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Jubilarians | Society of Jesus (Jesuits) (SJ)

Society of Jesus (Jesuits) (SJ)

25th Entrance

Father Ronald Boudreaux

Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana

Entrance: 1997

First profession: 1999

Final profession: 2013

Ordination: 2005

Education: Bachelor’s in French, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, 1969

Master’s in architecture, University of Colorado, 1987

Master of divinity in theology, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, California, 2005

Service in the archdiocese: Provincial assistant for pastoral ministries, U.S. Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, 2019-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Interim administrator, Immaculate Conception Parish, New Orleans, 2005-06

Retreat director, Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, Lake Dallas, Texas, 2006-10

Superior and director, Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, Lake Dallas, Texas, 2011-16

Superior, Xavier Jesuit Center, Denver, Colorado, 2016-18

Administrator, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2018-19

About Father Ronald Boudreaux: Father Ron Boudreaux is a transplant from the South who oversees the Jesuit province’s parishes and spiritual ministries.

Father Brian Christopher

Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1997

First profession: 1999

Final profession: 2018

Ordination: 2009

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy and Russian, with minor in theology, Saint Louis University, 1997

Master’s in social philosophy, Loyola University Chicago, 2002

Master of theology, theology/conflict transformation and religion, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 2009

Service in the archdiocese: Delegate for social and international ministries, Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus, 2010-14

Provincial assistant for international ministries, U.S. Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, 2020-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Gang ministry, Belize City, Belize, 2009-14

Community and economic development work, Centre for Community Resource Development, Belize City, Belize, 2010-14

Associate pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and Shrine, San Antonio, Texas, 2015-17

Minister and apostolic planning assistant, Jesuit Community of Belize, Belize City, Belize, 2017-18

Pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish, Belize City, Belize, 2018-20

Superior, Jesuit Community of Belize, Belize City, Belize 2020-present

About Father Brian Christopher: The last 25 years have been an “interesting” time to be in consecrated religious life. I entered the Society of Jesus in 1997, and within five years the sex abuse crisis had erupted into the consciousness of the Church. Going through formation felt a little like joining the confederacy in 1865. At times, I wondered: is Jesuit life outmoded, misguided or even dangerous? I felt my vocation bolstered by a superior who several times quipped, “Well, the days of ‘yes, father’ and ‘no, father’ and kissing our rings are over. Now it’s time to get down to the business of washing feet, which is why we were called in the first place.” No better image describes my hope for Jesuit life than washing feet. I think Jesuit life is about getting our hands dirty in the sweat and stink of life. Over the last 25 years, I have had the honor and privilege of being welcomed into the lives of all sorts of wonderful people: AIDS patients in Minneapolis, gang-involved youth in Chicago, incarcerated youth in Belize, etc. They have allowed me to “wash their feet,” and sometimes I have even been courageous enough to let them wash mine. In spite of all (or maybe because of it?) they trusted me and welcomed me. I pause at this moment, after 25 years, to let the gratitude wash over me for all of it.

Father Thomas Greene

Birthplace: New Orleans

Entrance: 1997

First profession: 1999

Final profession: 2012

Ordination: 2007

Education: Bachelor’s in business, Loyola University New Orleans, 1986

Juris doctorate, Loyola University New Orleans, 1989

Master’s in social philosophy, Loyola University Chicago, 2002

Master of divinity in theology, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, Calif, 2007

Master’s in dispute resolution, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 2012

Service in the archdiocese: Rector, Bellarmine House of Studies, St. Louis, 2014-17

Assistant for international ministries, USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, St. Louis, 2014-20

Provincial, USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, 2020-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Fellow, Jesuit Social Research Institute, Loyola University New Orleans, 2007-09

Adjunct professor, Loyola University New Orleans, 2009

Assistant for international ministries, New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus, 2009-10

Secretary for social and international ministries, Jesuit Conference USA, Washington, D.C., 2010-14

Superior, Jesuit Community of Belize, Belize City, Belize, 2017-20

About Father Thomas Greene: Father Tom Greene currently serves as provincial of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province.

