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Pastor and Hospital Chaplain

Chicago, IL (July 29, 2011) – Rev. John Eugene O’Brien, a priest of the Archdiocese for 61 years, died Wednesday, July 27, in Holy Family Villa in Palos Park.  He was 87 years of age and lived in the nearby Bishop Timothy Lyne Residence at the time of his death.

A Chicago native, Fr. O’Brien attended St. Bernard Catholic School and graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained in 1950 by Samuel Cardinal Stritch and began his pastoral ministry at Resurrection Parish, where he served for seven years.  Following a one-year assignment at St. Carthage Parish, which is now closed, Fr. O’Brien served for eight years as the assistant pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Waukegan.  That parish was combined recently with other area parishes to form Most Blessed Trinity Parish.

From 1966 to 1975, Fr. O’Brien served at the now closed St. Matthew Parish, first as assistant pastor, then as pastor, before being named chaplain at St. Therese Hospital in Waukegan. Fr. O’Brien served as chaplain for nine years.  According to his classmate, Retired Auxiliary Bishop Thad Jakubowski, being a chaplain was a ministry that Fr. O’Brien loved very much.

 In 1984, he was named pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Highland Park.  After serving there for two years, Fr. O’Brien retired from active ministry and was named pastor emeritus of Immaculate Conception.

Visitation for Fr. O’Brien will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 South Marion Street in Oak Park.  Bishop Jakubowski will be the principal celebrant and homilist at a funeral Mass for Fr. O’Brien at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 1, at Ascension Church, 808 South East Avenue in Oak Park. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chicago.

Fr. O’Brien is survived by two brothers, Dennis and Thomas, and by many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

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