In Memoriam: Midwest Jesuits - Spring 2020

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

Fr. John V. White, SJ

September 23, 1929 – October 12, 2019

“Jack had a deep love of Christ and the Society of Jesus. He was a good listener and was able to put people at ease—they felt welcomed and appreciated in Jack’s presence.”

Math teacher, parent chaplain, and staff at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland; student counselor, math teacher, and religion teacher at St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio; retreat director at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich.; student counselor at University of Detroit Jesuit High School; director and campus minister at John Carroll University in Cleveland; vocation director and provincial assistant for pastoral ministry for the former Detroit Province; pastor of Gesu Parish in University Heights, Ohio; rector of the St. Ignatius Jesuit Community in Cleveland; director and staff member of the Mission and Identity team and director of the Spirituality Program for Adults at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Fr. Edward J. Mattimoe, SJ

April 8, 1934 – October 20, 2019

“Ned was a quiet, multi-talented Jesuit priest. He was a good preacher who always sought fresh ways of presenting and sharing the Good News.”

English and speech teacher at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago; English and art history teacher, associate principal, and principal at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; provincial consultant for high schools and provincial assistant for secondary education and formation for the former Detroit Province; founding editor of Company magazine; associate editor of America; priest-in-residence at St. Patrick Parish in Huntington, N.Y.

Fr. Casimir R. Bukala, SJ

July 14, 1931 – October 23, 2019

“Casey loved Jesus, was a devoted priest, and encouraged others to find God in their lives. He loved teaching—especially philosophy—and helped countless young men and women learn how to think clearly.”

English and religion teacher at University of Detroit Jesuit High School; philosophy professor and chaplain at John Carroll University in Cleveland; creator of an “Ethics of Forgiveness” class and the Bukala Forgiveness Initiative at

Fr. Jerome F. Treacy, SJ

November 22, 1928 – October 23, 2019

“Jerry was a gentle, welcoming man who greeted people with a smile and enjoyed conversing with them at socials, meals, and in the rec room.”

Religion and math teacher at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland; math teacher at Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Ky.; math professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati; chaplain at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati; writer.

Fr. Robert J. Bueter, SJ

July 2, 1942 – December 2, 2019

“Whether at America magazine or working with Lumen Christi, whether teaching at Loyola Academy or Xavier University, whether leading a school or caring for his Jesuit brothers as minister or superior, Bob engaged people with passion and vision.”

Religion teacher, chair of the religion department, assistant to the president, and track coach at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill.; editor at National Jesuit News; principal at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago; associate editor at America magazine; assistant to the president at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati; vice president for development at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis; principal, assistant to the president, and president at Lexington Catholic High School in Lexington, Ky.; acting superior of Woodlawn Jesuit Community in Chicago; associate director of the Lumen Christi Institute in Chicago; minister of the Saint Ignatius College Prep Jesuit Community in Chicago; associate director of the Center of Catholic Education and adjunct professor of education at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Br. Henry C. Kuhn, SJ

February 19, 1934 – January 5, 2020

“Hank was practical, down-to-earth, and honest. He always told the truth and ‘told it like it was.’ This attitude helped others to quickly trust and respect him.”

Junior Brother and assistant gardener at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio; superintendent of grounds, volunteer, and minister at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich.; superintendent of grounds at Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma, Ohio; assistant superintendent and superintendent of grounds at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; minister and socius to the novice director at Loyola House Jesuit Novitiate in Berkley, Mich.; campus minister at University of Detroit Mercy.

Fr. William J. Kidd, SJ

August 29, 1933 – March 3, 2020

“Bill was a good companion to those who got to know him. He was proud to be a Jesuit.”

Regent at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in S.Dak.; math teacher at Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis.; treasurer at Creighton Prep in Omaha; assistant in the finance office, associate director of institution research, network consultant, and technical support specialist at Marquette University in Milwaukee; assistant to the treasurer at the former Wisconsin Province.

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