ARCHDIOCESAN PRIEST, REV. PATRICK J. BRENNAN, DIES
Served as Pastor of Holy Family Parish in Inverness and Director of the Archdiocesan Office for Evangelization
CHICAGO (December 3, 2013) – Rev. Patrick J. Brennan, who served in parishes as well as on the faculty of Loyola University Chicago and in administrative roles in the Archdiocese of Chicago, died on Saturday, November 30, at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights at the age of 66.
Fr. Brennan was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois on February 21, 1947, and was baptized at St. Carthage Parish (closed in 1989) on 73rd St. in Chicago. He attended St. Thomas More School and graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, Niles College of Loyola University and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary where he completed a Masters of Divinity (M. Div.), a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology Degree (S.T.B.) as well as a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.). He was ordained by John Cardinal Cody in 1973.
Fr. Brennan’s first assignment was as assistant pastor of St. Hubert Parish in Hoffman Estates where he served from 1973 to 1980. He was then named associate pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish in Burbank from 1980 to 1982 and then served as associate pastor at St. Michael Parish in Orland Park from 1982 to 1993. During this time, he was named Director of the Archdiocesan Office for Evangelization in January of 1980 and served in this capacity until 1993. He served on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago from 1993 to 1994 and was assigned to live at Holy Family Parish in Inverness as a Resident. Fr. Brennan then served as associate pastor of Holy Family for a year before being named pastor where he served in this capacity for the next 14 years.
From 2008 to 2012, Fr. Brennan served as director of Pastoral Care and Mission Integration for The Clare at Water Tower and in 2012 he was appointed director of Mayslake Ministries in Lombard.
Fr. Brennan has actively served in numerous ministerial roles and has given retreats throughout the Archdiocese, as well as in the Diocese of Joliet, during the past five years while assisting with weekend Masses at St. Julie Billiart Parish in Tinley Park.
Visitation for Fr. Brennan will take place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, at St. Julie Billiart Parish, 7399 West 159th Street in Tinley Park. The Rev. Msgr. Kenneth J. Velo, a classmate of Fr. Brennan, will be the main celebrant of the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 5, at St. Julie Billiart Church. Most Rev. George Rassas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, and Most Rev. John R. Gorman, D.D., Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will preside in choir dress. Interment will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.
A Memorial Mass for Fr. Brennan will be conducted on Saturday, December 7 at 12:30 p.m., at Holy Family Parish, 2515 West Palatine Road in Inverness.
Father Brennan is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, William and Kathleen, and two nieces.