Father John P.
McBride, SJ, veteran of the 75th Infantry
Division during WW II who saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and helped in
the liberation of France before becoming a teacher, pastor, and chaplain throughout
the Northwest, entered into God’s peace October 20. He was 92, a member of the
Society of Jesus for 65 years, and an ordained priest for 56 years.
was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on March 23, 1925 and as a child moved with
his family to British Columbia to help run a family ranch. Following high
school and his return to the U.S., he was drafted into the U.S. Army and
shipped overseas in 1944.
discharge from the Army, he attended Gonzaga University from 1946-49, received
a B.A. in economics, and served as battalion commander in the newly established
ROTC program there. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a 2nd
Lieutenant and assigned to active duty in Korea with the 7th Calvary.
He was wounded by a mortar shell and sent to Japan to recover.
After the Korean
conflict ended, Senator Warren Magnuson requested Fr. McBride’s service as his
military aide, which Fr. McBride did for 30 days. It was during the war and
conflict in Europe and Asia, respectively, that Fr. McBride felt the strong
calling to the priesthood. He was granted a quick discharge so that he could
start the long retreat at the Jesuit Novitiate in Sheridan, Ore., in 1952. He
went back to Gonzaga for philosophy studies from 1955-58 and went on to receive
his master’s in theology from Regis College, Toronto, 1958-62.
He was ordained a priest in
1961, and served in parishes from Alaska to Oregon as well as chaplain for 20
years at federal penitentiaries at McNeil Island, Wash., Lompoc, Calif., and
He then spent 11
years as chaplain at Providence Medical Center in Portland, 1992-2003, before
serving as pastoral minister at the Colombiere Jesuit Community in Portland
A funeral Mass for Fr.
McBride was held November 11 at St. Aloysius Church in Spokane.
memory of Fr. McBride may be made to the Jesuits West Province, P.O. Box 68,
Los Gatos, CA 95031-0068 or through the Province's secure donation site at www.jesuitswest.org/donations online.
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.
September 2, 2018 - 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.”
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