In Memoriam
Just like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, Jack's understanding and friendship with the Risen Christ were deepened as he shared his thoughts and life with his Jesuit brothers.
In Memoriam: Fr. John J. Kilgallen, SJ

June 29, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother Fr. John J. Kilgallen, S.J., who was called to eternal life on June 27, 2019. Jack died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was eighty-five years old, a Jesuit for sixty-six years, and a priest for fifty-four years.

Born in Chicago, Jack graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep in 1952. He did his novitiate and juniorate at Milford (1952-1956) before studying Philosophy at West Baden College and earning a Licentiate in Philosophy (1959). He earned Master's Degrees in Greek and Latin (1961) from Loyola University Chicago (LUC) and a S.T.L. from Bellarmine School of Theology (1966). He earned his doctorate in Scripture (1974) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute.

During Regency, Jack taught Latin and Greek at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. After doctoral studies, Jack was a professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago (1973-1979; 1982-1988) and Director and Academic Dean at LUC's Rome Center (1979-1982).

In 1988, Jack returned to Rome where he was a professor of Theology at the Pontifical Biblical Institute (1988-2009). Over two academic years, Jack would spend three semesters teaching in Rome and then one semester teaching at LUC in Chicago.

Jack returned to Chicago full-time in 2009 where he taught Theology at LUC. In May 2019, Jack moved to St. Camillus because of health issues.

As a teacher, Jack helped countless people better understand the scriptures. In addition to classroom teaching he taught many people through the books he authored. He wrote: A New Testament Guide to the Holy Land; commentaries on the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and John; Twenty Parables of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke; and Understanding Sunday Gospels.

For many years, Jack prepared a well-regarded and extensively distributed exegetical article each week for the Sunday Gospels. By popular demand, he expanded it to include the Sunday epistle readings. These will surely be missed by numerous homily preparers.

Jack had a great love of Caravaggio's paintings and experienced God in them. When Jack would "roam Rome", he intentionally planned his route to stop in churches and spend time praying with paintings by Caravaggio. Jack also enjoyed his daily constitutionals with Jesuit friends. Just like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, Jack's understanding and friendship with the Risen Christ were deepened as he shared his thoughts and life with his Jesuit brothers.


VISITATION

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
9:00 a.m.
Madonna della Strada Chapel
Loyola University Chicago
6453 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60660



FUNERAL

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Madonna della Strada Chapel
Loyola University Chicago
6453 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60660








Recent News

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.

June 4, 2019 — All 85 graduates will be continuing on with higher education—and all are the first generation in their family to do so.

May 29, 2019 — Cristo Rey alum Cesar Muñoz ('07) has been named the founding principal for Cristo Rey Miami High School.

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.