Fr. Douglas Leonhardt Celebrates 40 Years of Service

Released: 5/21/09


Rev. Douglas J. Leonhardt, S.J.

The College of Education offers sincere congratulations to Fr. Doug Leonhardt S.J. for 40 years of service to the Society of Jesus. During his tenure as College Chaplain, Fr. Leonhardt has been valued for both his dedication and character -- as well as the genuine care and concern he brings to his work.

Fr. Jeffrey LaBelle, Assistant Professor in Educational Policy and Leadership, says this of his colleague, “Fr. Doug is known for his warm, outgoing, and extremely approachable personality. People often view him as an extremely hospitable person who takes time out to listen, to care, and to break bread together. His priestly ministry goes far beyond the celebration of the sacraments to embrace the deepest spirit of cura personalis.”

In addition to his work in the College of Education, Fr. Doug has enjoyed a rich career in which his commitment to service and education is evident. A graduate of Marquette High School, he entered the Society of Jesus directly after graduation.   He was ordained at Gesu Church in June of 1969.  After earning his Master's Degree in Spiritual Theology and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Fr. Doug was appointed principal of his high school alma mater.  He left MUHS to take a position as Director of Novices at the Jesuit Novitiate in St. Paul, MN.  Following that assignment, he served as pastor for Gesu Church and a staff member of the Wisconsin Province of the Society. In 1995 he returned to Marquette High, this time as President, a position he held until 2003.  After a year’s sabbatical, he began his work with Stephanie Russell in Marquette University Office of Mission and Identity.  Currently, he also serves as hall minister in the Abbottsford.



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