Rev. John W. Ballweg
died: June 27, 2010
Rev. John M. Ballweg, a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, died on June 27, 2010. The Reception of the Body was held on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 971 Suburban Road, Union, where Fr. Ballweg lie in repose until 8 p.m., at which time a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Arrangements are by the Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home, Westfield.
Fr. Ballweg was born on May 2, 1930, in Elizabeth and was raised in Rahway. He attended St. Mary's Grammar School, St. Peter's High School in New Brunswick, and Seton Hall College and Immaculate Conception Seminary. Fr. Ballweg was ordained on May 26, 1956. His first assignment was Immaculate Conception R.C. Church in Elizabeth. He was assigned as a part-time teacher at St. Mary's High School in Elizabeth, then he was assigned full time at Seton Hall University in the Religious Studies Department. While at Seton Hall University, he was made dean of students. Later, he was appointed priest personnel director for the Archdiocese of Newark. Fr. Ballweg taught at Chestnut College in Chestnut, Pa., where he taught pastoral ministry and was spiritual director. He gave retreats at the Cape May Retreat Center in Elberon and at Madison, Conn. He had been a growth counselor at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington and at Seton Hall University in South Orange. He was chair of the Archdiocese of Newark Committee on Team Ministry in the Church of Newark, N.J. He gave many days of reconciliation to laity, religious and clergy.
Fr. Ballweg loved being a priest, preaching, teaching and visiting the sick. He was the son of Henry and Loretta O' Donnell Ballweg. He is survived by his cousin, Theresa Clendenny, and her children and grandchildren, as well as members of the Ballweg and O'Donnell families. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., or Sisters of St. Joseph Villa in Flowertown, Pa.