Rev. Bernard G. Filmyer, Je­suit priest

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

The Rev. Bernard G. Filmyer, a Je­suit priest who served as a Navy chap­lain and also held po­si­tions at Loy­ola Univer­sity Mary­land and Loy­ola High School, died Sun­day of heart fail­ure at the Colom­biere Je­suit Com­mu­nity in North Roland Park. He was 96. The son of Ed­ward Aloy­sius Filmyer and Anna Heger Filmyer, Bernard Grover Filmyer was born and raised in Philadel­phia, where he grad­u­ated from St. Joseph’s Prepara­tory School.

He en­tered the So­ci­ety of Je­sus in 1939 in Wern­ersville, Pa., and earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in bi­ol­ogy from Spring Hill Col­lege in Mo­bile, Ala.

He also earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in the­ol­ogy from the old Wood­stock Col­lege, a Je­suit sem­i­nary in Bal­ti­more County.

As a Je­suit scholas­tic, Fa­ther Filmyer taught bi­ol­ogy at Loy­ola Univer­sity Mary­land from 1946 to 1947, then at Scran­ton Prepara­tory School in Scran­ton, Pa.

Later, he was as­sis­tant cu­ra­tor of the bi­ol­ogy depart­ment at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity in Wash­ing­ton.

Or­dained into the priest­hood in 1952, Fa­ther Filmyer was pre­fect of dis­ci­pline at Loy­ola High School from 1954 to 1956, and for the next two years served as chap­lain at the Berks County Prison in Leesport, Pa.

Af­ter teach­ing briefly at St. Joseph’s Prepara­tory in Philadel­phia, Fa­ther Filmyer en­tered the Navy in 1961 as a chap­lain. He served 15 years, in­clud­ing time he was as­signed to Viet­nam dur­ing the war. There, he of­fered Masses and pro­vided spir­i­tual coun­sel for troops.

In 1978, Fa­ther Filmyer en­tered San Diego State Univer­sity and earned a mas­ter’s de­gree in com­mu­ni­ca­tions. From 1980 un­til 1993, he served as tele­vi­sion di­rec­tor for the San Diego Ec­u­meni­cal Con­fer­ence and as an as­sis­tant chap­lain at the Ma­rine Corps’ Camp Pendle­ton in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

He was also chap­lain for 18 years for the Carmelite Nuns at the Carmelite Monastery in San Diego un­til his re­tire­ment in 2011.

Since then, he had been a res­i­dent of the Colom­biere Com­mu­nity in Bal­ti­more.

A Mass of Chris­tian burial will be of­fered at 11 a.m. Mon­day at St. Luke the Evan­ge­list Ro­man Catholic Church, 2316 Fairhill Ave., in Glen­side, Pa.

He is sur­vived by many nieces and neph­ews.

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