Fr. Jonas' words of gratitude speak for all the men at St. Camillus Jesuit Community. "We're very grateful. It’s wonderful that we’re coming home to be with each other. We’re of one heart and mind here and they take good care of us."
A Jesuit's Journey: Fr. Larry Jonas, SJ
Born: March 5, 1921
Died: June 5, 2015
July 26, 2012 - Fr. Jonas was born in
Stevens Point, Wis., and after serving in World War II, he attended Marquette
University on the GI Bill and graduated in 1949 with a degree in
accounting. After entering the Jesuits that year, he was ordained in
Over the years Fr. Jonas has taught at Creighton
Prep and Marquette
University High School and served in school administration at Holy Rosary Mission
and Creighton University.
He served as a retreat director for more than 15 years. and since1986, he has been involved in pastoral ministry. For the last 12 years, he has been at Gesu Church in Milwaukee, where he is known as the
“Minister of Presence” due to his enthusiasm for meeting and greeting his
He recently joined other World War II veterans on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington DC for a guided tour of the WWII
monuments. The experience provided a wonderful insight for him of what
Heaven must be like. (See
“My Idea of Heaven”)
“My Idea of Heaven” Fr.
Jonas shared the following reflection of his Honor Flight trip experience.
"It felt like
family. I figure that’s what heaven is like – everybody is of one mind
and heart. We felt the togetherness even though we (the veterans) didn’t
serve together. And the people at the airports just amazed us. They
were really grateful for our service, and showed it in the way they were
cheering. The unity, friendship,
family spirit – the joyous welcome and happy homecoming – that’s my idea of
Fr. Lawrence A. Jonas, SJ, was called to eternal life on June 5, 2015.
October 21, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Edward J. Mattimoe, SJ, who died on October 20, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 85 years old. May he rest in peace.
October 16, 2019 - Having converted to Catholicism when I was 17, I had toyed with the idea of the priesthood and religious life for some years, but my discernment had grown much more serious of late. And while my attraction to the priesthood was sincere, so was my aversion to being a parish priest. I enjoyed academics, and I wanted to teach.
October 15, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John V. White, SJ, who died on October 12, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 90 years old. May he rest in peace.
October 11, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life Fr. Raymond C. Baumhart, SJ, who died on October 10, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 95 years old. May he rest in peace.