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FR. THOMAS J. HOSTY DIES AT AGE 93

Chicago, IL (October 15, 2004) – Fr. Thomas J. Hosty, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago for 69 years, died Wednesday, October 13, at Carmelite Carefree Village in Darien. He was 93 years old.

A Chicago native, Fr. Hosty graduated from Quigley Preparatory seminary in 1929 and completed his seminary training at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein. He was ordained by George Cardinal Mundelein in 1935. Five years earlier, his brother, Rev. Edward Hosty, was ordained. He died in 1997 at the age of 92.

Fr. Hosty’s first assignment was as assistant pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish at 78 th and Ashland, which is now closed. Thirty-one years later, in 1966, Fr. Hosty would become pastor of St. Rose and, upon his retirement in 1971, pastor emeritus.

For eight years, from 1939 to 1947, Fr. Hosty was a member of the Archdiocesan Mission Band, a group of priests organized to present missions and retreats throughout the Archdiocese. In 1947, Fr. Hosty was named assistant pastor of St. Angela Parish on the west side, where he served for seven years. He was assistant pastor at St. Bridget and St. Robert Bellarmine for two years each before being named pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in the northwest suburbs. He became pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish eight years later and served in that capacity until 1971.

Visitation for Fr. Hosty will take place Monday, October 18, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Kenny Brothers Funeral Home, 3600 W. 95 th St., Evergreen Park, and Tuesday, October 19 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Church, 9525 S. Lawndale Ave., Evergreen Park. A funeral Mass for Fr. Hosty will be celebrated at Most Holy Redeemer Church on Tuesday, October 19, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip.

Fr. Hosty is survived by many nieces and nephews.

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