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The “Bukala Tribute”

Fr. “Casey” Bukala has defined himself by what he has done and by the people in his life, those he has touched and those who have touched him.  A Clevelander, he received his Bachelor’s degree in 1954 and his Master’s degree in 1955, both from John Carroll University.  He served in the Army before entering the Jesuit novitiate in 1958.  He was ordained in 1966.

After doctoral studies at Boston College, Fr. Bukala returned to John Carroll in 1970 to teach philosophy.  His return marked an exciting journey that has impacted generations of John Carroll students and alumni.  In addition to teaching philosophy, Fr. Bukala has served as chaplain of the Alumni Association, chaplain of the football team, moderator of Iota Chi Upsilon, and as a member and secretary of the Board of Trustees of the University.  He has also been involved in campus ministry activities, as well as various academic committees of the University.

Fr. Bukala’s outstanding contributions have earned him the Distinguished Faculty Award, the Centennial Medal, the Alumni Service Medal, and the Alumni Medal, which is the Alumni Association’s highest honor. His dedication to John Carroll athletics as chaplain of the football team earned him a place in the Hall of Fame.

Fr. Bukala has created an identity as a good Jesuit, memorable for his jovial, practical, loving, and caring style.  It is for this reason that donors continue to respond and honor his vision through gifts to the Bukala Tribute, or one of the two scholarships named in his honor.