Fr. John F. Pennington, SJ
Throughout his Jesuit life, John was a teacher, chaplain, and a writer. He taught the Philosophy of Man at Xavier University, where he also did research on Beethoven and his philosophy of suffering. His long service as night chaplain to patients and medical staff at Loyola University Medical Center was highly valued; he spent 2 years writing on the ethics of compassion.
In Memoriam: Fr. John F. Pennington, SJ
Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John F. Pennington, SJ, who died Friday, March 27, 2015, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 78 years old. May he rest in peace.
John was born on March 14, 1937, in Evanston, Illinois. He entered the Society of Jesus on August 8, 1959, at Milford Novitiate in Milford, Ohio. He was ordained on June 11, 1970 at St. Joseph Church in Aurora, Illinois, and took final vows on August 6, 1995 at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois.
John graduated from Loyola Academy in 1954. In 1958 he obtained a Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree from Xavier University. The H.A.B. program, Xavier University's first and oldest honors program, emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of philosophy and the classics. After entering the Society, John obtained a Master's Degree (1967) and a Master's of Divinity Degree (1971) from Loyola University Chicago. He studied music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, for one year (1970-1971). He obtained a Ph.D. in Aesthetics from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York (1985).
Throughout his Jesuit life, John was a teacher, chaplain, and a writer. During regency he taught at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati (1963-1966). After ordination, John taught religion at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis (1971-1974). He did special studies in aesthetics at Syracuse University (1974-1981). He taught the Philosophy of Man at Xavier University (1981-1984). John did research at Xavier University on Beethoven and his philosophy of suffering (1984-1987).
In 1987, John participated in a year of CPE at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut (1987-1988). He then did CPE residency at the University of Chicago (1988-1989). He was a chaplain at Loyola University Medical Center (1989-1994) where his long service as night chaplain to patients and medical staff was highly valued. From 1995-2002 John was the director of Catholic Chaplains at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He spent 2 years writing on the ethics of compassion. He returned to chaplaincy in 2004 at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota. In 2007, John moved to Colombiere where he continued writing until his health prevented him from doing so.