In Memoriam
Fr. Kleinhenz was an excellent math teacher and, after finishing his formal teaching career, continued tutoring students.
In Memoriam: Fr. John "Jack" H. Kleinhenz, SJ

November 26, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John "Jack" H. Kleinhenz, SJ, who died on Thursday, November 22, 2018, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He was 97 years old and the oldest member of the USA Midwest Province. May he rest in peace. 

Fr. Kleinhenz was born on July 16, 1921, in Cleveland. He entered the Society of Jesus on September 1, 1939, at Milford Novitiate in Milford, Ohio. He was ordained on June 18, 1952, at West Baden College in West Baden Springs, Ind. He took final vows on February 2, 1957, in Detroit. Fr. Kleinhenz graduated St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland before he entered the Society. 

While in the Society, he earned a bachelor's degree in Latin from Xavier University (1942). He earned a licentiate degree in philosophy (1946) and sacred theology (1953) from West Baden College in West Baden, Ind. Fr. Kleinhenz also earned a master's degree in math from the University of Detroit (1966). During regency Fr. Kleinhenz taught math, Latin, and theology at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. After completing his initial studies, he cared for members of the Society as socius to the master of novices (1954-1956), secretary to the Detroit provincial (1956-1957), and socius to the brothers' master of novices (1957). 

Fr. Kleinhenz then began his 50 years of working in secondary education. He was the assistant principal of St. Ignatius in Cleveland (1957-1960), taught math and theology at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School (1960-1962), and taught math (and was minister of the Jesuit community) at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (1962-1963). After spending a year (1963-1964) completing his master's degree, he returned to St. Ignatius, Cleveland where he spent 13 years teaching math (1964-1977). Fr. Kleinhenz taught for a year at Regis High School in New York, before returning to his alma mater where he spent the next 30 years teaching and tutoring math (1978-2008). He was a Detroit province consultor from 1995-2001. When Fr. Kleinhenz moved to Colombiere Center in 2008 to care for his health, he had spent a total of 46 years working at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. 

Fr. Kleinhenz was an excellent math teacher and, after finishing his formal teaching career, continued tutoring students. His various apostolic assignments showed that he was a most available Jesuit. He seemed to know everyone in his hometown of Cleveland—especially the diocesan clergy—and attended many wakes and funerals of friends and St. Ignatius alumni. In his later years, he would celebrate the morning Mass in the student chapel at St. Ignatius High School every day. Through to the end of his life, he continued to regularly send short notes to people informing them that he was thinking of and praying for them. 

Wake

Sunday, November 25, 2018 
3:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
Wake Service 
7:00 p.m. 
Colombiere Center 
9075 Big Lake Road Clarkston, MI 48346 

Funeral Mass

Monday, November 26, 2018 
10:45 a.m. 
Colombiere Center 
9075 Big Lake Road 
Clarkston, MI 48346 

Burial Service

Immediately following the funeral





Recent News

July 18, 2019 - At the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo near Rome, Jesuit Brother Robert Macke finds his work as the curator of meteorites for the Vatican Observatory — formally founded in 1891 by Pope Leo XIII — allows him to, as the Jesuit saying goes, “find God in all things.”

July 9, 2019 — An Ignatian delegation is taking part in the United Nations's forum, which runs July 9-18 in New York City.

While at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, I embraced many of the freedoms college offers, but I failed to develop my spiritual life in any way beyond an occasional prayer to God for a date to go well or for an A on an exam. After graduating, I moved to Chicago to work for a financial firm. I was achieving my goals, yet I felt deeply unfulfilled by life.

July 1, 2019 — The Jesuits in Honduras are denouncing the Honduran government’s repression of protests over the past two months.

June 29, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John J. Kilgallen, SJ, who died on June 29, 2019. He was 85 years old. May he rest in peace.

June 5, 2019 —The Society of Jesus is proud to announce the ordination of 22 new priests in Canada, the U.S. and Haiti, including four from the Midwest Jesuits Province.

view all news

Search news

Publications

Jesuits Spring 2019

Jesuits Fall/Winter 2018

Jesuits Summer 2018



Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House
The Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House is located on the shores of Lake De Montreville in Lake Elmo, Minn.