Father John F. “Jack” Dullea, SJ, died peacefully on Friday, August 1 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, after a long illness. He was 85.
Jack was born in San Francisco in 1929, graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep, and entered the Jesuit Order in Los Gatos in 1945. He studied philosophy at Gonzaga University, Spokane (B.A., M.A.), followed by a period of teaching at Ryan Preparatory College, Fresno, and at Loyola High School, Los Angeles. He made his theological studies in Innsbruck, Austria, where he was ordained to the priesthood on July 26, 1959. He did graduate studies at the Gregorian University, Rome, where he earned a doctorate in theology in 1963.
His assignments included teaching theology at Santa Clara University (1963-67, 1968-73), retreat director at the Jesuit Retreat Center, Los Altos (1973-76), and parish work at St. Mary’s Church, Ogden, Utah (1986-88). He also spent 11 years at the Jesuit headquarters in Rome in a variety of administrative positions.
In 1990, Fr. Dullea moved into high school guidance work as college counselor, first at Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose, and then, from 2000-08, at Verbum Dei High School in the Watts area of Los Angeles. He served as senior priest at the Jesuit novitiate in Culver City before retiring to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in 2010. Jack was the brother of the late Fr. Charles Dullea, SJ, former president of the University of San Francisco. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Jack once noted that he was fortunate that his years in Rome, both as a student and as a member of the Jesuit staff, coincided with exciting and historical times: the Second Vatican Council (1962) and the “ecclesiastical whirlwind” year of 1978, the year of three Popes and the beginning of the long pontificate of John Paul II.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, August 8, 10:00 a.m. at St. Clare’s Chapel, Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln Street, Santa Clara, with burial immediately after.
Donations in memory of Fr. Dullea may be made to the California Province of the Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos, CA 95031.