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The Feast of All Souls

Dear Friends,

“Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life...”

May these words, spoken by Jesus in the Gospel of Saint John 6:40, resonate through our hearts as we approach November, the month of the Holy Souls.

Our faith, expressed through prayer, reminds us that even in darkness there is hope.

When we pray for the deceased, we celebrate their lives. Because of this, we invite you to submit a prayer intention for a loved one, which will be remembered and prayed for by the senior Jesuits living at Murray-Weigel Hall and Campion Center.

As you are a part of our Jesuit family, we wish to share the names of our brother Jesuits who have died during the past year. We invite you to continue to pray for them.

We are grateful for your past support for our novices, brothers, scholastics and priests who are training for their own ministries. Your gifts will be used:

  • To educate Jesuits in college, philosophy, theology and doctoral studies;
  • To care for our senior and infirm Jesuits; and
  • To support the brothers, priests and scholastics in active ministry who rely on the province for their sustenance.


May God continue to bless you and all of those close to you!

Sincerely and gratefully,

 



IN MEMORIUM

Deceased Jesuits of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces – July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

Fr. Richard D. Bertrand, SJ
Born Nov. 28, 1947; died Sept. 11, 2017
Taught at Bishop Connolly High School and was later assigned to Cheverus High School in Maine, serving as an administrator; later served as pastor and parochial vicar at numerous parishes in New England for more than two decades. 

Fr. John P. Bucki, SJ
Born Jan. 12, 1950; died Sept. 2, 2017
Taught at Regis High School, McQuaid Jesuit and Xavier High School before pastoral leadership at St. Francis Xavier Church; moved to Buffalo as director of campus ministry at Canisius College; later was assigned as rector of the Jesuit community at Le Moyne College.

Fr. Robert G. Doherty, SJ
Born Sept. 22, 1929; died Dec. 9, 2017
Well-respected teacher of pastoral and spiritual theology at Weston, in Cambridge, he also taught at Earlham College, in Indiana, and Pope St. John XXIII Seminary, in Boston; directed the New England Province’s tertianship program; later gave retreats in Japan, Korea and the Philippines. 

Fr. William B. Foley, SJ
Born Feb. 2, 1946; died May 15, 2018
Pediatric and neonatology physician at Boston City Hospital and St. Margaret’s, as well as Jefferson Medical School and Hahnemann Medical School; directed Boys’ Hope/Girls’ Hope programs in St. Louis from 1995-2005; later worked in Boston hospitals and performed pastoral service at nearby parishes.

Fr. Robert G. Gilroy, SJ
Born Oct. 19, 1959; died Oct. 29, 2017
Longtime hospital chaplain at the St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota; beginning in 2004, he was a spiritual director at Eastern Point Retreat House, Campion Renewal Center and at Los Gatos, Calif.

Fr. Edward F. Howard, SJ
Born May 25, 1932; died Dec. 24, 2017
Decades of service as pastoral minister; former Army chaplain in Vietnam, awarded the Bronze Star; chaplain at Georgia State University; served parishes in Jamaica, Brazil, the Bahamas, El Salvador and Nigeria and in numerous U.S. cities; supported the Jesuit Refugee Service.

Fr. William D. Ibach, SJ
Born Feb. 20, 1929; died Dec. 24, 2017
Serving in Baghdad until the Jesuits were expelled; taught at Cranwell Prep and Cheverus High School; gave retreats throughout the U.S. and Canada; coordinated a house established by Weston School of Theology for men and women of different faiths; retreat house service. 


Fr. Donald J. Keefe, SJ 
Born July 14, 1924; died Feb. 27, 2018 
Taught theology at Canisius College, St. Louis University and Marquette University; also instructed seminarians at St. Thomas University in Denver, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, in Michigan, and St. Joseph’s Seminary, in New York; wrote many books and published some 44 articles and 31 book reviews.

Fr. Kenneth G. Loftus, SJ 
Born Feb. 14, 1951; died Sept. 18, 2017 
Gifted spiritual director at Campion Renewal Center in Weston, Mass.; later was assistant director of novices and minister of the novitiate community in Jamaica Plain, Mass., and campus minister at the University of Scranton; former staff member at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Chestnut Hill. 

Fr. Edward C. Lynch, SJ 
Born Jan. 9, 1934; died Nov. 17, 2017 
For nearly 30 years, was a teacher and administrator at St. Peter’s Prep, Regis High School and Xavier; later was minister at Murray-Weigel Hall and treasurer and subminister at the Canisius College Jesuit Community; also worked at St. Clare’s Church on Staten Island. 

Br. Louis N. Mauro, SJ 
Born June 8, 1942; died July 28, 2017 
Former dean at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, N.Y., and administrator in the Buffalo Province; treasurer of Canisius HS and the Jesuit community; community treasurer for the St. Peter’s Prep Jesuit Community and business manager and pastoral minister at a parish; minister and treasurer of the Xavier Jesuit Community.

Fr. James W. O’Neil, SJ 
Born Apr. 12, 1921; died Mar. 3, 2018 
Served in the Army Air Corps before entering the Jesuits; in 1974, began an assignment that would last 44 years, teaching math at BC High; he enjoyed working with his lay colleagues and never lost his enthusiasm guiding brilliant students. 

Fr. Thomas Vallamattam, SJ 
Born Apr. 19, 1936; died Apr. 26, 2018 
Born in India, he spent three decades ministering at St. Anne’s, St. Patrick’s and St. Helen’s Linstead, all in Jamaica; spoke four languages and earned the affection and gratitude of the many he served; amidst health struggles, he continued pastoral ministry at St. Patrick’s, in Kingston, until 2005.

Fr. José M. Vilaplana, SJ 
Born Mar.12, 1927; died Nov. 26, 2017 
Native of Catalonia, came to the U.S. in 1982, 19 years after ordination; served as an associate pastor at St. Paul’s Parish in White Plains, N.Y. and was a well-known spiritual director; involved in a weekly charismatic prayer group. 

Fr. John F. Wrynn, SJ 
Born Feb .4, 1940; died Jan. 22, 2018 
Served as a full-time professor at St. Peter’s College for 36 years; three terms as superior of the Jesuit community there; offered a weekly Mass in the Gaelic tongue; published scholarly works and accepted the Donald I. MacLean Chair at Saint Joseph’s University in 2012.





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Aug. 3, 2018 - Fr. William M. Sullivan, SJ, was called to eternal life on Aug. 3, 2018. He was born on April 21, 1936, in Brooklyn, N.Y., entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1953, and was ordained on June 9, 1966. He pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1975, at Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y.

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