Catholic Diocese of Spokane, WA
January 16, 2014
Father Robert Ignatius Bradley, S.J. died after a short illness. He was 89 years old.
The vigil service was held Jan. 8 at Jesuit House Chapel on the Gonzaga University campus. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning, also at Jesuit House. Burial was at the Jesuit cemetery at Mount St. Michael’s, Spokane.
He was raised in Spokane. He graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1941 and entered the Society of Jesus novitiate at Sheridan, Ore. He studied philosophy at Mount St. Michael’s, and earned a master’s degree in history. He studied theology in Louvain, Belgium, and was ordained a priest Aug. 15, 1955. He later earned a doctorate from Columbia University and a doctorate of sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
Besides Gonzaga, he taught at Seattle University; St. John’s University in Long Island, N.Y.; the Notre Dame Institute in Arlington, Va. (now the Graduate School of Christendom College, Front Royal, Va.). Every summer, he was director of the Catechetical Institute at Our Lady of Peace Monastery in Beaverton, Ore. While teaching in Virginia, Father Bradley served as chaplain to the Monastery of the Poor Clares in Alexandria and also worked with the Legion of Mary there.
He moved to Texas in 1996, where he accepted an adjunct faculty position in theology at the University of Dallas Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies. In addition to teaching, he served as a priest in the Diocese of Austin.
Father Bradley was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Joe, Bill, Don, and Jesuit Father Richard Bradley; and his sister, Honey Gal Kilmartin. He is survived by two brothers: Father Jack Bradley of Los Angeles and Ted of Spokane.
Memorial donations may be made in Father Bradley’s name to the Society of Jesus or the Monastery of the Poor Clares, 2505 Stonehedge Dr., Alexandria, VA 22306.