//Leo Florent Tirkey, SJ (MAP) 1942-2024

Leo Florent Tirkey, SJ (MAP) 1942-2024

Fr. Leo Florent Tirkey, S.J., passed away on 13 January 2024, at Holy Cross Hospital, Ambikapur. The Funeral Mass, held on 14 January at the chapel of Christ Milan Ashram, Namna, Ambikapur, was presided over by Bishop Patras Minj, SJ and attended by Fr. Leo’s family, Madhya Pradesh Jesuits, religious men and women, and other relatives and friends.

Described as a pleasant companion, Fr. Leo was known for his simplicity, humility, and a broad, beaming smile. Born on 3 January 1942, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1963, and was ordained a priest in 1976. He was prefect and teacher at St. Xavier’s, Ambikapur, director and superior at Vidya Sadan, Bhopal. He served as Socius to the Novice Master at Namna Novitiate, Ambikapur and demonstrated exceptional care for the retired and sick members of the Province during his tenure at Khrist Milan Ashram, Ambikapur. He served also at Catholic Ashram, Baikunthpur from 2011 to 2016.

Despite facing hearing impairment most of his life, Fr. Leo continued his active ministries until a well-deserved rest at Khrist Milan Ashram, Namna, Ambikapur. It was from there that he was called to his heavenly reward. One can hope that Fr. Leo is now joyfully experiencing the heavenly choir’s melodious hymns. His life is celebrated for its dedication to education, formation, and compassionate care for others in various ministries throughout the Madhya Pradesh Province.

– Agapit Tirkey, SJ