The Society of Mary (Marianists) announces the 70th jubilee celebration of profession of Father Robert E. Hackel, SM.
Father Hackel was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, joined the Marianists in 1950 and professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1951, in Galesville, Wisconsin. He attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1954.
In his early years of ministry, Fr. Hackel served as a high school teacher in Victoria, Texas, and at two Marianist-sponsored schools in St. Louis, before entering the seminary in 1960. He completed his studies in Fribourg, Switzerland, and was ordained there on April 3, 1965.
Fr. Hackel returned to St. Louis, serving as teacher and chaplain from 1965 to 1969, followed by a six-year teaching ministry in those same roles in Fort Worth, Texas. He left Fort Worth in 1975 and spent three years as teacher and director at a high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He returned to St. Louis in 1978 and changed ministries, serving as an associate pastor until 1981 when he resumed a teaching role in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1983, Fr. Hackel returned to Texas and spent the next 14 years teaching and serving as teacher and chaplain at schools in San Antonio and Fort Worth.
In 1997, he left teaching to serve as chaplain for a Marianist Community in Houston, where he remained until 2004. During that year, Fr. Hackel began serving in Honolulu in what would be his last teaching ministry, in which he served as teacher and chaplain from 2004-2008.
Leaving Honolulu in 2008, he returned to Fort Worth in the role of community director and chaplain, serving until 2020, when he moved to Cupertino. He is living in retirement from active ministry and resides at the Cupertino Marianist Community.
He plans to celebrate his70th jubilee of profession in Cupertino on Sat., June 19.
Father Robert E. Hackel’s Personal Reflection: “I have always liked the Society of Mary. Requests for me to assist in some of its ministries have been a great grace. As a priest, the sacrament of reconciliation has been a sign of the Father’s love in bringing Christ to all of us. The joys and challenges of community life have been a means of growth and maturity for me and have given me skills to communicate better and show fraternal appreciation.”