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Born: Feb 07, 1924

Date of Passing: Jun 09, 2004

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FATHER JOHN CLIFFORD JOSEPH ENGLISH S.J. The Jesuits of Winnipeg and the rest of Canada both mourn the loss and celebrate the life and faith of Father John English, S.J. who died peacefully in the company of a fellow Jesuit and close friends at St. Boniface Hospital on Wednesday June 9, 2004 in his 55th year of religious life. The son of the late Len and Dessa English, he was born in Dubuc, SK, February 7, 1924. John entered the Jesuits on July 30, 1949, was ordained a Priest on June 18, 1961 and took his final vows on January 31, 1969. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius were Johns abiding passion along with his commitment to furthering Christian Life Communities in Canada. After many years of work in the Toronto-Guelph region in these areas, he came to Winnipeg in 1996 where he served as Superior of the Jesuits, as a member of the Jesuit Centre for Catholic Studies at St. Pauls College, University of Manitoba, as National Ecclesial Assistant for the Christian Life Communities and as animator extraordinaire of the Spiritual Exercises at St. Ignatius. John authored a number of books on the Spiritual Exercises and was sought after as a Spiritual Director throughout most of his life. Blessed with an easy manner and delightful sense of humour he was able to discover the goodness of God in everyone he met - even if it took some digging. John will be especially missed by his sister-in-law Mary English; his nephews, Pat and Len English; his cousins, Leo (Phillis) Smyth, Mary (Gene) Toner and Neil (Betty) Smyth. Friends may pay their respects at a Prayer service on Monday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church, Stafford and Corydon. Visitation will follow in the Education Centre Chapel until 11:00 p.m. The funeral will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 15 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ignatius and will be followed by a reception in the Churchs main Hall. Burial will follow at St. Marys Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Loyola House in Guelph, ON on Saturday, June 19 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Fr. John had asked that donations (care of St. Ignatius Parish) be made to the John English Fund: please specify either Christian Life Communities or Spiritual Exercises (at St. Ignatius). LECLAIRE BROTHERS in care of arrangements. 775-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 12, 2004

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