Fr. Thomas H. Radloff, SJ
Fr. Thomas H. Radloff, SJ
Fr. Radloff loved Jesus and the Society of Jesus. His love of Christ helped him to be an incredibly gentle, loving, and attentive community member and priest. He was gracious to all he met and worked at nourishing and fostering friendships.
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Fr. Thomas H. Radloff, SJ

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Thomas H. Radloff, SJ, who died at 11:40 a.m. (EST) on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.

Fr. Radloff was born on February 11, 1930, in Cleveland. He entered the Society of Jesus on August 19, 1948, at Milford Novitiate in Milford, Ohio. He was ordained on July 15, 1961, at Colombiere College in Clarkston. He took final vows on August 22, 1977, in Detroit.

Fr. Radloff graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland before he entered the Society. 

While in the Society, he earned a bachelor's degree in arts and sciences (1953) and a master's degree in English (1958) from Loyola University Chicago. He also earned a master's degree in psychology from the University of Detroit (1976). In addition to these degrees and through coursework at Michigan State University, Fr. Radloff became a CMC Certified Marriage Counselor, a CSW Certified Social Worker, and a CLP Certified Limited Psychologist. 

During regency, Fr. Radloff taught Latin and English at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School (UDJHS). After completing his studies, he returned to UDJHS and spent 22 years there. At UDJHS, Fr. Radloff taught religion, was a student counselor and did many other jobs: director of alumni relations (1963-1965), campus minister (1965-1967), president (1967-1968), director of campus ministry (1968-1969), and director of student counseling (1969-1971). 

After a well-earned sabbatical, in 1988 Fr. Radloff moved to Ohio and was a retreat director at Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, Ohio (1988-1993). Fr. Radloff then spent two years as an assistant campus minister at UDJHS before, at the age of 65, moving to Rome where he was director of spiritual formation at the North American College in Rome (1995-2002). Fr. Radloff moved back to the States and was superior of the St. John's Jesuit High School Jesuit Community while he was the assistant to the vicar for priests for internal forum and spiritual director for priests in Diocese of Toledo (Ohio). Fr. Radloff moved to Colombiere Center in 2013, missioned to pray for the Church and the Society.

Fr. Radloff was a wonderful high school teacher who loved engaging students both inside and outside of the classroom. He preferred talking with the students and allowing them to come to their own conclusions rather than giving the "correct" answer. He was also was an excellent and well-sought student counselor, marriage counselor, and spiritual director. He listened attentively and with a welcoming attitude. His demeanor and presence fostered trust and openness in the person he was talking with. Through words and deeds, Fr. Radloff encouraged everyone to take responsibility for their actions and be a mature, caring adult. 

Fr. Radloff loved Jesus and the Society of Jesus. His love of Christ helped him to be an incredibly gentle, loving, and attentive community member and priest. He was gracious to all he met and worked at nourishing and fostering friendships. Fr. Radloff's friends visited him often and, de facto, became an extended family for him.

He was a great gift not only to the Society of Jesus but also to the worldwide Catholic Church. As the spiritual director for many priests who studied at the North American College in Rome or worked in the Diocese of Toledo, his guidance and care have influenced the thoughts and actions of many diocesan priests throughout the world.


Thursday, December 20, 2018
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wake Service 7:00 p.m.
Colombiere Center
9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI 48346

Funeral Mass

Friday, December 21, 2018
10:45 a.m.
Colombiere Center
9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI 48346 

Burial Service 

Immediately following the funeral 


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December 19, 20181:48 PM
Fr. Radloff will always be remembered not only as an excellent teacher but a wise advisor and counselor. He had a significant positive impact on all of us in the class of 1958 at UDJHS. With fond memories and respect. Jerry Fitzgerald – Gerald Fitzgerald

December 20, 20187:43 PM
Fr. Radloff, You will be deeply missed by our family. So many great memories over the last 40+ years. You always knew how to brighten a room! Thank you for always looking out for us and keeping us in your prayers. You were one of a kind! The Gallant Family – John and Julie Gallant

December 21, 201811:09 AM
I just found out moments ago (12/21/18), while in Spain, that Fr. Radloff passed away. I knew he was soon to pass and be with Jesus thanks to Father Canfield calling me to let me know that I needed to come and visit him in Michigan. So glad that we got to spend a great day together, have dinner together and even go shopping together. I met Fr. Radloff 51 years ago at the UDHS open house.December 1967, one year after my father died. Fr. Radloff was way more than a teacher to me, he was my father in the full sense of the word and his impact on my life is enormous and is with me daily. I am happy that he is now at peace and in the presence of our Lord. “You are good Stuff” is something I can always hear him saying, as well as teasing and saying “You dont have to be snotty about it!” And catching me off guard. As the song from Wicked goes, “ people come into out lives for a reason. Bringing something we must learn... I know I’m who I am today because I knew you. Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.” Thank you Father. I know we will be together again. – Joseph Fasi II

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