MATTHIAS HOFFMAN, CHICAGO HEIGHTS PASTOR, DIES
WAS PROFESSOR AT TWO CHICAGO SEMINARIES
(April 2, 2004) - Fr. Matthias Hoffman, pastor emeritus of St. Casimir
Parish, a Chicago Heights parish that is now closed, died Thursday,
April 1, 2004, of heart failure at Resurrection Hospital. He was
88 years old and had been living at St. Benedict Home in Niles.
Ordained by Cardinal Stritch in 1940, Fr. Hoffman’s first
assignment was at St. Mary Parish in Riverdale, where he served
for four years as an assistant pastor.
In 1944, Fr. Hoffman began a 16-year teaching career at Quigley
Preparatory Seminary. He also served as a spiritual director to
the high school students there. Fr. Hoffman taught English and modern
languages at the seminary. He had an M.A. degree in English from
Loyola University. He studied German at the University of Bonn,
Germany, French at the University of Laval in Quebec, Canada and
Spanish in Mexico.
Fr. Hoffman also taught at the University of St. Mary of the Lake
in Mundelein for six years beginning in 1961. He was made pastor
of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in 1966 and served there for 13 years
before being made pastor of St. Casimir in Chicago Heights.
Fr. Hoffman retired in 1986 and was made pastor emeritus of St.
Casimir that year.
Visitation for Fr. Hoffman will take place at Infant
Jesus of Prague Church, 1131 Douglas Ave., Flossmoor, on Sunday,
April 4, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Francis Cardinal
George, O.M.I., will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for
Fr. Hoffman on Monday, April 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Infant Jesus of
Interment will be at Mount Olivet in St. Casimir Cemetery, 4401
W. 111th St., Chicago.
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