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Archdiocesan Priest, Rev. Edward J. McKenna, Dies

McKenna was Most Recently Catholic Chaplain at Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines, Ill.
Chicago, IL (April 29, 2019) – Rev. Edward J. McKenna, retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, passed away on April 11, 2019. McKenna was most recently Catholic chaplain at the Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines, Ill. He was 79 years old.
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Archdiocesan Priest, Rev. David P. Dowdle, Dies

Dowdle was Senior Priest at St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs, Ill.
Chicago, IL (April 25, 2019) – Rev. David P. Dowdle, senior priest and former pastor at St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs, Ill., passed away on April 18, 2019. He was 65 years old.
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Archdiocesan Priest, Rev. John P. Smyth, Dies

Smyth was Executive Director of Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Ill.
Chicago, IL (April 22, 2019) – Rev. John P. Smyth, retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, passed away on April 16, 2019. He was 84 years old.
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Archdiocesan Priest, Rev. John F. Baldwin, Dies

Baldwin was Most Recently U.S. Navy Catholic Chaplain
Chicago, IL (April 5, 2019) – Rev. John F. Baldwin, retired U.S. Navy Catholic chaplain, passed away on April 1, 2019. He was 85 years old and he would have celebrated his 60th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood next month.
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Archdiocesan Priest, Rev. Leon R. Wagner, Dies

Wagner, who Retired in 1992, was Most Recently Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Riverside, Ill.
Chicago, IL (March 13, 2019) – Rev. Leon R. Wagner, retired pastor of St. Mary Parish in Riverside, Ill., passed away on March 7, 2019. He was 94 years old.
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Archdiocesan Priest, Rev. Michael A. Goergen, Dies

Goergen was Pastor Emeritus of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish on Austin Avenue in Chicago
Chicago, IL (March 13, 2019) – Rev. Michael A. Goergen, pastor emeritus of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish on Austin Avenue in Chicago, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2019. He was 82 years old.
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Archdiocesan Priest, Rev. William J. Lisowski, Dies

Lisowski was a Retired Pastor of St. Ladislaus Parish on Roscoe Street in Chicago
Chicago, IL (March 13, 2019) – Rev. William J. Lisowski, retired pastor of St. Ladislaus Parish on Roscoe Street in Chicago, passed away on March 7, 2019 at Holy Family Villa in Palos Park, Ill. He was 95 years old.
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Rev. George P. McKenna, Oldest Chicago Archdiocese Priest, Dies

Fr. McKenna, Who Retired in 1989, was Most Recently Associate Pastor of Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Chicago
Chicago, IL (Jan. 30, 2019) – Rev. George P. McKenna, the oldest archdiocesan priest, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. He was 99 years old. Born on June 12, 1919, in Chicago, Fr. McKenna attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill.
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Archdiocesan Priest, Rev. Willard F. Jabusch, Dies

Fr. Jabusch was the Former Chaplain and Director of Calvert House at the University of Chicago and Professor at St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary
Chicago, IL (Dec. 12, 2018) – Rev. Willard F. Jabusch, retired archdiocesan priest ordained to the priesthood in 1956, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. He was 88 years old.
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Archdiocesan Priest, Rev. James P. Roache, Dies

Fr. Roache served as Moderator of the Curia, Vicar General, and in other roles within the archdiocese
Chicago, IL (Nov. 21, 2018) – Rev. James P. Roache, ordination class of 1959, passed away on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. He was 84 years old.
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