14th Ordinary Sunday (Bulletin & Obit)

Hands with The Holy Bible

We're sorry, but Fr Sullivan was unable to provide us with his thoughts for this week. Please see enclosed for the weekly parish bulletin, and the obituary of Fr Bill German SJ. May he rest in peace.

Father William German, S.J. died after a short illness on 4 July 2017 at Rene Goupil House in Pickering, Ontario. Fr. Bill was in his 92nd year of life and had been a religious for 73 years. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, son of John German and Kathleen O’Brien. He went to school at De La Salle and later at Regiopolis. He entered the Guelph Novitiate in July 1943. After three years of Philosophy studies at the Immaculee Conception in Montreal, he went to Addis- Ababa in Ethiopia to teach for three years. For many years Fr. Bill had a desire to be available for the missions and in 1950 his assignment was to Ethiopia. His missionary life was beginning. After one year back in Toronto for Theology studies, he went to St. Mary’s College in Kurseong, Darjeeling to continue his Theology studies. He was ordained a priest 21 November 1956. He would remain in India for 31 years with a few breaks here and there. He lived in Ranchi, Siliguri, Gayaganga and other places serving as a headmaster, teacher and prefect, retreat director, associate pastor, and pastor. He was a teacher at St. Joseph’s College, North Point, Darjeeling for 14 years and a retreat director and chaplain for another eight years. He served in a growing mission with other Canadian Jesuits and more and more Jesuits of Indian origin. All his work was marked by his generosity and enthusiasm.

Fr. Bill returned to Canada in 1985 to a year of studying the Spiritual Exercises at Guelph. He then moved back to Toronto to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish where he contributed as an associate pastor for 29 years. He served under several pastors and was held by the parishioners with great affection and strong appreciation. He supported many priests who came to him for counsel. His room was always full of cards and other gifts from the many people who simply loved him.

Fr. Bill was a highly-respected and much-loved man of the Spirit; as a priest, a confessor, a spiritual director, a friend. He welcomed people with great joy and an irresistible smile, making them feel blessed and loved by God, as he was greatly blessed and much loved by God. He was an eloquent speaker, with a vast repertoire of experiences which he willingly and enthusiastically shared. Bill was also a master of the art of active listening. With a few simple questions, he would gently guide his interlocutors to open up their minds and hearts, and their lives. He could sense the subtle movements of the Spirit of which the person speaking to him often was unaware or afraid, and would gently guide them to self-understanding and acceptance, and more importantly, to the experience of God’s understanding and acceptance. He was a deeply compassionate man, a gift that allowed him to enter into the pain, the suffering, the guilt, and the fear of the person searching for God and God’s forgiveness.

In his long life as a Jesuit, a life not without trials, difficulties, and disappointments, Bill never doubted God’s powerful, saving love for him, and it was that experience of love that made him such a loving man, and thus, such an eloquent prophet of God’s love to all whom he met. Bill was appreciated as a warm contributor to Jesuit community; he had a graced sense of humour, his friendliness and open personality brought a humanity to those with whom he lived. He loved to play bridge, cribbage, and other card games. He would howl with delight, win or lose.

Please keep Fr. Bill and his family in your prayers. 

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