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2018 Jubilarians: Society of Jesus (Jesuits) (SJ)

Father Steven Hawkes-Teeples; Father Michael May; Brother John Fava; Father Albert Rotola; Father John Willmering; Father Louis McCabe; Father Michael Tueth; Brother Henry Welch; Father Francis Brennan; Father James Sebesta; Father James Swetnam; Father John McCarthy; Father James Short; Father Robert Bosken; Father Leo Weber

25th ordination

FATHER STEVEN HAWKES-TEEPLES

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Birthplace: Riverside, Calif.

Entrance: 1982

Ordination: 1993 at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in St. Louis.

Education: Bachelor’s in French literature, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1975

Master’s in French literature, University of Texas, 1982

Bachelor of sacred theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1991

Intensive German language study, Wiener Internationale Hochschule (University of Vienna), Vienna, Austria, 1991-92

Licentiate of Eastern Church Studies (S.E.O.L.), specialization: theology and history of liturgy, Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, 1995

Doctorate of Eastern Church Studies (S.E.O.D.), specialization: theology and history of liturgy, Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, 1998

Service in the archdiocese: Theology teacher, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, 2012-15

Chaplain, Loyola Academy, St. Louis, 2015-17

Service outside the archdiocese: Assistant professor of foreign languages, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo., 1986-88

Assistant professor of religious studies, Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y., 1997-99

Theology lecturer, Regis College, Toronto, 1999-2001

Teacher of liturgy, Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome, 2001-12

About Father Steven Hawkes-Teeples: Especially since entering the Society, he has focused his life and work on the Eastern Christian Churches. Most of his pastoral work has been in the Ruthenian Church, of which he became a member in 2011. He was director of the U.S. Ruthenian Diaconate Training program in Pittsburgh, 1997-2001. He is currently part of the pastoral team at the St. Louis Ruthenian Catholic mission. He has had a lifelong fascination with foreign languages, especially Welsh and the other five Celtic languages. He writes for the Esperanto program of Vatican Radio and serves as pastoral minister and writer-in-residence at the Jesuit Hall Community in St. Louis.

FATHER MICHAEL MAY

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Birthplace: Montclair, N.J.

Entrance: 1976

Ordination: 1993, St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, St. Louis.

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1981

Doctorate in mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, 1988

Master of divinity in theology, Weston Jesuit Community, Weston, Mass., 1993

Service in the archdiocese: Mathematics teacher, Saint Louis University, 1988-89; 1993-present

About Father Michael May: He has twice served as chair of the mathematics department and interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He was a visiting scholar at Brown University, Providence, R.I., 2011-12.

50th entrance

BROTHER JOHN FAVA

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1968

Ordination: Ordained a permanent deacon in 1984, Regis University, Denver

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1973

Master’s in Spanish, Saint Louis University, 1977

Permanent diaconate program, St. Thomas Seminary, Denver, 1983-84

Service in the archdiocese: Spanish teacher, St. Louis University High School, 1973-74

Minister, White House Jesuit Retreat Center, 2002-15

Assistant to the minister, Jesuit Hall (SLU), 2016–present

Service outside the archdiocese: Spanish teacher, Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, Colo., 1975-93; 1994-96

Spanish teacher, St. John’s College, Belize City, Belize, 1974-75

Chaplain for Denver Police Department, 1988-2001

Parish internship, Mount Carmel Parish, Pueblo, Colo., 1996-97

Minister and bookkeeper, Xavier Jesuit Center in Denver, 1997-2001

About Brother John Fava: Brother Fava has served as chaplain for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department since 2003, and the chaplain for the SLU Department of Public Safety since 2016. He enjoys fishing and thanks God daily for his vocation to the Jesuit brotherhood.

50th ordination

FATHER ALBERT ROTOLA

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Birthplace: Denver,

Entrance: 1955

Ordination: 1968, Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Denver

Education: Bachelor’s in Greek and Latin, Saint Louis University, 1961

Master’s in Greek and Latin, Saint Louis University, 1964

Master’s in history and dogma, Saint Louis University, 1969

Master’s in music history, Colorado University, Boulder, 1973

Doctorate in musicology, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1984

Service in the archdiocese: Greek teacher, St. Louis University High School, 1962-65

Music teacher, Saint Louis University, 1972-79; 1984-98; 2003-17

Assistant in undergraduate admissions, Saint Louis University, 2008-17

About Father Albert Rotola: He currently serves as pastoral minister at the Jesuit Hall Community, Saint Louis University and was assistant rector of the community, 1998-2003. He was also superior of the Fusz Pavilion, the Jesuit community nursing facility, Jesuit Hall, from 1998 to 2003.

