Father Gerald J. Fitzpatrick, S.J., former pastor, dies

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Dec. 3 for Jesuit Father Gerald J. Fitzpatrick, who served for several years as a pastor and spiritual director in the Diocese of Camden. He died Nov. 27 of complications from Crohn’s disease at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia.

A Jesuit for 53 years and a priest for 41 years, Father Fitzpatrick, 71, served the people of Chile for 25 years.

Born in Philadelphia, he was a 1959 graduate of  St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Philadelphia, and entered the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pa., in 1959.

He was ordained a priest June 5, 1971 at Loyola College in Baltimore. The following year Father Fitzpatrick moved to Chile in 1972 where he was to remain and work for more than 25 years as a pastor and a teacher.

He served as pastor of Holy Name Church in Camden from 2000-03. He was a spiritual director of St. Pius X Spiritual Life Center in Blackwood from 2003-05.

He left New Jersey to serve as a retreat director in southern Maryland, 2005-12. Earlier this year, in failing health, he transferred to St. Claude la Colombiere to pray for the church and the Society. He recently moved to Manresa Hall in Merion Station, Pa., where he died.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Matthias Church in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. Interment followed at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, in Springfield, Pa.

Father Fitzpatrick is survived by his brother, the Rev. Edward T. Fitzpatrick, OSFS, of Cape May, N.J., and Sister Anna Clare, SSJ, of Flourtown, Pa.

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