Jonathan Haschka
Jonathan Haschka
Jonathan was a zealous Jesuit priest with the instincts and imagination of an artist. He also brought an unusual amount of energy and creativity to his long years of service as a minister, formator, and superior both in his home culture and in Africa.
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Jonathan Haschka

October 4, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Jonathan Haschka, SJ, who died on October 3, 2019, at the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 74 years old. May he rest in peace.

Jonathan is survived by four brothers, including David Haschka, S.J.

Born in Milwaukee on March 18, 1945, Jonathan attended Visitation Grade School in Minneapolis and Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, WI. He entered the Society on August 14, 1963, and had the usual Jesuit course of studies at Jesuit College, St. Bonifacius (MN) and St. Louis University. Jonathan was ordained on June 20, 1965, made tertianship in Omaha and pronounced his final vows on April 22, 1982.

Jonathan did regency at Creighton Prep in Omaha. After ordination he earned an M.F.A. degree from the University of Georgia and taught sculpture at Creighton University (1977-1985).  After serving three years as minister in the St. Paul Novitiate Jesuit Community and three years as minister in the Marquette University Jesuit Community, Jonathan began twenty years of service as a minister, local superior, and pastor in Africa—in Nairobi, Kenya (1991-2001) and Mwanza, Tanzania (2002-2011). He returned to the Wisconsin Province to serve as superior of the St. Camillus Jesuit Community (2011-2015) and remained in that community until his death.

Jonathan was a zealous Jesuit priest with the instincts and imagination of an artist. He produced numerous works of art during his years teaching sculpture at Creighton University. He also brought an unusual amount of energy and creativity to his long years of service as a minister, formator, and superior both in his home culture and in Africa. Jonathan loved spending time with his Jesuit brothers at Waupaca. He bore patiently some years of poor health that put limits on his ministry. Jonathan lived a simple but never a dull life. 

 

VISITATION

Monday, October 7, 2019
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Madonna della Strada Chapel
St. Camillus Jesuit Community
10201 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI

 

FUNERAL

Monday, October 7, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Madonna della Strada Chapel
St. Camillus Jesuit Community
10201 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI

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October 11, 20196:03 AM
I have only just heard this news, and I am sad to hear of Fr Jonathan's passing. I was a young volunteer with the British Jesuits in Mwanza in 2007 and got to know him well, fishing in Lake Victoria and talking about many things. He was an inspiration and one of a kind. I often think back fondly to time shared with him and the community there, and am sorry I didn't have the chance to see him again more recently. His work and his journey is done. May he rest in the loving peace of Christ – Martin Pickup

November 20, 20195:01 PM
Jonathon blessed our lives with his joy for life, his grounded spirituality, his sculptures, his banjo playing, and last, but not least, his Sven and Ole jokes! – Jack and Barbara Angus

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