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In Memoriam: Midwest Jesuits - Spring 2017
We give thanks for the following Jesuits who have gone home to God.
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Fr. Daniel J. Gannon, SJ
April 16, 1931 to February 28, 2017

"Dan loved people, and people loved Dan. He was a gentle man who was a source of strength to many. He made friends one person at a time, thousands of times over." 

Math teacher at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee; pastoral work in Mankato, Minn., at St. Patrick's Parish in Milwaukee, among Native Americans of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, and at Holy Rosary Mission in South Dakota

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Fr. Mark Link, SJ
Fr. Mark J. Link, SJ
April 21, 1924 to January 18, 2017

"Mark wrote for both the young and the old. He authored books such as Path Through Scripture, The New Catholic Vision, and Praying the Way Jesus Prayed."

Author in residence at Loyola Press; founder of www.staygreat.com; teacher at University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago; theology teacher and author in residence at Loyola University Chicago; retreat minister at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, Ill.; pastoral service at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo.; pastoral minister at the Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Plano, Texas

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Fr. Eugene C. Kollasch, SJ

Fr. Eugene C. Kollasch, SJ
November 28, 1922 to January 14, 2017

"During his 33 years in Korea, Gene was regularly given positions of significant responsibility as he watched the Society in Korea grow from a young mission, to an independent region, to a full province."

Theology professor at Kwangu Seminary and Sogang University, mission superior, and rector of the Sogang University Jesuit Community in Korea; retreat director at the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, Wis.; pastoral minister in Minneapolis and Omaha

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Fr. Henry T. Chamberlain, SJ

Fr. Henry T. Chamberlain, SJ
April 14, 1930 to January 12, 2017

"Although he usually viewed the world through a financial lens, Hank cared for everyone he encountered. He was a consummate gentleman. His jovial nature helped to impress on people that they mattered to him."

Assistant treasurer general of the Society of Jesus; treasurer of the Jesuit Curia community in Rome, the Detroit Province, and Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago; assistant treasurer for the Chicago and Missouri Provinces; retreat director at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford in Ohio; teacher and swimming coach at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School

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Fr. J. Leo Klein, SJ

Fr. J. Leo Klein, SJ
November 4, 1931 to January 10, 2017

"Leo established an important kind of renewed parish life in Cincinnati as well as a way of Jesuit presence on the campus that has continued to this day. People quoted back to him homilies he preached years before!"

Pastor of Bellarmine Chapel in Cincinnati; director of campus ministry, vice president for mission and ministry, chair of the Theology Department, and theology teacher at Xavier University in Cincinnati; provincial of the Chicago Province; delegate at General Congregation 33

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Fr. John E.Bernbrock, SJ

Fr. John E. Bernbrock, SJ
November 25, 1926 to November 11, 2016

"Just to prove that Jesuits do all things, John took time over the years to develop a set of special skills which made him a recognized expert in restoring old grandfather clocks."

Teacher at Sogang College in Korea; English teacher at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee; pastor at parishes in Mankato, Minn., Tampa, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., and Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Br. John J. Sebian, SJ 
September 27, 1926 to October 31, 2016

"Whether he was working on boilers, landscaping, fishing, or visiting friends for dinner, John allowed his love and faith in Jesus to permeate his being, thoughts, and actions."

Gardener, horticulturist, mechanic, radio club moderator, boilerman, and electrician at St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy in Toledo, Ohio; gardener at Milford Novitiate in Ohio; gardener, groundskeeper, and mailman at West Baden College in Indiana; chauffeur and gardener at St. Stanislaus Tertianship in Parma, Ohio; gardener at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio

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Br. Bernard L. Polinak,SJ

Br. Bernard L. Polinak, SJ 
April 19, 1922 to October 20, 2016 

"Bernie was always zealous and steadfast in his care for the power plants where he worked, but he remained completely devoted to Christ. When entering the chapel, he would genuflect before the altar — whether he was carrying a ladder or not!"

Chief engineer of power plant, assistant to superintendent, and superintendent of building and grounds at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich.; assistant to superintendent of building and grounds at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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