Father E.J. Jacques, former Jesuit High teacher, dies at 80

Jesuit Father Ernest J. “E.J.” Jacques, a retired Jesuit priest who taught Latin at Jesuit High School, died Oct. 8 at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center in New Orleans. He was 80 years old.
A New Orleans native, Father Jacques attended St. James Major School and St. Aloysius High School in New Orleans. He attended Loyola University New Orleans, St. Charles College in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, and Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.
His post-graduate education was at St. Mary’s College in Kansas. He also attended Harvard University and the Pontificia Instituto Biblico in Rome.
Father Jacques was ordained a Jesuit priest at Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Orleans on June 7, 1966. In addition to teaching at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Father Jacques served at Jesuit high schools in Dallas, Tampa and Shreveport.
He was rector of St. John Berchmans Cathedral in Shreveport, associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in New Orleans and pastor of St. Joseph Church in Mobile until his retirement from active ministry in February 2009.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 13 at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center Chapel in New Orleans. Interment will follow at a later time, honoring Father Jacques’ wish for cremation.

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