Reverend John J. Hanley
1925 - 2014
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4800 East Indian School Rd.
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Hanley, Reverend John J.
Reverend John J. Hanley, Roman Catholic Priest, died peacefully on March 20, 2014. Born on December 9, 1925 in San Francisco, California, Father John entered the Society of Jesus on February 17, 1943 and was ordained on June 15, 1956. With his strong love of academics, he was a teacher and high school administrator for St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco (1958). He moved to Phoenix in 1962 and was a teacher (1962-68) at Brophy College Prep, Brophy Prep Assistant Principal (1968-72) and Brophy Prep Principal (1972-74). He also served as Assistant Principal at Kingman High School (1974-1980) and Principal of Kingman High School (1980-84); and Principal of Gerard High School in Phoenix (1985-89). Father John served as Associate Pastor for St. Theresa Catholic Church, Phoenix (1989-91) and Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, Tempe (1991-2006). He retired in 2006 and joyfully resided at Mount Claret Retreat Center. Father John requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Holy Spirit Church Capital Improvement Fund in his name, 1800 E. Libra Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283, in order to maintain the church and grounds he was instrumental in building for the parish. Father John is preceded in death by his parents, Nora and John Hanley; his sister Elizabeth Hanley McMillan, his brothers Dick Hanley and Jim Hanley. Father John's life's work touched, inspired and healed many special people, including his devoted friend Patricia (Patty) Chesebrough. His bright smile will surely be missed; his caring will never be forgotten. Visitation will be held from 6:00-7:00pm, with Rosary at 7:00pm, Wednesday, March 26, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. Funeral Mass will be at 4:00pm Thursday, March 27, at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Ave. Graveside Service 10:00am, Friday, March 28, at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix.

Published by The Arizona Republic on Mar. 23, 2014.
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Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home
4800 East Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home
4800 East Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
Funeral Mass
Brophy Chapel,
4701 N. Central Ave, AZ
Graveside service
St. Francis Catholic Cemetery,
2033 N. 48th Street,, Phoenix, AZ
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He was a special priest who always said what was morally correct from the Pulpit. Even if it was not the popular thing to say, He always said what was the correct thing to do, as a person of Catholic faith. He made me feel special about my faith and led have higher moral convictions of my own.
Robert Fichot
April 17, 2017
hi jack we will miss you was my uncle we had many days of running at mom and dads house we had always had a great time when you came up to foster city, i hope we and all my relatives that passed on will see you soon. take care john
steve hanley
April 9, 2014
Fr. Hanley, May you rest in peace, your influence on our lives will always be remembered.
Joseph Oddo
March 31, 2014
Rest in peace Fr. Hanley. You were a great teacher, a great friend, and a great priest
Scott Coahran
March 30, 2014
Father Hanley was the first significant influence in my life outside of my parents. As a freshman, student and primitive football & baseball player he taught me not only Latin and sports, but also maturity, discipline, effort and integrity. Later, as our pastor at Holy Spirit, he showed us his care for all. I will forever strive to be the person he believed I could become. We will miss your strength, and your love.
March 29, 2014
Father Hanley was a mans man with a soft heart.He didn't only talk the talk,but walked the walk.He truly did Gods work in a strong but compationate way.I will miss you sir.
Larry Muckerman
March 28, 2014
At the end of my days, I know that no explanations will be needed by my loving God. HOWEVER...knowing that both St. Ignatius and Black Jack Hanley will be waiting to have an "animated" conversation with me will keep me on the straight and narrow! Blessings on you, Fr. Hanley...maker of men! Godspeed...AMDG.
Deacon Shawn P. French
March 28, 2014
Fr. Hanley truly impacted my life. When I was running late to Greek class, he lovingly disciplined me. When I was a first year teacher only a few years older than some of my students he always had my back. When I returned from the Peace Corps and went to him for a recommendation he gave me a teaching job at Gerard and mentored me. When I brought my crying small children to mass at his parish he smiled at me. I will always remember Fr. Hanley for his strong faith and dedication to God and God's people. He truly lived the AMDG.
Patty Bayham Mazier
March 27, 2014
Whenever Hanley was around my adolescent mess in 1969 I automatically inventoried my entire existence. I never questioned he could see right through me.
Charles DiStefano
March 27, 2014
I will always remember your imperative to "strive for excellence." It is a daily reminder for me in my career in education. You are missed. God be with you.
Timothy Donovan
March 26, 2014
Father Hanley was my Mentor,Teacher,Coach while I attended lBrophy Prep from 1963-1967. I do not know where I'd be today without his influence. He taught me to truly be contemplative in action. To be a man for others. He was a Jesuit's Jesuit,I thank God everyday for Father Hanley. .......Chuck Weingarten 67'
Charles Weingarten
March 26, 2014
He had the cool, quiet confidence of Clint Eastwood, but Fr. Hanley was the real deal, not an actor. As Vice Principal (enforcer), he was a living legend. Never known anyone like him. --SWB Class of '72
Sam Bettwy
March 25, 2014
When I came to Brophy as a scholastic I met Jack Hanley for the first time. I was always impressed with his fairness in dealing with students, his focus on what he was doing (whether that be teaching or coaching), and his sincerity. I join with his former students and friends in mourning his passing.

