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CHICAGO (June 23, 2005) – Fr. George Cullen, who served for a decade as associate pastor of Mother of God Parish in Waukegan, died Tuesday, June 21, at Resurrection Medical Center where he had been taken for treatment of a heart condition. He was 82 years old . At the time of his death, Fr. Cullen was a resident of St. Benedict Home in Niles.

A native of Chicago’s north side, Fr. Cullen attended Immaculate Conception (North Park Ave.) and St. Andrew grade schools. He graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein. Fr. Cullen was ordained in 1948.

St. Bernadine Parish in Forest Park was Fr. Cullen’s first assignment as a priest. He served there for two years before becoming assistant pastor at St. Peter Parish in Skokie, where he served for two years. From 1952 to 1966, Fr. Cullen was an assistant pastor at St. Catherine of Genoa, now closed, St. Lucy, St. Bride, on the south side of Chicago and Resurrection on the city’s northwest side.

In 1966, Fr. Cullen began a six-tear term as assistant pastor at Divine Savior in Norridge. For five years beginning in 1972, he served at Our Lady of Mercy Parish on the north side of Chicago. In 1977, Fr. Cullen was named associate pastor of Mother of God Parish in Waukegan. He served there until 1988 when he retired from active ministry.

Visitation for Fr. Cullen will take place on Friday, June 24, from 3 to 8 p.m. at St. Benedict Home, 6930 W. Touhy Ave., Niles, and on Saturday, June 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter Church, 8116 Niles Center Rd., Niles. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., will be the main celebrant at a Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Cullen on Saturday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter Church. Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plains.

Fr. Cullen is survived by his sister, Sr. Kathleen Edward, C.S.J., a Sister of St. Joseph, and several nieces and nephews.

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