In Memoriam

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

Now in the loving embrace of their Creator.

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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