Dan Kendall, S.J.
March 25, 2014
Fr John may you rest in peace. You were with me on my darkest days. Your gift of kindness and spiritual direction remain, and you will remain in my heart and prayers.. thank you
Linda C
March 25, 2014
Wonderful teacher and coach..he will be missed!!
Tim Hughes
Tim Hughes
March 25, 2014
When my brother was hit by a car & killed, I did the eulogy. Father Hanley is the one that helped me. I felt all weird inviting people from Gerard & from where my brother and I worked, since my brother had only been back in town about 3 weeks. Father Hanley explained...a memorial service isn't just for the one that died, it is also to help support those left behind. Thank you, Father Hanley, RIP. - - - Gerard Catholic H.S., Class of 1989
Andrea Zumsteg
March 25, 2014
Father John,
You will be missed and revered. Of all the teachers in my life, you had the most positive influence. You were indeed a gift from God, and a part of you will always be a part of me.
Ted Leenerts
March 24, 2014
Hanley.., a legend at Saint Ignatius in San Francisco continued at Brophy. Freshman Latin, frosh football and baseball coach. NOBODY messed with the guy. I loved him.
William Burrus
March 24, 2014
Amo, amas amat. He always got your attention when sleeping in class. James R. Shaff
March 24, 2014
God speed Fr. Hanley - may you rest in peace. (Brophy class of 1967)

Jon Imler
March 24, 2014
One of the most influential people in my life. He accepted no excuses and demanded that we act as men. He once broke a blackboard in class when I did not turn in my homework and then offered a weak excuse. Thank you Fr. John.
Mike Fitz-Gerald
March 24, 2014
Rest In Peace Fr. Hanley. You had a profound influence on my life as a high school student and I will never forget that.
Sara McGoldrick Balder
March 24, 2014
Now there was a man for others. Cool and always collected, smart and concise, strict and fair - I wish we could have been reunited later in life.
John Likovich
March 24, 2014
I first got to know Fr. Hanley in 1965 while working in the Jesuit dining room at Brophy. I was lucky enough to have him as my Freshman football and baseball coach. He knew sports and how to teach and motivate his players. He was a good athlete himself. He and several of the other Jesuits would come down and play pick up basketball on the outdoor courts with us on weekends. When we had him for Theology as Juniors, he made us think hard about the issues of the day - the war in Vietnam, poverty, civil rights, social justice. Fr. Hanley was an amazing man. We all looked up to him then and he still inspires almost 50 years later.
Greg Novak
March 23, 2014
I will miss you, Father John. Thank you for all the wonderful discussions and counseling sessions for me and Don and for your life advice. May you rest in peace, Father John. Sandie Bergeson
Sandie Bergeson
March 23, 2014
You will be missed Fr. John. I'm so glad I was at Holy Spirit parish while you were there. God bless. You are now home
March 23, 2014
God bless you Fr. John. You were my Father confessor and you had an spiritual impact in my life. I will miss you dearly and I will carry you spirit with me the rest on my life. R Salazar
March 23, 2014
Fr. Hanley was a man of influence over the lives of students. His discipline, as well as his care, were firm and focused. He filled his roles with dedication and conviction; his heart was prompted to nurture young men in the ways of respect, excellence, and conviction. May he know great peace.
Mike Berens
March 23, 2014
The Asst. principal during my years at Brophy College Prep.. His steely eyed grin was truly unique. The Brophy family of alumni will miss him.
Sean Lucart
March 23, 2014
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