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Remembering Fr. Tylenda, S.J.

We received sad news this last week of the passing of Fr. Joseph Tylenda, S.J., our former director. Fr. Tylenda served as the head of the Woodstock Library on two separate occasions, from 1965-1970, and from 1994 to 2003, when he retired.

 Fr. Tylenda and Woodstock Employees

Fr.  Tylenda was born June 26th, 1928 and entered the Society of Jesus in 1948 at the age of 20. He was ordained in 1960 and received his doctor of sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in the same year. In addition to serving at Woodstock Theological Library, Fr. Tylenda served in a number of other capacities, as a theologian at Woodstock College and Loyola College in Maryland, as an editor of Theological Studies and at the Pontificium Institutum Biblicum, as a minister for the Woodstock Theological Center, and as a contributor to the Encyclopedia of the Encyclopedia of Jesuit History at the Casa degli Scittori.


Fr. Tylenda was the author and translator of a number of books found in our library:

A Study in the Eucharistic Theologies of John Calvin and Max Thurian

Portraits in American Sanctity

Brother Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus

The Pilgrim's Guide to Rome's Principal Churches

Saints of the Liturgical Year : Brief Biographies

Counsels for Jesuits : Selected Letters and Instructions of Saint Ignatius Loyola

A Pilgrim's Journey : the Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola

The Imitation of Christ in Four Books : a translation from the Latin

Bountiful Goodness : a Little Garden of Roses & the Valley of Lilies


Fr. Tylenda will be dearly missed by his colleagues and friends at Woodstock Theological Library.