ARCHDIOCESAN PRIEST, REV. WILLIAM HASTINGS, DIES
Was Dean and Faculty Member at Quigley Seminary
IL (February 11, 2011) – Fr. William Hastings, a dean and faculty member for
15 years at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, died Thursday, February 10,
of heart failure at St. William Parish in Chicago, where he served for 13 years
as pastor. He was 63 years old.
Fr. Hastings was a native of Chicago’s north side and graduated
from Our Lady of Lourdes School, Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, Niles
College (now St. Joseph College Seminary), and the University of Saint Mary of
the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained in 1973 by Cardinal Cody.
For three years, beginning in 1973, Fr. Hastings was the assistant
pastor at St. Hilary Parish on Chicago’s north side. In 1976, he began his
assignment at Quigley that included duties as a faculty member and Dean of
Studies. During that time, Fr. Hastings served as associate pastor at St.
Bartholomew Parish on the northwest side (1976-1985) and at St. Henry Parish on
the north side (1985-1991). In addition, between 1977 and 1980 he pursued
studies during the summer at Notre Dame University, earning a masters degree in
In 1991, he was named pastor at St. Gabriel Parish on the
southwest side, where he served for six years. It was in 1991 that Fr. Hastings
older brother, Fr. Thomas Hastings, also a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago,
died. In 1997, Fr. William Hastings was named pastor of St. William Parish,
where he served until his retirement from active ministry in 2010, when he was
named pastor emeritus. Fr. Hastings was also a Dean in Vicariate IV A on the
northwest side for two terms beginning in 2001.
Fr. Michael Scherschel, associate pastor at St. William, said that
Fr. Hastings focused on developing the community of faith at the parish. “He was
accessible and the parishioners enjoyed being with him”, Fr. Scherschel said,
also noting that Fr. Hastings was admired because he kept on going despite
health problems that caused him chronic pain. “He love the school,” Fr.
Scherschel noted, “and he was very dedicated to education and to seeing that as
many as possible could get an education there.”
A wake for Fr. Hastings will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. on Monday,
February 14, at Cooney Funeral Home, 625 Busse Highway in Park Ridge. Fr.
Hastings will lay in state from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 15, at St.
William Church, 2600 North Sayre Avenue in Chicago. Most Rev. Thad Jakubowski,
retired auxiliary bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral
Mass for Fr. Hastings at 11 a.m. at St. William Church. Fr. Hastings classmate,
Fr. James Joslyn, will deliver the homily.
Fr. Hastings is survived by several cousins. Interment will be at
All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.
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