Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Roland J. Teske, SJ, who died at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wis., on May 18, 2015. He was 80 years old, a Jesuit for 62 years, and a priest for 49 years, a month shy of his golden jubilee. May he rest in peace.
Born in Milwaukee, Wis. on October 29, 1934, Roland attended Mother of Good Counsel Grade School and Marquette University High School before entering the Society at Florissant, Mo., on August 8, 1952. He helped open the new novitiate in Oshkosh, Wis., and made vows there. He had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, Saint Louis University, and St. Mary's College. Roland was ordained on June 8, 1965 and made tertianship in Drongen, Belgium. He pronounced his final vows on February 2, 1974.
Roland was a multi-talented, extremely disciplined Jesuit who focused his ministry on becoming a productive teacher and scholar in the best Jesuit tradition. Although as a young scholar he did not find writing easy, he eventually published a prodigious amount of high-quality material, with special attention to Augustine and some medieval Augustinians. He related well to his students, and was an active contributor to the life of the Marquette University Jesuit Community. He was a steady, steady man and a good Jesuit.