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Jesuit Father Louis Lipps, 91, who served as a spiritual and retreat director for 74 years, died Jan. 11 in Pontiac, Mich.

Father Lipps graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1939 and joined the Society of Jesus at the Milford novitiate. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin and master’s degree in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. He was ordained on June 18, 1952, and took final vows on Feb. 2, 1957. Father Lipps served in Chicago, Ill., Cincinnati, Milford, Ohio, Clarkston and Berkley, Mich., Covington and Lexington, Ky., and Rome, Italy.

In the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, he taught philosophy Xavier University; served as the novice master for brothers at Milford; was the minister at St. Xavier High School and Milford; and director of the Loyola Youth Retreat House in Milford. He also worked in campus ministry and taught theology at Xavier University. Father Lipps later spent 10 years as a member of the Claver Community and Ministry in Cincinnati, serving as a significant spiritual presence for an impoverished African-American neighborhood in Cincinnati. In addition, he was a spiritual reflector for the local chapter of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps.

Memorial Masses services and Masses for Father Lipps were held in both the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Diocese of Lexington. He is survived by his sister, Mary Elain Schoener.



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