Father John Lan Tran

Birthplace: Bao Loc, Vietnam

Entrance: 1997

First profession: 1999

Final profession: 2017

Ordination: 2008

Education: Bachelor’s in physics/computer science, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, 1991

Master’s in philosophy, Loyola University Chicago, 2002

Master’s of divinity in theology, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2008

Licentiate of sacred theology, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 2009

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, vocation promoter, director of campus ministry, St. Louis University High School, 2009-13

Ecclesiastical assistant, Christian Life Communities of St. Louis, 2017-20

Service outside the archdiocese: Assistant to the president for mission and identity and faculty member, St. John’s College, Belize City, Belize, 2014-16

Pastoral ministry, St. John’s College, Belize City, Belize, 2016

Retreat director, Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, Lake Dallas, Texas, 2016-18

Retreat director, Jesuit Spirituality Center at St. Charles College, Grand Coteau, Louisiana, 2019-present

About Father John Lan Tran: God, grant me the Serenity
To accept the things I cannot change...
Courage to change the things I can,
And Wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His will.
That I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
Amen.

Many of us who celebrate our 25 years as Jesuits are in our early 50s. Hopefully, age comes with wisdom, maturity and serenity. Physically, being in our fifties comes with acceptance of our feebleness. For people who have medical conditions like me, age reminds us to treasure each moment of life. For me, Neibuh’s “Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace” means the gift of peace comes with embracing suffering as part of life. Spiritually, celebrating 25 years as a Jesuit involves deeper trust in God. I have struggled to let go of my need to control and to be more at peace with my life, vocation and faith. For me, this jubilee celebration invites a deeper maturity, that is, growing in God.

50th Priestly Ordination

Father Anthony Daly

Birthplace: Alton, Illinois

Entrance: 1959

First profession: 1961

Final profession: 1983

Ordination: 1972

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1965

Master’s in Latin/Greek, Saint Louis University, 1968

Doctorate in patristics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1982

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher of theology, Latin and Greek, Saint Louis University, 1979-82

Professor of Latin and Greek, Saint Louis University, 1983-96

Professor of classics, Saint Louis University, 1997-2012

Professor of classics in the department of Language, Literature and Cultures, Saint Louis University, 2012-19

Pastoral minister and writer, Jesuit Hall Community, Saint Louis University, 2019-present

About Father Anthony Daly: Father Anthony Daly resides at Jesuit Hall in St. Louis, where he writes and serves in pastoral ministry after a lengthy career at Saint Louis University.

Father Robert Hagan

Birthplace: Independence, Missouri

Entrance: 1959

First profession: 1961

Final profession: 1981

Ordination: 1972

Education: Bachelor’s in classics/philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1965

Master’s in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1967

Licentiate in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1967

Master of divinity in theology, Saint Louis University, 1973

Licentiate in sacred theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1982

Service in the archdiocese: Assistant in development office, former Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus, 1994-95

Pastoral minister, Jesuit Hall Community at Saint Louis University, 2020-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Associate pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Denver, 1972-73

Superior and pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Denver, 1974-80

Fundraising, Roman Jesuit academic institutions, Rome, Italy, 1986-93

Editor-in-chief, Curia of the Society of Jesus, Rome, Italy, 1991-93

Treasurer, Collegio Bellarmino, Rome, Italy, 1993-94

Associate pastor, Holy Trinity Parish, Trinidad, Colorado, 1995-2001

Pastor and superior, Trinidad Area Parish and Jesuit Community, Trinidad, Colorado, 2001-06

Pastor, Holy Family Parish, Pueblo, Colorado, 2006-08

Associate pastor, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, New Orleans, 2009-12

Associate pastor, Guardian Angels Parish, Kansas City, Missouri, 2012-17

Parochial vicar, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Kansas City, Missouri, 2017-20

About Father Robert Hagan: My 50 years of priesthood have been interesting years in terms of all that has gone on in the world, the Church, the Society of Jesus and my life. They have been years rich in many ways, especially in grace. As I look back on them, many things stand out. I have lived and worked in many places — St. Louis, Denver, Rome, Trinidad, Colorado, Pueblo, Colorado, New Orleans and Kansas City, Missouri — spent summers living and working in Munich, Paris and London and been able to travel to Scotland, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Malta, Spain, Ireland and other places. I have engaged in many types of work: graduate studies, parish ministry (three times as a pastor), the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises (preached retreats and personally directed retreats, including nine-month retreats in daily life), spiritual direction, teaching, healing ministry, vocation promotion, permanent deacon formation, editorial work, administrative work and fundraising. Most of all, however, there are the many people of all kinds I have known everywhere, a good number of whom became treasured friends. My prayer on this occasion is taken from the Lutheran mystic and Secretary General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold: “For what has been, thanks! For what will be, yes!”

