Bellarmine Prep Celebrates 80th Birthday of Fr. Jerry Wade
More than 1,200 well-wishers attended a January 27 celebration of the 80th birthday of Father Gerald T. Wade, SJ, chancellor, alumnus, and former president of Bellarmine College Preparatory (San Jose).
Speakers at the on-campus celebration included Father Richard Cobb, SJ, longtime friend and colleague; Father Edward Reese, SJ, former principal of Bellarmine and current president of St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco; and David Romero, SJ, a Jesuit novice who traveled from Boston College to entertain the crowd with his comedic impression of Fr. Wade. Bellarmine President Chris Meyercord introduced a tribute video that was also streamed into other campus venues to accommodate overflow crowds.
During the San Jose City Council meeting on his birthday, December 12, Fr. Wade received a commendation from Mayor Sam Liccardo, a Bellarmine alumnus. The campus celebration included presentations of additional commendations from Dominic Caserta, Santa Clara City councilmember; and Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County supervisor; both of whom are Bellarmine alumni.
Among the guests at the celebration were many Bellarmine alumni whose graduation years spanned eight decades, going as far back as the 1940s.
In lieu of gifts, guests were encouraged to contribute to the Wade Family Financial Aid Endowment.
This year marks Fr. Wade's 63rd anniversary as a member of the Society of Jesus, which he entered upon graduating from Bellarmine in 1955.
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.
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.
The Jesuits West Prayer for September centers on St. Peter Claver, SJ, whose feast day is September 9. From 1610 until his death in 1654, Peter Claver, ministered to the slaves brought from Africa to Cartagena, Colombia. Peter signed his name, “slave of the slaves forever.”
August 26, 2018 – Bishop Thomas Daley of Spokane celebrated the 8:30 am Mass at St. Aloysius Church and officially announced Fr. Tom Lamanna, SJ, as the new Pastor. Fr. Jerry Graham, SJ, joins the parish team as Associate Pastor.
August 24, 2018 - In a letter released today, Jesuit Superior General Father Arturo Sosa addressed the Society of Jesus and its lay collaborators regarding the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
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