Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fr. William J. Brennan, S.J., presente

From: Bob Graf Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Many Catholic Workers and people at SOAWatch may be interested to know that
Father Bill Brennan S.J. died on August 11, 2014. Bill lived at Casa
Maria, Catholic Worker House, in Milwaukee for a number of years and was a regular at Fort Benning until last year when his body was paralyzed.
However, his mind was clear, and Jerry Zawada and I visited him recently.

WP2012-31 Death of Fr. William J. Brennan, S.J.

August 12, 2014


Dear Brothers:

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother Fr. William J.
Brennan, S.J., who was called to eternal life on August 11, 2014.
Bill died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI. He was ninety-four years old, a Jesuit for seventy-five years, and a priest for sixty-three years.

Born in Wauwatosa, WI on May 14, 1920, Bill attended grade school in Wauwatosa and Whitefish Bay and graduated from Marquette University High School in 1938. He entered the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri on September 1, 1938. After the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, Saint Louis University, and St. Mary's College, Bill was ordained on June 14, 1951, made tertianship in Decatur, IL, and pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1954.

Bill lived not only a long Jesuit life, but a very full Jesuit life.
Regency in Belize was the beginning of years of service in Central America, in both Belize and in Yoro, Honduras, and of a life-long ministry in various Latino parishes in New Mexico, Texas, California, and Wisconsin. From 1966 to 1979 Bill taught at Saint Louis University High School and at Marquette University High School.
Involvement in the struggle for justice and peace was also life-long for Bill. From 1981 to 1985 he lived and worked at the Casa Maria House in Milwaukee, and almost to the day he died he continued to demonstrate for justice issues, for the poor and oppressed to whom he gave his heart.

Bill was a great-hearted man who remained amazingly active even after he turned ninety and his body began to fail him. He did not mind controversy and loved to campaign. He lived his life with passion.
He was a people's priest.

Arrangements are as follows:

VISITATION Monday, August 18, 2014, 6:00 PM, San Camillo Chapel,
10200 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, WI

FUNERAL MASS Monday, August 18, 2014, 7:00 PM, San Camillo Chapel,
10200 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, WI

Burial will not take place at this time. Fr. Brennan donated his body to medical research.

Messages of condolence may be sent to one of the following:

St. Camillus Jesuit Community Kathleen Brennan (sister)
10100 W. Bluemound Rd. 6600
River Pkwy, #421
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

James B. Brennan (brother)
Eileen McCullough (sister)
2756 N. 87th St.
1680 Sunnyslope Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53222
Hollister, CA 95023

Terence Brennan (brother)
Virginia Brennan (sister-in-law)
1731 Wildberry Dr., Unit C St.
John's on the Lake
Glenview, IL 60025
1840 N. Prospect Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53202

As we remember with gratitude all that God has done through Bill's life of service to God and God's people, we are reminded of our privilege and obligation to offer Masses and prayers for his eternal repose.

Sincerely in Christ,

Mark A. Carr, S.J.

Emails from the Wisconsin Province Office are published as needed.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mark Carr, S.J.
at 414-937-6949 or Nancy Hrdlicka at 414-727-5223 or

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