Roland was a multi-talented, extremely disciplined Jesuit who focused his ministry on becoming a productive teacher and scholar in the best Jesuit tradition. Although he did not find writing easy as a young scholar, he eventually published a prodigious amount of high-quality material.
In Memoriam: Fr. Roland J. Teske, SJ
Let us pray in
thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Roland J. Teske, SJ, who died at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wis., on May 18, 2015. He was 80 years old, a Jesuit for 62 years, and a priest
for 49 years, a month shy of his golden jubilee. May he rest in peace.
Born in Milwaukee, Wis. on October 29, 1934, Roland attended
Mother of Good Counsel Grade School and Marquette University High School before
entering the Society of Jesus at Florissant, Mo., on August 8, 1952. He helped open
the new novitiate in Oshkosh, Wis., and made vows there. He completed his Jesuit studies at St. Stanislaus, Saint Louis University, and St.
Mary's College. Roland was ordained on June 8, 1965 and made tertianship
in Drongen, Belgium. He pronounced his final vows on February 2, 1974.
As a regent, Roland taught at Campion Jesuit High School in
Prairie du Chien, Wis. After he completed doctoral studies in philosophy
at the University of Toronto in 1974, he spent all his years of active ministry
in higher education, becoming an established, much-published scholar in several
areas of the history of philosophy. He began teaching at Marquette
University in 1970 and directed the Honors Program in the late
1970s. He continued to teach and write there, even after he was named
professor emeritus of philosophy almost 40 years later in 2008. In
2014, declining health led to his move to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community.
Roland was a multi-talented, extremely disciplined Jesuit
who focused his ministry on becoming a productive teacher and scholar in the
best Jesuit tradition. Although he did not find writing easy as a young scholar, he eventually published a prodigious amount of high-quality
material, with special attention to Augustine and some medieval Augustinians. He related well to his students and was an active contributor to the life of
the Marquette University Jesuit Community. He was a steady man
and a good Jesuit.
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