The following obituaries are testament to the rich lives that Jesuits lead fulfilling their vocation of service to God. Please remember them in your prayers.
Saints of God, come to their aid!
Hasten to meet them, angels of the Lord!
Receive their souls and present them to God the Most High.
May Christ, who called you, take you to himself;
may angels lead you to the bosom of Abraham.
–Rite of Christian Funerals
Aracich, Anthony S.
Jesuit Father Anthony S. Aracich died on Sept. 12, 2013. He was 77 years old, had been a member of the Society of Jesus for 58 years and a priest for 46.
Blake, Philip C.
Jesuit Father Philip Church Blake, 87, died September 5, 2013, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, Calif. He celebrated 65 years as a Jesuit and 52 years as an ordained priest.
Brophy, R. Michael
Jesuit Father R. Michael Brophy died on June 10, 2013, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. Fr. Brophy was born on May 7, 1938, in Chicago. He graduated from Loyola Academy before entering the Jes... read more
Burch, Francis F.
Jesuit Father Francis F. Burch, 81, passed away on Aug. 30, 2013, at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He was a Jesuit for 63 years and a priest for 50 years. He entered the Society of Jesus at... read more
Burns, Robert L.
Jesuit Father Robert L. Burns, 88, was called to eternal life on September 10, 2013, in Omaha. He was 88 years old, a Jesuit for 70 years, and a priest for 56 years.
Carney, James R.
Jesuit Father James R. Carney, former teacher, counselor, coach, Director of Development, and Director of Alumni Relations at Regis High School in New York, died on May 28, 2013, at the age of 88. Fr.... read more
Carroll, Emmett H.
Jesuit Father Emmett H. Carroll died on July 24, 2013, at age 81. Fr. Carroll attended St. Edward’s Grade School and Seattle Prep and then entered the Society of Jesus in 1949 and was ordained in 1962... read more
Carroll, J. Alfred
Jesuit Father J. Alfred Carroll, 84, died Sept. 11, 2013, in Spokane, Wash. Born in Seattle on Oct. 26, 1928, he graduated from Seattle Preparatory School and in 1946 entered the Jesuit Novitiate in S... read more
Cassidy, Bernard F.
Jesuit Father Bernard F. Cassidy, 96, died Sept. 15, 2013, in Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, in Los Gatos, Calif. A Jesuit since 1954, he recently celebrated his 50th anniversary of prie... read more
Cavanagh, Joseph A.
Jesuit Father Joseph A. Cavanagh, 81, died at Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx, N.Y., on Sept. 15, 2013. Born on Oct. 29, 1931, he attended Xavier High School and then was admitted into the Society of ... read more
Costigan, Richard F.
Jesuit Father Richard F. Costigan died Aug. 29, 2013, in St. Louis. He was 82 years old and a Jesuit for 62 years. Born in Ottawa, Kan., on March 22, 1931, Fr. Costigan entered the Society of Jesus at... read more
Devane, John F.
Jesuit Father John F. Devane died Nov. 21, 2013. He was born in Newton, Mass., on Dec. 31, 1921.
DiGiacomo, James J.
Jesuit Father James J. DiGiacomo, priest, writer and religious educator, died on Sept.15, 2013, at Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx, N.Y. He was 89 years old, a Jesuit for 70 years and a priest for 57 ... read more
Dressman, Robert C.
Jesuit Father Robert C. Dressman died on Oct. 22, 2013, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. Fr. Dressman was born on June 11, 1922, in Covington, Ky. He entered the Society of Jesus on September ... read more
Filice, Peter F.
Jesuit Father Peter F. Filice, age 73, died Oct. 1, 2013, at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, Calif. Fr. Filice was born in San Jose on July 11, 1940, and was raised in Gilroy, Calif.
Gallagher, Charles A.
Jesuit Father Charles A. Gallagher, 86, a Jesuit for 67 years and a priest for 55 years, died on July 21, 2013. He was a pioneer in bringing and adapting Marriage Encounter to American couples. He was... read more
Guentner, Francis J.
Jesuit Father Francis J. Guentner died Sept. 20, 2013, in St. Louis. He was 96 years old and a Jesuit for 79 years. Born in La Crosse, Wis., on March 10, 1917, Fr. Guentner entered the Society of Jesu... read more
Hess, George A.
Jesuit Father George A. Hess, 94, died on July 30, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Jamshedpur, India. He served as a Jesuit for 75 years and ministered generously to the people of India for 61 years. Fr. H... read more
Laughlin, Joseph R.
Father Joseph R. Laughlin died on May 27, 2013, at age 86. He was born on Aug. 31, 1926, in Hyde Park, Mass., where his father Thomas, a master boilermaker in the Boston Navy Yard, had also been born.... read more
Jesuit Father John McConnell died on Nov. 22, 2013, at Murray-Weigel Hall in Bronx, N.Y. He was 89 years old, a Jesuit for 72 years, and a priest for 58 years.
