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Archives: In Memoriams

O’Leary, Patrick B. (Father)

Father Patrick B. O’Leary, SJ, former assistant for Identity and Mission and chaplain at Seattle University and a respected teacher and spiritual director, died quietly in his sleep on January 5, 2023, in his residence at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. He was 92 years old. Patrick Boyle O’Leary was born March …

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Williams, Thomas G. (Father)

Father Thomas G. Williams, SJ, pastor of several churches in the Pacific Northwest and teacher and administrator in Jesuit high schools in Washington state, died October 30, 2022, in the infirmary of Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, just five days shy of his 97th birthday. A member of the Greatest Generation, he …

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Thylstrup, Edward J. (Father)

Father Edward J. Thylstrup, SJ (Chinese name Zhuong Qinglian), formerly a member of the California Province who served as pastor in Jesuit churches and administrator and counselor in Jesuit schools in the China Province, died in the Jesuit Infirmary in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 22, 2022. He was 88 years old and a Jesuit for …

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Welch, Robert J. (Father)

Father Robert J. (“Tex”) Welch, SJ, retired professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, died July 10, 2022, at the infirmary of Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. He was 92 and would have celebrated his 75th anniversary as a Jesuit next month. Robert James Welch was born in …

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Collins, Denis E. (Father)

Father Denis E. Collins, SJ, former assistant professor of education at the University of San Francisco and resident of Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, died May 2, 2022, in a San Jose hospital at the age of 83. He was a member of the Jesuit order for 65 years and a priest …

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Foster, John F. (Father)

Father John F. Foster, SJ, a teacher and musician who taught in Seattle Preparatory School and other Catholic schools for over four decades, died Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in San Jose, California. He was 88 years old, a Jesuit for 64 years and a priest for 53 years. John Frederic Foster was born in Seattle …

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Stewart, Patrick J. (Father)

Father J. Patrick Stewart, SJ, high school and university administrator, teacher, and pastor in the Pacific Northwest, died April 27, 2022, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. He was 92 years old, a member of the Jesuit order for 73 years and a priest for 60 years. John Patrick Stewart (he always …

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Reilley, Thomas J. (Father)

Father Thomas J. Reilley, SJ, a retired priest of the Jesuits West Province residing at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, died April 11, 2022, in a San Jose hospital after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 73 years old and a member of the Jesuit order for 37 years. Thomas …

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Hombach, Leo J. (Father)

Father Leo J. Hombach, SJ, teacher, retreat director and chaplain to those with HIV/AIDS, died March 22, 2022, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. He was 91, a member of the Jesuit order for 73 years and 60 years a priest. Fr. Leo James Hombach was born in Philadelphia on June 8, …

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Egan, Robert J. (Father)

Father Robert J. Egan, SJ, longtime faculty member at Seattle University, died March 12, 2022, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, three weeks short of his 91st birthday. Fr. Egan was born in Spokane, Washington, April 5, 1931, the son of Howard Egan and Carol Grimes Egan. He attended Gonzaga Prep, where …

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