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Former Bluejays Chaplain Fr. Hart Dies at 77

Former Bluejays Chaplain Fr. Hart Dies at 77

The Rev. Robert “Bob” P. Hart, S.J., former Creighton Theology professor and Bluejays team chaplain, passed away Nov. 29 at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wis. He was 77.

A native of Milwaukee, Hart entered the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo. in 1949 and was ordained a priest in Milwaukee on June 12, 1962.

He received a bachelor’s degree in 1955, a doctor of philosophy in 1956 and a master’s in sociology in 1958 from St. Louis University. Hart taught Greek and Latin at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis., in 1957 and moved to St. Mary’s College in St. Mary’s, Kan., for theology studies in 1959 and remained there until 1963.

After obtaining a Licentiate in Sacred Theology degree from St. Louis University, he did tertianship in Paray-le-Monial, France, from 1963 to1964. He then enrolled at the Institut Catholique de Paris and obtained his Doctor of Sacred Theology degree in 1968.

Returning to Milwaukee, he taught theology at Marquette University from 1968 to 1972, and from 1972 to 1974 he undertook Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Boston State Hospital in Boston. From 1974 to 1980 he was chaplain at the Yale University Hospital in New Haven, Conn., and then became associate pastor of St. Rita’s Church in Hamden, Conn.

He joined the theology faculty at Creighton University and served as the chaplain of various varsity sports teams until his retirement in 2001 due to failing health. In 2001, he was inducted into the Creighton Athletic Hall of Fame.

Hart is survived by sisters Patricia Harrington, Julie McHale and Mary New, all of Brookfield, Wis.; sister Sylvia Hart, Knoxville, Tenn.; sister Frances Smith, Shiloh, Ill.; and brothers James E. Hart, Evanston, Ill., and Thomas Hart, Seattle.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 7 p.m. Interment will be on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 9:00 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery in Milwaukee.

A memorial service with scripture readings, prayers and reflections, will be held at St. John’s Church on Creighton University campus on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the Rev. James J. Gladstone, S.J., St. Camillus Jesuit Community, 10100 West Blue Mound Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226-4377.