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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. George R. Menke, SJ, who was called to eternal life on June 15, 2018. George died at the Brebeuf Jesuit Community in Indianapolis. He was 75 years old, a Jesuit for fifty-seven years, and a priest for over forty years.
Born in Cincinnati on August 31, 1942, George graduated from St. Xavier High School before entering the Society on August 8, 1960, at Milford, Ohio. He had the usual Jesuit course of studies - novitiate and Juniorate in Milford, philosophy studies at the Bellarmine School of Theology in North Aurora, Ill, and theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago. George was ordained on June 7, 1975, made tertianship in 1985, and pronounced his final vows on May 4, 1989, at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.
George taught Spanish at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago during Regency (1967-1971) and after his ordination (1975-1997). In 1997, George moved to Indianapolis and worked at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School until his death. He had many duties at Brebeuf over the years: Administrative Assistant to the president (1997-2000); teacher of Spanish and Social Justice (1998-2000); Special Assistant to the Development Director (2000-2006); Assistant in Campus Ministry (2004-2018); and Special Assistant to the Principal (2007-2018).
In addition to his love of teaching Spanish and Social Justice courses, George enjoyed tutoring students in Spanish. He also was devoted to the spiritual and service dimensions of students' lives and frequently was an attendee on school retreats and service trips, and a student chaplain. George was able to use his diverse talents to help Brebeuf by working on the schools' databases, in the school's Business Office, driving school buses, and volunteering for school athletic events. George truly was devoted to Brebeuf and its students and will be missed by the entire school community.
Wake and Funeral Mass:
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Wake: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Funeral Mass: 11:00 a.m.
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
2801 W. 86th St
Indianapolis, IN 46268-1926
Noon in the Efroymson Auditorium at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
Calvary Cemetery (435 W Troy Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46225) immediately following the reception.