Father Edward Kinerk

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri

Entrance: 1966

First profession: 1968

Final profession: 1980

Ordination: 1972

Education: Bachelor’s in math, physics and philosophy, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, 1964

Master’s in moral and pastoral theology, Saint Louis University, 1970

Doctor of sacred theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1975

Service in the archdiocese: Private study, Jesuit Hall Community at Saint Louis University, 1980-81

Formation director, former Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus, St. Louis, 1985-91

Provincial, former Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus, St. Louis, 1991-97

Service outside the archdiocese: Director and community superior, Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House, Sedalia, Colorado, 1975-79

Retreat and spiritual director, Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House, Sedalia, Colorado, 2007-present

Retreat house administrator, Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House, Sedalia, Colorado, 2007-11

Retreat house director, Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House, Sedalia, Colorado, 2011-present

Teacher and preparation for master of novices, Regis University, Denver, 1981-82

Master of novices and rector, Jesuit novitiate of Denver, 1982-85

President, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, 1998-2006

About Father Edward Kinerk: Father Ed Kinerk has served in retreat ministry at the Jesuits’ Sacred Heart Retreat House in Sedalia, Colorado, since 2011 He previously served as provincial of the former Missouri Province and as president of Rockhurst University.

Father Leonard Kraus

Birthplace: Clovis, New Mexico

Entrance: 1959

First profession: 1961

Final profession: 1980

Ordination: 1972

Education: Bachelor’s in classical studies, Saint Louis University, 1965

Master’s in American history and modern European history, Saint Louis University, 1968

Master’s in moral and pastoral theology, Saint Louis University, 1972

Service in the archdiocese: Religion teacher and director of pastoral programs, St. Louis University High School, 1974-76

Director of vocations, floor superior and minister, Fusz Memorial, Saint Louis University, 1976-78

Associate pastor, St. Matthew Parish, 1978-81

Pastor, St. Francis Xavier College Church, 1988-2007

Retreat and spiritual director, White House Jesuit Retreat, 2008-15

Service outside the archdiocese: Superior and pastor, Sacred Heart Church, Denver, 1973-74

Pastor, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Kansas City, Missouri, 1981-88

Retreat director, Manresa House of Retreats, Convent, Louisiana, 2011-present

Superior, Manresa House of Retreats, Convent, Louisiana, 2015-21

About Father Leonard Kraus: As I celebrate this anniversary of my ordination, my deepest feeling is one of gratitude. I am so grateful for the gift of being a Jesuit, of having the privilege of serving with such wonderful, holy, human, dedicated companions. The words of John Foley’s song, “For You Are My God,” have been a constant reminder of this gift I celebrate with such gratitude: “You give marvelous comrades to me...the faithful who dwell in your land...glad are my heart and my soul...You are my portion and cup, it is You that I claim for my prize” I am so deeply grateful, too, for having been blessed to be a part of the lives of so many good and holy people who have enriched my life in so many ways. I am especially grateful for the loving mercy of God that has been bestowed on me as I have lived my life as a Jesuit. As I give thanks, this quote from Meister Eckhart expresses my thoughts and feelings so well: “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you,’ it will be enough.”

50th Ordination, 60th Entrance

Father John Foley

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois

Entrance: 1962

First profession: 1964

Final profession: 1988

Ordination: 1972

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, economics, English and music, Regis College, Denver, 1961

Master’s in research, Saint Louis University, 1966

Licentiate in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1966

Master’s in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1968

Master’s in dogmatic and systemic theology, Saint Louis University, 1974

Doctorate in liturgical theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, 1993

Service in the archdiocese: Spiritual director of collegians, Fusz Memorial at Saint Louis University, 1972-76

Director, Center for Liturgy, Saint Louis University, 1993-present

Distinguished liturgical theologian, Saint Louis University, 2002-present

Artist in residence, Jesuit Hall Community at Saint Louis University, 1993-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Composer in residence, Seattle University, 1980-83

Write music and study, Jesuit Novitiate in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1984-89

About Father John Foley: Father John Foley is a liturgical and classical composer, theologian, liturgist and writer. Some of his most familiar hymns (“Earthen Vessels,” “The Cry of the Poor,” “One Bread, One Body,” “Come to the Water,” etc.) are included in liturgical collections of the St. Louis Jesuits. He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the Saint Louis University Sunday Web Site, a popular weekly review of Sunday’s liturgical readings from different perspectives.