FATHER JOHN WILLMERING

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1955

Ordination: 1968, St. Louis Cathedral, St. Louis

Education: Bachelor’s in Latin, Saint Louis University, 1961

Master’s in Latin, Saint Louis University, 1962

Licentiate in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1962

Licentiate in sacred theology, Saint Louis University, 1969

Service outside the archdiocese: Latin teacher, Kapaun High School, Wichita, Kan., 1962-63

Latin, history and English teacher, St. John’s College, Belize City, Belize, 1962-65

Director of catechists, 1969-73, and administrator and missionary, Morazán, the Yoro Mission, El Progreso, Yoro, Honduras, 1974-79

Mission superior, El Progreso, Yoro, Honduras, 1979-82

Assistant pastor, Casa Cural, Yoro, Honduras, 1983-89

Missionary, Olanchito, Honduras, 1991-97

Assistant pastor, Casa Cural, El Negrito, Yoro, Honduras, 1998-2000

Assistant pastor, Casa Cural, Yoro, Honduras, 2000-2017

About Father John Willmering: Father Willmering recently returned to his hometown after many years as a missionary in Honduras. He resides at the Jesuit Hall Community at Saint Louis University.

60th entrance

FATHER LOUIS MCCABE

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Birthplace: Chicago

Entrance: 1958

Ordination: 1971, Denver Cathedral in Denver

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash., 1964

Licentiate in philosophy, Mt. St. Michael’s, Spokane, 1965

Master’s in French, McGill University, Montreal, 1971

Master of divinity in theology, Saint Louis University, 1972

Service in the archdiocese: French, Latin and religion teacher, St. Louis University High School, 1965-68; 1972-87

Socius (executive assistant) to the provincial, former Missouri Province, 1991-97

Provincial assistant for vocations and planning, former Missouri Province, 2007-12

Service outside the archdiocese: Assistant to the rector, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, Calif., 1988-91

Director and superior, Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House Community, Sedalia, Colo., 1998-2007

Pastor, St. Peter Claver Parish, Punta Gorda, Belize, 2012-16

About Father Louis McCabe: His love for the Society of Jesus was deepened by five years as vocation director, guiding 19 men in their discernment process. Now, he is back in his element directing retreats, Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House, in Grand Coteau, La. He asks that you pray the words of Psalm 106 with him: “Give thanks to the Lord, who is good, His love endures forever.”

FATHER MICHAEL TUETH

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1958

Ordination: 1971, St. Louis Cathedral, St. Louis

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1964

Master’s and licentiate in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1965

Master of divinity, Saint Louis University, 1972

Doctorate in American civilization, New York University, New York City, N.Y., 1977

Service in the archdiocese: Philosophy instructor, Saint Louis University, 1968-71

Superior of North House, St. Louis, 1971-72

Executive director of the Sacred Heart Program, St. Louis, 1987-94

Service outside the archdiocese: English and Latin teacher, Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, Colo., 1965-68

English teacher, Regis College, Denver, 1976-83

Visiting professor, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif., 1983-84

English teacher, Regis University, Denver, 1984-86

Professor of communications and media, Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y., 1995-2015

About Father Michael Tueth: He has been writing and ministering at the Jesuit Hall Community at Saint Louis University since July 2015.

BROTHER HENRY WELCH

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Birthplace: Tulsa, Okla.

Entrance: 1958

Final profession: 1977

Education: Studied at St. Mary’s College, Wichita, Kan.; and the Brothers’ Juniorate, Milford Novitiate, Milford, Ohio

Service in the archdiocese: Painter and carpenter, St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, 1961-62

Electrician, 1964-65; 1966-71

Electrician, Fusz Memorial, Saint Louis University, 1971-90

Building service, De Smet Jesuit High School, 1991-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Mechanic, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo., 1965-66

About Brother Henry Welch: He works on building projects at De Smet Jesuit High School, St. Louis, where he has served for 17 years.

