Fr. George R. Menke, SJ
Fr. George R. Menke, SJ
George truly was devoted to Brebeuf and its students and will be missed by the entire school community.
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Fr. George R. Menke, SJ

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. George R. Menke, SJ, who was called to eternal life on June 15, 2018. George died at the Brebeuf Jesuit Community in Indianapolis. He was 75 years old, a Jesuit for fifty-seven years, and a priest for over forty years.

Born in Cincinnati on August 31, 1942, George graduated from St. Xavier High School before entering the Society on August 8, 1960, at Milford, Ohio. He had the usual Jesuit course of studies - novitiate and Juniorate in Milford, philosophy studies at the Bellarmine School of Theology in North Aurora, Ill, and theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago. George was ordained on June 7, 1975, made tertianship in 1985, and pronounced his final vows on May 4, 1989, at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.

George taught Spanish at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago during Regency (1967-1971) and after his ordination (1975-1997). In 1997, George moved to Indianapolis and worked at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School until his death. He had many duties at Brebeuf over the years: Administrative Assistant to the president (1997-2000); teacher of Spanish and Social Justice (1998-2000); Special Assistant to the Development Director (2000-2006); Assistant in Campus Ministry (2004-2018); and Special Assistant to the Principal (2007-2018).

In addition to his love of teaching Spanish and Social Justice courses, George enjoyed tutoring students in Spanish. He also was devoted to the spiritual and service dimensions of students' lives and frequently was an attendee on school retreats and service trips, and a student chaplain. George was able to use his diverse talents to help Brebeuf by working on the schools' databases, in the school's Business Office, driving school buses, and volunteering for school athletic events. George truly was devoted to Brebeuf and its students and will be missed by the entire school community.

Wake and Funeral Mass:

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Wake:  9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Funeral Mass:  11:00 a.m.
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
2801 W. 86th St
Indianapolis, IN  46268-1926

Noon in the Efroymson Auditorium at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

Calvary Cemetery (435 W Troy Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46225) immediately following the reception.



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June 19, 20186:50 AM
Father George was one of my best friends while I taught at Brebeuf. He will be greatly missed. RIP, my friend. Godspeed! – Anonymous

June 19, 201812:44 PM
Fr. George was a part of my support system when I was interim president of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School 1999-2000. I loved his wry sense of humor and relied on his computer talents with our donor database. He will be missed!! – Ann W King

June 19, 20181:05 PM
Fr. George was a gentle soul who moved through our imperfect world with a smile on his face and a fire in his heart. His devotion to his faith and his passion for justice were inspirations to me as we worked together at Brebeuf Jesuit for so many years. He will be missed and the world is diminished now that he is no longer in it. I hope they have ice cream in heaven for him! – Anonymous

June 19, 20181:52 PM
Padre lived a great life. I had the pleasure to lead Kairos with him my Senior Year at Brebeuf. His calming and spiritual presence often reminded me to take a step back from my busy life and apprieciate the Glory of God. He will always hold a place in my heart and will always be a part of K85. Rest In Peace, Padre, I know you are in good hands. – Emma Strenski

June 19, 20182:22 PM
Padre, you will be much missed by so many colleagues and students with whom you have worked over the years. I soo enjoyed our luncheon discussions and facebook shares since my retirement. You were a true inspiration and advocate for all forms of social justice that I continually admired for the many years we shared at Brebeuf. May you rest in eternal peace as you deserve. Love.... Joe Cancilla – Joseph Cancilla

June 19, 20185:23 PM
It’s people like Padre who made Brebeuf such a special place. Rip Padre. No words can truly describe how much you’ll be missed. – The Du Family

June 19, 20185:36 PM
Padre was truly a priest for others. I served on several committees with him and he drove one of our busses for the football team along with serving on the chain gang. He was loved and respected by everyone at Brebeuf and will be missed more than he would ever have known. Rest in piece, Padre. – Steve Underhill

June 20, 201812:17 AM
I will miss “Padre” dearly. He was always so kind to me, and his genuine goodness glowed from within and lifted my spirits every time I saw or talked with him. May God welcome him home. – Karen Beck

June 20, 201812:38 AM
My favorite class was Fr. Menke’s spanish class. Although my favorite memory of him was from our class trip to Quetico. Fr. Menke and Fr. Busmeyer shared a way for us to bond through nature and teamwork. A memorable trip with truly altruistic men. RIP Padre – Kelly McNee

June 20, 20182:12 AM
Father George was one special person of the many that touched my life at Brebeuf. He had the gentle soul, warm heart and inquisitive mind that embodied Jesuit teaching. Long after leaving Brebeuf, not attending church for a time, my wife and I explored getting married in the Catholic Church and we needed to find a priest. Even though he didn’t do much pastoral work, immediately my mind went to Father George. Eight years after graduation, without much communication, who was the priest in my life? Father George. His spirit lives in many of us in the Brebeuf Community. I’ll miss you Father George. – Danny Mallon

June 20, 20185:50 AM
Fr George wore many hats at Brebeuf but was always kind and loved the school and it’s students. Huge loss for BJPS ??I’m Grateful my kids got to go to Brebeuf. – Linda Kristoff

June 21, 20189:15 AM
In 1968 I was a student in Mr. Menke's Spanish class at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago . He was a young teacher back then but he came across as very confident in his role. I remember him fondly and may he rest in peace. – Raymond Dattoli

June 21, 201811:12 AM
I was at St. Ignatius for all the years that Fr. Menke taught there. He was very dedicated to his teaching Spanish and the many ways he helped students and his fellow teachers. He was ever ready to help out driving the busses and helping at various sports event. He was a very humble and dedicated Jesuit. R.I.P. – Donald Hoffman

June 21, 20189:51 PM
Padre, I am sorry for you loss to us. I enjoyed our each and every encounter through the years at lunch's and facebook encounters. You were always a positive and compassionate man of true character who touched so many lives throughout your many years at Brebeuf and beyond. May you eternally rest in peace as your peace has proceeded you..... – Joe Cancilla

June 22, 20187:14 PM
Padre: it was a distinct honor to teach the Social Justice classes with you. It was a joy to design the games and exercises for our students and to give them concrete opportunities to explore what it meant to be a person for others. I really enjoyed the round of golf we played last week and dinner at our house. I talked to you often today as I golfed. – Larry Daly

June 28, 201810:54 AM
I was sad to see the Chicago tribune notice that George had died - we were friends at SICP for 15 years. His greatest gift to me was taking me several times to Columbine in MI to visit Jim Comdon, SJ are road trips were the best. We did Kairos retreats, always helped with the Walk, everything we did Together was fun. he’s on my thoughts and prayers. – Jacquelynn Michicich

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