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Rev. Jerome Frederick Treacy, S.J. was born on November 22, 1928 in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved from there to South Bend, Indiana at age 3. He attended a Catholic grade school, St. Matthew’s, followed by a public high school, James Whitcomb Riley, and then he entered Notre Dame University, graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1950. That same year, he entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Part of his training was to teach Mathematics at a large Jesuit High School, St. Ignatius, in Cleveland, OH for two years.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 1961 and spent the following year in spiritual formation in Austria. Then he began graduate work in Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. When his director became ill, his work was stopped, and he was sent to teach Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Later, he was sent to teach Mathematics at a high school in Covington, Kentucky. Eventually, he was asked to be a hospital chaplain in Cincinnati. After several years, still feeling he should be in Theology, he began graduate work at the Gregorian University in Rome, finishing the doctorate (S.T.D.) in 2004. He contracted blood cancer in 2007, and although he still suffers from its debilitating effect of fatigue, he is grateful that he is still able to function fairly well.