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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. Donald H. Bengert, SJ, who died on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Mich. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.
Don was born on September 16, 1926, in Evansville, Indiana. He entered the Society of Jesus on March 11, 1956 at Milford Novitiate in Milford, Ohio; he took final vows on August 15, 1966 at Bellarmine School of Theology in North Aurora, Illinois.
Don was in the Army from 1945-1946. Before entering the Society, he studied at St. John's Seminary in Little Rock, Arkansas (1947-1950) and St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana (Sept. - Dec. 1950). He was a Journeyman in the Sheet Metal Workers Union; in the Society, Don was trained as an infirmarian in the novitiate. He attended St. Francis Central School of Practical Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio, and became a licensed practical nurse (1970-1971). He then studied nursing at Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Cincinnati and became a registered nurse (1972-1975).
Don used his nursing skills throughout his Jesuit life to care for others - both within and outside the Society. He was the infirmarian at Milford Novitiate (1960-1963), West Baden College in West Baden, Indiana (1963-1964), and Bellarmine School of Theology in North Aurora, Illinois (1964-1968). Don then used his nursing skills at Xavier University's Student Health Center (1968-1983) and as a home visitor to the elderly for Dominican Community Services in Cincinnati (1983-1987). He performed social ministry at St. John Social Service Center in Cincinnati (1987-2013).