Vale Fr John Reilly SJ

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr John Gerard Reilly SJ, who died at Manresa Residence, Toowong, Qld, on 15 March 2017, aged 88 years and 7 months.

Aug 1928 — Born in Essendon, Victoria

Fr John Reilly SJ

Fr John Reilly SJ

1947-48 — Novitiate at Loyola College, Watsonia, Vic.

1949 — Juniorate at Loyola College, Watsonia, Vic.: Arts at Melbourne University

1950-52 — Philosophy at Loyola College, Watsonia, Vic.

1953 — Regency at St Ignatius’ College, Norwood, SA

1954-56 — Juniorate at Loyola College, Watsonia, Vic.: Sciences at Melbourne University

1957-58 — Regency at St Xavier’s School, Hazaribag, India

1959-60 — Manresa House, Ranchi, India: Hindi language study

1960-64 — Theology at St Mary’s College, Kurseong, Darjeeling District; ordained 25 March 1963 at Ranchi Cathedral, India; pastoral ministry at Mahuadanr (1964)

1964-65 — St Xavier’s School, Hazaribag: teaching science and maths

1965-66 — Tertianship at St Stanislaus College, Sitagarha, India, with Fr Schillebeeckx SJ

1966-67 — Palamau: Catholic Ashram; famine relief work

1968-69 — Newman College, Vic.: chaplain at Melbourne University (1968); province survey of missionary possibilities in the Asia Pacific region

1969-70 — Suva, Fiji Islands: ministry to Indians

1970-76 — East Asian Pastoral Institute, Manila, Philippines: lecturer in theology

1976-78 — Collegio Bellarmino, Rome: STD at Gregorian University

1979 — Aquinas College, North Adelaide, SA: lecturer in theology, chaplain at Adelaide University, coordinator of “Together in Prayer” collaborative program of Wagga Diocese and Jesuit Province

1980 — Canberra: Spiritual Exercises and seminars for various religious institutes in Australia and PNG, writer, Vatican Observer at WCC Conference on Mission and Evangelism (Melbourne, May)

1981 — New Zealand National Seminary, Mosgiel: lecturer in theology

1982-93 — Provincial Residence, Hawthorn, Vic.: travelling resource in theology and spirituality for priests, religious and lay leaders in East Asia and the Pacific; Provincial Delegate for Mission from 1989

1993-2002 — Xavier House, Canberra: National Director for Commission of Australian Bishops for Continuing Education of Clergy, writer

2003-04 — Campion CIS, Kew: Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life for priests in Melbourne and Victoria

2005-17 — Manresa Residence, Toowong, Qld: superior, member of Faber CIS (begun in Aug 2006), director of Faber CIS from 2011, Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life for priests in Brisbane and Queensland


Vigil Mass (organised by Faber CIS)

7.00pm, Wednesday, 22nd March 2017 at Saint Ignatius’ Church, Toowong, Qld

Funeral Mass

10.00am, Thursday, 23rd March 2017 at Saint Ignatius’ Church, Toowong, Qld,

then burial at Nudgee cemetery at 11.45am