BERNARD F. CASSIDY

Posted On September 18th, 2013 -

REV. BERNARD F. CASSIDY, S.J. Father Bernard F. Cassidy, S.J., 96, died September 15 in Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. A Jesuit since 1954, he recently celebrated his 50th anniversary of priestly ordination. Bernie was born in Los Angeles in 1917 and was a 1940 graduate of Santa Clara University, where he majored in electrical engineering. From 1940 until 1953 he worked as a civilian electrical engineer for the Army and Air Force, involved in the design, installation, repair and instruction in the use of electrical and electronic systems at military bases in Hawaii and Sandia, New Mexico. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1963, he taught theology and served as student chaplain at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles (1965-67), and in parish ministry at Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood, Christ the King Church, San Diego (1968-78) and Holy Family Church, San Jose (1979-82). In 1982 he returned to Hawaii and served as Director of Spiritual Services at St. Francis Medical Center, Honolulu, retiring in 1992. He then became a hospice chaplain until 2005, when he retired to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center. During his four decades of ministry Bernie touched the lives of countless students, parishioners and hospital patients. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 19, 2013, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, 300 College Avenue, Los Gatos 95030 with committal immediately following at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln Street, Santa Clara 95050. Donations in Father Cassidy’s memory may be made to the California Province of the Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or to a charity of your choice.


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