Remembering Fr. John McDaniel, SJ, beloved minister, historian and treasurer for the Jesuits in Philadelphia

Rev. John “Jack” W. McDaniel, SJ, was born in Baltimore, Md., on January 28, 1941. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute High School and entered the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pa. in 1959. He received a B.A. in Mathematics from Loyola Seminary in Shrub Oak, NY, as well as an M.Ed. in Mathematics and Education. He went on to receive a Master’s in Divinity and a Master of Theological Studies from Woodstock College in New York. He was ordained a priest on June 5, 1971.

Following ordination, Fr. McDaniel taught Theology for a year at Loyola College in Maryland and Systematic Theology for a year at Emory University in Atlanta. After leading retreats for a year at the Manresa-on-Severn retreat house in Annapolis, he served for two years at the Novitiate in Wernersville, first as an assistant treasurer and then as treasurer.

In 1977, Fr. McDaniel began serving as assistant treasurer for St. Joseph’s Prep, where he stayed for eight years. He then moved to the Jesuit Community at Saint Joseph’s University, where he served diligently for more than 30 years, first as community treasurer, sub-minister and house historian through 2010, and then as the archivist through 2019, continuing his role as house historian.

Fr. McDaniel passed away on February 1, 2020 at the age of 79.  

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