Remembering Fr. Dennis M. Linehan, SJ, Associate Editor for America magazine

Rev. Dennis M. Linehan, SJ, was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on July 9, 1942. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Prep and entered the Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pa. in 1960. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Classical Languages and a Masters in European History from St. Louis University. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Woodstock College in New York. He was ordained a priest on June 3, 1972.

Fr. Linehan first taught History at Scranton Prep and later became a professor of History and Classical Languages at Loyola College in Maryland. He was also the college’s Director of Pre-Ministerial Studies. In 1984, he was called to serve for a year as the Assistant Academic Dean at the University of Scranton, where he then spent the next ten years as a professor of Theology.

In 1995, Fr. Linehan became a writer and the Associate Editor for America magazine, a position he held through 2009. He worked tirelessly through the tragedy of 9/11 and the ensuing months, foregoing any time off to make sure coverage of the unfolding stories never missed a beat.

From 2009 to 2013, Fr. Linehan served as a pastoral minister, first at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville and then at Old St. Joseph’s Church in Philadelphia. He moved to Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore in 2013 and then to Manresa Hall in Philadelphia in 2016, where he passed away on September 23, 2016 at the age of 74.

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May 27, 2020 - Now more than ever, we invoke God to wipe away the darkness of anxiety, allowing us to be guided by the light of Christ and to trust in God’s promise of new life. Over the last few months, our Jesuit provinces have been in a place we don’t often find ourselves, a place that saw our schools closed, parishes empty, and the halls of our retreat centers giving new meaning to the word “silent.”

May 13, 2020 - Fr. Daniel Lahart, SJ, president of Regis High School recently asked one of the school’s alumni, Dr. Anthony Fauci, class of ’58, to record a video for the Jesuit graduates of 2020.

May 12, 2020 - Susan Baber has been named the Associate Provincial Assistant for Secondary Education for the new USA East Jesuit Province. The new province will come into being on July 31, Susan will assume this new role in August.

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May 5, 2020 - Let us pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.

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