Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Dennis R. Karamitis, SJ, who died on July 27, 2014. He was 70 years old, a Jesuit for 47 years, and a priest for 39 years. May he rest in peace.
Born in Berlin, Wis., on February 7, 1944, Fr. Karamitis attended St. Michael’s Grade School and Berlin High School before attending Marquette University in Milwaukee. In 1966, after completing his undergraduate studies, Fr. Karamitis entered the Society at the Jesuit College, St. Bonifacius, Minn. He completed his course of studies at Saint Louis University and Regis College in Toronto. Father Karamitis was ordained a priest on June 20, 1975, made tertianship at Campion House in Omaha, Neb., and pronounced his final vows on May 5, 1995.
Father Karamitis taught theology as a regent at Marquette University High School (1970-1972) and, after ordination, at Creighton University in Omaha (1979-1982). His heart seemed to lie more in the realm of pastoral care than classroom teaching, and he served as pastor of St. Benedict’s Church in Omaha (1982-1985) and as associate pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Jersey City, N.J. (1985-1987) and Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee (1988-1989).
He had a keen interest in ministering to people of diverse cultures. Over the years, Fr. Karamitis exercised his priesthood among the Hispanic community, and he helped found Korean Catholic communities in Richmond, Va. (1977–78) and Omaha (1980–84). His care extended to his Jesuit brothers, too. He was minister of the LaStorta Community in Minneapolis for 10 years (1989-1999). At the age of 50, Fr. Karamitis returned to studies to earn a doctorate in psychology. Since 2005, Fr. Karamitis has ministered to numerous people, including many priests, through his private practice as a clinical psychologist in Chicago.
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