60th Entrance

Father Edward Salazar

Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas

Entrance: 1962

First profession: 1964

Final profession: 1986

Ordination: 1974

Education: Bachelor’s in Spanish and philosophy, Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama, 1968

Master’s in Spanish and Latin American literature, Universidad Ibero Americana, Mexico City, Mexico, 1971

Master’s of divinity in theology, Sant Cugat, Barcelona, Spain, 1971-73, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, California, 1973-75

Service in the archdiocese: Chaplain, SSM Health Care System, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Clare Hospital and DePaul Hospital, 2015-21

Pastoral minister, Jesuit Hall Community at Saint Louis University, 2020-present

Ministry at SLU Hospital Chapel, 2022-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Minister to Portuguese immigrants, Santa Clara, California, 1973-75

Co-director, summer formation program for scholastics, international apostolate, Mexico, 1974-78

Associate pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Houston, 1975-79

Regional Director, PADRES Advocacy for Hispanics, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, 1977-79

Assistant pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, El Paso, Texas, 1979-80

Superior and pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and Shrine, El Paso, Texas, 1980-83, 1984-86

Tertianship, Salamanca, Spain, 1983-84

Retreat director, Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, Atlanta, 1987-88

Retreat and spiritual director with ministry to Hispanics and Brazilians, Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, Atlanta, 2007-11

Episcopal vicar for Hispanics, Archdiocese of Atlanta, 1988-91

Co-founder and 1st president of ANSH, EEUU, the National Association of Hispanic Priests, USA

Regional mission for Hispanic outreach, Dothan, Alabama, 1991-94

1st sabbatical, Mission to Brazil and all Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, 1994-95

Clinical pastoral education at Scott and White Hospital, Templex, Texas, 1995-97

Hospital chaplain, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1997-2001, 2001-06

Renewal program, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2006-07

Retreat and spiritual director with ministry to Hispanics and Brazilians, Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, Lake Dallas, Texas, 2011-14

2nd sabbatical, Shalom Center, Splendora, Texas, 2014-15

About Father Edward Salazar: As I reviewed this year’s list of jubilarians, I was immediately filled with gratitude for what we have been able to do by the grace of the Risen Christ. I recalled my many assignments — how, through dialogue, discernment and prayer, I have ministered in over 25 places/spaces. This has meant trusting God these past 60 years, gradually recognizing that he is continually shaping my life, personality and vision. An anonymous email message shared with me: “I don’t know who you are, but a LOT of people LOVE YOU!” I welcomed the sentiment and words with humility, and with gratitude that is a constant thread in the fabric of my life. Someone penned the words, “I love that for you.” Friends and family members have spoken in similar words, as they celebrated with and for me the many events in my Jesuit life, from the day of entrance into the novitiate on August 29, 1962, at the tender age of 18, as I boarded the Sunset Limited train headed for Grand Coteau, Louisiana. They were telling me I am a chosen instrument in the unfolding of God’s plan (as I ponder the words of the young prophet Jeremiah in Chapter 21, 11-13: “For I know the plans I have for you...”) To these words I have gratefully responded, “here I am, send me,” as I understood the mission to “go out to all the world and tell the Good News.”

Father John Warner

Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia

Entrance: 1962

First profession: 1964

Final profession: 1986

Ordination: 1974

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1968

Master’s of fine arts, Goodman School of Drama, Chicago, Illinois, 1978

Service in the archdiocese: English and theater teacher, St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, 1969-71

Pastoral minister, Jesuit Hall Community at Saint Louis University, 2021-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Director of theatre, La Fragua, Yoro Mission, El Progreso Yoro, Honduras, 1979-2021

About Father John Warner: Father Jack Warner is the founder of the Teatro La Fragua theater company at the Yoro Mission in El Progreso, Yoro, and served as director for 42 years. He is remembered fondly by alumni of St. Louis University High School, where he taught English and theater, 1969-71, before beginning his 40-year ministry in Honduras.

