In Memoriam
After ordination Bob spent 17 years working for Sophia University where he was a lecturer in Journalism, taught English, and was Director of Public Relations (1959-1963).
In Memoriam: Fr. Robert C. Dressman, SJ

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Robert C. Dressman, S.J. (CDT), who died at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan.  May he rest in peace.

Bob was born on June 11, 1922, in Covington, Kentucky. He entered the Society of Jesus on September 1, 1942, at Milford, Ohio. He was ordained on June 15, 1955, at West Baden College in southern Indiana, and took final vows on February 2, 1960.  Bob attended Xavier University for two years before he joined the Jesuits in 1942.   As a Jesuit, Bob earned a Bachelor's Degree in Literature from Xavier University, Licentiate Degrees in Philosophy and Theology from West Baden College, a  Masters' Degree in English from Loyola University Chicago, and a Masters' Degree in Journalism from Marquette University.

During Regency Bob was a lecturer and dormitory prefect at Sophia University in Tokyo (1951-1952).  After ordination Bob spent 17 years working for Sophia University where he was a lecturer in Journalism, taught English, and was Director of Public Relations (1959-1963).  Later he was a representative for the university at the Jesuit Missions Office in New York City (1963-1965).  He returned to Tokyo were he was an assistant professor of Journalism, the Director of the International Alumni Association, in charge of International University Relations, and was Director of the Continuing Education Community College (1965-1976).

Bob returned to the Province and worked as Director of Public Relations at Xavier University (1976-1978), before working in the Jesuit Curia Press Office in Rome (1978-1980).  He worked in development for the Gregorian University Foundation in New York (1980-1982), and was its President (1982-1985).

After a year of CPE, Bob worked in Cincinnati as a chaplain at University Hospital  (1986-1999) and Mount Notre Dame Convent (1993-1999).  He was on the retreat staff at Bellarmine Retreat House in Barrington, Illinois (1999-2005) before becoming an active member of the Colombiere Center Jesuit Community in 2005.

Visitation
Sunday, October 27, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Prayer Service 7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 28, 2013
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Colombiere Center
9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI
48346-1015

Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, October 28, 2013
2:00 p.m.9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI48346-1015

Burial Service
Immediately following the funeral.

Memorial gifts
Memorial gifts may be made to The Jesuits, 2050 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60614.
To make an online contribution, please click here.








Recent News

June 4, 2019 — All 85 graduates will be continuing on with higher education—and all are the first generation in their family to do so.

May 29, 2019 — Cristo Rey alum Cesar Muñoz ('07) has been named the founding principal for Cristo Rey Miami High School.

May 22, 2019 — If Jacob Zelinski's learned anything in his experiences with heartbreak, it’s that you can’t have it all, but you can have songs at sunset that remind you of your brother.

May 14, 2019 — Arrupe College celebrates the success of its first graduating class completing their bachelor’s degrees.

May 6, 2019 - When I was in the third grade at a Catholic primary school in suburban Maryland, I happened upon a book about St. Isaac Jogues, the 17th century Jesuit missionary, getting flogged, flayed, and having his fingers chewed off on a mission to “New France.” At the time I couldn’t for the life of me understand why someone would choose to go through such an ordeal! Fast forward twenty-some years later, and I am a Jesuit brother living with Jesuits from India, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Wisconsin.

May 6, 2019 — The author found an unexpected encounter with grace when he attended Mass celebrated by Fr. Larry Gillick, SJ.

May 1, 2019 — Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, recently gave a speech about the collaboration between Jesuits with the laity.

view all news

Search news

Publications

Jesuits Spring 2019

Jesuits Fall/Winter 2018

Jesuits Summer 2018



Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago
Located 80 miles north of Milwaukee, the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago welcomes men and women of all faiths to its silent preached and directed retreats.