Friday, April 24

Obituary : Fr. James P. Walsh, a Jesuit dies at 80

Fr. James P. Walsh, a Jesuit who divided his ministry between the missions in Belize and pastoral care in Colorado, died April 18, 2015, in St. Louis after a long illness. He was 80 years old, a Jesuit for 61 years and a priest for 48 years.

The Denver native attended public grammar school before enrolling at Regis Jesuit High from which he graduated in 1952. He entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Mo., in August 1953.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and letters and an advanced degree in philosophy. As a young Jesuit in formation, he taught at St. John’s College in Belize. He studied theology at St. Mary’s (Kan.) College and was ordained on June 7, 1966. He did his training after ordination at Cushing, Okla., and took final vows on December 8, 1972.

His priestly ministry can be seen as divided between Belize (1968-82) and pastoral ministry, mainly in Colorado (1982-2004). Much of his ministry in Belize was in Corozal, first as associate pastor and then as pastor.

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