In Memoriam
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.
In Memoriam: Fr. Mark J. Link, SJ

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Mark J. Link, SJ, who died on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He was 92 years old, a Jesuit for 66 years, and a priest for 56 years.

Mark was born on April 21, 1924, in Coldwater, Ohio. He entered the Society of Jesus on September 2, 1950, at Milford Novitiate in Milford, Ohio. He was ordained a priest on June 12, 1960, at West Baden College in Indiana. He professed final vows on February 2, 1977, at Canisius House in Evanston, Ill.

  

Before entering the Society of Jesus, Mark obtained a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati in 1950. While in the Society, Mark earned licentiate degrees in philosophy (1956) and sacred theology (1961) from West Baden College. He earned a diploma in catechetics from Lumen Vitae in Brussels, Belgium (1963).   

  

Throughout his Jesuit life, Mark was a writer and teacher. During his regency he taught English and algebra at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School (195657). He was an author in residence at Loyola Press (1963–67), and he taught religion at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago (1967–80) and theology at Loyola University Chicago (1980–83). Mark worked at the Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Plano, Texas (1983–89), before directing his energies to full-time writing from 1990 to 2001. From 2001 to 2005, Mark did retreat ministry at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, Ill. He then moved to Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo., and worked on the development and implementation of the website www.StayGreat.com (2005–07). From 2007 to 2010, Mark was an author in residence at Loyola University Chicago. In 2010, he moved to Colombiere, where he continued writing until his death.       

 

Mark wrote for both the young and the old. He authored books for young people such as Path Through Scripture, Path Through Catholicism, and The New Catholic Vision. The "2000" Series, which includes Challenge, Vision, Mission, ActionBible, and Psalms, helped older people incorporate the daily Mass readings into their ongoing prayer. In  Praying the Way Jesus Prayed, Mark used Jesus' example as a model to explain how individuals can pray in a richer and deeper way.  

 

In the 2000s, when Mark was in his 70s, he decided to focus his writing efforts on helping young people to pray. He realized that times had changed and that the Internet was a more effective medium than books, so he created www.StayGreat.com, a website which inspires young people to achieve their full human and spiritual potential. It continues today.

MEMORIAL MASS
Saturday, January 21, 2017
11:15 a.m.
Colombiere Center
9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI 48346

 





Recent News

July 18, 2019 - At the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo near Rome, Jesuit Brother Robert Macke finds his work as the curator of meteorites for the Vatican Observatory — formally founded in 1891 by Pope Leo XIII — allows him to, as the Jesuit saying goes, “find God in all things.”

July 9, 2019 — An Ignatian delegation is taking part in the United Nations's forum, which runs July 9-18 in New York City.

While at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, I embraced many of the freedoms college offers, but I failed to develop my spiritual life in any way beyond an occasional prayer to God for a date to go well or for an A on an exam. After graduating, I moved to Chicago to work for a financial firm. I was achieving my goals, yet I felt deeply unfulfilled by life.

July 1, 2019 — The Jesuits in Honduras are denouncing the Honduran government’s repression of protests over the past two months.

June 29, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John J. Kilgallen, SJ, who died on June 29, 2019. He was 85 years old. May he rest in peace.

June 5, 2019 —The Society of Jesus is proud to announce the ordination of 22 new priests in Canada, the U.S. and Haiti, including four from the Midwest Jesuits Province.

view all news

Search news

Publications

Jesuits Spring 2019

Jesuits Fall/Winter 2018

Jesuits Summer 2018



Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House
The Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House is located on the shores of Lake De Montreville in Lake Elmo, Minn.