Obituaries

Obituary | Fr. Ernest J. Jacques, SJ

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 13 at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center in New Orleans for Jesuit Father Ernest J. "E.J." Jacques, who taught Scripture and served as a parish priest.

Obituary | Sr. Anne McNeive, OP

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 10 at Nazareth Living Center's chapel in south St. Louis County for Dominican Sister Anne McNeive, a retired educator and social worker. A second Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel at the Dominican Convent in Sparkill, N.Y., on Oct. 13.

Sister Anne, 82, died Oct. 7 in St. Louis.

Obituary | Sr. Therese Leonard, OSU

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 1 at St. Martin de Porres Church in Hazelwood for Ursuline Sister Therese Leonard, a retired educator and pastoral associate.

Sister Therese, also known as Sister Martin de Porres, died Sept. 27 at St. Clare Health Center in Fenton at age 82.

Born in St. Paul, Minn, she entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1952 and professed vows in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree from Fontbonne University in Clayton and a master's degree from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn. She also did post-graduate work at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

Obituary | Father Peter Mary Rookey, OSM

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 15 at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago for Father Peter Mary Rookey, a priest of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary (Servites), an internationally known healing priest who frequently traveled to St. Louis to celebrate healing Masses.

Father Rookey died Sept. 10 at Our Lady of Sorrows Monastery in Chicago. He was 97 and was a priest for 73 years.

Obituary | Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR

TOTOWA, N.J. -- Father Benedict J. Groeschel, who was a founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a leading pro-life figure and popular author, retreat master and preacher, died Oct. 3 at St. Joseph's Home for the elderly in Totowa after a long illness. He was 81.

"We are deeply saddened by the death of Father Benedict. He was an example to us all," said Father John Paul Ouellette, who is also a Franciscan friar and the order's community servant.

Obituary | Sr. Kathryn Hoener, SSND

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 1 in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Theresa Center chapel in south St. Louis County for Sister Kathryn Hoener, a former teacher, principal and preschool director.

Sister Kathryn, 64, died from cancer Sept. 26 at Anna House at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

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