Died 7 April 2014
Jesuit Father J. Cletus Healy died on April 7, 2014, at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, Wis. He was 96 years old, a Jesuit for 75 years, and a priest for 62 years.
Born in Newton, Iowa on Oct. 26, 1917, Fr. Healy attended grade school and high school in Newton. He completed one year of college at Dowling Junior College in Des Moines, Iowa and a second year of college at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He entered the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo. on Sept. 1, 1938. Fr. Healy had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus Seminary, St. Louis University, and St. Mary's College. He was ordained at St. Mary's on June 14, 1951. After completing tertianship in Decatur, Ill., he pronounced final vows at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee on Aug. 15, 1954.
Fr. Healy did regency at St. Francis Mission in St. Francis, South Dakota and at Regis High School in Denver, but his ministry after ordination was concentrated in Milwaukee. He taught sociology and religion at Marquette High from 1953 to 1968. Then he remained a member of the Marquette High Jesuit Community for another 24 years until 1992, when he helped inaugurate the St. Camillus Jesuit Community. During this latter period of his life, Fr. Healy was involved in editing and/or promoting various Catholic publications (Twin Circle, Vatican Voices, etc.) and managing a Milwaukee-area Catholic book and gift shop.