Don studied nursing at Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Cincinnati and became a registered nurse; he used his nursing skills throughout his Jesuit life to care for others — both within and outside the Society.
In Memoriam: Br. Donald H. Bengert, SJ
Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. Donald H. Bengert, SJ, who died on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Mich. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.
Don was born on September 16, 1926, in Evansville, Indiana. He entered the Society of Jesus on March 11, 1956 at Milford Novitiate in Milford, Ohio; he took final vows on August 15, 1966 at Bellarmine School of Theology in North Aurora, Illinois.
Don was in the Army from 1945-1946. Before entering the Society, he studied at St. John's Seminary in Little Rock, Arkansas (1947-1950) and St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana (Sept. - Dec. 1950). He was a Journeyman in the Sheet Metal Workers Union; in the Society, Don was trained as an infirmarian in the novitiate. He attended St. Francis Central School of Practical Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio, and became a licensed practical nurse (1970-1971). He then studied nursing at Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Cincinnati and became a registered nurse (1972-1975).
Don used his nursing skills throughout his Jesuit life to care for others - both within and outside the Society. He was the infirmarian at Milford Novitiate (1960-1963), West Baden College in West Baden, Indiana (1963-1964), and Bellarmine School of Theology in North Aurora, Illinois (1964-1968). Don then used his nursing skills at Xavier University's Student Health Center (1968-1983) and as a home visitor to the elderly for Dominican Community Services in Cincinnati (1983-1987). He performed social ministry at St. John Social Service Center in Cincinnati (1987-2013).
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.
April 29, 2019 — Ask someone who's benefited from a Jesuit education or ministry about the Jesuits’ contributions, and you’ll hear answers like “Jesuits form men and women for others,” “they help people discern God’s presence in their lives,” and "they serve God by caring for and seeking justice for people on the margins.” But we don’t always give thought to how the Jesuits themselves benefit from being in the Society.
April 23, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Theodore J. Hottinger, SJ, who died on April 22, 2019 at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.
April 21, 2019 — We turned to Twitter and challenged people to tell the story the resurrection of Jesus in exactly six words — no more. Boil the central truth of our faith down to its essence. What’s most important?