Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology


Death of Jesuit: Earl A. Weis, S.J. (UMI)

Death of Jesuit:  Earl A. Weis, S.J. (UMI)

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother Fr. Earl A. Weis, S.J., who was called to eternal life on August 15, 2018. Earl died at 11:15 a.m. (EDT) at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, MI. He was 95 years old, a Jesuit for almost seventy-seven years, and a priest for sixty-four years. Earl is survived by his sister, Ann Lackey, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, on May 5, 1923, Earl went to grade school in Toledo and high school in Rensselaer, Indiana, before entering the Society on September 11, 1941 at Milford. He was ordained one June 19, 1954, made tertianship 1955-1956, and pronounced his final vows on February 2, 1959 at West Baden College.

Earl earned a Bachelor's (1946) and Master's Degree (1948) in English from Loyola University Chicago. He earned a Licentiate in Philosophy from West Baden College (1948), a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Weston School of Theology (1955), and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University (1958).

During Regency, Earl taught English at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. After earning his doctorate, he was a professor of Dogmatic Theology at West Baden College (1958-1963) before moving to Washington D.C. where he wrote about Dogmatic Theology. He was a staff editor of the New Catholic Encyclopedia (1963-1966) and editor of Corpus Instrumentorum (1966-1970). He spent a year as an associate professor at the University of Detroit before moving to Loyola University Chicago where he spent almost forty years as a professor of Theology. In addition to teaching at Loyola, Earl was chairman of the Theology Department (1971-1980) and superior of the Alpha Community (1983-1989). In 2008, Earl moved to Colombiere Center to care for his health.

Earl was a consummate gentleman who truly valued friendship. He had a great love of and fidelity to the Eucharist. Earl was a respected professor and was willing to teach courses others chose not to teach. He was loved and appreciated by his students. Once, when Earl was professor emeritus at Loyola University Chicago, a substitute teacher administered a test for him and the students were genuinely concerned about his health and inquired how soon Fr. Earl would return to class.

Earl was a great example of a Jesuit growing old gracefully. His daily walks with his close friend, Fr. Walt Krolikowski, was a wonderful example to Jesuits in formation of how to to grow old in the Society. In his final years when he could not speak, Earl had a strong understanding of what was going on and what his own mind was. Once after being wheeled into the doctor's office, he silently wheeled himself out of the office because he did not care to see the doctor.

As we remember with gratitude all that God has done through Earl's life of service to God and God's people, we are reminded of our privilege and obligation to offer Masses and prayers for his eternal repose. All members of the USA Midwest Province and those applied to it are to offer one Mass intention for Earl. Members of the Colombiere Jesuit Community will offer one additional Mass intention. All will wish to remember Earl in their prayers and Masses.

Monday, August 20, 2018
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Prayer Service 7:00 p.m.
Colombiere Center
9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI 48346-1015

Mass of Christian Burial:
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
10:45 a.m.
Colombiere Center

The burial will be held immediate after the Liturgy.


Colombiere Jesuit Community
9075 Big Lake Rd
Clarkston, MI 48346-1015

Notes of condolence to the family may be sent care of:
Christine McCuen (niece)
1668 Trading Post Lane
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302