis University and obtained the M.A. degree in speech.

Fr. Purcell began his first speech assignment at Creighton University in Omaha from 1956 to 1960.  He was then assigned to teach speech and English at the Jesuit College in St. Bonifacius, MN, where he pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1956. In 1965 he returned to Creighton University to teach speech and as campus minister until 1970, when he moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the Movement for a Better World as retreat director until 1974. That year he was missioned to be pastor of Gesu Church in Milwaukee, WI, a position he held until 1984, when he was assigned to the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, WI as retreat director. During his tenure as Gesu pastor Bob made his profession of vows on February 28, 1977 at the Province office. From 1989 to 1999 he worked as retreat director for the Center for Ignatian Spirituality on the Marquette University campus in Milwaukee. As his health required closer attention, he was missioned to pray for the Church and the Society as a member of the Jesuit Community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI, where he died.  Back to Top

 

Fr. Edward A. Larkin, SJ

Fr. Edward A. Larkin, SJ, an Omaha native who spent nearly a half century teaching, was called to eternal life on December 13, 2008, in Wauwatosa, WI.  He was 86 years old.

Fr. Larkin was born in Omaha, NE on March 5, 1922 and was baptized at St. Bridget Church.  He attended St. John’s Grade School and then Creighton Prep High School in Omaha, graduating in 1940. After one year at Creighton University, he entered the novitiate on August 17, 1941 at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO and pronounced his vows there on August 24, 1943, followed by two years of humanities study at the same place. In 1945 he enrolled at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO to study philosophy, obtaining that year the A.B. degree in Latin, Greek and English and the Ph.L. degree in 1948.  From there he moved to regency at St. Francis Mission in St. Francis, SD as a teacher at the mission school.  Fr. Larkin did his theology studies at St. Marys College in St. Marys, KS and was ordained a priest there by Bishop Edward Hunkeler on June 16, 1954.  He did tertianship at St. Joseph Hall in Decatur, IL in 1955-1956 under the direction of Fr. Hugo J. Gerleman, S.J., at the end of which he received the S.T.L. degree from St. Louis University.  Fr. Larkin returned to St. Francis Mission as school principal and history teacher until 1961 and then as teacher of history, speech and religion.  During this time he pronounced final vows at the mission on August 15, 1957.  In 1962 he was missioned to be assistant principal at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI.  After two years in that position he enrolled at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD and received the M.S. degree in counseling in 1966.  Even before completing that degree, he started teaching theology at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, WI and remained in that assignment for twenty-two years.   Fr. Larkin took the year 1986-1987 for an update in theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA.  In 1986 he left Marquette High to return to his hometown of Omaha and Creighton Prep, where he taught theology for one year and then served as pastoral minister. From Prep he was assigned to Creighton University to serve as pastoral minister.  In between Ed found time to substitute for absent pastors in South Dakota and invariably organized Scripture lectures for the parish members, which both he and they loved.  As his health required closer attention, in 2008 he was missioned to pray for the Church and the Society as a member of the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, WI, where he died.   Back to Top 

 

Fr. Robert P. Hart, SJ

Fr. Bob Hart died on November 29, 2008 in Wauwatosa, WI at the age of 77.

Fr. Hart was born in Milwaukee, WI on July 10, 1931 and baptized at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. He attended St. Sebastian Grade School in Milwaukee and Marquette University High School also in Milwaukee, where he graduated in 1949. On August 8 of that year he entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO and pronounced his first vows on August 15, 1951. Humanities studies followed in the same place and in 1953 he started philosophy studies at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO, obtaining from that school an A.B. degree in1955, a Ph.L. degree in 1956 and a M.A. degree in sociology in 1958, after he had already started teaching Greek and Latin at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI in 1957. In 1959 he moved to St. Marys College in St. Marys, KS for theology studies and remained there until 1963. Bob was ordained a priest at the Gesu Church in Milwaukee, WI by Bishop Roman Atkielski on June 12, 1962. After obtaining a S.T.L. degree from St. Louis University, he did tertianship in Paray-le-Monial, France in 1963-1964. He then enrolled at the Institut Catholique de Paris and obtained his S.T.D. degree in 1968. While in Paris, he pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1966. Returning to Milwaukee, he taught theology at Marquette University from 1968 to 1972 and from 1972 to 1974 he did Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Boston State Hospital in Boston, MA. From 1974 to 1980 he was chaplain at the Yale University Hospital in New Haven, CT and then became associate pastor of St. Rita’s Church in Hamden, CT. In 1982 Bob joined the theology faculty at Creighton University in Omaha, NE and was also chaplain of the various varsity sports teams until his retirement in 2001 due to failing health. Since 2001 he was praying for the Church and the Society of Jesus as a member of the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, WI until his death. Back to Top

