Rev. Joseph Alminde, 80, Jesuit educator

The Rev. Joseph M. Alminde
The Rev. Joseph M. Alminde
Posted: April 04, 2011

The Rev. Joseph M. Alminde, 80, a former Jesuit teacher at St. Joseph's Preparatory School, his alma mater, died of respiratory failure Friday, March 25, at Lankenau Hospital.

Father Alminde had three careers at the school.

He taught English and Latin from 1956 to 1959, English from 1964 to 1966, and religion and language from 1969 to 1985. In that third term, he was also chaplain of the varsity basketball team.

Born in Philadelphia, Father Alminde graduated from the Prep in 1949, when he entered the Jesuit religious order, the Society of Jesus.

He earned a bachelor's degree in classics at Bellarmine College in Plattsburgh, N.Y., in 1955 and was ordained in 1962.

From 1966 to 1969, the Jesuits interrupted Father Alminde's St. Joseph's career by assigning him to the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Berks County. He was executive assistant to the priest in charge of those studying to become religious brothers.

At the end of his third term at the Prep, he moved to what is now Loyola Blakefield, a Jesuit high school in Towson, Md., where he taught English and Latin from 1985 to 2000.

After a 2000-01 sabbatical at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., now part of Santa Clara University, Father Alminde worked as an associate pastor at Old St. Joseph's Church in Society Hill from 2001 to 2004.

Until 2009, he was a minister at the Loyola Center of St. Joseph's University.

Father Alminde is survived by a brother, Paul, and sisters Joan Alminde and Catherine MacFarland.

A viewing was set for 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Manresa Hall, 261 City Ave., Lower Merion. A second viewing was set from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on the same day at the Church of the Gesu, 18th Street and Girard Avenue, before a 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass there. Burial will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple Township.


Contact staff writer Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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