Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. Anthony R. Kreutzjans, S.J. (CDT), who died at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan, after a long battle with cancer. He was 74 years old. May he rest in peace.
Tony was born on October 4, 1939, in Covington, Kentucky, and entered the Society of Jesus on March 11, 1961, at Colombiere College in Clarkston, Michigan. He took final vows on August 18, 1979, at Bellarmine Chapel in Cincinnati. Ohio.
Before entering the Society, Tony attended Ohio College of Applied Science in Cincinnati, Ohio (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. Tony 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).
Tony ministered to people in many different ways as a Jesuit. He was always open to new things and going where the need was greatest. He began his ministry in the Society as a carpenter at Milford Novitiate (1965-1967). Tony then worked at Loyola University Chicago in the student personnel department, and was director of Gonzaga House when it was a dorm [and before it became a Jesuit residence] (1967-1969). 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). Tony was minister at Bellarmine School of Theology (January 1971-1973), Jesuit School of Theology (1973-1977), and the Xavier University Jesuit Community (1978-1979).
Tony 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 a M.A. at Holy Names University (1988-1989). Tony 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 Tony 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 Tony moved to Colombiere Center in 2011 to battle his cancer, he found time to care for many members of the Jesuit community.
A funeral Mass was held Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Colombiere Center, Clarkston, Michigan. A memorial Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Tony donated his body to the University of Michigan's Alzheimer's research project.
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