Remembering Fr. John Coll, SJ, former pastoral minister at Wheeling Jesuit University
Rev. John J. Coll, SJ, was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on June 11, 1926. He
graduated from Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh and entered the
Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pa. in 1944.
He attended Woodstock College in Woodstock, Md., where he received a Master’s in
Teaching, a Doctorate in German and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology. He was
ordained a priest on June 17, 1956.
a Jesuit scholastic, Fr. Coll taught German and History at Scranton Prep.
Following ordination, he became a professor of Ethics at Wheeling Jesuit
University until 1967 when he served as minister for Woodstock College. He then
served a year as minister for Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C., and for
four years as pastoral minister at Old St. Joseph’s Church in Philadelphia.
a three-year assignment as minister at Loyola College in Baltimore from 1975 to
1978, Fr. Coll returned to his home town of Pittsburgh where he served for 18
years as associate pastor of St. Paul’s Cathedral. He then returned to Wheeling
Jesuit University and served as a pastoral minister and assistant to the rector
from 1997 to 2011.
Coll moved to the Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore in 2011 and then to
Manresa Hall Community in Philadelphia in 2016, praying for the Church and the
Society of Jesus. He died on July 30, 2017 at the age of 91.
Join Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, on Sun., Aug. 2 at 4 p.m., for a live, interactive discussion as he shares the Ignatian way of making decisions and the surprising closeness to God it brings, which is needed now more than ever.
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