In Memoriam
Known by many as 'Bucky,' John was a wonderful Jesuit full of goodness and kindness. He was a hard worker and someone who fostered community. In the tradition of the great Jesuit brothers, Bucky cared for people very well.
In Memoriam: Br. John F. Buchman, SJ

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. John F. Buchman, SJ, who died on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He was 83 years old and a Jesuit for 65 years.

John was born on September 10, 1933, in Beech Grove, Ind. He attended grade school and high school in Indianapolis before entering the Society of Jesus. After six months of postulancy, John formally entered Milford Novitiate in Ohio on March 15, 1952. He professed final vows on February 2, 1964, at Milford.

Known by many as "Bucky," John was a wonderful Jesuit full of goodness and kindness. He was a hard worker and someone who fostered community. In the tradition of the great Jesuit brothers, Bucky cared for people very well. He was present to people and was concerned about others. Being with and talking to John was easy and comfortable, especially when enjoying his homemade cookies — certainly containing the odor of sanctity. When people met him, they felt they had known him for years. Bucky saw the humor in all things (including himself), laughed a lot, and was self-effacing and incredibly humble, as well as wise and practical. Based in his love of Christ and the Eucharist, John was always positive and accepted challenges with aplomb. He preached the Gospel through his service to and with others.

Trained by the Society to cook, Bucky fed Jesuits throughout his life. Beginning in 1951, he cooked for the novices and juniors at Milford. When missioned in 1965 to the theologate in North Aurora, Ill., he cooked for many of these same Jesuits while they studied philosophy and theology at Bellarmine School of Theology. During the academic year of 1970–71, he worked at the Loyola Youth Retreat Center in Milford.

In 1971 John returned to his hometown of Indianapolis to work in the recently founded Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. He stayed at Brebeuf for almost 40 years in various capacities. He worked in the business office (1971–87) and the book store and cafeteria (1972–95). John also assisted members of the administration (1996–2010) and worked as the administrative assistant to the rector and the house manager (1996–2010).  He served his community daily, cooking dinner for his fellow Jesuits from 1985 to 2010. Lay and Jesuit, everyone at Brebeuf knew John, and everyone could and would talk with Brother Bucky, knowing he would keep whatever was said in confidence. He would often take the worries and concerns of others to prayer. He was the "glue" that held the community and school together in thick and thin. In 2010, Bucky moved to Colombiere Center to care for his health. 

Bucky's wisdom and common sense were sought out by many rectors and superiors. He served as a house consultor at Brebeuf (1974–84 and 1987–2010) and at Colombiere Center (2014–16). He was also a valued province consultant (1987–89). Over  the years, many Jesuits sought out John's wisdom.

VISITATION
Sunday, June 4, 2017
4–7 p.m.
Service at 7 p.m.
Colombiere Center
9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI 48346

FUNERAL MASS
Monday, June 5, 2017
10:45 a.m.
Colombiere Center
9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI 48346





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