Jesuit Fr. Brian Van Hove, a native of Superior and 1966 graduate of Cathedral High School, celebrated his 50th anniversary of entering the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
Following novitiate, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973 and a master’s degree in French in 1974, both from Saint Louis University. He taught at Creighton Prep in Omaha before going to Regis College in Toronto where completed his bachelor’s and master’s in divinity in 1980. He earned a master’s in theology and a licentiate in sacred theology in 1984.
He was ordained a priest in 1982 at St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis.
After serving as associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier College Church for four years, he studied at The Catholic University of America, earning a doctorate in church history in 1999.
Fr. Van Hove taught in seminaries in Ohio and Texas before being assigned to retreat duties at White House Retreat in St. Louis. He also served as rector of the Shrine of St. Joseph in St. Louis for a year.
Since 2009, he has served as chaplain to the Religious Sisters of Mercy in Alma, Michigan.