MT. PROSPECT PASTOR, REV. RALPH MOLLAN, DIES
WAS CHAPLAIN DURING THE ‘50S AND ‘60S
Chicago, IL (April 17, 2009) – Father Ralph R. Mollan, pastor emeritus of St. Thomas Becket Parish in Mt. Prospect, died on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. He was 90 years old and a resident of Bishop Lyne Home in Palos Park at the time of his death.
A native of Chicago’s west side, Fr. Mollan was a graduate of Presentation elementary school, Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained on May 1, 1943 by Samuel Cardinal Stritch.
Fr. Mollan’s first assignment in 1943 was at St. Rose of Lima Parish on Chicago’s south side, where he served as assistant pastor for eight years. From 1951 to 1957, he was assistant pastor at St. Leo Parish in the Auburn Park neighborhood. Both of these parishes are now closed.
In 1957, he was named assistant pastor of St. St. Mary Parish in Evanston, where he served for nine years. From 1957 to 1961, Fr. Mollan was also an area chaplain for the Christian Family Movement, an organization of Catholic laity formed to promote Christian family life. Fr. Mollan also served as a chaplain in the early ‘60s for Evanston Township High School and for a north suburban chapter of the Catholic Interracial Council.
For two years he served as assistant pastor of St. Bede the Venerable Parish near Midway Airport, and then was named pastor of St. John De La Salle Parish on the south side. After 12 years there, Fr. Mollan became pastor of St. Thomas Becket Parish in Mt. Prospect, where he served for nine years until his retirement from active ministry in 1989, when he was named pastor emeritus.
Retired Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Lyne, a classmate of Fr. Mollan, will be the main celebrant at a memorial Mass for Fr. Mollan at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 27, in the chapel of Holy Family Villa, 12220 Will Cook Road in Palos Park. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 W. 111 TH Street in Alsip.
Fr. Mollan is survived by a brother, Herbert, and a sister, Sister Margaret Mary Mollan, BVM.
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