Died 13 August 2014
Jesuit Brother Anthony R. Kreutzjans died on Aug. 13, 2014, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan, after a long battle with cancer. He was 74 years old.
Br. Kreutzjans was born on Oct. 4, 1939, in Covington, Kentucky. He entered the Society of Jesus on March 11, 1961, at Colombiere College in Clarkston, Michigan. He took final vows on Aug. 18, 1979, at Bellarmine Chapel in Cincinnati. Before entering the Society, Br. Kreutzjans attended Ohio College of Applied Science in Cincinnati (1958-1960). He did his postulancy at Colombiere College from August 1960 through March 1961 and did his juniorate at Milford Novitiate from 1963-1965. Br. Kreutzjans earned a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Xavier University in Cincinnati (1980) and a Master of Arts in Culture and Creation Spirituality with Geo-Justice Emphasis from Holy Names University in Oakland, California (1989).
Br. Kreutzjans ministered to people in many different ways as a Jesuit. He was always open to new things and going where there was the greatest need. He began his ministry in the Society as a carpenter at Milford Novitiate (1965-1967). Br. Kreutzjans then worked at Loyola University Chicago in the student personnel department and was the director of Gonzaga House when it was a dorm (and before it became a Jesuit residence) from 1967 to 1969.
He was the assistant to the master of novices and assistant to the minister at Bellarmine School of Theology in North Aurora, Illinois (1969-1971). He was minister at Bellarmine School of Theology (January 1971-1973), Jesuit School of Theology (1973-1977) and the Xavier University Jesuit Community (1978-1979). Br. Kreutzjans also worked for Appalachia Science in the Public Interest located in Corbin, Kentucky (1977-1978). He earned his B.A. at Xavier University (1979-1980), was an auxiliary consultor for the Chicago Province (1979-1983) and was the Loyola Youth Retreat House manager in Milford, Ohio (1980-1987).
After a sabbatical, he went back to school and earned an M.A. at Holy Names University (1988-1989). Br. Kreutzjans then moved to Chicago where he taught woodworking at Misericordia Home (1989-1991), was a case manager at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center of Cook County Health and Hospital Systems (1991-2005) and was minister of the St. Ignatius College Prep Jesuit Community (2000-2005). In 2005 Br. Kreutzjans did a sabbatical working with AIDS patients in Zambia, Uganda and Nigeria. He then was on the staff of Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House (2005-2007) and was minister of the St. Ignatius College Prep Jesuit Community and the Woodlawn Jesuit Community (2007-2011).
Although Br. Kreutzjans moved to Colombiere Center in 2011
to battle his cancer, he found time to care for many members of the Jesuit
community. He donated his body to the University of Michigan's Alzheimer's
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