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Pastor Emeritus of St. Joan of Arc, Skokie

Chicago, IL (April 5, 2004) – A priest who taught in Chicago’s minor seminaries for 28 years, Fr. John J. McMahon, died Sunday, April 4, of complications from a stroke and age at Resurrection Hospital. He was 90 years old. Fr. McMahon was a resident of St. Benedict Home in Niles and had been retired since 1984, the year he was made pastor emeritus of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Skokie.

Fr. McMahon was a native of Chicago and grew up on Chicago’s northwest side. He was ordained in 1939 by George Cardinal Mundelein following graduation from Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein. He did post graduate work at both St. Mary of the Lake and the University of Notre Dame before beginning his teaching career in 1941 at Quigley. He taught history there until 1962, when he began teaching at Niles College, where seminarians received their college training. The college level portion of seminary training is now done at St. Joseph College at Loyola University.
Fr. McMahon earned a Doctorate in Theology at St. Mary of the Lake and a Master of Arts in History from Loyola University.

In 1969, he was made pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Skokie where he served until his retirement in 1984. He is remembered as both a great storyteller and preacher.

Visitation for Fr. McMahon will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7, at SS. Faith, Hope and Charity, 191 Linden St., Winnetka. Auxiliary Bishop Francis Kane, will preside at a funeral Mass for Fr. McMahon on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at SS. Faith, Hope and Charity Church.
Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

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