ARCHDIOCESAN PRIEST, REV. EDWARD C. DUFFICY, DIES
Taught at Quigley Seminary and Served Several Chicago Parishes as Pastor
Chicago, IL (September 15, 2010) – Fr. Edward C. Dufficy, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and a former seminary professor and pastor, died Tuesday, September 14. He was 86 years old and a resident of St. Benedict Home in Niles. In his later years, Fr. Dufficy wrote a popular column for Keenage News, a monthly paper for senior citizens published by Catholic Charities.
Fr. Dufficy was a Chicago native and a graduate of Visitation Catholic School, Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained by Samuel Cardinal Stritch in 1950. Following his ordination Fr. Dufficy served briefly as assistant pastor of St. Francis Borgia Parish in Chicago.
Fr. Dufficy did post graduate studies at DePaul University, earning a master’s degree in psychology in 1959. From 1951 to 1959, he was a professor and spiritual director at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary. For the next five years, he was the assistant pastor at St. Angela Parish in Chicago that is now closed. From 1964 through early 1966, Fr. Dufficy served Immaculate Conception Parish on North Park Avenue in Chicago, first as assistant administrator and then as assistant pastor. He then served for two years as assistant pastor at St. Athanasius Parish in Evanston.
From 1968 to 1984, Fr. Dufficy served first as administrator and then pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Chicago, which is now closed. During this time, according to his close friend, Fr. Bernard White, Fr. Dufficy served on a community relations board that served the area of North Lawndale and beyond. Fr. White noted that Fr. Dufficy learned Spanish while serving at St. Frances Cabrini in order to be able to say Mass for the Spanish-speaking members of his congregation.
In November of 1984, he was named pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Chicago. He continued in that capacity while also taking on the duties of pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in 1986. Again, with his parishioners in mind, Fr. Dufficy learned to speak Polish in order to say Mass in that language. He was pastor of both parishes until June of 1989, when he officially retired from active ministry. The parishes were combined as one parish, St. Francis of Assisi/Our Lady of the Angels, in 1990.
Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will preside at a funeral Mass for Fr. Dufficy at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, at St. Celestine Church, 3020 North 76th Court in Elmwood Park. Fr. Bernard White, who will deliver the homily, said that Fr. Dufficy told him in lieu of a reflection at his funeral Mass, those in attendance should simply be told “do something good for someone else today.” Interment will take place at a later date. There are no surviving relatives.