Mark J. Link
Fr. Mark J. Link, SJ
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.
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Mark J. Link

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 (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 ScripturePath Through Catholicism, and The New Catholic Vision. The "2000" Series, which includes ChallengeVisionMissionActionBible, 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, a website which inspires young people to achieve their full human and spiritual potential. It continues today.

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


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April 20, 20175:48 PM
For me, Mark Link will always be a beacon of love, a ray of hope, and a never-ending inspiration to be the best person possible . He taught me these things through the fine example of his wonderful life. His constant and infectious smile was the simple embodiment of his loving soul. He freely gave this love, his life, to everyone who was fortunate enough to cross his path. He will not be forgotten. You walked with God while here on earth, and no doubt God walks with you now in the afterlife. – Craig LaSota

July 22, 20179:20 PM
One of the men I have loved in my lifetime...master teacher...superb person...lead me out of Roman Catholicism to Biblical Christianity though his writing. Can't wait to thank him in heaven. – RORY CLARK

August 06, 20174:09 PM
I came across his books in Argentina when I was a seminarian in the early eighties. Then, as a priest during 1992 I visited him in Canisious House, Evanston, Il if I'm not mistaken... He was most welcoming and cordial. I remember spending a wonderful morning speaking to him sharing experiences with EE given to the youth. In fact I was sharing my poor skills and getting a lot of hints from his huge experience and humanity, he gave me books, notes and what not. He was interested in our work in Argentina and Chile. I never saw him again. We exchange a couple of Xmas cards for maybe two years. That was all. But I still use his books, his meditations, his insights every now and then. A great priest, a great jesuit a very holy man. Now, after and long and fruitful life we are sure he's where he always hoped to be. – Fr. Roberto Jokanovic, o.m.v.

January 17, 20181:48 PM
I am a catholic Priest.I came to the USA in 1977. I discovered Father link in my search for relevant preaching material, all those years ago. .I found so much when I discovered him.His Vision, Action , Mission 2000, and others are still never far from me...Thanks – Michael gill

November 29, 20198:15 PM
I only met Father Link through his writings. His books project authentic relationship with Jesus, a relationship which he wants to share with the readers. I found his books to be among most inspirational ones I have ever read. I am very grateful for them. May Father Link rest in peace. – Gabriela Chan

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