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.
Members of the Ignatian family joined thousands of others in cities across the country in protest of the separation of over two-thousand immigrant children from their families at the United States-Mexico border.
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