Roland J. Teske
Fr. Roland J. Teske, SJ
Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Roland J. Teske, SJ, who died on Monday, May 18, 2015. He was 80 years old. May he rest in peace.
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Roland J. Teske

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Roland J. Teske, SJ, who died at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wis., on May 18, 2015. He was 80 years old, a Jesuit for 62 years, and a priest for 49 years, a month shy of his golden jubilee. May he rest in peace.

Born in Milwaukee, Wis. on October 29, 1934, Roland attended Mother of Good Counsel Grade School and Marquette University High School before entering the Society at Florissant, Mo., on August 8, 1952. He helped open the new novitiate in Oshkosh, Wis., and made vows there. He had the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, Saint Louis University, and St. Mary's College. Roland was ordained on June 8, 1965 and made tertianship in Drongen, Belgium. He pronounced his final vows on February 2, 1974.

As a regent, Roland taught at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis. After he completed doctoral studies in philosophy at the University of Toronto in 1974, he spent all his years of active ministry in higher education, becoming an established, much-published scholar in several areas of the history of philosophy. He began teaching at Marquette University in 1970 and directed the Honors Program in the late 1970s. He continued to teach and write there, even after he was named professor emeritus of philosophy almost 40 years later in 2008. In 2014 declining health led to his move to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community.

Roland was a multi-talented, extremely disciplined Jesuit who focused his ministry on becoming a productive teacher and scholar in the best Jesuit tradition. Although as a young scholar he did not find writing easy, he eventually published a prodigious amount of high-quality material, with special attention to Augustine and some medieval Augustinians. He related well to his students, and was an active contributor to the life of the Marquette University Jesuit Community. He was a steady, steady man and a good Jesuit.

Visitation
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
6:00 p.m.
San Camillo Chapel
10200 W. Bluemound Rd.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Funeral
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
6:00 p.m.
San Camillo Chapel
10200 W. Bluemound Rd.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Burial
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
9:30 a.m.
Mt. Olivet Cemetery
3801 W. Morgan Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53221

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June 04, 20159:01 PM
Remember fondly Roland Teske, S.J. from my days at Campion. He always appeared to be a hard guy (especially with the chocker chain) but really was a marshmellow. Great guy, enjoyed my years with him and the other Jesuits at Campion. – Alexander M. Jarrin

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