Remembering Fr. John McCaslin, SJ, Air Force veteran and pastoral minister at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville
Rev. John T. McCaslin, SJ, was born in Toronto, Ohio on June 10, 1929. He
graduated from McKeesport High School outside of Pittsburgh before joining the
Air Force where he served for four years. He entered the Society of Jesus at
the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pa. in 1955. He received
both his B.A. and Licentiate in Philosophy from the Weston School of Theology
and then taught English, Latin and Religion at Loyola High School in Baltimore.
He went on to receive a Bachelor of Divinity from Woodstock College and was
ordained a priest on June 11, 1966.
McCaslin became a Chaplain in the Army for several years and then served two
years as a minister at Gonzaga High School in Washington DC. He was assigned to
Saints Peter & Paul Church in Pittsburgh as pastor in 1973 where he
remained for eight years. In 1981, he began serving as the assistant director
of the spiritual center at the Jesuit Community in Wernersville where he
directed retreats, and in 1986 became director of the Trinity Spiritual Center
outside Harrisburg, Pa. Following a year at Old St. Joseph’s Parish in Philadelphia
as parochial vicar, he returned to the Jesuit Community in Wernersville where
he spent the next 26 years as a minister and pastoral minister.
McCaslin died on October 23, 2017 at the age of 88.
Nov. 18, 2019 - Each year on Dec. 3, Jesuits worldwide celebrate the feast of St. Francis Xavier, who was sent to the East by St. Ignatius as a missionary and would travel to India as well as Japan. Dec. 3, 2019, is Giving Tuesday, an opportunity for people to support organizations like our Jesuit province.
Nov. 8, 2019 - Pope Francis recently addressed 210 participants in the congress of the 50th anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, accompanied by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa SJ.