On January 23, 2007, Jordan Russell Aumann, O.P. died at Resurrection Medical Center after an extended illness due to advanced age. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Father Aumann was born on June 15, 1916 to Henry John Aumann and Viola Helen Smades. He was the brother of Lillian Aumann, Earl H. Aumann, Marion Aumann, John G. Aumann, Bernard W. Aumann, Geraldine M. Ibey, Donald G. and Raymond P. Aumann.
Father Aumann made his profession of vows as a Dominican Friar in 1939 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1945. Throughout his life as a Dominican priest he was active in teaching, writing and spiritual direction. In 1952, he founded the Institute of Spirituality in River Forest, Illinois for the spiritual renewal of religious men. He was one of the founders of the Priory Press that promoted the study of theology on the high school and college level as well as the development of the spiritual life among the laity.
His teaching assignments included being a professor at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy and at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. He was appointed by Pope John Paul II as a Consultor to the Congregation of the Clergy and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples at the Vatican. During his lifetime, he published eight books on spiritual theology of which some were translated into Italian, German, Korean and Chinese. In addition, he translated into English a number of the great works of Catholic spiritual writers including Faith according to St. John of the Cross by Karl Wojtyla who would later become pope.
Until his advanced age caused him to retire, he was a popular preacher and was known as an international authority on spiritual theology. Funeral service will take place at Saint Pius V Priory, Chicago, Illinois on January 26, 2007 followed by burial at All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, Illinois.