Fr. James A. Egan, SJ

Fr. Jim Egan died on October 2, 2008 in Omaha, Neb., at the age of 73.

Fr. Egan was born in Ponca, NE on April 13, 1935 and baptized at St. Joseph Church. He attended St. Peter’s Grade School in Omaha, NE and graduated from Creighton Prep Jesuit High School in 1952. On August 8 of the same year he joined the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, MO, where he pronounced his first vows on August 15, 1954. After two years in the same place for humanities studies, he moved to St. Louis, MO and received from St. Louis University the A.B. and Ph.L. degrees in philosophy.

Fr. Egan did regency at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, WI from 1959 to 1962 and in 1961 he also obtained the M.Ed. degree from St. Louis University. He then began theology studies at St. Mary's College in St. Mary's, KS, where on June 9, 1965 he was ordained priest by Bishop Edward Hunkeler. In 1966-1967 he did tertianship at St. Joseph Hall in Decatur, IL under the direction of Fr. Charles T. Hunter, S.J. and then returned to Campion High School as a teacher of theology and English. In 1970 he undertook clinical pastoral education (CPE) at Mendota State Hospital in Madison, WI and became hospital chaplain. From 1972 to 1978 he was campus minister at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and in 1973 he pronounced his final vows at the university’s Catholic Center. He spent a sabbatical year at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, MA and then returned to Madison to resume his campus ministry work. From 1980 to 1984 he served at St. Francis Mission in St. Francis, SD first as associate pastor and then as pastor of St. Bridget’s Parish. In 1984 he moved to the La Storta Apostolic Community in Minneapolis, MN, where he served as retreat and spiritual director. In 1990 he spent a sabbatical year at St. Francis Mission and then moved to Rapid City, SD as associate pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Parish.

From 1992 to 1998 Fr. Egan was servant minister to the priests of the Omaha Archdiocese and in 1998 he moved to the East Africa Province, first for language studies at Loyola House in Nairobi, Kenya and then as pastoral minister at Xavier House in Kampala, Uganda. Jim returned to Omaha in 2005 and, after one year of medical leave, served as pastoral minister at St. Benedict the Moor Parish.

A cancer that had been treated surgically spread over his body and he died on October 2, 2008.  Back to Top

 

Fr. Robert J. Kelly, SJ

Fr. Robert J. Kelly, SJ (Korea) died August 16, 2008, in Wauwatosa, Wis.  He was 87.

Fr. Kelly was born in Valle City, N.D. on April 7, 1921.  He entered the novitiate at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo. on Aug. 8, 1939.

Fr. Kelly obtained the A.B. degree in English literature and the Ph.L. degree from St. Louis University.  During that time, he was editor of The Modern Schoolman.  He did regency at Creighton Prep High School in Omaha teaching English and assisting with drama activities.  In 1949 he began theology studies at St. Mary's (Kan.) College.  He was ordained on June 19, 1952.  From 1954 to 1957 he studied moral theology at the Gregorian University in Rome and then moved back to St. Mary's College as professor of moral and pastoral theology.  In 1961 he obtained a certificate in theology and psychiatric theory from the Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kan.

