St. George

Father John P. St. George, S.J.

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Father John P. St. George, S.J., who taught chemistry at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J., for four decades, died Dec. 18 at Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx. He was 77.

He taught at St. Peter’s and was a member of the Jesuit community there from 1968 to 2007. He also helped to lead student retreats at the college, and celebrated the marriages of many of his former students.

He had resided at Murray-Weigel, the Jesuit infirmary, since 2007.

Born in Teaneck, N.J., he entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) at St. Andrew-on-Hudson in Poughkeepsie in 1952, after he graduated from Jesuit-run Regis High School in Manhattan. He studied for the priesthood at Woodstock College in Maryland and was ordained by Cardinal Francis Spellman at Fordham University Church in the Bronx in 1966. He made final vows with the Jesuits in 1971.

He received a doctorate in chemistry from Fordham University.

His sister, Mary Diorio, survives him.

A Funeral Mass was offered Dec. 21 in the chapel at Murray-Weigel. Burial was in the Jesuit cemetery in Auriesville.

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Maria zecca

Father St. George gave me wonderful advice on how to excel at Organic Chemistry. I still dispense that advice to my young, college dental patients to this day. It has helped me throughout my life. Rest in peace Father and thank you for everything.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016