September 8, 2015 — Jesuit Father Walter Buckius, the oldest member of the Maryland Province Jesuits, recently celebrated his 75th anniversary in the Society of Jesus.
After turning 95 on July 13, Fr. Buckius celebrated his Jesuit anniversary in early August at his current residence, the Colombiere Jesuit Retirement Center in Baltimore, with close friends, alumni, Sisters of the Visitation and fellow Jesuit brothers.
A special Mass was held and a giant strawberry cake was baked for Fr. Buckius, who is known for his sweet tooth.
“Fr. Buckius is beloved by the Jesuits and staff here at the Baltimore Colombiere Jesuit Community. He gifts our community with a gentle, prayerful presence. He is always positive and optimistic,” said Jesuit Father Harry Geib, superior of the Colombiere Jesuit Community.
Fr. Buckius took his first vows on July 30, 1940, and was ordained a priest in 1952.
During these many years, he served as a high school teacher in history and French, an assistant director of novices and superior of two Jesuit communities. He then resided at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia from 1973 until his retirement in 2011, becoming a well-known face to the Wheeling community.
During his 38 years at Wheeling Jesuit, he served in various capacities: as an academic counselor, Jesuit community rector, chaplain, campus minister and spiritual director.
He has now been missioned by the provincial to pray for the Church and for the Society of Jesus.
“I love Wheeling with all my heart,” said Fr. Buckius. “The people are so kind, and although I do miss the beautiful hills of West Virginia, I am happy to be living with my brothers praying for those in need,” said Fr. Buckius. [Source: Wheeling Jesuit University]