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In Memoriam: Midwest Jesuits - Summer 2019


We give thanks for the following Jesuits who have gone home to God.

Fr. M. Joseph Casey, SJ
July 6, 1936 – March 8, 2019

“Joe had three great loves in his life: Jesus (and the Society of Jesus), teaching French, and playing bridge. His jovial attitude, wide smile, and care for others helped him to make friends easily.” 

French and Latin teacher and chaplain of the Sodality at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago; French teacher, director of religious activities, rector of the Jesuit community, and president at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis; associate pastor of St. Xavier Church in Cincinnati.

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Fr. Daniel L. Flaherty, SJ
July 29, 1929 – February 13, 2019

“Dan’s energy, vision, and love of the Gospel were marvelous to behold. Dan was often moved to tears when he celebrated the Eucharist with great devotion. He and Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, had a special relationship during Dan’s provincialate, and, when Don Pedro died in 1991, Dan travelled to Rome to attend his funeral.” 

Provincial and treasurer of the former Chicago Province; Latin and Greek teacher at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago; book editor, executive editor, and business manager at America magazine; executive editor of Loyola Press; chairman of the Catholic Book Club board.

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Fr. Philip J. Grib, SJ
April 27, 1938 – February 8, 2019

“Phil was a kind and empathetic man and a very devoted friend. These qualities helped him to be beloved by the parishioners he ministered to (especially at St. Eugene’s Parish) and by the priests and staff he worked with.” 

US history and English teacher at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill.; law and moral theology professor and campus minister at Loyola University Chicago; associate pastor at St. Constance Parish in Chicago and at St. Eugene Parish in Chicago.

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Fr. Theodore Hottinger, SJ
March 3, 1932 – April 22, 2019

“Ted will be remembered by thousands of parishioners, many of them poor, for his kindness and pastoral zeal. He had a booming voice, worked hard and enthusiastically, but was a gentle pastor and a faithful Jesuit priest and companion.”

Teacher at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee; teacher at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis.; associate pastor and pastor at St. Benedict’s Church in Omaha; minister to Native Americans at Our Lady of Sorrows in Kyle, S.D., and St. Isaac Jogues in Rapid City, South Dakota; associate pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Mankato, Minn.

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Recent News

November 13, 2019 — The Creighton Prep Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Fr. Matthew Spotts, SJ, as the school’s 34th president.

November 6, 2019 — On October 19, Midwest Jesuit Joshua Peters, SJ, along with four other Jesuits, was ordained to the diaconate in Moraga, California,

November 4, 2019 — Ignatian communities are embracing the Jesuit Provincials’ call to walk in solidarity with migrants and asylum seekers.

November 1, 2019 — A ceremonial groundbreaking for its new campus in Phoenix was held last month.

October 29, 2019 — Father Vu, a Vietnamese immigrant and recently ordained Jesuit priest, speaks seven languages, is trained as a paramedic, and is preparing to become a doctor.

October 28, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Jerome F. Treacy, SJ, who died on October 23, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 90 years old. May he rest in peace.

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