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Archdiocesan Priest, Rev. John B. Peng, Dies

Peng was a retired archdiocesan priest and former chaplain of St. Elizabeth Hospital, Chicago

Chicago (July 14, 2021) – Rev. John B. Peng, former chaplain of St. Elizabeth Hospital, passed away Friday, June 11, 2021 in China, at the age of 94. Peng’s services were held in Sichuan, China, which included his lying in state for two weeks followed by a well-attended funeral Mass. Peng was entombed among other priests and bishops.

Peng was born on March 6, 1927 in China where he attended seminary and was ordained on Feb. 21, 1955. After ordination to the priesthood, Peng served in Taiwan until 1960 and for a short term in Malaysia. He moved to Chicago and was incardinated in the archdiocese on Jan. 13, 1989.

Peng served in the Archdiocese of Chicago at St. John Nepomucene Parish on Lowe Avenue and as chaplain at St. Elizabeth Hospital until he retired in 1994. After his retirement, Peng served in missionary work in Sichuan, China.

“We are so thankful Fr. Peng lived a long life and did so much to help the Catholic Church in China,” said Peng’s niece Stephanie Leung.

Peng’s family is organizing a memorial Mass in Chicago later this year. Details will be shared as soon as available.