Fr. M. Joseph Casey, SJ, a Jesuit for more than 60 years, died March 8, 2019, at the age of 82.
He was born in Evanston, Ill., and ministered in education in Indianapolis, Ind., and Chicago. He also served as associate pastor in Cincinnati, Ohio, and later in life served as superior at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich.
Fr. Casey had three great loves in his life: Jesus (and the Society of Jesus), teaching French, and playing bridge. His jovial attitude, wide smile, and care for others helped him to make friends easily. His dedication and attention to others helped him to maintain great friendships throughout his life.
Throughout his life, Fr. Casey had a positive influence on many people — both the young and the old. During the 22 years he taught French, Fr. Casey helped many students transition into mature young adults. While superior of Colombiere Center, Fr. Casey cared well for the Jesuits in the community and helped them to deal with the difficulties of aging and preparing for their impending deaths.
As associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier, Fr. Casey accompanied countless people in both the joyful and difficult times of their lives especially through the celebration of the sacraments. Even as his health declined, Fr. Casey was able to affect the Jesuits and staff at Colombiere Center with his gracious and joyful attitude. Throughout his life, Fr. Casey was diligent in writing cards, letters, and prayer requests for his friends (and even people he did not know).
Visitation is Monday, March 11, 3-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Colombiere. Funeral Mass is Tuesday, March 12, at 10:45 a.m. at Colombiere Center, 9075 Big Lake Rd., Clarkston, MI with burial to follow.
Memorial gifts to support the Jesuits may be made to the USA Midwest Jesuits, 1010 N. Hooker St., Chicago, IL 60642. Visit www.jesuitsmidwest.org to read full obituary, sign guestbook, or make an online memorial gift. A.J. Desmond & Sons, (248) 362-2500.