We give thanks for the following Jesuits who have gone home to God.
Fr. Frederick Deters, SJ
February 11, 1937 – July 5, 2020
“Fred transitioned into hospital chaplaincy where, for over 30 years, he used his gifts of listening, empathy, and caring for others.”
History teacher at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati; theology professor at Loyola University Chicago; retreat director at Milford Retreat Center in Ohio and the Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma, Ohio; chaplain at Loyola University Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove, Ind.; chaplain and minister at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich.
Fr. Kenneth J. Herian, SJ
February 20, 1924 – August 9, 2020
“Ken was a quiet man, but he was filled with a fierce passion to serve God’s little people.”
Regency at Creighton Prep in Omaha; minister to the Marquette University Jesuit Community in Milwaukee and the Fusz Memorial Jesuit Community in St. Louis; acting pastor at St. John’s Church in Omaha; associate pastor at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee.
Fr. Edward S. Sthokal, SJ
January 20, 1922 – August 11, 2020
“Perhaps the greatest tribute is to say is that Ed Sthokal was a powerful instrument of God’s grace.”
English and theology teacher at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City; associate pastor at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee; teacher at Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis.; director at Jesuit Retreat House (Demontreville) in Lake Elmo, Minn.
Fr. Gerald J. Sabo, SJ
June 16, 1945 – October 25, 2020
“Through his classroom presence and his multitude of stories, Jerry captivated the minds of his students while he taught Slovak, Russian, and Eastern European literature in translation.”
Professor at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.; College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass; and John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.
Fr. Paul J. Nienaber, SJ
January 25, 1955 – October 31, 2020
“Paul was a priest, a teacher, a particle physicist, a gifted homilist, and a poet. His was a formidable intellect, with a vocabulary to match.”
Visiting professor of physics at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio; physicist and member of the MiniBooNE Collaboration at Fermilab (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory) in Batavia, Ill.; assistant professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee and College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.; assistant professor, associate professor of physics, and chair of the physics department at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona, Minn.
Fr. Thomas H. Tobin, SJ
November 8, 1945 – August 30, 2020
“Tom had a deep love for the intellectual life and for passing on the tradition to the next generation of scholars, students, and believers.”
Theology professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati and Loyola University Chicago; scholar; researcher; writer.
Fr. Paul V. Mankowski, SJ
November 15, 1953 – September 3, 2020
“Paul was deeply loved and respected by the community of scholars involved in the Lumen Christi Institute, and his death will leave a huge void.”
Professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati; professor of Old Testament languages at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome; professor at the Graham School of General Studies at the University of Chicago; scholar-in-residence at the Lumen Christi Institute, University of Chicago.
Fr. Matthew T. Gamber, SJ
August 29, 1959 – October 16, 2020
“Matt was a kind man with a curious mind, a big heart, an infectious laugh, and a deep love for God and his Jesuit vocation as a companion of Jesus.”
Social studies and French teacher and tennis coach at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago; assistant director for media relations and journalism professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati; associate director of campus ministry at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.; associate pastor at St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Park Ridge, Ill., and St. Walter Parish in Roseville, Ill.; development officer at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill.; intern at the Vatican Radio and Catholic News Service; chaplain at Mount St. Joseph Home in Lake Zurich, Ill.; teacher at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla.; associate pastor and parochial vicar at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Cincinnati; chaplain at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.