Fr. James A. Borbely, SJ, renowned leader in Ignatian Spirituality, dies at 72
Rev. James A. Borbely, SJ, was born in New Brunswick, NJ, on July 25, 1944. After
graduating from St. Joseph’s College with a degree in English, he entered the
Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, PA in 1970.
He received a Master’s in Human Behavior from the U.S. International University
in San Diego and then went on to receive his Bachelor of Sacred Theology and
Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago. He was
ordained a priest on June 5, 1976.
the late 70’s and early 80’s, Fr. Borbely served as assistant director and
acting director of the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, PA.
He then served as associate pastor for a year at Old St. Joseph’s Church in
Philadelphia before becoming retreat director at Manresa-on-Severn in
Annapolis. Throughout the 90’s, Fr. Borbely taught and counseled the Spiritual
Exercises at Loyola Center in Philadelphia. He returned to the Jesuit Center
for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville in 1997 as assistant director, organizational
consultant and minister. In 2004, he served for two years as an organizational
consultant at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C.
Most recently, Fr. Borbely served
as assistant director of Pax Christi USA and as a national ecclesial assistant
for Christian Life Communities (CLC). His health declined earlier this year,
and he passed away on August 1, 2016 at the Jesuit Community of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, PA. He
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