Robert E. Hollingsworth S.J., 75, formerly of Linton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005 at Campinas Hospital, Brazil, South America.
Born Jan. 27, 1930 in Linton, he was the son of Arthur and Sarah Hollingsworth.
He graduated from Linton High School in 1948 and from Coyne Electral College in Chicago, Ill. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Linton. In 1962, he entered the New Orleans Province Jesuits, later arriving in Campinas, Brazil, South America. His goal was to build a church in the outlying territory where poverty, drugs, and prostitution were the way of life. The church soon became a reality, giving a spiritual renewal to the community. In 1966, he became Executive Director of Centro Social President Kennedy, a religious, social and educational center providing services to all ages, regardless of color, race, or creed. About 1,900 people pass through the Center every day for some kind of service. The Center offers a library, cultural center, sports facilities, trade school, and training in sewing, electricity, typing, secretarial skills, cooking, graphic arts, etc. Family life courses are also offered which include Bible reflection, adult religious education, catechism and prayer groups. Due to the generosity of the Linton Knights of Columbus and family and friends, a new enterprise was developed with the purchase of a new printing press, turning out parish leaflets and other religious literature, along with commercial orders. A new nursing curriculum was added to meet the needs of the region's elderly and sick. Centro Kennedy's night nursing program is the only one of its kind in all of Brazil with actual practical experience working in local hospitals.
Survivors include four sisters, Geneva Kalas of Caseyville, Ill., and Lois Corbin, Delena Collins and Emmalue Marquart, all of Linton.
Service was Monday, Sept. 26 with Father Edward Daughtery officiating. Other priests, a devoted, caring public, and friends expressed their love and gratitude.
Memorial service will be at a later date at St. Peter Catholic Church in Linton, with Father Hilary Vieck officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Church.