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Associate Pastor of St. Eugene on Chicago’s Northwest Side

CHICAGO (July 1, 2013) – Rev. Jerome Twarog, associate pastor of St. Eugene Parish in Chicago, died suddenly Thursday, June 27, of a massive heart attack.  Fr. Twarog was born in Chicago October 4, 1952 and was a member of the Congregation of the Resurrection before becoming incardinated in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2007.  He was ordained a priest in 1982.

Before his assignment at St. Eugene that began in 2008, Fr. Twarog was the associate pastor for one year at St. Mary Parish in Lake Forest.  Prior to July 2007, Fr. Twarog served at several parishes in the Archdiocese including, St. Peter in Skokie, St. John Vianney in Northlake and St. Pascal and St. John Cantius parishes in Chicago.

He was a former Air Force chaplain who had a great love for teaching.  Fr. George Koene, pastor of St. Eugene and Deacon Chick O’Leary, St. Eugene’s business manager, both spoke of Fr. Twarog’s enthusiasm for the classroom.  “He loved being in the school so much,” said Deacon O’Leary, “they gave him his own classroom.”  “He taught at all grade levels,” O’Leary added, “and he loved telling stories about his teaching.”

 Fr. Koene described Fr. Twarog as an avid reader who transferred his teaching skills easily to the pulpit, where he delivered great homilies.  According to Fr. Koene, Fr. Twarog was listed as number four on a list of great homilists in Chicago at one time. “He was a great parish priest, too, Fr. Koene noted, “he did a lot of bereavement work and hospital visits and was readily available to work with families and couples getting married.”

Visitation for Fr. Twarog will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at St. Eugene Parish, 7958 West Foster Avenue in Chicago.  Most Rev. Francis J. Kane, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a Funeral Mass for Fr. Twarog at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at St. Eugene.  Fr. George Koeune will deliver the homily.  Interment will take place at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles.

Fr. Twarog is survived by his sister Teri (John) Scheckel, and nieces, Kelly (Michael) Rotella and Connie (Adam) Thweatt.

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