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CHICAGO (July 2, 2013) – Rev. John P. Frawley, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago for 69 years, died Sunday, June 30.  At the time of his death Fr. Frawley was a resident of St. Thomas More Parish, where he was an active senior priest.  He would have been 94 years old on July 2.

Fr. Frawley was born July 2, 1919 to Irish parents in Chicago.  He graduated from St. Frances of Rome Catholic School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of Saint Mary of the
Lake / Mundelein Seminary.  He was ordained in 1944 by Cardinal Stritch.

For nine years following his ordination, Fr. Frawley served as assistant pastor at St. Columbanus Parish on Chicago’s south side.  From 1953 to 1961, he was the assistant pastor at St. Clement Parish on the city’s north side.  For five years from 1961 to 1966 he was assistant pastor at Holy Family Parish, North Chicago, which is now closed.

Fr. Frawley also served as a chaplain to the Knights of Columbus from 1946 to 1951 and again from 1982 to1986.

In 1966, Fr. Frawley began serving the people of St. John the Baptist Parish on 50th Street, first as assistant pastor (1966-1980) and then as pastor (1980-1989).  Fr. Frawley retired in 1989 and was named pastor emeritus of St. John the Baptist, which is now closed.

Almost immediately after his retirement, in 1990, Fr. Frawley took up residence at St. Thomas More Parish in Chicago and began what would be a 23-year ministry to and with the people of St. Thomas More.  The current pastor there, Fr. Charles Fanelli, said Fr. Frawley was “completely devoted to serving the sick,” noting also that Fr. Frawley, “took Communion to the sick every night.” Fr. Fanelli also pointed out that in addition to saying the noon Mass daily, Fr. Frawley said another Mass at 10 a.m. just to pray for all the many intentions that people brought to him from far and near.  Some of those same people returned the favor as they streamed past his bedside in recent days praying for Fr. Frawley, according to Fr. Fanelli.

Visitation for Fr. Frawley will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, at St. Thomas More Church, 2825 West 81st Street in Chicago.

Father Anthony Brankin, Pastor of St. Odilo Parish in Berwyn, will be the main celebrant and homilist at a Funeral Mass for Fr. Frawley at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 5, at St. Thomas More Church.  Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Fr. Frawley is survived by many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.


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