Father Anton J. “Sam” Renna, S.J., a beloved teacher, mentor, and spiritual and life guide at Brophy College Preparatory School for 45 years, died Friday, August 9, in Regis Infirmary at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, after a lengthy illness. He was 79 years old.
Born in San Jose on March 11, 1934, Anton graduated from Bellarmine Prep. He entered the Novitiate at Los Gatos on August 14, 1952, received his MA from Gonzaga University, and was assigned as an English teacher at Brophy College Prep.
After ordination by Archbishop Joseph T. McGucken in San Francisco on June 4, 1965 and completion of studies, he returned to the desert, teaching English and humanities to generations of Brophy students. He involved himself with many activities relating to the school, including leading 28 summer trips to Europe, shepherding groups of Brophy boys around Salzburg and other cities. He retired to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in 2009.
To say he was beloved by students, faculty, and parents alike, is an understatement. He left an impression on all who knew him. He loved to laugh, he loved to be social, but mostly he loved his students. It was they to whom he gave of himself so patiently. He married and baptized countless alumni and their children and concelebrated many student Masses.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on August 16 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center Chapel, 300 College Avenue, Los Gatos.
October 11, 2018 - TESTAROSSA Winery, located at the former Novitiate Winery in Los Gatos, Calif., hosted a 130th Anniversary luncheon commemorating the 1st harvest of grapes at the Novitiate Winery, October 11, 1888. TESTAROSSA owners, Rob & Diana Jensen invited the Sacred Heart Jesuit Community and Staff for wine tasting and buffet lunch.
October 9, 2018 - Father Robert Joseph Schlim, SJ, longtime teacher in Spokane schools, died at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California, October 3, 2017. He was 90 years of age, 68 years a Jesuit, and 56 years a priest.
September 30, 2018 - Jesuit Scholastics studying Philosophy spend their first summer on service immersion programs. The rural villages of Alakanuk, Bethel and Newtok in western Alaska were the frontier destinations for Shane Liesegang, SJ, John Meyers, SJ, Jason McCreery, SJ, Raymond Parcon, SJ, and James Millikan, SJ. Their mission was to contribute their talents wherever needed.
September 17, 2018 - Ms. Kim Cavnar, Principal of St. Francis Xavier School, received Loyola University of Chicago’s 2018 Damen Award from the Institute of Pastoral Studies on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
September 12, 2018 - Father Michael J. Mandala, SJ, emeritus president of Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles, died September 9, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He suffered from pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years of age and had been a member of the Jesuit Order for 54 years, 41 years a priest.
September 5, 2018 - Father John J. (“Hex”) Kindall, SJ, longtime high school teacher/principal and pastor in schools and parishes throughout the Pacific Northwest, died August 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He was 91 years of age, a Jesuit for 74 years, and 61 years a priest.