In Memoriam: Midwest Jesuits - Fall/Winter 2019

We give thanks for the following Jesuits who have gone home to God.

Fr. Richard W. Anderson, SJ

December 28, 1934 – August 10, 2019

“Dick loved Jesus Christ and eagerly encouraged others to encounter Jesus in their lives and ministries.”

Latin teacher and director of 19th Annotation retreats to staff at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati; religion teacher at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill.; spiritual director at the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago; staff at the Claret Center and Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago; chaplain at Loyola University Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center; campus ministry at Loyola University Chicago; staff at Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies in Chicago; provincial assistant for spiritual renewal in Chicago; superior of Loyola University Chicago’s Arrupe House Jesuit Community; staff at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio; superior of the Cincinnati Jesuit Community; chaplain to faculty and staff at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.

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Fr. James E. Fitzgerald, SJ

June 9, 1935 – September 12, 2019

“Jim was loquacious and eager to engage others in conversation. He was a man of prayer and a gracious community member.”

History teacher at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis.; advancement professional at Creighton University in Omaha and Marquette University in Milwaukee.

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Fr. Jonathan Haschka, SJ

March 18, 1945 – October 3, 2019

“Jonathan was a zealous Jesuit priest with the instincts and imagination of an artist.”

Sculpture teacher at Creighton University in Omaha; minister at the St. Paul Novitiate Jesuit Community and the Marquette University Jesuit Community in Milwaukee; minister, local superior, and pastor in Nairobi, Kenya, and Mwanza, Tanzania; superior at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wis.

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Fr. John J. Kilgallen, SJ

January 29, 1934 – June 27, 2019

“Just like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, Jack’s understanding and friendship with the Risen Christ were deepened as he shared his thoughts and life with his Jesuit brothers.”

Latin and Greek teacher at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland; professor of theology at Loyola University Chicago; director and academic dean at Loyola University Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center; professor of theology at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.

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Fr. James H. Ryan, SJ

January 1, 1937 – July 25, 2019

“He was a faithful Jesuit priest: a quiet man, a good listener and counselor, a steady presence in community.”

Educator and superior of the Jesuit community at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee; educator at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis., and Boston College High School; pastoral ministry in South Dakota at the St. Isaac Jogues Church in Rapid City, St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, and Holy Rosary Mission on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; retreat ministry in Omaha; superior of the Creighton Prep Jesuit Community in Omaha.

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Br. Robert W. Schneider, SJ

May 17, 1938 – September 14, 2019

“Most often, Bob had a huge smile on his face when he was with his friends or when he was basking in the warmth of the sun in the community garden.”

Worked in assistant principal’s office at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati; worked in dean’s office at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago; campus ministry at Xavier University in Cincinnati; house manager for the Jesuit Renewal Center (now the Jesuit Spiritual Center) in Milford, Ohio; assistant to the president and bookstore manager at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis; minister of the Kentucky Jesuit Mission Community in Lexington; business manager at Holy Family Church in Chicago; minister of Arrupe House at Loyola University Chicago; support professional working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Misericordia: Heart of Mercy in Chicago; minister of the Loyola Academy Jesuit Community in Wilmette, Ill.; minister of the Saint Ignatius College Prep Jesuit Community in Chicago; nurse’s aide at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich.; volunteer at Faber House Jesuit Community in Cincinnati.

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Fr. Robert C. Thul, SJ

April 3, 1930 – August 25, 2019

“Bob’s life as a Jesuit was a wonderful example of how to live as a Jesuit. His profound love of Jesus and his deep prayer life were apparent to everyone he encountered.”

Math teacher at University of Detroit Jesuit High School, St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Colegio San José in Arequipa, Peru, and Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago; pastoral ministry in Lexington, Kentucky, and at St. Xavier Church in Cincinnati.

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In Memoriam: Fr. Raymond C. Baumhart, SJ 

December 22, 1923 – October 10, 2019

Father Raymond Baumhart, SJ, was the 21st and longest-serving president of Loyola University Chicago (1970-1993). His tenure saw the university grow in both enrollment and physical space. When Ray was elected president, Loyola University owned 31 buildings and when he left office, the university owned 83 buildings. Flanner Hall, Maguire Hall, Halas Sports Center, and the Crown Center are four examples of campus buildings constructed during his presidency. Prior to his presidency, he served as executive vice president and acting vice president of Loyola’s Medical Center. He had a major hand in the 1969 opening of the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. Ray was greatly admired and respected by colleagues and counterparts alike for his insights, strategic planning, and gentle but direct capacity for making decisions, large and small. He was a very effective mentor to many younger Jesuits as they prepared for or began their administrative service to the Society or in one of our apostolic works. In all of his jobs and ministries, Ray humbly practiced servant leadership and encouraged, and empowered, others to do the same. May he rest in peace.

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