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Fr. John Lynch


Father John Lynch, 70, died July 10 at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston as a result of a head injury received in a fall at his home on July 1.

An Oak Park native, he attended Catholic schools in Chicago and graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary in 1960. He was ordained in 1967 after graduating from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

He was assistant pastor of Our Lady Gate of Heaven Parish (1967-1976) while earning a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University.

He later earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

He was associate pastor at Old St. Patrick Parish (1976-1982) and St. Gertrude (1982-1992, 1994, 2000).

Father Lynch supervised deacons studying at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/ Mundelein Seminary. He was also the field education supervisor (1971-1983), an instructor beginning in 1980 at Catholic Theological Union, and a campus minister at St. Xavier University (1975-1977).

He taught at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis., (1983-1992) while serving as associate formation director and an associate professor at Niles College Seminary at Loyola University.

From 1992 to 1994, he was on the staff of the Mission of Our Lady of Mercy.

He served at St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Parish, Oak Park, as administrator and pastor (1995-1999).

In 2001, he became the associate pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish, where he served until retiring in 2011.

Father Lynch requested that his body be donated to science. He is survived by a sister, Jeanne Bassie, and two brothers, Timothy and Thomas Lynch.

Fr. James Nallen


Father James F. Nallen, recently retired pastor of St. Columba Parish, died July 14 after suffering a stroke while visiting in Morris, Ill. He was 72 years old.

A Chicago native, Father Nallen received his elementary education in Catholic schools before graduating from Quigley Preparatory Seminary. He graduated from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary and was ordained in 1966.

He was assistant or associate pastor at St. Odilo Parish, Berwyn (1966-1973); Our Lady of the Snows (1973-1974); St. Mary, Riverside (1974-1982) and Sacred Heart, Melrose Park (1981-1982).

He was named pastor of St. Ethelreda Parish in 1982 and remained there for 23 years until 2005, when he became pastor of St. Columba. He served there until retiring from active ministry July 1 of this year.

Fr. Eugene Faucher


Father Eugene J. Faucher, pastor emeritus of St. Martha Parish in Morton Grove, died July 15 at St. Edna rectory in Arlington Heights, where he was a senior priest in residence. He was 86 years old.

A Chicago native, Faucher graduated from Catholic elementary, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1951.

He was assistant pastor of St. Mark Parish (1951- 1955) before being assigned to the faculty of Quigley Seminary. He taught at Quigley until 1966. During that time, he earned master’s degrees in classical languages and religious education from Loyola University.

He was assistant pastor at St. Colette, Rolling Meadows (1967- 1973) and St. Bernardine, Forest Park (1973-1975).

He was named pastor of St. Martha, Morton Grove, in 1975 and remained there until his retirement from active ministry in 1995, when he was named pastor emeritus.

Father Faucher is survived by a sister, Jane Ryan.

Sr. Marie Kathryn Naab


Sister of the Holy Child Jesus Marie Kathryn (Mother Mary Theis) Naab, 93, died June 12 of heart failure in Rosemont, Pa.

A Philadelphia native, Sister Marie Kathryn entered the congregation in 1938.

She taught at Holy Child High School, Waukegan, (1962- 1976).

Sister Mary Kathryn is survived by two sisters: Sister Margaret Alacoque Naab, who is also a Sister of the Holy Child Jesus and Theresa Naab Blaney.

Sr. Jane Celeste Fries


Adrian Dominican Sister Jane Celeste (Lorene May) Fries, 89, died June 18 in Adrian, Mich.

An Indiana native, she ministered in Ohio, Illinois, Puerto Rico, California and Nevada. In the archdiocese, she taught at Queen of Angels (1945-1950).

She is survived by sisters: Mary Scannell, Jane Baca and Betty Das.