The Rev. Jerome M. Hall, Jesuit priest

March 16, 2009|By Jacques Kelly

The Rev. Jerome M. Hall, a Jesuit priest who once was a Peabody Conservatory and Maryland Institute College of Art chaplain, died Wednesday of internal bleeding at Georgetown University Hospital. He was 59.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1966 graduate of Mount St. Joseph's High School, where he was class president, student council president and a National Merit Scholar. He entered the Society of Jesus at age 16 in 1966. He had a master's degree in voice and a doctorate in sacramental theology from the Catholic University of America.

He was ordained in 1977.

He was formerly an associate pastor at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, where he led a choir, and a chaplain at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

He later held posts at Georgetown University and at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y.

He was assigned to Rome in 1997 as professor of liturgy and liturgical theology at the Gregorian University. He remained there until 2002, when he was appointed spiritual director and professor of theology at the Washington Theological Union. He also taught at Catholic University's Theological College and was a weekend assistant priest at St. Andrew by the Bay Church in Arnold.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 8 p.m. today at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Roman Catholic Church, North Capitol and Eye streets in Washington.

Survivors include his parents, Dr. James A. Hall and Marie W. Hall of Timonium; two brothers, Rep. John Joseph Hall, who represents the Hudson River Valley of New York, and James A. Hall III of South Burlington, Vt.; and nieces and nephews.

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