We give thanks for the following Jesuits who have gone home to God.
Fr. Emmett P. Holmes Chicago-Detroit Province
August 5, 1928 to March 24, 2016
Emmett was greatly loved at Walsh Jesuit. On his 80th birthday, the school gave him a golf cart to help him get around the 100-acre campus. He drove his golf cart to most Walsh athletic events, until he moved to Colombiere Center in 2013.
Retreat director, French teacher, school chaplain, faculty and staff spiritual director, rector, acting superior, and chaplain to the faculty and athletic teams at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Latin and French teacher at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati; rector and French teacher at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland
Fr. Robert H. Fitzgerald Wisconsin Province June 9, 1935 to March 17, 2016
Bob had the soul and sensibilities of a poet. He loved to tell stories and to hear the stories of others. The complexities of the human person fascinated him. He loved to write, both for his own enjoyment and for others, and was dedicated to helping those battling addictions.
High school English teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis., and the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minn.; alcohol and drug counselor at St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation; writer, counselor, and chaplain in the Twin Cities; retreat director in Anchorage, Alaska; chaplain at the Creighton University Medical Center
Fr. Robert W. Dundon Wisconsin and North-West Africa Provinces August 4, 1932 to March 9, 2016
Bob was very much a missionary Jesuit, devoting most of his life to teaching and pastoral service in Africa. He had wonderful insights and loved living and working with other Jesuits and growing close to the students he served in Africa.
Chemistry teacher at Marquette University, University of Benin in Nigeria, and Makerere University in Uganda; philosophy of science teacher at Arrupe College in Harare, Zimbabwe; chaplain and pastor at University of Benin; pastor of St. Benedict the Moor Parish in Omaha, Christ the King Parish in Lagos, Nigeria, and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Benin City, Nigeria
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.