A BLOODLESS MARTYR – FR. JACK BURNS, SJ (1947 – 2021)

 Some are saying, “Such a sad life!  He suffered so much!  He has nothing to show for his life! He made his mark on the world!”  If that is how you are feeling, you have missed the gift that is Fr. Jack Burns, SJ.

At the Martyrs Shrine on June 19, 1988 the Society of Jesus confirmed its reception of the gift that is Fr. Jack Burns. Twenty-five years earlier, Jack had traded in his hockey sweater, which may have led to a career in hockey, for the Jesuit cassock.  It is not without significance, that the Jesuits finally received the gift of Jack, who by then was suffering from epilepsy and schizophrenia, at the Martyrs’ Shrine.

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