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Archdiocesan Priest, Rev. Richard E. Bulwith, Dies

Bulwith was a retired archdiocesan priest, former associate director of Catholic Charities and former associate pastor of St. Hilary Parish on California Avenue in Chicago

Chicago (June 30, 2022) – Rev. Richard E. Bulwith, former associate pastor of St. Hilary Parish on California Avenue in Chicago, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2022. He was 80 years old.

Bulwith was born on Nov. 6, 1941, in Melrose Park. He attended St. Lawrence Seminary, Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein. He also earned master’s degrees in health science at Governor’s State University and in spirituality at Loyola University Chicago.

He was ordained to the priesthood on April 27, 1967, by Cardinal John Cody, and celebrated his first solemn Mass on April 30 of the same year at St. Bernardine in Forest Park.

Bulwith began his service to the people of the archdiocese as assistant pastor at St. Emeric Parish in Country Club Hills. Later he served as associate pastor at St. Michael Parish in Orland Park, Immaculate Conception Parish on North Park Avenue in Chicago, St. Nicholas Parish in Evanston and St. Hilary Parish on California Avenue. He was also pastor at St. George Parish on Lituanica Avenue in Chicago. From 1987 to 2017, Bulwith served as associate director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Rev. James Heneghan, a good friend of Bulwith and associate pastor at Our Lady of the Rosary in Chicago, was grateful for the work that Bulwith did with Catholic Charities. “He was touched to see the healing and growth in the community he served at Catholic Charities,” Heneghan said. “And this energized and empowered his priesthood beyond a parochial setting.” Heneghan added that Bulwith felt blessed by the relationships of his faith, his family and the many friends he encountered throughout his years as a priest.

A Memorial Mass will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 30, 2022, at St. Bernardine Church, 7246 Harrison St. in Forest Park.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant of the Mass and Rev. Louis Cameli will be the homilist.