ARCHDIOCESAN PRIEST, REV. EDMUND J. FITZPATRICK, DIES
DePaul University Professor for 26 Years
Chicago, IL (January 7, 2011) – Fr. Edmund J. Fitzpatrick, STD, a priest for 63 years in the Archdiocese, died on Wednesday, January 5, at Bethany Methodist Hospital in Chicago. Fr. Fitzpatrick, who was 89 years old, had been a professor for many years at DePaul University.
A Chicago native, Fr. Fitzpatrick was educated in Catholic elementary schools and graduated from Archbishop Quigley Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. Samuel Cardinal Stritch ordained Fr. Fitzpatrick in 1947. For three years immediately following ordination, Fr. Fitzpatrick did post-graduate studies at Mundelein, earning a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree in 1950.
From 1950 to 1957 he was the assistant pastor at Queen of All Saints Parish on Chicago’s northwest side. For seven years beginning in 1957, Fr. Fitzpatrick served as the assistant director of the Archdiocese’s Cana Conference. During that time, he was an assistant pastor at St. Kilian Parish on the south side. In 1964, he began a one-year term as assistant pastor of St. Timothy Parish.
In 1965, Fr. Fitzpatrick joined the Theology faculty of DePaul University as an assistant professor with residence at St. Pascal Parish on the northwest side. He taught at DePaul for 26 years before retiring from the university and from active ministry in 1991.
Visitation for Fr. Fitzpatrick will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, at St. Pascal Church, 3935 North Melvina Avenue in Chicago. Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Fitzpatrick at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 10. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
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