60th Priestly Ordination

Father John McCarthy

Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowa

Entrance: 1948

First profession: 1950

Final profession: 1967

Ordination: 1962

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

Master’s in English and philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1959

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

Licentiate of canon law, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1966

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

Pastoral minister, Jesuit Hall Community at Saint Louis University, 2017-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher of theology, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 1966-67

Minister, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 1970-84

Regional secretary for the American Assistancy, General Curia of the Society of Jesus, Rome, Italy, 1967-70

Secretary of the delegation of international houses, General Curia of the Society of Jesus, Rome, Italy, 1985-88

Assistant director, Jesuit Seminary Guild, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1984-85

About Father John McCarthy: Many years ago, when I was first received into the Society of Jesus in Florissant, I surely had some vague expectations of what the future might hold for me. How different the Lord’s plans proved to be from what I had anticipated! Most of my ministries were carried on inside the houses of the Society on behalf of other Jesuits. I was privileged to play a minor role in Father General’s Curia in Rome, where I had the opportunity to meet and observe Jesuit leaders from all around the world. What an opportunity that was to learn of the flourishing apostolates that Jesuits were carrying on everywhere. Problems there were, of course, but so much good was still being done by the exertions of our men in every part of the word. I also experienced the scholarly apostolic works being carried on at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and, in more recent times, at Jesuit Hall in St. Louis. Again, I was greatly edified by the diligent scholarship evident in the classrooms and the zeal to serve the spiritual needs of the students and faculty. To have contributed to the apostolates of these Jesuits even in a minor capacity was a source of much spiritual benefit to me. No, life has not unfolded exactly as I had anticipated, but God has chosen the better paths for me. I am most grateful that His designs for me have been so merciful.

70th Entrance

Father John Folzenlogen

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Entrance: 1952

First profession: 1954

Final profession: 1971

Ordination: 1965

Education: Bachelor’s in biology, Fordham University, Bronx, New York, 1959

Master’s in biology, Fordham University, Bronx, New York, 1961

Licentiate of sacred theology, St. Marys College, St. Marys, Kansas, 1967

Service in the archdiocese: Praying for the Church and the Society, Fusz Pavilion, St. Louis, 2015-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher of biology and theology, Jesuit High School, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1967-82

Teacher of biology and science, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School, Houston, 1982-2003

Counselor, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School, Houston, 1982-2013

Pastoral minister, Xavier Jesuit Center, Denver, 2013-15

About Father John Folzenlogen: Father Folzenlogen retired in 2013 from Strake Jesuit College Prep in Houston after 30 years of teaching and pastoral ministry.

Father Richard Hadel

Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas

Entrance: 1952

First profession: 1954

Final profession: 1975

Ordination: 1965

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1958

Master’s in Latin and Greek, Saint Louis University, 1959

Licentiate in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1959

Licentiate in sacred theology, Saint Louis University, 1967

Doctorate in anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 1972

Service in the archdiocese: Retreat staff, White House Jesuit Retreat, St. Louis, 1982-83

Retreat and spiritual director, White House Jesuit Retreat, 2008-15

Assistant rector, house consultor and teacher of Latin, Fusz Memorial at Saint Louis University, 1983-86

Rector, De Smet Jesuit High School, Creve Coeur, 1986-92

English teacher, De Smet Jesuit High School, Creve Coeur, 1986-93

Superior, St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, 1993-96

English teacher, St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, 1997-2001

Spanish teacher, St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, 2002-05

Latin teacher, St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, 2008

Sacramental minister, St. Cecelia Parish, 2005-08

Pastoral ministry, Leo Brown Jesuit Community, 2015-21

Pastoral ministry, Fusz Pavilion, 2021-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher of anthropology and director of the institute of sociology, St. John’s College, Belize City, Belize, 1972-75

Theology teacher, St. John’s College, Belize City, Belize, 1976-77

Religion teacher and mission consultor, St. John’s College, Belize City, Belize 1977-78

Minister, prefect of health and teacher, St. John’s College, Belize City, Belize, 1978-79

Admonitor, St. John’s College, Belize City, Belize, 1979-81

About Father Richard Hadel: Father Hadel offered the following poems in reflection on his life as a Jesuit:

Half a Poem for Half a Thought

By Richard E. Hadel, SJ
From time to time
I get a sniff
Of the divine-
But just a whiff.
And when I do,
It’s far from what
I thought I knew
Or I was taught.
And then it’s gone
Again, as if
I’m being told:
“A whiff, a sniff
Is all, my son
Your head can hold.”

