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Fr. Louis E. Busemeyer, SJ

December 21,1938 – January 26, 2020

“Lou spent most of his Jesuit life working in secondary education and touched the lives of countless students as a teacher, coach, and administrator.” 

English teacher at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill.; math and computers teacher, service program director, athletic director, and director of the administrative computer services at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago; director of the Voyageur Wilderness Programme in Ontario, Canada; computers teacher at Aurora Central Catholic High School in Aurora, Ill.; administrative assistant to the corporate internship program at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago; associate pastor of St. Rita of Cascia Parish in Aurora, Ill.; retreat director at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, Ill.


Fr. Frank M. Oppenheim, SJ

May 18, 1925 –April 3, 2020

“Frank will be remembered by many as a man with an inquisitive mind and a contagious smile—a gentleman and a scholar, and a wonderful Jesuit priest, in the very best way.”

French teacher at the novitiate in Milford, Ohio; Latin teacher at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago and Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland; associate professor and professor of philosophy at Xavier University in Cincinnati; consultant to the Cincinnati Archdiocese Ecumenical Commission; director of the Kenya Sociological Survey; retreat director; substitute teacher in St. Paul’s Seminary in Wau, Sudan; researched Josiah Royce at the Harvard University archives in Cambridge, Mass.


Fr. William J. Kelly, SJ

February 10, 1924 – April 16, 2020

“Bill was such a wonderful Jesuit because he grounded himself in an active life of daily prayer, a reverent celebration of the sacraments, a genuine investment in community life, and a generative ability to live his vows faithfully.”

Secretary to the provincial of the former Wisconsin Province; professor of theology, chairman of theology department, and chaplain for the Golden Eagles at Marquette University in Milwaukee.




Fr. John T. Dillon, SJ

April 20, 1930 – May 12, 2020

“John’s gifts helped countless directees leave spiritual direction with better self-knowledge and understanding of how very clearly God was active in their lives, and maybe more importantly, how active the individual was in God’s life!”

English teacher at University of Detroit Jesuit High School; student counselor, chaplain and counselor at the Rome Center, consultant to the president, university chaplain, assistant to the president, and spiritual director and retreat master at Loyola University Chicago; director of Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, Ill.; spiritual director at University of St. Mary of the Lake and Mundelein Seminary in Illinois.



Fr. Philip R. Amidon, SJ

August 22, 1943– May 14, 2020

“Through his preaching, teaching, and, most importantly, his actions, Phil was able to help countless people realize God’s love and care for them.”

Taught English and theology at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea; secretary to the USA regional assistant to Father General in Rome; campus minister, professor of theology, chaplain at the law school, and chaplain in Kiewit residence hall at Creighton University in Omaha; associate pastor at St. John’s Church in Omaha; writer and translator.




Br. Edward C. Gill, SJ

February 5, 1934– June 6, 2020

“Ed was a wonderful Jesuit brother, a practical hands-on servant of the servants of God—and an articulate and astute observer of the passing scene in a wide variety of Jesuit communities and ministries.”

Minister and community treasurer at Creighton Prep in Omaha; administrative assistant at St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Reservation in S.Dak.; treasurer at the former Wisconsin Province, Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis., Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea, and Holy Rosary Mission in Pine Ridge, S.Dak.

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