Father Ivan Weis

Jul 12, 2014

March 28, 1929 - Aug. 7, 2007

GULFPORT, MS - Father Ivan Weis, 78, died Aug. 7 at Select Hospital, Gulfport, MS following a lengthy illness.

He was born March 28, 1929 in Frank and was the third of four children.

He has served the Catholic Church for over 58 years, first as a Franciscan Brother, and later as diocesan priest.

He was a 1948 graduate of Norwalk St. Paul's High School.

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in education and administration from Loyola University of Chicago and entered the Franciscan Order of the Province of the Sacred Heart as a Franciscan Brother in the 1950s. He continued his education at every opportunity, acquired various certificates that qualified him to teach many subjects at the elementary and high school levels. He also studied and taught music and vice, and enjoyed playing the organ.

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in education and administration from Loyola University of Chicago and entered the Franciscan Order of the Province of the Sacred Heart as a Franciscan Brother in the 1950s. He continued his education at every opportunity, acquired various certificates that qualified him to teach many subjects at the elementary and high school levels. He also studied and taught music and vice, and enjoyed playing the organ.

For three years he was the organist and choir director for Corpus Christi Church in Chicago and for five years at Holy Angels Church, also in Chicago. As a Franciscan brother, he wore many hats. He was an LPN and a tailor for a community of 190 friars; he was assigned to a barrio on the south side of San Antonio, and taught at Corpus Christi Elementary School and at Hales Franciscan High School for Boys on the South Side of Chicago.

After serving as a Franciscan brother for 33 years, he decided to study for the priesthood for the Diocese of Biloxi, Miss. and was ordained a priest Aug. 30, 1980 by Bishop Joseph L. Howze at Nativity BVM Cathedral in Biloxi. During over 25 years of priestly ministry, he served as pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, Hattiesburg, MS.; St. Joseph Parish in Moss Point, MS and its St. Ann Mission in Hurley, Miss.; St. Matthew, White Cypress, and as pastor of both St. John and St. Louis parishes in Biloxi. He also served as associate pastor at t. Alphonsus Parish in Ocean Springs, as an administrator at St. Clair Parish in Waveland, Miss.; and for four years, as the associate diocesan director of Catholic Social and Community Services as ell as the diocesan director of Catholic Cemeteries.

He is survived by his sister, Isabelle Reynolds of Ohio; and a brother, Oliver Weis of ME.