60th ordination

FATHER FRANCIS BRENNAN

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1945

Ordination: 1958, St. Mary’s College, St. Marys, Kan.

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1951

Licentiate in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1952

Master’s in theology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, 1955

Licentiate of sacred theology, Saint Louis University, 1960

Doctorate in English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1966

Service in the archdiocese: English teacher, Saint Louis University, 1965-74

Dean of graduate school, Saint Louis University, 1971-74

Retreat coordinator, White House Retreat, St. Louis, 1987-91

Pastoral minister, Jesuit Hall Community, Saint Louis University, 2007-17

Service outside the archdiocese: English teacher, Creighton Preparatory School, Omaha, Neb., 1952-54

Academic vice president, Xavier University, Cincinnati, 1974-82

Superior, Newman Center, Honolulu, 1982-86

Pastor, St. Mark Parish, Houston, Mo., 1991-96

Pastor, St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Kennett, Mo., 1997-99

About Father Francis Brennan: He is praying for the Church and the Society at Mother of Good Counsel Home in St. Louis.

FATHER JAMES SEBESTA

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Birthplace: Binghamton, N.Y.

Entrance: 1958

Ordination: 1970, St. Christopher Church, Binghamton, N.Y.

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y., 1964

Master’s in physics, Fordham University, 1965

Bachelor’s in theology, Weston Jesuit Community, Mass., 1970

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher of aeronautics, Parks College, St. Louis, 1995-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Physics teacher, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Philadelphia, 1965-66

Teacher, Copper Valley School, Glennallen, Alaska, 1966-67

Teacher of physics and science, Monroe High School, Fairbanks, Alaska, 1971-72

Pastor, St. Teresa Church, Kaltag, Ala., 1972-75

Pastor, Little Flower of Jesus, Kaltag, 1977-82

Alaska mission superior, St. Mary’s Catholic School, St. Mary’s, Alaska, 1984-90

Pastoral minister, St. Lawrence Church, Mountain Village, Alaska, 1991-94

About Father James Sebesta: He taught in the Upward Bound Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. While at St. Mary’s in Alaska, he served as area director for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps from 1972 to 1982.

FATHER JAMES SWETNAM

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1945

Ordination: 1958 St. Mary’s College, St. Marys, Kan.

Education: Bachelor’s in Greek, Saint Louis University, 1951

Master’s and licentiate in Philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1952

Licentiate in sacred theology, Saint Louis University, 1960

Licentiate in sacred scripture, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy, 1962

Doctorate in sacred scripture and the New Testament, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K., 1981

Service in the archdiocese: Professor in residence, the Jesuit Hall Community, Saint Louis University, 2010-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher of Latin and Greek, Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, Colo., 1952-55

Teacher of Greek and Hebrew and editor of publications, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, 1962-75

Teacher of Greek and New Testament scripture and administrator, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, 1978-2010

About Father James Swetnam: Since 2010, he has been a professor in residence at Jesuit Hall Community at Saint Louis University.

70th entrance

FATHER JOHN MCCARTHY

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Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowa

Entrance: 1948

Ordination: 1962 in St. Marys, Kan.

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1952

Master’s in English, Saint Louis University, 1958

Bachelor’s of sacred theology, Saint Louis University, 1964

Licentiate in canon law, the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1966

Service in the archdiocese: Associate editor, Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1988-2017

Pastoral ministry, Jesuit Hall on the campus of Saint Louis University, 2017-present

Service outside the archdiocese: English teacher, Campion Jesuit High School, Prarie du Chien, Wis., 1955-56

English teacher, Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, Wis., 1956-58

English teacher, Creighton Preparatory School, Omaha, Neb., 1955-59

Theology teacher, Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., 1966-67

Regional secretary for the American assistancy for the Curia of the Society of Jesus, Rome, 1967-70

Minister, Creighton University, 1970-84

Assistant director of the Jesuit Seminary Guild, Milwaukee, Wis., 1984-85

Representative for the international houses, the Jesuit Curia, Rome, 1985-88

About Father John McCarthy: Until 2017, Father McCarthy served for many years as the “compiler of the Ordo” for the Jesuits in the United States. The ordo is a booklet containing the order of celebration of the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours.

