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New Provincial Appointed for Sacred Heart Jesuit Center

Father Michael F. Weiler will succeed Father John P. McGarry, whose term ends July 31.

The Roman Catholic Church has appointed a new provincial for the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center who will start his new term July 31 and replace head priest, Father John P. McGarry.

Father Michael F. Weiler was selected by Father Superior General Adolfo Nicolas of Rome as the next leader of the California Province of the Society of Jesus, commonly known as the Jesuits, the order announced in a press release.

The Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, at 300 College Ave., near downtown Los Gatos, includes a retirement home, an assisted-living facility and a skilled nursing infirmary. Here, 75 elderly priests live out the rest of their lives after serving in the elite order of priesthood.

McGarry has served as the center's head supervisor and leader of the 375 Jesuit priests who work in California since July 2005. He will step down after his six-year term, on July 31, he said.

At the time of McGarry's appointment, he been principal of Jesuit High School in Sacramento since 1998, he said. He's originally from Los Angeles and entered the Jesuits in 1981, being ordained to the priesthood in 1993.

At the end of his term, McGarry said he plans to take a brief sabbatical to prepare for his new assignment.

Weiler will take office on the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola on July 31. He serves as director of novices and superiors of Ignatius House Novitiate, a position he's held since 2005, according to the release.

Weiler is also a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory, Loyola Marymount University, Gonzaga University, Jesuit School of Theology and the California School of Professional Psychology.

He entered the Society of Jesus in 1975, was ordained in 1988 and received his vows in 2005. Following ordination, Weiler served as an associate pastor at Dolores Mission in Los Angeles and then as an instructor in counseling psychology and a psychologist at Santa Clara University, the release added.

During his tenure, McGarry participated in the 35th General Congregation in Rome in 2008 and hosted Nicolás visit to California in celebration of the Province Centennial (1909-2009).

He's also credited with strengthening the province’s priestly vocation promotion, formation and Jesuit senior care programs, reinforcing educational and pastoral ministries, helping renew Jesuit relations with China through the Malatesta Initiative, providing leadership in promoting prison reform through the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative and helping with pastoral and advocacy outreach for immigrants through the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, AZ, the document said.

Kathleen Smith February 20, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Well, in a way I am glad to see Fr. McGarry leave. I truly believe he has lied to the press and to others regarding the J Lindner affair. I am sorry that the Church continues to circle the wagons. Perhaps Fr. Weiler will bring truth and good leadership to the local Jesuits and the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, I surely hope so. Kathleen
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) February 24, 2011 at 12:12 AM
To be fair to Father John McGarry, I believe he's been as forthright as possible with Los Gatos Patch. He gave us access to the center, took us on a tour of the entire facility in December and answered all our difficult questions regarding an extremely sensitive matter. He's completing his six-year term as provincial to the best of his abilities and for that we can only say "thank you."
LoyolaAlum February 01, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Gay drag party and Jesuit Los Gatos Provincial Weiler? Jesuit California Provincial Michael Weiler had served as the Jesuit director at Ignatius House Novitiate, Culver City since 2005 – perhaps at the time of the “Jabba the Slut” gay drag party. Jesuit Fr. Privett was critical of a person who said the Jesuits were not observing their vows of chastity. The statement that the Web site of the Jesuits California Province featured photos of “Jabba the Slut” and “Pretty Boy” in gay drag at a novices’ party was disingenuous, said Fr. Privett. It was a Halloween party, said Fr. Privett, and the photo in question of two novices was never featured by the California Province website; it was mistakenly put on-line.
LoyolaAlum May 31, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Los Gatos resident, 1978 - 2009 Assignment Record – Rev. Edward Thomas Burke, s.j. BishopAccountability.org Summary of Case: A California Province Jesuit ordained in 1956, Burke taught high school in Phoenix AZ, Los Angeles CA and San Jose CA until his placement at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos CA in 1978. In 2000 Burke admitted to a superior that he had engaged in "sexual misconduct" with a mentally disabled adult male who worked as a dishwasher at the Jesuit Center. The Jesuits had been notified of sexual misconduct at the Center in 1995, but did nothing. Police launched an investigation in 1997 when a local shopkeeper, who had befriended this Burke victim and another mentally disabled adult male Sacred Heart worker, reported that the two men told her they had been abused there by priests. The men were too afraid to speak, so the investigation was closed. Due to the persistence of the shopkeeper, the investigation was re-opened in 2000, and the two men disclosed the abuse. The sexual abuse by Burke occurred over at least a five year period, and included sodomy. In 2002 Burke pleaded guilty to committing a lewd act on a dependent adult, and was sentenced to two years in state prison. He died at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center February 27, 2009.

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