At the conclusion of St. Francis’ well-known prayer, Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, he provides the powerful words, “And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” This line is a beautiful reminder that although we must all face the reality of death due to original sin, the joy of everlasting life rests in the hope of our resurrected Savior, who humbled Himself to death on a cross.
Each year, while we mourn the passing of brother Jesuits who have died, we also rejoice in their rebirth with Christ in paradise. This summer was especially hard as we lost a beloved shepherd of our Advancement office, Fr. James Keenan, SJ, who had served for fifteen years. Prior to that, he faithfully led four Jesuit high schools, building multigenerational relationships with countless students, faculty, and friends.
Even into his 80’s, Fr. Keenan remained dedicated to his mission, raising funds to support our men in formation and caring for the elderly and infirm Jesuits of our province. If it so moves you, please consider a memorial gift in his honor. It would be a heartfelt way to remember this Jesuit who lived his life as a true servant of God.
May God continue to bless and console you, as we remember those who have been reborn to eternal life.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Joseph M. O’Keefe, SJ