FATHER JAMES SHORT

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Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio

Entrance: 1948

Ordination: 1961, St. Mary’s College, St. Marys, Kan.

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1954

Licentiate in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1955

Master’s in education and philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1958

Licentiate in sacred theology, St. Mary’s College, St. Marys, Kan., 1963

Licentiate in canon law, the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1965

Service in the archdiocese: Superior, Fusz Memorial, Saint Louis University, 1979-81

Spiritual father to Jesuit scholastics, Bellarmine House of Studies, St. Louis, and chaplain of Saint Louis University School of Law, 2007-13

Pastoral minister, Jesuit Hall Community, Saint Louis University, 2013-16

Service outside the archdiocese: Math teacher, Rockhurst High School, Kansas City, Kan., 1955-56

Math and physics teacher, Kapaun High School, Wichita, Kan., 1956-58

Chancellor, Bishops House, Belize City, Belize, 1965-71

Superior and president of St. John’s College, Belize City, 1971-77

Chancellor of Diocese of Belize City and Belmopan, 1977-79

Pastor, Dangriga, Belize, 1981-89

Pastor and director of the retreat center, St. Martin de Porres Parish, Belize City, 1990-94

Minister and director of the retreat center, St. John’s College, Belize City, 1994-2000

Associate pastor, St. Peter Claver Parish, Punta Gorda, Belize, 2000-01

Director of Jesuit retreat center and
in-country coordinator for Jesuit Volunteers International, 2001-05

About Father James Short: He has been in prayer ministry at the Fusz Pavilion in St. Louis, since 2016.

75th entrance

FATHER ROBERT BOSKEN

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1943

Ordination: 1956, St. Mary’s College, St. Marys, Kan.

Education: Bachelor’s in Latin, Saint Louis University, 1948

Master’s in Latin, Saint Louis University, 1950

Licentiates in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1951

Licentiates sacred theology, Saint Louis University, 1958

Bachelor’s and doctorate of sacred theology, Catholic Institute of Paris, 1971

Certificate, the Catechetics Institute, Brussels, Belgium, 1965

Service in the archdiocese: Latin teacher, Saint Louis University High School, 1957-58

Theology teacher, Parks Air College, St. Louis, 1959-60

Theology teacher, Saint Louis University, 1960-64, 1965-68, 1969-75, 1976-78

Theology teacher and student counselor, De Smet Jesuit High School, St. Louis, 1978-2010

Service outside the archdiocese: Latin teacher, Campion Jesuit High, Prairie du Chien, Wis., 1950-53

About Father Robert Bosken: Father Bosken retired to prayer ministry in December 2011 after a lifetime of teaching theology in his hometown.

FATHER LEO WEBER

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Birthplace: Denver, Colo.

Entrance: 1943

Ordination: 1956, St. Mary’s College, St. Marys, Kan.

Education: Bachelor’s in Latin, Saint Louis University, 1948

Licentiate in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1950

Licentiate in sacred theology, St. Mary’s College, St. Marys, Kan., 1958

Service in the archdiocese: Assistant for international apostolates and province planning, former Missouri Province, St. Louis, 1971-73

Assistant for formation, former Missouri Province, St. Louis, 1972-73

Provincial, former Missouri Province from 1973-79

Province coordinator for retirement and convalescent care, 1980-81

Pastoral ministry, the Jesuit Hall Community, Saint Louis University, 2017-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Latin, physics and chemistry teacher, St. John’s College, Belize City, Belize, 1950-53

Assistant director of elementary schools for the Catholic Presbytery, Belize City, 1959-63

President of St. John’s College, Belize City, Belize, 1963-71 and 1984-90

Rector, Regis High Jesuit Community, Aurora, Colo., 1981-84

Director of extension program, St. John’s College, Belize City, 1990-94

Associate pastor, St. Peter Claver Parish, Punta Gorda, Belize, 1994-99 and pastor, 1999-2002

Assistant to the president, Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, Colo., 2002-05

Chaplain, Arrupe Jesuit High School, Denver, 2005-17

About Father Leo Weber: He was honored with a Doctor of Laws from Saint Louis University in 1979.

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