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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. Robert G. Cardosi, SJ, who died at 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.
Bob was born on November 21, 1926, in Covington, Kentucky. He entered the Society of Jesus on August 20, 1945, at Milford Novitiate in Milford, Ohio. He switched grades from scholastic to brother on March 29, 1948; and took final vows on February 2, 1957 at Milford Novitiate in Milford, Ohio.
Bob attended Jesuit High in Tampa, Florida, for one year (1941-1942) before attending and graduating from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati (1942-1945). In the Society, Bob studied for 3 semesters at Xavier University before he switched grades. Bob obtained certification in Clinical Pastoral Education (1985-1987). Later he completed the Lay Pastoral Ministry Certificate Program at the Athenaeum in Cincinnati (1988-1989).
Throughout his Jesuit life, Bob cared for others by cooking, managing kitchens, and being a chaplain. He was an apprentice cook at Milford Novitiate (1945-1951), the refectorian and cook at St. Stanislaus Tertianship in Parma, Ohio (1951-1958), and taught cooking in the Brothers' Training Program at Milford Novitiate (1958-1960). Bob then moved to Chicago where he was the kitchen manager and cook at St. Ignatius College Prep (1960-1975) and kitchen manager at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House (1975-1977). He then was the manager and evening cook in the kitchen of Schott Hall, the Jesuit residence on the campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati (1977-1983).
In January of 1982, Bob had a life threatening illness and was in a coma for 45 days and spent another 45 days recuperating in the hospital. After this illness, Bob decided to change his ministry and become a chaplain. He performed hospital chaplaincy in Cincinnati for many years (1986-1998) and spent time as an ombudsman for Pro Seniors, Inc. (1989-1997). After his time as a hospital chaplain, he did outreach to the sick and shut-ins of St. Andrew Parish in Cincinnati (1998-1999). Bob continued performing pastoral ministry after moving to Colombiere Center in 1999.