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.
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.
June 1, 2020 — “As a black man living in America, the video of George Floyd’s suffocation cues unhealed experiences with police in this country and makes me less optimistic that change between the Black community and the police will soon change."
May 27, 2020 - Now more than ever, we invoke God to wipe away the darkness of anxiety, allowing us to be guided by the light of Christ and to trust in God’s promise of new life. Over the last few months, our Jesuit provinces have been in a place we don’t often find ourselves, a place that saw our schools closed, parishes empty, and the halls of our retreat centers giving new meaning to the word “silent.”
May 12, 2020 - Susan Baber has been named the Associate Provincial Assistant for Secondary Education for the new USA East Jesuit Province. The new province will come into being on July 31, Susan will assume this new role in August.