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In Memoriam: Midwest Jesuits - Spring 2018

We give thanks for the following Jesuits who have gone home to God.
Fr. Eugene J. Nevins, SJ

Fr. Eugene J. Nevins, SJ
Mar. 28, 1932 –  Feb. 2, 2018

“Gene was a gentle, kind, soft-spoken man who always had a smile for those he met. He was a magician and ventriloquist and used his talents to teach about God’s love and to bring joy to others — especially children in hospitals.  Gene’s ventriloquist dummy, Shamus, was an Irish monk who wore a green habit.”  

Registrar of West Baden College; secretary to the Chicago provincial; pastoral visitation team at Holy Family Church in Chicago; chaplain at Cook County Hospital (Chicago), Children’s Hospital of Michigan (Detroit), St. John Hospital (Detroit), Good Samaritan Hospital (Cincinnati), John H. Stroger Hospital (Chicago). He also was associate pastor at Holy Family Church.

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  Fr. Thomas F. Ackenbrandt, SJ

Fr. Thomas F. Ankenbrandt, SJ
Jan. 6, 1930 –  Jan. 8, 2018

“Tom celebrated the Eucharist with great devotion at Colombiere and at nearby Our Lady of the Lakes. Tom was an avid reader especially in the areas of philosophy, theology, and art history. For about 20 years he hosted a theology discussion group at Colombiere Center for lay friends and interested Jesuits. Tom’s academic writing continued to influence students as recently as this past year.”  

English and Latin teacher at St. Xavier High School; Religious studies professor at University of Detroit and Wheeling Jesuit College; Theology teacher at St. Ignatius High School, teacher at Jesuit High School in New Orleans; associate pastor at Gesu Church (Toledo), St. David Church (Davie, Florida), and St. Maurice Church (Fr. Lauderdale); Colombiere Center. 

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Fr. James E. O'Reilly, SJ

Fr. James E. O'Reilly, SJ
June 12, 1926 –  Jan. 5, 2018

“Jim’s smile and self-deprecation put everyone he encountered immediately at ease. When a person was in Jim’s presence, they knew that Jim cared for and respected them. The twinkle in his eye let everyone know that he was not only enjoying their company but was truly grateful for the time he spent with them. He often said: “I don’t try to change people. I just accept them.” Through his words and actions Jim showed others the way to a deeper encounter with his one true love: Jesus Christ.” 

Teacher and President at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland; teacher at Walsh Jesuit High School; teacher at Loyola Secondary School in Wau, Sudan; pastor of St. Francis de Sales parish in Detroit; chaplain and counselor at Loyola High School.

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Fr. Robert H. Schmidt, SJ
July 26, 1938 –  Sept. 26, 2017

“He was a man of prayer and practical wisdom and systematic in his thinking and action. Hence, he communicated with conviction, clarity, and kindness. He was a community man and team person who created an atmosphere which increased the synergy of the Jesuit staff members so that they implemented their mission with commitment and creativity.”

Director of the Juniorate, the Province Coordinator for Formation [PCF] and the Superior of the Regional Theology Centre [RTC] in Patna, India.

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Fr. Vincent A. Hagerman, SJ

Fr. Vincent A. Hagerman, SJ

Jan. 19, 1922 –  Sept. 10, 2017

“Vince was a genuine gentleman who always had something good to say about other people. He was also very generous and helpful; and when asked to do something, Vince would respond ’Sure’ and begin the task.”

Latin, math, and physics teacher at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland; superior of the Collegian Program at the University of Detroit; Physics teacher at University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, Rector of the Jesuit Community. 

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  Br. William J. Foster, SJ

Br. William J. Foster, SJ
July 2, 1929 –  Sept. 2, 2017

“A quiet, gentle, steady man, he remained calm no matter what emergencies arose — in a place where emergencies were common. He is remembered with special affection by the Jesuits with whom he lived and shared ministry.” 

Plumber, electrician, locksmith, carpenter, and general maintenance worker, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at Holy Rosary Jesuit Community in Pine Ridge, SD.

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April 18, 2018 — We as a Church commemorate the moment Jesus went into the wilderness of the desert because the Spirit was leading him (Mk 1:12). I find the image of the Spirit leading Jesus powerful and true for all of us. My vocation in the Society has been where I am able to see the Spirit leading me beyond my awareness in the moment.

April 17, 2018 — Vanessa Solis, who has worked tirelessly to grow the elementary school of Nativity Jesuit Academy, will assume the position of principal on July 1, 2018.

April 16, 2018 — Young adults interested in a year of intentional community and service can now apply for the 2018-19 Ignatius House cohort in Cincinnati, Ohio.

April 10, 2018 — Creighton University is now the steward of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible.

April 5, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. James E. Chambers, SJ, who died on April 3, 2018, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 93 years old. May he rest in peace.

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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