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Served in Bolivian Missions

CHICAGO (November 9, 2012) – Rev. Raymond Cowell, ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1956, died October 31 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia following an accident. Father Cowell had served the community of Santa Cruz, Bolivia since 1959 with the Missionary Society of St. James. He was 82 years old.

Fr. Cowell was a Chicago native. He graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained by Cardinal Stritch in 1956.

The first year following his ordination, Fr. Cowell served as assistant pastor at Our Lady of the Wayside Parish in Arlington Heights. From 1957 to 1959, he was the assistant pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Waukegan, which closed in 1991.

In 1959, Fr. Cowell volunteered for the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle, an international organization of diocesan missionary priests who volunteer a minimum of five years of their priestly lives to service in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Fr. Cowell spent the remainder of his priestly ministry in Bolivia's Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, where he retired in 2005.

Father Cowell's funeral Mass and burial took place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. A memorial Mass for Fr. Cowell will be celebrated in the Archdiocese at a later date. Fr. Cowell is survived by his brother, James Cowell, of Downers Grove.

NOTE: A Memorial Mass for Fr. Cowell will be celebrated at Holy Family Villa in Palos Park at 11 a.m. on November 24, 2012.

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