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Ordained April 27, 1967

Chicago, IL (July 31, 2007)—Rev. Arthur J. Fagan, pastor of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Elk Grove Village, died on Saturday, July 28 at age 65 from an apparent heart attack while asleep.

A Chicago native, Fr. Fagan was born on October 13, 1941, and was baptized two weeks later at Our Lady of Peace Church on the city’s southeast side. Fr. Fagan graduated from Our Lady of Peace elementary school in 1955, Quigley Preparatory Seminary in June 1960 and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in April 1967. During the summer of 1966, Fr. Fagan served as a deacon with Catholic Charities.

Fr. Fagan was ordained a priest on April 27, 1967 and three days later, celebrated his first solemn Mass at Our Lady of Peace Church. On May 22 of that year, he became Assistant to the Superintendent of Des Plaines’ Maryville Academy where he served until May 1972 when he left the priesthood. He was married in a civil ceremony on January 31, 1973 and in 1979, he and his wife adopted a two-year old son, Michael. Their marriage ended in 1984 with Fagan raising Michael while pursuing a career in sales and keeping close ties with Maryville.

In 1985, Fagan petitioned Archbishop Joseph Cardinal Bernardin to return to active ministry. Cardinal Bernardin forwarded his request to the Vatican while arranging for a pastoral and academic internship at Mundelein Seminary and Loyola University. In January 1988, Fr. Fagan was appointed associate pastor of St. Juliana Parish on Chicago’s northwest side. In September 1996, Fr. Fagan was named pastor of Queen of the Rosary Parish in Elk Grove Village.

Visitation for Fr. Fagan will be from 12 noon to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1 at St. Julian Eymard Church, 601 Biesterfield Rd., Elk Grove Village. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will preside at a funeral Mass for Fr. Fagan on Thursday, August 2 at 10 a.m. at St. Julian Eymard Church. Interment will be at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in Palatine.

Fr. Fagan is survived by his son, Michael, grandson Michael Jr., two sisters, (Mary Anne Smith and Patricia Doyle), brother (Dr. Michael) and several nieces and nephews.

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