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Robert Kaslyn

March 13, 2020 – Fr. Robert J. Kaslyn, SJ, was called to eternal life on March 13, 2019. Fr. Kaslyn died in Washington, D.C. He was born on April 19, 1956, in Hackensack, N.J., and entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew Hall on Feb. 20, 1975, and was ordained on June 8, 1985, at the University Church of Fordham University. He pronounced his final vows on July 31, 1997, at the College of the Holy Cross Jesuit Community Chapel, Worcester, Mass.

The following obituary is from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., where Fr. Kaslyn was an associate professor and former dean of the School of Canon Law.

“Father Kaslyn was a wonderful teacher, a thoughtful dean, and a good friend. Even in a community of academics, he stood out for his generous willingness to patiently share all he knew with others,” said the president of The Catholic University of America, John Garvey. “The School of Canon Law will miss him most of all. But the entire University community joins them in praying for the repose of the soul of a wonderful man. May he rest in peace.”

Fr. Robert Kaslyn, SJ, was born April 19, 1956, in Hackensack, N.J. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 8, 1985, by Cardinal John O’Connor, the Archbishop of New York.

Fr. Kaslyn earned a B.A. in history and philosophy from Fordham and his S.T.B. and S.T.L. degrees at Regis College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. He earned his doctorate in canon law from Saint Paul University in Ottawa. His doctoral dissertation was published as “Communion with the Church and the Code of Canon Law an Analysis of the Foundation and Implications of the Canonical Obligation to Maintain Communion with the Catholic Church,” with a foreword by Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ.

He taught canon law at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., and served as a judge of the Diocesan Tribunal in Worcester, Mass.

He joined the faculty at Catholic University in 2001, and served as dean of the School of Canon Law from 2009 to 2016. His appointment as dean was made with unanimous support of the school’s faculty. Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., the President of the University at the time, remarked that “Father Kaslyn is a serious scholar and effective teacher and has demonstrated a love for the Church and its legal structures in service to the people of God.”

“In the days ahead, I know we all will recall his countless contributions to the life of the Church universal and to the School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America where he served with great dedication for almost twenty years,” said Msgr. Ronny E. Jenkins, Dean and O’Brien-O’Connor Chair of Canon Law. “Father Kaslyn was an esteemed colleague of his fellow faculty members, a dear friend of many, and above all a faithful and devoted priest. We will all miss him greatly.”

“Fr. Kaslyn was a wonderful teacher and colleague,” said Fr. John Beal, who has been on the faculty of the School of Canon Law since 1992. “Particularly during his tenure as dean, he looked out for the good of students.”


Monday, March 18, 2019
7:00 – 9:00PM (Vigil Service at 7:30PM)
Wolfington Hall – Georgetown Jesuit Community
3700 O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20057

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
9:30AM – 10:30AM
Holy Trinity Parish
3513 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Tuesday, March 19, 2019—10:30 AM
Holy Trinity Parish
3513 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Georgetown Jesuit Cemetery, Washington, DC