Rev. John J. Mackin, Archdiocesan Priest, dies
Served on Archdiocese’s Mission Band
Chicago, IL (November 18, 2008) – Rev. John James Mackin, the third oldest priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago, died on Monday, November 17, at Franciscan Village’s Mother Theresa Home in Lemont. He was 95 years old and was living at Our lady of Loretto Parish in Hometown prior to entering Mother Theresa Home several months ago following a stroke.
Fr. Ronald Mass, pastor at Our Lady of Loretto from 1984 to1997, described Fr. Mackin as beloved by the people of the parish. “Fr. Mackin,” he said, “ retired from being a pastor but not from priesthood.” According to Fr. Mass, Fr. Mackin said Mass regularly, presided at funerals, baptized the newest parishioners, was present for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and loved visiting the children at the parish school. He regularly greeted parishioners at the door of the church and found time and energy to attend most of the parish’s social functions as well.
Fr. Mackin was born and grew up on Chicago’s south side. He attended Visitation and Our Lady of Solace elementary schools, both of which are now closed. Fr. Mackin was a graduate of Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, and was ordained by Cardinal George Mundelein on April 23, 1938.
His first assignment as an assistant pastor was at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Chicago, now closed, where he served for six years. For three years after that, he was assistant pastor at St. Benedict Parish in Blue Island before being named to the Diocesan Mission Band.
For thirteen years from 1947 to 1960, Fr. Mackin preached retreats as part of the Mission Band in parishes throughout the Archdiocese. In 1960, he began a nine-year assignment, first as assistant pastor then as pastor, at the now closed St. Justin Martyr Parish in Chicago.
He was named pastor of Our Lady of the Wayside Parish in Arlington Heights in 1969 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1983, when he was named pastor emeritus.
Visitation for Fr. Mackin will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 8925 S. Kostner Ave., Hometown. Most Rev. Timothy Lyne, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Mackin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 21, at Our Lady of Loretto Church. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.
Fr. Mackin is survived by several nieces and nephews.