Father Brian Van Hove, SJ, was born in Superior, Wisconsin in 1948 and graduated from Superior Cathedral High School in 1966. He entered the Society of Jesus at St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, that same year. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973 and a master’s degree in French in 1974, both from Saint Louis University. He taught at Creighton Prep in Omaha before going to Regis College in Toronto where completed his bachelor’s and master’s in divinity in 1980. He was ordained a deacon in 1981, and earned a master’s in theology and a licentiate in sacred theology in 1984.
He was ordained a priest in 1982 at St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis.
After serving at the College Church he studied at The Catholic University of America in 1989, earning a PhD in Church History in 1999. Having to consult primary sources from the seventeenth century in Europe made the work slower, especially when “the history of ideas” was the centerpiece.
After teaching in seminaries in Ohio and Texas, he was assigned to retreat duties and the care of the Shrine of St. Joseph in St. Louis. Then he was assigned to be the chaplain to the Religious Sisters of Mercy in Alma, Michigan. The Sisters are mainly doctors and nurses and this has become a major blessing since various serious health conditions have marked Father Van Hove's life in the last ten years. On September 7, 2016 Father Van Hove will turn 68 years old.
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