In the three days February 20-22, this province lost five Jesuits. One more entered eternal life on Feb. 26. Some were well known and highly regarded for their accomplishments. Others were quiet servants, impactful in their own sphere of influence. All were dedicated to their vocation as Jesuits, called to serve for the Greater Glory of God. (The underlined names are links to that Jesuit's obituary.)
· Fr. David C. Borbridge, SJ, was a scholar, learned in Latin American History. An educator and quiet activist, he taught in both secondary and higher education and he sought peace and justice. He once wrote, “It has always seemed to me that each Jesuit Province has a greater than ever opportunity to serve the local church precisely because the Society is a worldwide organization with access to a dimension of reality that is beyond the scope of a local community. No matter how important the works we do are, they lose something if we never see beyond the hedge.” Father Borbridge died in Palmetto, La. On Feb. 20.
· Br. Alois H. Dorsey, SJ, is remembered best for the way he nurtured others – especially young Jesuits – through his cooking. He served in the kitchen in schools and at novitiates. Superior General Peter Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, noted, “In addition to the bodily sustenance given to so many all these years, you have given your quiet, gentle, loyal personal support to friends and family—a kind of sustenance even more important than food!” Brother Dorsey died in St. Louis on Feb. 20.
· Fr. Robert T. Costello, SJ, was a psychologist, an educator and a provincial superior. He is a man remembered not only for his intelligence and wisdom, but also his great kindness and sense of humor. He worked for reconciliation. Father Costello died in St. Louis on Feb. 21.
· Br. Alexander Gussio, SJ, was a gentle giant who loved to fix things and help people. People often brought their problems to him because he was a ready listener. “His empathy is sincere, and his advice is true.” Brother Gussio died in White Rock, Texas on Feb. 22.
· Fr. Donald W. Reck, SJ, was a theologian who was devoted to the ongoing formation of priests and religious men and women. His work had a lasting, global impact,as he helped to form and train religious from all over the world. He died in St. Louis on Feb. 23.
· Fr. Oren Key, SJ, grew up in El Paso, and his roots on the border would influence his life's ministry. He was ahead of his time in his desire to be fluent in the language of the people he served. His expetise in Spanish enabled him to serve in Chile and Paraguay, as well as in several parishes serving immigrants in the Diocese of Fort Worth. He died on Sunday at the age of 96.
We remember with gratitude all that God has done through their lives of service to God and God’s people. May they find refreshment, rest and peace in God’s presence.
"… let them find rest from their labors, for their works accompany them." (Revelation 14:13)