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In Memoriam: Midwest Jesuits - Fall Winter 2017
We give thanks for the following Jesuits who have gone home to God.
Fr. Charles A. Hofmann, SJ

Fr. Charles A. Hofmann, SJ
March 22, 1933 – August 20, 2017

“Chuck was a fairly private man but he was an excellent listener and always had time for a good conversation. He took an interest in the activities of his fellow Jesuits and was eager to hear what was new in their ministries.” Teacher at Colegio San Jose Arequipa in Peru; student counselor at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati; clinical psychologist at Loyola University Chicago Medical Center, Archdiocesan Consultation Services in Cincinnati, House of Affirmation in San Francisco, John Carroll University, Loyola University Chicago, Jesuit Institute for Family Life Network in Los Altos, California, and Faber Jesuit Community in Cincinnati.

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  Fr. Bernard J. Streicher, SJ

Fr. Bernard J. Streicher, SJ
November 11, 1928 – August 17, 2017

“When one  rst saw Bernie, he was a very serious man who hid a dry sense of humor and a droll smile. He never missed the incongruities of life.” English teacher, subminister, rector, and department chair at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland; English teacher at St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toldeo, Ohio.

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Fr. John “Jack” J. Kenealy, SJ

Fr. John “Jack” J. Kenealy, SJ
June 17, 1927 – July 2, 2017

“Father Jack was a true and great missionary in the classical sense of the word. He loved the people of Bihar, India, whom he was sent to serve. As an expression of his commitment to them, he adopted a very simple lifestyle, which he maintained to the very end.” Pastor and assistant pastor of Shahpur; assistant pastor of Jamalpur (Basuni), Shahpur, and Jamalpur (Bariarpur); teacher at St. Xavier’s, Jaipur; judge of Patna Diocesan Marriage Tribunal; treasurer and archivist of Patna Diocese; administrator and treasurer of Ara; assistant treasurer of Patna Jesuit Society.


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Br. John F. Buchman, SJ
September 10, 1933 – May 30, 2017

“Known by many as ‘Bucky,’ John was a wonderful Jesuit full of goodness and kindness. He was a hard worker and someone who fostered community. In the tradition of the great Jesuit brothers, Bucky cared for people very well.” Administrative assistant to the rector, house manager, cook, and worked in the business of ce, book store, and cafeteria at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School and the Brebeuf Jesuit Community in Indianapolis; cook at Milford Novitiate in Ohio and Bellarmine School of Theology in North Aurora, Illinois; worked at Loyola Youth Retreat Center in Milford, Ohio.

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Fr. John “Jack” D. Cuddigan, SJ
December 21, 1929 – May 30, 2017

“Jack was a gifted Jesuit priest. During his long years of ministry, he moved easily between teaching, administration, and pastoral ministry.” History teacher at Creighton University in Omaha, Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, and Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington; academic administrator at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri, Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; superintendent of schools and director of deferred giving for the Diocese of San Diego; pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Mankato, Minnesota.

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Fr. Robert W. Leiweke, SJ
December 5, 1927 – April 11, 2017

“Bob was a holy, quiet, competent, supportive Jesuit whom people found easy to trust and whose advice they found unfailingly wise.” Spiritual director at St. Bonifacius in Minnesota, Emmaus in Des Moines, the Archdiocese of Omaha, and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee; founding member of Marquette’s Center of Ignatian Spirituality; religion teacher at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha; rector at Creighton Prep; assistant to the rectors of the Creighton University and Marquette University Jesuit Communities.

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Br. William E. Biernatzki, SJ
December 3, 1931 – April 8, 2017

“Bill was a quiet person of a scholarly temperament, a good Jesuit who worked hard all his life, and a trained anthropologist who spent most of his years in the Society in cultures quite different from his own.” Teacher and researcher at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea; part of Center for Study of Communication and Culture in London and St. Louis; part of Institute of Jesuit Sources.


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Fr. John P. Murphy, SJ
March 10, 1938 – March 14, 2017

”John was a gifted researcher, professor, and scholar. He authored and edited many books, including The Wily Jesuits and the Monita Secreta and On the Suppression of the Society of Jesus.” Professor of Latin and Greek, chair of the Classics Department, and freshmen dean at Loyola University Chicago; regional secretary for the USA and English-speaking Western Europe at the Jesuit Curia in Rome; associate pastor of St. Xavier Church in Cincinnati; Latin teacher at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois; author and editor.

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April 4, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Richard J. Hauser, SJ, who died on April 3, 2018, at the Creighton University Jesuit Community in Omaha, Nebraska. He was 80 years old. May he rest in peace.

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