Mankowski, S.J., Fr. Paul Vincent

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Fr. Paul Vincent Mankowski, S.J. of South Bend, IN and Chicago, IL, died on Septem­ber 3, 2020 at Evanston Hos­pi­tal in Evanston, Illi­nois. He was 66 years old, and died af­ter suf­fer­ing a brain hem­or­rhage caused by a rup­tured brain aneurysm. May he rest in peace.

Paul was born on Novem­ber 15, 1953, in South Bend, In­di­ana to the late James L. and Alice (nee Otorepec) Mankowski. He was the beloved brother of Mark (Mary Jo) Mankowski, Dr. Joan Mankowski, Ellen (David) Tuch­ler, and Mary (Robert) Ko­ra­jczyk and un­cle to three nieces, five neph­ews, a great­niece and two great-neph­ews.

Fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion from the Univer­sity of Chicago in 1976, Paul en­tered the So­ci­ety of Je­sus in Berkely, MI. In 1987 he was or­dained to the priest­hood and in 2012 pro­fessed his fi­nal re­li­gious vows. He earned an MA in clas­sics at Univer­sity of Ox­ford in 1983, a Mas­ter of Di­vin­ity and a Li­cen­ti­ate of Sa­cred The­ol­ogy from We­ston Je­suit School of The­ol­ogy in 1987, and he com­pleted a PhD in com­par­a­tive Semitic philol­ogy in 1997 from Har­vard Univer­sity. From 1994 to 2009, Fr. Paul was pro­fes­sor of Old Tes­ta­ment lan­guages at the Pon­tif­i­cal Bib­li­cal In­sti­tute in Rome, then served as act­ing pas­tor of Sa­cred Heart Church in Am­man, Jor­dan. Fol­low­ing his re­turn to the U.S. in 2009, he be­came a scholar in res­i­dence at Lu­men Christi In­sti­tute, Univer­sity of Chicago.

Paul was al­ways knowl­edge­able about con­tem­po­rary events in church, pol­i­tics, and cul­ture, and ready to of­fer his per­spec­tive when en­gaged on th­ese sub­jects, al­ways rooted in his de­vo­tion to tra­di­tion and or­tho­doxy. He was very de­voted to his fam­ily and was beloved as a vis­it­ing priest by sev­eral parishes and many com­mu­ni­ties of women re­li­gious.

Paul was deeply loved and re­spected by the com­mu­nity of schol­ars in­volved in the Lu­men Christi In­sti­tute, and his death will leave a huge void. Paul’s deep love of the church, the So­ci­ety of Je­sus, and his Je­suit vo­ca­tion was the bedrock of his life.

A vis­i­ta­tion will be held Septem­ber 8, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apos­tle Church, in Hyde Park, Chicago. A pri­vate Fu­neral Mass will be held fol­low­ing vis­i­ta­tion, and the par­ish will of­fer live stream of the ser­vice on the par­ish Face­book page: https://www.face­­theA­postleHy­dePark/live/Burial will be at the Je­suit site at All Saints Catholic Ceme­tery in Des Plaines, IL.

In­quiries re­gard­ing the fu­neral should be di­rected to the Lu­men Christi In­sti­tute.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo­ri­als or con­tri­bu­tions may be made to The Paul V. Mankowski, S.J. Me­mo­rial Fund for Je­suit Schol­ar­ship at Lu­men Christi In­sti­tute, 1220 East 58th Street,

Chicago, Illi­nois 60637,­ or to the Mis­sion­ar­ies of Char­ity, 335 E. 145th Street, Bronx, NY 10451.

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