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Fr. Philip Amidon, SJ, was known for quiet wit, attention to all

Campus at SunriseThe Rev. Philip Amidon, SJ, DPhil, who was been a prominent fixture on Creighton Universityís campus and at St. Johnís Church since 1981, died May 14, 2020.

Fr. Amidon retired from teaching in 2017, but he remained very involved with students while living in Kiewit Residence Hall on campus. He was still serving at St. Johnís Parish and helping with the marriage preparation program.

In the Creighton Jesuit Community, Fr. Amidonís fellow Jesuits treasured his quiet and incisive wit and his unfailingly kind attention to all.

Originally from Chicago, Fr. Amidon entered the Society of Jesus in 1961 and Fr. Phil Amidonstudied at Saint Louis University and Oxford University, with a specialty in early Christian literature.

Fr. Amidon noted some of his fondest memories at Creighton were during his pastoral work at St. Johnís Church, where he enjoyed being able to help people between confessionals and marriage preparation. The soft-spoken Jesuit performed numerous weddings, masses and confessionals.

He took a brief departure from the University in 1989, when he was reassigned to the Jesuit headquarters in Rome to do clerical work. In 1994, he returned to Creighton where he served in pastoral ministry at St. Johnís, as an adjunct assistant professor of theology and as a chaplain in the residence halls.

While at Creighton, Fr. Amidon published Philostorgius: Church History (2007) and Rufinus of Aquileia: History of the Church (2016). His work translating early Christian literature was published numerous times, including work with Creighton faculty member, John OíKeefe, PhD, professor of theology, titled Festal Letters, 1-12 (Fathers of the Church Patristic Series).

Fr. Amidon reflected on his time in the classroom with students. ďBeing able to encourage students, and let them know Iím there for them and to give them the time they need, that is what I enjoyed most as an educator.Ē

A memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, May 19, at 10 a.m. in St. Johnís Parish Church. It will be with the Jesuit community only, and not open to the public, because of coronavirus social distancing precautions. The service will be streamed on the St. Johnís website at


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