ARCHDIOCESAN PRIEST, REV. EDWARD MAXA, DIES
Senior Priest at Immaculate Conception Parish on 44th Street
CHICAGO (July 30, 2012) – Rev. Edward J. Maxa died unexpectedly on July 26 of heart failure while enjoying a day off in Wisconsin. Fr. Maxa was 78 years of age and a senior priest in residence at Immaculate Conception Church on west 44th Street in Chicago.
Fr. Maxa was born in Oak Park and graduated from St. Odilo School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained in 1959 by Cardinal Meyer.
According to Fr. Tom Koys, pastor of St. Bartholomew Parish, who served with Fr. Maxa for 13 years, Fr. Maxa’s entire priesthood was spent serving the poor and minority Black and Hispanic communities of Chicago. He was a Knight of St. Peter Claver and was fluent in Spanish. Speaking of Fr. Maxa’s dedication, Fr. Koys noted, “He spent many hours counseling individuals who came to the church office with or without an appointment. He was a beloved priest.”
His first assignment as a priest was assistant pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on Keeler Avenue, where he served for six years. That parish is now closed. From 1965 to 1969, Fr. Maxa was the assistant pastor of Epiphany Parish on Chicago’s west side. In 1969, he began an 18-year assignment at Blessed Sacrament Parish, first as assistant pastor (1969-72), then as administrator (1972-74) and finally as pastor (1974-87). That parish closed in 2005.
For eight months beginning in January 1988, Fr. Maxa served as associate pastor at Maternity BVM Parish on Chicago’s northwest side. In 1989, he was assigned to Our Lady of the Angels Parish, where he served for six years. During this time the parish was consolidated with St. Francis of Assisi Parish on N. Kostner Avenue and is now the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels.
From 1995 to 2007, Fr. Maxa was the associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish on 44th Street in Chicago. He retired from active ministry in 2007 and continued to serve as a senior priest at Immaculate Conception.
Visitation for Fr. Maxa will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. on Monday, July 30, at Immaculate Conception Church, 2745 West 44th Street in Chicago. Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will be the principal celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Maxa at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, at Immaculate Conception Church. Father Thomas Koys will be the homilist.
Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. Fr. Maxa is survived by his brother, James A. Maxa.