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Hillenbrand, Reynold Henrylocked

(19 July 1905–22 May 1979)
  • Steven M. Avella


Hillenbrand, Reynold Henry (19 July 1905–22 May 1979), priest and social activist, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of George Hillenbrand, a dentist, and Eleanor Schmitt. Reared in a comfortable, middle-class setting near Chicago’s Lincoln Park, Hillenbrand attended St. Michael’s Church, run by the German Redemptorists. He was educated by the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Brothers of Mary. In 1920 he followed his elder brother, Frederick Hillenbrand, to Chicago’s Quigley Preparatory Seminary, where he developed a lifelong love for English literature and served as the editor of the seminary newspaper. In 1924 he continued his studies for the priesthood at the newly built St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Area (now Mundelein), Illinois. He completed his studies for ordination with the Jesuits, who directed the academic program at the seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood on 29 September 1929 and completed a doctorate at St. Mary of the Lake, writing a dissertation on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Upon completion of his doctoral work in 1931, his superior, Cardinal ...

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