In 1963 he was missioned to Korea and taught at Sogang University in Seoul.  He was also director of education for Jesuit students and director of Malssumui retreat house in Suwon.  From 1977 to 1981 he was professor of moral theology and director of pastoral training at Notre Dame Diocesan Seminary in New Orleans.  He returned to Sogang University where he served first as secretary and then as archivist of the Korean Region of the Society of Jesus.

Due to failing health, in 2005 Bob moved to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa.   Back to Top

 

Br. Lee A. McNamee, SJ

Br. Lee A. McNamee, SJ died on July 23, 2008 in Wauwatosa, Wis.  He was 82.

Brother McNamee was born in Fort Crook, Neb. on June 26, 1926.  He graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien. Wis. in 1944 and entered the Society of Jesus on July 30 at St. Stanislaus Seminarian In Florissant, Mo.  He pronounced his first vows as a Jesuit Brother in 1946 and remained in Florissant as assistant business manager for the next four years.  From 1950 to 1954 he served as assistant to the Secretary of the Society of Jesus and as house treasurer in Rome.  The next year he did tertianship at Gesu Church in Milwaukee and then moved to the Province office where he was assistant mission procurator until 1962.  For the next five years he served as assistant mission director in Minneapolis.  From 1967 to 1970 he was minister and librarian and then prefect of health and secretary at the Universidad de Salta in Argentina, run at that time by the Wisconsin Province.

Returning to the States, he studied counseling at the Metropolitan College in Minneapolis and was a counselor at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha.  From 1973 to 1986 he was senior counselor and assistant administrator at Anoka (Minn.)  State Hospital.  The next four years he was a high school counselor at Creighton Prep in Omaha and in 1990 he moved to working in Minneapolis as addiction counselor until 2002, when he moved to Milwaukee continuing his work.

Due to failing health, in 2005 he was missioned to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa.  Back to Top

 

Fr. Robert C. Ostertag, SJ

Fr. Robert C. Ostertag, SJ died July 12, 2008, at the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wis.  He was 92.

Fr. Ostertag was born Oct. 12, 1915 in Burlington, Iowa.  After attending Burlington Junior College, Iowa State College and Creighton University, he entered the novitiate at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo. in 1937.  He received his A.B. from St. Louis University in 1941.  He taught math and physics at Regis High School in Denver and was ordained a priest on June 14, 1949 in St. Mary's, Kan.  He received his S.T.L. in 1950 from St. Louis University.  He taught physics and theology at Marquette University High School from 1951 to 1980.  From 1981 to 1992 he served as a retreat director.  He moved to St. Camillus Jesuit Community in 1992 where he continued to serve as a retreat and spiritual director until 2002.  Back to Top

 

Fr. Lawrence W. Flanagan, SJ

Fr. Lawrence (Larry) W. Flanagan, SJ died June 29, 2008, in Omaha.  He was 91.

Fr. Flanagan was born in Marcus, Iowa on Oct. 28, 1916 and after receiving teacher's training and attending Creighton University in Omaha, he entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo.  He obtained his A.B. degree in Latin, Greek and English from St. Louis University in 1943 and his M.A. degree in Latin and Greek from the same institution in 1946.  He was ordained on June 19, 1952.  From 1954 to 1963 he taught theology at Creighton University.  During the 1963-1964 school year, he attended the Institut Catholique de Paris in France, engaging in further theology study.  He returned to Creighton University in 1964 and continued to teach theology until his retirement in 1990.  He suffered a fall that required surgery and while still in the hospital, he suffered a heart attack that lead to his death.  Back to Top

 

Fr. Leland E. Lubbers, SJ

Fr. Leland (Lee) E. Lubbers, SJ died June 27, 2008, in Omaha.  He was 80.

Fr. Lubbers was born in Stoughton, Wis. on June 6, 1928 and graduated from Marquette University High School in 1946.  He entered the novitiate that same year at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo.  He earned an A.B. degree in 1952 and also Ph.L. and M.A. degrees in 1953 from St. Louis University.  He was ordained on June 16, 1959.  In 1961 he obtained the S.T.L. degree from St. Louis University and in 1963 the D.U.P. Degree from the Sorbonne University In Paris, France.

