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Pastor Emeritus of St. John in Glenwood and Seminary Professor

Chicago, IL (September 22, 2011) – Rev. John R. Kauzlarich, a priest of the Archdiocese for 56 years, longtime pastor of St. John Parish in Glenwood and faculty member for over a decade, first at Quigley Preparatory Seminary and then at Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, died Tuesday, September 20, at Holy Family Villa in Palos Park.  He was 82 years old. 

A Chicago native of Croation descent, Fr. Kauzlarich graduated from St. Basil School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.  Between 1961 and 1964, Fr. Kauzlarich studied summers at both the University of Notre Dame and Loyola University.

Ordained by Cardinal Stritch in 1955, Fr. Kauzlarich was the assistant pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Parish on the southwest side from 1955 to 1960.  That parish was consolidated in 1968 with All Saints to form All Saints/St. Anthony.

He began a ministry of teaching in 1960 as a professor at Quigley Preparatory Seminary.  In 1961, with the opening of Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, Fr. Kauzlarich began teaching there until 1971, when he was appointed associate pastor of St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs.  After seven years there, he was named associate pastor of St. John Parish in Glenwood.  In 1981, he became pastor and served in that capacity for 17 years until his retirement in 1998, when he was named pastor emeritus.

Visitation for Fr. Kauzlarich will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, at Blake Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 West 103rd Street in Orland Park.  Most Rev. Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Kauzlarich at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, September 26, at St. John of the Cross Church, 5005 South Wolf Road in Western Springs.  Fr. James McCarthy, a classmate of Fr. Kauzlarich, will deliver the homily.

Interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park.  Fr. Kauzlarich is survived by his nephew, Michael O’Neill.

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