____________________________

I Have Run the Race

When a Jesuit has finished with
His multipartite course,
He is competent to execute
A mental tour de force.
Whether Yugarit or Yoga
Be the theme of his discourse
He will bridle it as deftly
As he would the Trojan horse.
At ease at any platitude-
Or shall we say plateau?-
He is equally acquainted
With space or Cicero.
At length, full formed, he sallies forth
Equipped beyond compare
But most of all he sallies forth
Equipped with Medicare.

Father Ralph Houlihan

Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1952

First profession: 1954

Final profession: 1972

Ordination: 1965

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1958

Licentiate in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1962

Master’s in Latin, Saint Louis University, 1963

Licentiate in sacred theology, Saint Louis University, 1967

Service in the archdiocese: Religion teacher, De Smet Jesuit High School, Creve Coeur, 1968-74

Principal, De Smet Jesuit High School, Creve Coeur, 1969-74

Principal, St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, 1974-79

Teacher of Latin and theology, St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, 1995-2014

Assistant to the president and theology teacher, St. Louis University High School, St. Louis, 2014-19

Service outside the archdiocese: President, Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, Colorado, 1979-91, 1991-95

About Father Ralph Houlihan: As I reflect on 70 years of Jesuit life, I am filled with gratitude to almighty God for the graces and gifts he has bestowed over the years. I am thankful for my wonderful parents, for their bounty of life and love and my five siblings and many cousins who showered me with enthusiastic support and encouragement during the years of training and preparation up to the present day. I appreciate the role the Society of Jesus played in helping me discover my own calling as a prospective Jesuit, then supporting me in my formative years, a time for a solid education intellectually and introducing me to Ignatian spirituality, providing me with great Jesuit mentors, with friendly, sympathetic companions and strong apostolic communities in which to exercise our ministries. I am also in debt to the order for entrusting me with leadership opportunities in some of our Jesuit high schools and especially for the chance to work with competent Jesuit and extremely well-qualified lay colleagues on behalf of our loyal, talented pupils, concerned parents, generous alumni and knowledgeable trustees. I believe the Lord has granted His promised hundred-fold of grace-filled rewards to me in this life and pray that he will find me worthy of his eternal love in the world to come. God bless my family, the Society of Jesus, my Jesuit brothers, my lay co-educators, many respected parents, supportive alumni, helpful friends and outgoing, hard-working students for assisting in shaping my Jesuit life.

Father Curtis Van Del

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri

Entrance: 1952

First profession: 1954

Final profession: 1978

Ordination: 1965

Education: Bachelor’s in humanities, Saint Louis University, 1958

Master’s in liturgy and religious education, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, 1967

Bachelor of sacred theology, Saint Louis University, 1967

Service in the archdiocese: Chairman of religion department, De Smet Jesuit High School, Creve Coeur, 1967-80

Religion teacher and student counselor, De Smet Jesuit High School, Creve Coeur, 1967-83

Pastoral minister, Hallahan House, 1997

Pastoral minister, Jesuit Hall Community at Saint Louis University, 2011-17

Praying for the Church and the Society, Fusz Pavilion, 2017-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Religion teacher, Rockhurst High School, Kansas City, Missouri, 1984-95

Parish internship, Our Lady of the Pines, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1996-97

Chaplain, Nazareth Motherhouse, Concordia, Kansas, 1997-2006

Pastoral minister, Xavier Jesuit Center, Denver, 2006-11

About Father Curtis Van Del: Father Curtis Van Del has been serving in prayer ministry in St. Louis since 2017

