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.
Fr. Schlim/Bob was born March 28, 1928 on the family farm in Howard, South Dakota, the son of Joseph and Cora Erfman Schlim. His schooling ranged from a one-room school on land carved from his grandfather's homestead, to the local St. Agatha's Catholic school run by the School Sisters of St. Francis, who inspired his love of learning and desire to be a Jesuit teacher, to Creighton University, Gonzaga University, Regis College, Toronto, and Eastern Washington State. He entered the Jesuit novitiate in Sheridan, Oregon, in 1950 and was ordained a priest in Spokane in 1962.
Bob's ministry was centered on teaching: physics and math at Gonzaga Prep and Bellarmine Prep, San Jose, Calif., metal shop in Spokane junior high schools, a high school completion program for the Community Colleges of Spokane, and adult education for the incarcerated. He retired to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California, in 2017 for a ministry of prayer.
Bob is survived by a nephew, Michael Paolin of Sebastian, Florida, a niece, Tammy Croak of Pennington, New Jersey.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Aloysius Church, 330 E. Boone Avenue, Spokane on October 16, 2018. Burial will be at the Jesuit plot, Mount St. Michael's, Spokane.
November 6, 2018 — Benefactors and friends of Jesuits West attended the White Collar Luncheon held on All Saints Day at the Isaac Orr Room, Seattle Archdiocese Chancery. Over 25 Jesuits from Seattle U, Seattle Prep, Bellarmine Prep Tacoma and other NW Jesuit ministries were in attendance.
November 1, 2018 — Our new Director of Communications for the Jesuits West Province comes from our own Jesuit family. Tracey Primrose, who served for the last six and ½ years as the Secretary for Communications for the Jesuit Conference, is joining our team at Jesuits West.
October 29, 2018 — Most Reverend Michael Barber, SJ, Bishop of Oakland, ordained 6 Jesuits as Deacons at Christ the Light Cathedral. Two Deacons featured in the video, Andrew Laguna, SJ, and Francis Nguyen, SJ, are from Jesuits West Province.
October 23, 2018 – Two Jesuit Scholastics in 1st Studies, James Millikan, SJ, and Raymond Parcon, SJ, share their personal experiences of serving in Alaska frontier villages that are accessible only by plane or sea.
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.
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