Robert W. Leiweke
Fr. Robert W. Leiweke, SJ
Bob's legacy is not in what he wrote, built, or "accomplished" but in how well he listened and how well he shared God’s love and encouragement with others.
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Robert W. Leiweke

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Robert W. Leiweke, SJ, who died on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, Wis. He was 89 years old, a Jesuit for 71 years, and a priest for 58 years.

Born in St. Louis on December 5, 1927, Bob attended grade school and high school in St. Louis and in Fairfield, Ill. and Springfield, Ill. before entering the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo. on August 8, 1945. He had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, Saint Louis University, and St. Mary's College. Bob was ordained a priest on June 18, 1958, made tertianship at Rathfarnham Castle in Dublin, Ireland, and professed his final vows on January 4, 1977. Although Bob entered and remained a member of the Missouri Province (now the USA Central and Southern Province) until his death, after regency all his assignments were in the Wisconsin Province, to which he was applied.

After regency (195254) at Regis High School in Denver, Bob spent many years in secondary education, as a religion teacher at Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis. (196573) and at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, where he was rector from 1973 to 1978. But he will be best remembered in his role as a very popular spiritual director — for the juniors at St. Bonifacius in Minnesota (196164), at Emmaus in Des Moines, Iowa (198082), in the Archdiocese of Omaha (198289), and in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee (19922010). In Milwaukee, Bob was a founding member of Marquette’s Center of Ignatian Spirituality. He also served as an assistant to the rectors of the Creighton University Jesuit Community (198991) and the Marquette University Jesuit Community (19922004). In 2010 Bob moved to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community, where he continued to do spiritual direction as long as his health permitted.

Bob was a holy, quiet, competent, supportive Jesuit whom people found it easy to trust and whose advice they found unfailingly wise. He was much beloved by his brother Jesuits and by the many, many religious and laypeople to whom he ministered. His legacy is not in what he wrote, built, or "accomplished" but in how well he listened and how well he shared God’s love and encouragement with others.

Read A Jesuit's Journey reflection about Fr. Leiweke.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 
5:30 p.m. 
San Camillo Chapel 
10200 W. Bluemound Road 
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Thursday, April 20, 2017 
7 p.m. 
San Camillo Chapel 
10200 W. Bluemound Road 
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
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April 12, 20179:29 PM
For many, many years you could bet that the first handmade birthday or anniversary card you or your family would receive would be from Father Bob. He must have had the most complete family Rolodex ever & I loved checking the mail for his cards. He was such a thoughtful person and so easy to talk with & very kind. Fr. Bob loved his community & family & we loved him! Loved you, Michael & Mary – Mary Walsh Leiweke

April 14, 201710:40 AM
Bob helped to form me and so many others, and never lost touch over the decades. His joyous zeal and love will never be forgotten. – Anonymous

April 14, 201711:08 AM
I will miss Fr. Bob. He was more than a cousin & friend. In the years past he would always sent a note around my birthday. He would often call to visit (along with his brother Dick and Dick’s wife Mary) when in town. He was always made it so easy to discuss anything. Despite his vast knowledge and education, he never made me feel inferior. He was a true Gentleman in or out of his Clerical Collar. I will miss his smile and gentle manor. He was short in stature, but he was a tall on listening, humility and caring. I pray that you will be standing with my Mother and Father welcoming me to His Kingdom. DanL. – Daniel Leiweke

April 14, 20177:52 PM
Father Leiweke was at Creighton Prep when I was in high school there in the 1970's. A wonderful man with a heart of gold. Always a kind word. He wore Birkenstock sandals with white socks. Cool long before it was cool. A life well led. God bless his memory. – Michael Coyle

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