75th Entrance

Father Eugene Renard

Birthplace: Richmond Heights

Entrance: 1947

First profession: 1949

Final profession: 1978

Ordination: 1960

Education: Bachelor’s in philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1953

Master’s in Latin, Saint Louis University, 1956

Bachelor of sacred theology, Saint Louis University, 1962

Service in the archdiocese: Socius to master of novices, St. Stanislaus Seminary, 1962-64

Minister, former Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus, 1973-74

Director of nursing community, Regency and Grand Manor, 1973-79

Director of 3rd floor community, director of nursing community, Fusz Memorial at Saint Louis University, 1975-79

Spiritual director and support priest, White House Jesuit Retreat, 2006-14

Pastoral minister, Jesuit Hall Community at Saint Louis University, 2015-18

Praying for the Church and the Society, Jesuit Hall Community at Saint Louis University, 2018-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher of Latin, religion and English, Regis Jesuit High School, Denver, Colorado, 1964-73

Associate pastor, pastor and superior Sacred Heart Parish, Denver, 1980-88

Associate pastor, St. Joseph Church, Pueblo, Colorado, 1988-89

Associate pastor, Holy Trinity Parish, Trinidad, Colorado, 1989-2006

About Father Eugene Renard: Father Eugene Renard is best known to St. Louis through his ministry at White House Retreat, where he served until 2014.

Father Joseph Allen Tetlow

Birthplace: New Orleans

Entrance: 1947

First profession: 1949

Final profession: 1964

Ordination: 1960

Education: Bachelor’s in classics, Loyola University Chicago, 1954

Licentiate in philosophy, West Baden College/Loyola University Chicago, 1954

Master’s in English, Loyola University Chicago, 1956

Licentiate in sacred theology, St. Mary’s College, 1961

Master’s in American history, Brown University, 1967

Doctorate in American civilization, Brown University, 1969

Service in the archdiocese: Visiting distinguished professor of spiritual theology, Saint Louis University, 1992-96

Writer, lecturer and retreat director, Jesuit Hall Community at Saint Louis University, 2011-15

Service outside the archdiocese: Juniorate instructor, St. Charles College, Grand Coteau, Louisiana, 1961-62, 1963-65

Associate professor of history, Loyola University New Orleans, 1969

Dean of arts and sciences, Loyola University New Orleans, 1969-73

Executive secretary, Jesuit Conference USA, Washington, D.C., 1973-75

President, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1975-77

Associate editor and literary editor, America magazine, America House Jesuit Community, New York, 1977-81

Spiritual director of seminarians and tertian director, Druhan House, New Orleans, 1981-83

Tertian director and spiritual director for clergy, Austin Diocese, Xavier House, Austin, Texas, 1983-87, 1988-91

Secretary for Ignatian spirituality, Curia of the Society of Jesus, Rome, Italy, 1996-2004

Director, retreat and program director and superior, Montserrat Retreat House, Lake Dallas, Texas, 2004-11

Writer and lecturer, Montserrat Retreat House, Lake Dallas, Texas, 2020-present

Retreat director, New Emmaus formation for lay retreat directors, Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House, Grand Coteau, Louisiana, 2015-19

About Father Joseph Allen Tetlow: Seventy-five years as a Jesuit saw me in many ministries. In my early years, I taught younger Jesuits in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, did a doctorate at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and was dean of the college at Loyola University New Orleans. Then, I was founding executive secretary of the U.S. Jesuit Conference in D.C., president of Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley California, and literary editor of America magazine in New York. For a decade, I helped younger Jesuit priests finish their spiritual training and then became a professor at Saint Louis University. After that, I became the Society of Jesus’ assistant for Ignatian spirituality in Rome, doing workshops in Spain, Taiwan, India, Ireland, Lithuania, Zimbabwe and elsewhere. Back home, I directed Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Dallas, Texas, where I find myself now, writing books like “Finding Christ in the World” and “Always Discerning,” which I had never thought to do. There’s more — 75 years is a long time — but maybe that’s enough to tell how God has mercifully used my strengths and my sinfulness for His own purposes and to make it clear that what really went on all those years, weaving through ministries and peoples, places and times, was much quieter and hidden. The Spirit of the Living God saw to it that I learned better from the people of God than ever from books, that we cling to the Lord Jesus and need never fear His loving embrace.

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