From 1965 to 1993 he was on the faculty of Creighton University, teaching history of art and sculpture and becoming director of the Creighton Satellite Network and founder of SCOLA.  (SCOLA receives and retransmits television programming from around the world in native languages.)  He remained director of SCOLA when the facility moved to McClelland, Iowa and in 1997 he also became promoter of the Chinese apostolate in the United States.  As his health deteriorated, he was missioned to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wis., but moved back to Omaha to a hospice residence where he died.  Back to Top

 

Fr. Paul I. Manhart, SJ

Fr. Paul I. Manhart, SJ, died May 1, 2008, at the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wis.  He was 81 years old.

Fr. Manhart was born in Omaha, Neb., Jan. 2, 1927.  He was a graduate of Creighton Prep and attended Creighton University.  He entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo., on his 18th birthday, Jan. 2, 1945.  He obtained his A.B. degree with a double major in English and Latin from St. Louis University.  In 1952 he was assigned to teach at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, S.D. and in 1955 moved to St. Mary's (Kan.) College and was ordained there on June 18, 1958.

In 1960 he returned to Red Cloud Indian School, where he was assistant principal until 1964.  He became pastor at Holy Rosary Mission in Pine Ridge, SD, until 1968.  After spending one year as a writer at the Jesuit College in St. Bonifacius, Minn., he returned to Holy Rosary Mission as both writer and pastoral minister until 1993.  He took a sabbatical spending a semester each at Gonzaga University and Creighton University returning to Holy Rosary Mission and remained there as writer and pastoral minister until 2003.

During his years as writer he completed his revision of the Lakota-English Dictionary, initially prepared by the late Fr. Eugene Buechel, SJ.  It was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2002.  In 2003 his health needs made it advisable for him to move to St. Camillus.  Back to Top

 

Fr. Richard T. Jones, SJ

Fr. Richard T. Jones, SJ died, Jan. 20, 2008, at the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wis.  He was 93 years old.

Fr. Jones was born in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 16, 1914 and entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo., Sept. 1, 1933.  He obtained B.A. and M.A. degrees in philosophy from St. Louis University.

Fr. Jones was ordained at St. Mary's (Kan.) College, June 16, 1946.  Fr. Jones taught history and religion at St. Louis University from 1948 to 1951.  From 1955 to 1963 he was rector of the Jesuit community and school president at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. He then moved to St. Francis Mission, where he spent the rest of his active ministry life, first as superior and then as associate pastor. Failing health caused him to leave St. Francis Mission in 2006 and move to St. Camillus.  Back to Top

 

Fr. John M. Scott, SJ

Fr. John M. Scott, SJ died Dec. 27, 2007 at the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wis.  He was 94 years old.
 
Fr. Scott was born in Omaha, Neb., on April 8, 1913, but the family moved to Butte, Mont., before returning to Omaha where he graduated from Creighton Prep High School in 1931.  That was the same year he entered into the Society of Jesus in Florissant, Mo.  After receiving A.B. and M.A. degrees in philosophy from St. Louis University, he taught mathematics and general science at Holy Rosary Mission in Pine Ridge, S.D., from 1938 to 1941.  From 1941 to 1945 he studied theology at St. Mary's (Kan.) College and was ordained a priest there in June 1944.  After receiving his licentiate in theology from St. Louis University, he received his M.S. degree in physics at St. Louis 1947.  From 1948 to 1978, Fr. Scott taught physics at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis., and one of his former students still remembers him today as the best teacher he ever had.

After Campion closed, he spent one year as associate pastor of St. Agnes Church in Omaha and from 1978 to 2002 he was a writer as member of the Creighton University Jesuit Community. Fr. Scott authored 10 books and wrote articles for magazines such as "Arizona Highways" and "Young Catholic Messenger" among others.  Due to failing health, he moved to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community.  Back to Top