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Rev. Robert E. McLaughlinChicago, IL (January 25, 2005) – Rev. Robert E. McLaughlin, pastor of Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish in Park Ridge, former pastor of Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, and former rector of Niles College Seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago, died unexpectedly Monday, January 24, of complications from an apparent heart attack at the age of 64.

“The sudden death of Fr. Robert McLaughlin leaves a great void in the priestly ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago and in those he touched in his years in the priesthood,” said Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago. “For Fr. McLaughlin loved the people he served, and the devotion he showed to the parishes he pastored made him a much-loved pastor.”

Born on Chicago’s west side on August 2, 1940, McLaughlin was raised as a member of St. Frances of Rome Parish in Cicero and graduated from St. Frances of Rome Catholic School. He began his studies for the priesthood at Quigley Seminary North, and completed those studies at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein. McLaughlin was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago on April 26, 1966.

McLaughlin began his priestly ministry at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral. During the period of time he served at the Cathedral as an associate pastor (1966-1976), he also taught religion and communications to high school seminary students at Quigley Seminary North and pursued graduate studies at Northwestern University in communication studies. McLaughlin subsequently served as the associate pastor at Mater Christi Parish in North Riverside (1976-1981) and as pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Chicago (1981-84) before his appointment in 1984 as Rector-President of Niles College of Loyola University, the Archdiocese of Chicago’s college level seminary. During his years at Niles College (1984-89), McLaughlin pursued graduate studies in community and organizational development at Loyola University of Chicago.

From January 1990 until January 2002, Fr. McLaughlin served as pastor of Holy Name Cathedral. During his tenure as pastor there, Holy Name Cathedral was the site of the funeral of one Chicago archbishop, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, and the installation of another, Francis Cardinal George.

Since July of 2002 and until the time of his death, McLaughlin served as pastor of Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish, in Park Ridge.

McLaughlin earned numerous advanced degrees: he received a licentiate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake in 1966, a master of arts from Northwestern University in 1971, and a second master of arts from Loyola University in 1987.

McLaughlin was well-known for his service to Chicago priests. He served as the vice-president of the Presbyteral Senate, as the chairman of the Association of Chicago Priests (1974-76) and served two terms (1983-87; 1995-99) as a part-time member of the Diocesan Priest Personnel Board.

McLaughlin is survived by two of his brothers, John McLaughlin and Rev. Edward J. McLaughlin, pastor emeritus of St. Michael Parish in Orland Park, and several nieces and nephews.

Thursday, January 27: 4 -9 p.m.
Friday, January 28:  3 -9 p.m.
Mary, Seat of Wisdom Church
920 W. Granville Ave. (at Cumberland Ave.), Park Ridge

Funeral Mass
Saturday, January 29: 11 a.m.
Mary, Seat of Wisdom Church

Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside


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