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Quigley Faculty Member and Pastor Emeritus of Incarnation Parish in Palos Heights

CHICAGO (November 1, 2012) – Rev. Robert Dovick, pastor emeritus of Incarnation Parish in Palos Heights, died Sunday, October 28, at Holy Family Villa in Palos Park.  He was 85 years old and a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago for 59 years.

Fr. Dovick was born on Chicago’s southeast side in St. Michael Parish on South Shore Drive.  He graduated from St. Michael School and Quigley Preparatory Seminary. Following his graduation from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, he was ordained by Cardinal Stritch in 1953.  He also held a master’s degree in history from Loyola University, Chicago.

For two months, he served as assistant pastor of St. John Berchmans Parish in Chicago and then for two years, beginning in September 1953, as assistant pastor at St. Casimir Parish, which closed in 1990.  In 1955, Fr. Dovick was assigned to the faculty of Quigley Preparatory Seminary, where he taught for five years before his transfer in 1961 to the newly established Quigley South, where he taught until 1970. Fr. Dovick was a Civil War enthusiast and was the moderator of a club devoted to the subject at while at the seminary.

During his 15 years of teaching, Fr. Dovick also served as associate pastor of St. Nicholas of Tolentine (1961-66) and St. Ailbe (1966-69) parishes in Chicago and St. Linus Parish in Oak Lawn (1969-70).  In 1970, he resigned from teaching and served as a full time associate pastor of St. Linus until 1976.

He was associate pastor of St. Germaine Parish in Oak Lawn for three years from 1976 to 1979, when he became pastor of Incarnation Parish in Palos Heights.  Fr. Dovick retired from active ministry in 1997 and was named pastor emeritus of Incarnation Parish.

During his 17 years as pastor of Incarnation Parish, Fr. Dovick was known as a generous pastor who encouraged lay participation, according to Fr. Ed McLaughlin, senior priest at Incarnation and pastor emeritus of St. Michael in Orland Park.  “He empowered people to be involved,” McLaughlin said, “and he trusted and supported them.”  For most of his priesthood, Fr. Dovick dealt with the pain of severe arthritis, but he said it never interfered with his ministry.

Visitation for Fr. Dovick will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, at Incarnation Church, 5757 West 127th Street in Palos Heights.  Retired Auxiliary Bishop John R. Gorman will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Dovick at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 5, at Incarnation.

Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City.  Fr. Dovick is survived by a brother James Dovick.

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