In Memoriam: Br. H. Frank Cluff, SJ
Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Born March 26 1923
Entered the Society June 21, 1957
Died at Campion Center, Weston MA, April 9, 2013
Br. H. Francis Cluff, SJ
Brother Henry Francis Cluff served for 55 years as a Jesuit brother in the New England Province. He was known to many especially in recent years as the Jesuit who operated the bookstore at Campion Renewal Center in Weston, MA.
Born March 26, 1923 in Syracuse New York to Ralph and Edith (Baker), his family later moved to Kennebunkport, Maine, New York City, and then Quincy, Massachusetts. A day after he graduated Quincy High School in June 1942, Frank enlisted in the United States Army. In December of that year, he was sent across the Atlantic on a convoy to serve in Italy. The Army honorably discharged him in 1945 and he returned to Massachusetts to study business at Boston University. Graduating in 1948, Frank worked for Ernst & Ernst until he approached the Jesuits about a potential vocation. He began his formation at Shadowbrook in Lenox on August 1, 1956.
Given his business experience, Brother Cluff was assigned to the province office in 1962 where he served for 43 years. In 1970, he was appointed Province Treasurer, a post he would hold for 22 years. He also traveled to Rome in 1975 to help establish the annual Lenten mutual aid fund FASCI, started by Fr. General Pedro Arrupe, SJ.
In 2005, he became the Assistant Treasurer at Campion Center. Frank summed up his life this way, “With my background of seven years of experience in public accounting, I was really right for the jobs that I came into. And I have been very, very happy to contribute what I could to the Province. And the people that have supported me have been an enormous help. I feel very happy about their encouragement.” In his later years Frank enjoyed working in the book store at Campion while gradually cutting back his other work commitments. He died on the morning of April 9, 2013.