Sister Jean Clare Eason, M.M.M.

Father Henry J. Zenorini, S.J.


Father Henry J. Zenorini, S.J., who served for 41 years with the Jesuit community at Xavier High School in Manhattan, died May 15 at Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx. He was 94.

He first resided with the community at Xavier from 1963 to 1966 while serving as assistant director of the Catholic Medical Mission Board.

For the next four years, while residing with the Loyola Jesuits, he was on the staff of the Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau, including one year as its director and also a  director of Jesuit Deferred Funds.

He returned to Xavier in 1970 where he would serve as a student counselor and as treasurer of the Jesuit community until 2011, except for one brief assignment as counselor at Regis High School in Manhattan. Xavier awarded him the Bene Merenti medal for his years of dedicated service. From 2000 to 2005 he also served as president and treasurer of the J. Homer Butler Foundation, which seeks funding for medical missions to Central and South America and Africa.

Born in West New York, N.J., he entered the Jesuits’ New York Province in 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1961. Before that he served in communications with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, and after the war worked in the textile industry for a time. He held a bachelor’s degree in textile engineering from the Lowell Textile Institute in Lowell, Mass.

His three sisters, Elena McEntee, Marie Kinsey, and Gloria Markey, survive him.

A Funeral Mass was offered at the Fordham University Church May 20. Burial was at the Jesuit Cemetery in Auriesville.


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