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Ordained May 14, 1980

Chicago, IL (February 12, 2007)-Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. John Robert Hall at 12 p.m. on Friday, February 16, at Our Lady of Ransom Church, 8300 N. Greenwood, Niles.

Fr. Hall, 52, died suddenly of a massive heart attack Saturday, February 10, in the parish rectory shortly before he was scheduled to concelebrate a Mass confirming 48 eighth-grade students from the parish religious education program. Fr. Hall's death comes less than three weeks before his twelfth anniversary as Pastor of Our Lady of Ransom.

A Chicago native, Fr. Hall was born on November 4, 1954 and was baptized at the now-closed Our Lady Help of Christians Church on Chicago's west side. In June 1968, Fr. Hall graduated from Our Lady Help of Christians' elementary school, and in June 1972, he graduated from Quigley (North) Preparatory Seminary.

Fr. Hall subsequently enrolled in Niles College of Loyola University in Chicago, graduating in June 1976 with a B.A. in Theology. Fr. Hall then went on to earn his Master of Divinity degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in May 1980.

Prior to becoming a priest, Fr. Hall served as deacon at St. John Fisher Parish on Chicago's south side and was ordained a priest by Cardinal John Cody on May 14, 1980. He celebrated his first solemn Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians Church on May 17. His first assignment was as Associate Pastor at Incarnation Parish in Palos Heights where he remained until June 1985. He was then appointed Associate Pastor of Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, a position he held for ten years, until his appointment as Pastor of Our Lady of Ransom on March 1, 1995.

Visitation for Fr. Hall will be from 2 to 9 p.m., Thursday, February 15, and from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Friday, February 16 at Our Lady of Ransom Church. Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.

Fr. Hall is survived by two sisters, Judith (William) Tarzon and Jane (James) Shannon, and two brothers, James (Crystal) Troy and Thomas (the late Aileen) Hall.

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