Fr. Robert I. Grib (PAT and CDT) March 31, 1940, to January 25, 2016
When Bob concluded his 31-year career in India, many acknowledged he probably spoke Hindi better than those native to the country!
Education, training, counseling, spiritual and neuro-linguistic programming, and ministry in India; pastoral ministry in parishes throughout Chicago; teaching at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis; retreat ministry at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, Ill.
Fr. Gerard L. Stockhausen (WIS)
August 27, 1949, to January 12, 2016
Gerry Stockhausen was an exceptionally talented and respected Jesuit priest, scholar, leader, teacher, and friend. Among his interests and hobbies were his love of the outdoors and his love of singing and playing guitar.
President, vice president for Academic Affairs, and provost of the University of Detroit Mercy; executive secretary to the president and director of planning for the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States; economics professor at Creighton University; member of the Jesuit Committee on Investment Responsibility.
Fr. Harold R. Meirose (CDT) July 6, 1929, to December 30, 2016 Throughout his ministry, Harry had a particular affinity for people in difficult circumstances. He gave extra time and care to students with personal or family struggles and maintained correspondence with prisoners, including several on death row.
Teacher at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, and Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis; pastoral work at Saint Xavier Church in Cincinnati and Our Lady of the Gardens in Chicago; Chicago Province assistant for social ministries; campus minister at Xavier University; assistant to the director and pastoral ministry at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich.
Fr. William M. Bichl (CDT)
July 8, 1931, to December 19, 2015
John Carroll alumni regularly asked Bill to celebrate their weddings and the baptisms of their children. He touched the lives of many students, faculty, staff, and parishioners at Gesu over his 45 years in University Heights.
Professor and administrator at John Carroll University; Detroit Province co-assistant for higher education; sacramental ministry at Church of the Gesu in University Heights, Ohio.
Fr. Robert L. Dolan (CDT and PER) June 30, 1944, to December 17, 2015
Bob was known among the Peruvian Jesuits as one who was available for any assignment he was asked to do. This open disposition led him to work with those in the greatest need. On several occasions, his work brought him face-to-face with members of the Shining Path, a Maoist guerrilla insurgent organization.
Pastoral and university youth ministry, adult education, Christian Life Community and social apostolate work, and counseling throughout Peru
Fr. Robert E. Finn (CDT)
November 10, 1936, to December 9, 2015
Bob was notably selfless in his care for patients at Cook County Hospital. He was ready with comfort and support to distraught families in the emergency room, and he supported patients of all religious faiths during their hospital stay.
Pastoral ministry at St. Ignatius Church and St. Fidelis Church in Chicago; chaplain at Cook County Hospital; publications and press relations for the Chicago Province office; adult education in programs for the working poor at the Midwest Workers Association.
Fr. John P. Schlegel (WIS) July 30, 1943, to November 15, 2015
Throughout his life, diversity and inclusiveness were hallmarks of John’s ministry. Whether at a university or parish, his preaching helped people connect scripture to current events and their own spiritual lives.
President of Creighton University and University of San Francisco; president and publisher of America magazine; pastor at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee; administrator at John Carroll University, Marquette University, and Rockhurst University.
CDT = Chicago-Detroit Province
WIS = Wisconsin Province
PAT = Patna Province
PER = Peru Province
August 21, 2018 – As we reckon with the Grand Jury report on sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania and the failures of bishops to protect the children entrusted to their care, our hearts and prayers—first and foremost—are with the victim-survivors.
January 17, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Eugene F. Merz, SJ, who was called to eternal life on January 16, 2019, around 5:30 a.m. Gene died at Zilber Hospice in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was eighty-seven years old, a Jesuit for seventy years, and a priest for fifty-seven years.
January 16, 2019 — It was a homecoming fifty years in the making. In 2016, Fr. Casey Bukala, SJ, moved to the Colombiere Center near Detroit, where elder Jesuits live in community, receive the healthcare they need, and pray for the Church and the Society. It was not Fr. Bukala’s first time at Colombiere, however.
January 9, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John “Jack” R. Crocker, SJ, who died on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.