Murray, George B.
Jesuit Father George B. Murray died on Nov. 18, 2013, at Campion Center in Weston, Mass. He was born on April 17, 1931, in Minneapolis, Minn., and entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 1, 1953, at Mil... read more
Naus, John E.
Jesuit Father John E. Naus died on Sept. 22, 2013, in Milwaukee. He was 89 years old, a Jesuit for 71 years and a priest for 58 years. He served at Marquette University in Milwaukee for almost 50 year... read more
O’Brien, Jon J.
Jesuit Father Jon J. O’Brien, 87, of the Georgetown Jesuit Community in Washington D.C., died on July 31, 2013, the Feast of St. Ignatius. He was a Jesuit for 60 years and a priest for 50 years.
O’Brien, Robert E.
Jesuit Father Robert E. O’Brien, priest, teacher and administrator, died at Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx, N.Y., on Oct. 19, 2013. Born in the Bronx on Aug. 1, 1923, of John M. and Margaret A (Holla... read more
Oakes, Edward T.
Jesuit Father Edward T. Oakes, S.J. died Dec.6, 2013, at the Fusz Pavilion in St. Louis. He was 65 years old and a Jesuit for 47 years.
Paquet, Joseph A.
Jesuit Father Joseph A. Paquet, 85, died on Aug. 10, 2013, at Campion Center in Weston Mass. Born May 25, 1928, Fr. Paquet entered the Society of Jesus on June 30, 1946. Fr. Paquet was born in Boston ... read more
Paré, Arthur H.
Jesuit Father Arthur H. Paré died on Oct. 18, 2013 at age 85. He was born Oct. 13, 1928, in Manchester, N.H., and entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 14, 1947.
Rainaldo, John H.
Jesuit Father John H. Rainaldo died on Aug. 10, 2013, at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, Wis. He was 84, a Jesuit for 62 years and a priest for 49 years. Born in Ironwood, Mich., on March 4, 1929, Fr. Rain... read more
Raterman, Herbert J.
Jesuit Father Herbert J. Raterman died on Oct. 9, 2013, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. Fr. Raterman was born on July 6, 1924, in Cincinnati. He entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 1, 1942,... read more
Renna, Anton J.
Jesuit Father Anton J. Renna, 79, died on Aug. 9, 2013, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, Calif., after a lengthy decline. Fr. Renna taught at Brophy College Prep in Phoenix for 45 years, be... read more
Renner, Ralph C.
Jesuit Father Ralph C. Renner, died June 23, 2013, in St. Louis. He was 74 years old and a Jesuit for nearly 57 years. Born in St. Louis on January 26, 1939, Fr. Renner entered the Society of Jesus at... read more
Rooney, Francis V.
Jesuit Father Francis V. Rooney died on Dec. 5, 2013 at Murray-Weigel Hall in Bronx, N.Y. Born on May 13, 1929, he was 84 years old, a Jesuit for 66 years and a priest for 53 years.
Royce, Thomas R.
Jesuit Father Thomas R. Royce died Dec. 6, 2013, at the Jesuit Infirmary in Spokane, Wash.
Schak, John R.
Jesuit Father John Schak died on August 18, 2013, the feast of St. Alberto Hurtado, S.J. Fr. Schak died in Salta, Argentina, and was buried in Salta. He was 84 years old, a Jesuit for almost 65 years,... read more
Sherburne, Richard F.
Jesuit Father Richard F. Sherburne died on Sept. 28, 2013, after a long illness, at the age of 87 years. He resided at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, Wis., since 2008. Fr. Sherburne was Dean of Students a... read more
Skillingstad, M. Delmar
Jesuit Father M. Delmar Skillingstad died on Nov. 12, 2013, at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, Wis. He was 87 years old, a Jesuit for 63 years and a priest for 53 years.
Jesuit Father Terrence Toland died on Oct. 18, 2013, at Manresa Hall in Merion Station, Pa. He was 90 years old, a Jesuit for 74 years and a priest for 61 years. He served as the 23rd president of Sai... read more
Watson, Walter L.
Father Walter L. Watson died May 29, 2013, in Denver. He was 77 years old and a Jesuit for nearly 54 years. Fr. Watson was born in Chillicothe, Mo., on Jan. 10, 1936. He completed his bachelor’s in hi... read more
Zewe, M. Donald
Jesuit Father Donald Zewe, age 89, died on June 10, 2013, at Murray-Weigel Hall, Bronx, N.Y. He was a Jesuit for 67 years and a priest for nearly 57 years. Fr. Zewe was born in Lackawanna, N.Y., on Se... read more