Jesuit Father Eagan was known for his energy and enthusiasm
January 6, 2023
Jesuit Father Joseph F. Eagan is remembered by his community as someone who enjoyed life and encouraged others to do the same.
Father Eagan loved to travel, had a keen interest in ecumenism, and closely followed church affairs, the Midwest Province of the Jesuits said in a statement. He taught and wrote prolifically about Catholic theology post-Vatican II.
While living out his vocation, Father Eagan spent time in Omaha. He taught at Creighton Preparatory High School in his regency (1948-1950) and again after he was ordained (1962-65). He also served as the director of campus ministries at Creighton University (1965-1971).
Father Eagan died Dec. 20 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 100.
Father Eagan was born in Avoca, Wisconsin, on Oct. 29, 1922. He entered the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus in 1940. He was ordained in Kansas in 1953 and became a member of the Wisconsin Province when it was formed in 1955. He took his final vows in 1956.
A funeral Mass is scheduled for Jan. 30 at the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa.