On Sunday, October 4, the Spring Hill Community gathered in St. Joseph’s Chapel for the celebration of two milestones achieved by two of our much beloved Jesuits. Brother Ferrell Blank, SJ celebrated sixty years since he joined the Jesuit order as a Brother and Fr. Marvin Kitten, S.J. celebrated the golden anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Fr. Stephen Campbell, S.J., current Rector of the Jesuit Community presided over the Jubilee Mass. It was concelebrated by priests from the Jesuit Community. A reception for friends and family followed in the Gautrelet Room.
Brother Ferrell Blank, S.J. a native of Gramercy, Louisiana entered the Society of Jesus as a brother in 1955. He was assigned to Spring Hill College in 1961 and except for a two year sabbatical has been a permanent fixture at the College. During his tenure at the Spring Hill he has been involved in many aspects of mechanical maintenance and is a certified plant engineer. Currently, Brother is responsible for maintaining the Jesuit villa in Perdido Beach, AL. Ferrell is a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Knights of Columbus and the Men of St. Joseph.
Father Marvin Kitten, S.J. was born on a cotton farm in Lubbock County, Texas. He majored in theoretical mathematics at Texas Tech University and after working for Geophysical Service he entered the Jesuit novitiate in Grand Coteau, LA in 1953. He went on to earn degrees from Spring Hill College and St. Mary’s College in Kansas. In 1965 he was ordained at St. Joseph’s Chapel on the Campus of Spring Hill College. Fr. Kitten has worked in Campus Ministry at Texas A&M and as Vocations Director for the New Orleans Province. In 2008 he returned to Mobile where he serves as Campus Minister for Spirituality guiding many students through the R.C.I.A process and through the Sacrament of Confirmation. Always available to students, Fr. Kitten, is known for his hats, cowboy boots and his deep love for his Texas roots.
The entire Spring Hill College community congratulates both Brother Blank and Fr. Kitten for their commitment and thanks them for their lifelong service to the Community.