In Memoriam
Requiescat in Pace Brother James R. Sanders, SJ

Brother James Robert Sanders, SJ, entered into God's peace April 16 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 77, a Jesuit for 26 years, and had been suffering from Parkinson's Disease.

Born in St. Louis January 22, 1941, he was the eldest child of Robert Sanders and Phyllis Code Sanders. He grew up in a variety of places as his family moved to Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Fresno. He attended local high schools and Fresno State University before entering the business world. Later, as a Jesuit, he earned a degree in organization behavior from the University of San Francisco and studied theology at Loyola Marymount University.

Before entering the Jesuits at the age of 51 in 1992, Br. Sanders ran his own businesses in a wide range of areas, including residential care, yacht maintenance, and retail jewelry. His assignments as a Jesuit included teaching theology and assisting in campus ministry at Jesuit High School, Carmichael, Calif., (1996-2000), parish administrator at Most Holy Trinity Church, San Jose, (2002-2004) and minister of the Jesuit community there (2005-2015). Health issues brought him to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, where he engaged in a ministry of prayer.

Brother Sanders is survived by his son, Tino Acevedo (Alison) of Auburn, Wash., his brothers Mike Sanders (Miki) of San Miguel, Calif., Rob Sanders (Joy) of Issaquah, Wash., Bill Sanders (Marilyn) of Fresno, Richard Sanders (Dennis) of Ventura, Calif., his sister Jeanne Sanders Kokes of Houston, and by many step siblings, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral Mass was celebrated April 30, at Most Holy Trinity Church, San Jose. Interment took place at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, Santa Clara.

Donations in memory of Br. Sanders may be made to the Jesuits West Province of the Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or through the Province's secure donation site at www.jesuitswest.org/donations online.






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