Friday, January 06, 2006

Father James E. Farrell, S.J., 1914-2006.

Detroit Province Jesuit Father Jim Farrell, a longtime teacher, administrator and retreat director, died early yesterday in Cleveland at age 91. In his seventy-three years in the Society of Jesus, Jim served as a teacher and administrator at Loyola Academy and U of D Jesuit High School and later did retreat work at Loyola of the Lakes Jesuit Retreat House, Manresa Jesuit Retreat House and the Jesuit Retreat House of Cleveland. Jim was also the older brother of Loyola House's own Father Walt Farrell, and it was in this capacity that I met him. In October 2004, Jim came to the novitiate to help celebrate his younger brother's 70th anniversary as a Jesuit. On that visit, Jim shared a few stories about Walt and also spoke about his own life in the Society. Though they lived in different cities for much of their Jesuit lives, the Farrell brothers kept up frequent contact and often vacationed together. Though I only met him once, I'll miss Jim Farrell. His brother Walt and those who knew him well will surely miss him even more. I hope readers of this blog will join me in praying in a special way for Jim and for all who mourn his death and gratefully recall his life of service. AMDG.

2 Comments:

At January 07, 2006 8:51 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

God bless Fr. James Farrell and grant him the reward of his labors in the fullness of God's presence.

Peace,
Lisa

 
At January 07, 2006 5:14 PM, Anonymous Jake said...

Father Farrell was a great man and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to have known him.

Thanks for the kind words about him.

 

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