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Ordained May 1, 1953

Chicago, IL (July 27, 2007)—Rev. Francis J. Cerniglia, pastor emeritus of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Elk Grove Village, died on Thursday, July 26 at age 80 at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago due to complications of hepatitis.

A Chicago native, Fr. Cerniglia was born on August 23, 1926 and was baptized at the original Santa Maria Addolorata Church on the city’s near north side. Fr. Cerniglia graduated from grade school June 1941, Quigley Preparatory Seminary in June 1946, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in May 1953. While at Mundelein Seminary Fr. Cerniglia was an active dramatist, taking part in Villa plays and operettas.

Fr. Cerniglia was ordained a priest on May 1, 1953, and two days later celebrated his first solemn Mass at Santa Maria Addolorata. On June 29 of that year, he was named assistant pastor of St. Stephen Protomartyr Parish in northwest suburban Des Plaines where he served until June 1966. He was then appointed assistant pastor of St. Simeon Parish in west suburban Bellwood, where he remained until June 1973. Between June 1973 and January 1976, Fr. Cerniglia served as assistant pastor of St. John Bosco Parish on the city’s northwest side.

On January 2, 1976, Fr. Cerniglia was appointed associate pastor of St. Isaac Jogues parish in northwest suburban Niles where he served for four years. On January 1, 1980, Fr Cerniglia began a sixteen-year term as pastor of Queen of the Rosary parish in northwest suburban Elk Grove Village, retiring on July 1, 1996. After retirement, Fr. Cerniglia lived at Queen of the Rosary and served as senior priest, saying Mass and assisting as needed.

Visitation for Fr. Cerniglia will be from 3 to 9 p.m. on Monday, July 30, and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31 at Queen of the Rosary Church, 750 W. Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove Village. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will preside at a funeral Mass for Fr. Cerniglia on July 31 at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Rosary Church. Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.

A member of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Cerniglia is survived by two sisters, Mildred (Mangialardi) and Constance (Cleghorn), four nieces and nephews and a grandniece.

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