James (Jason) J. Petosa, Age :81
Apr 26,1939---Feb 09,2021

James (Jason) J. Petosa of Shawnee died on Feb. 9, 2021. He was 81 years old. He is survived by his wife Theodora, son Justin, and brother Stephen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mildred (Cardamon) Petosa, his aunt and Godmother Evelyn Cardamon, his uncle and Godfather John Petosa, his sister-in-law Kathy Petosa, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Jason was born in DesMoines, Iowa, where he graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School. He continued his education at Marquette University College of Journalism in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, St. Paul College in Canfield, Ohio, Collegio Internationale Teologico Paolino in Rome, Italy, and Syracuse University School of Journalism in Syracuse, New York. 

He was ordained a priest of the Society of St. Paul in 1967. He was one of the founding members of Alba House Communications, a publishing and clearing service in multi-media educational materials. He also served as Director of Radio and Television for the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio. 

After being released from his priestly vows, he became Director of Public Relations at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. In addition, he taught communications and was president of the All College Council. 

During his years in Kentucky, he was one of three founding board members of The David School, an alternative school for underprivileged youth and adults.  

Jason went on to be the National Affairs Writer of The National Catholic Reporter in Kansas City, Missouri. His writing concentrated on the relationship between faith and social justice. He wrote stories about the decline of the steel industry, coal mines in Appalachia, and organized labor in church-owned hospitals and schools. He covered the 1975 meeting of the Bishops of Appalachia which resulted in the ground-breaking pastoral letter, “This Land is Home to me.” 

In 1979, he accepted the position of Publisher of The National Catholic Reporter. As one who valued the goals and precepts of Vatican II, he enjoyed the opportunity to pursue journalistic excellence in telling the truth, and in encouraging global justice, inclusiveness, and peace. 

In 1985, Jason founded Steadfast Publishing Company in Kansas City. Missouri. Steadfast designed and produced materials to help navigate the process of student financial aid. Helping students finance a college education was another way of working for social justice and equity. Jason took pride in this work, and enjoyed and respected his co-workers, colleagues, and clients.  

Over his years in Kansas City, Jason served on the Advisory Board of KMOS-TV and KCMW-FM, public broadcasting stations in Warrensburg, Missouri. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Kansas City United Nations Association and the Mayor’s United Nations Day Committee.  

Jason had a deep love and appreciation for sacred scripture. He was fascinated by ancient manuscripts and the history of printing. He liked New Orleans jazz, college basketball, oatmeal cookies, mystery novels and cats. He loved his family, and he treasured friends from every stage of his life. 

An editor, publisher, and writer, Jason was a man of words. He knew the power of words to hurt or to heal. He spoke and wrote with intelligence, wit, and truth. He was compassionate and generous, and his default setting was kindness. 

The family extends thanks to the dear caregivers at Brookdale Rosehill, and to the faithful friends who kept in touch through good times and bad. Jason’s spirit was lifted by every visit, letter, and call. 

Due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, Jason’s Mass of Resurrection will be postponed to a safer time. 

Memorial contributions may be made to any food pantry, or to The National Catholic Reporter, Kansas City, Missouri, or The Society of St. Paul, Staten Island, New York.


David King Firman Feb 13 ,2021

Employee and friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I worked for Jason for about 8 years at Steadfast Publishing Co. where we became good friends. The world is diminished by his passing. I will miss you Jason.

Jeannie Balda Brown Feb 13 ,2021

Friend and one -tine employee ,Overland Park ,Kansas

My condolences and love to family. Jason was a very nice and interesting man. I very much appreciated the short time I worked for him and valued his friendship.

Lydia Moore Bianchi Feb 13 ,2021

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

My dearest Friend, you took a sad song and made it better. The world is diminished with your passing. Deepest condolences Teddi and Justin, he loved you both so much.

Jean Dennis Feb 14 ,2021

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Sending my sincere condolences to the family of Jason. I have such fond memories of being a client of his working for a large bank using the services of Steadfast Publishing. Some of my favorite memories were enjoyable lunches where we would try to predict the future and sharing our life experiences. I too grew up in Iowa so shared our love of the state. Jason was one of the most kind people I have ever known. May his memories provide peace and comfort to all.

Ross Beaudoin Feb 14 ,2021

Through St. James Parish, KC ,Independence ,Missouri

Jason was a faithful member of St. James Parish KC - and a great help during years of parish revitalization. Jason taught me care and patience and it is no accident that he named his publishing company "Steadfast." That was Jason.

Paul and Patsy Butel Feb 15 ,2021

Friend ,Paola ,Kansas

I never knew of Jason’s many accomplishments until now. All I knew was he was my friend. I had the privilege of cutting his hair and trimming his beard for 35 years and I loved the times I had his undivided attention. His kindness was always a surprise to me. Never remember him saying an unkind word about anything. He is unforgettable and I hope he knew how special he was to so many. Blessings for his family. You are loved Patsy Butel

Jill Feb 16 ,2021

What a life! I’m grateful I got to share a bit of my life with him.

Mary-Lane Kamberg Feb 17 ,2021

Friend ,OLATHE ,Kansas

To Teddi and family, I'll hold you in my heart. So sorry to hear the sad news.