Fr. Robert Dovick
Father Robert Dovick, pastor emeritus of Incarnation Parish in Palos Heights, died Oct. 28 at Holy Family Villa in Palos Park. He was 85.
A Chicago native, Father Dovick graduated from St. Michael School (South Shore), Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1953.
He served as assistant pastor of St. John Berchmans for two months in 1953, then as assistant pastor at St. Casimir (1953- 1955).
He taught at Quigley Preparatory Seminary (1955-1960) and Quigley South (1961-1970). He also served as associate pastor of St. Nicholas of Tolentine (1961- 1966), St. Ailbe (1966-1969) and St. Linus, Oak Lawn (1969- 1976).
He then was associate pastor of St. Germaine, Oak Lawn (1976- 1979) before being named pastor of Incarnation, a post he held until his retirement in 1997.
He is survived by a brother, James.
Fr. Raymond Cowell
Father Raymond Cowell, 82, died Oct. 31 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, following an accident. Father Cowell had served the community of Santa Cruz since 1959 with the Missionary Society of St. James.
A Chicago native, Father Cowell graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1956.
He served as assistant pastor at Our Lady of the Wayside, Arlington Heights (1956-1957) and St. Joseph, Waukegan (1957-1959).
In 1959, Father Cowell volunteered for the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle, an international organization of diocesan missionary priests who volunteer a minimum of five years of their priestly lives to service in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Father Cowell spent the remainder of his priestly ministry in Bolivia’s Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, where he retired in 2005.
He is survived by his brother, James.
Fr. Richard Martin
Father Richard Martin, 75, died Nov. 5.
Born in Chicago, he graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1963.
He was assistant pastor at St. Maurice (1963-1967); Santa Maria del Popolo, Mundelein (1967); and St. Joseph Parish, Homewood (1967- 1973).
For the next 20 years, Father Martin served as a U.S. Army chaplain, with two tours of duty in Germany and postings in Japan and in the United States.
After retiring from military service, he was associate pastor of Incarnation, Palos Heights (1993-1998), and Most Holy Redeemer, Evergreen Park (1998- 2002).
He served as a temporary administrator of St. Pius X, Stickney; St. Maurice; and St. John Fisher from 2002-2007.
In retirement, Father Martin lived in his family home in St. Christina Parish, where he grew up.
Fr. James O’Malley
Father James Francis O’Malley, pastor emeritus of St. James, Highwood, died Nov. 8 at the age of 82. He most recently resided at Holy Family Villa, Palos Park.
Father O’Malley was born in Evanston and graduated from St. Gertrude School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1956.
He served as assistant pastor of St. Giles, Oak Park (1956-1964); St. Nicholas of Tolentine (1964- 1969), St. Barnabas (1969-1970), St. Ambrose (1970-1972) and St. Columbanus (1972-1974). He was pastor of St. Columbanus from 1974-1980. He then was associate pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes (1980-1982) and pastor of St. Joseph the Worker, Wheeling (1982-1994). He was associate pastor (1994-1997) and pastor (1997-2002) of St. James, Highwood. He was named pastor emeritus when he retired.
He is survived by his brothers Jesuit Father John O’Malley, Thomas, William and Edward; and sisters Mary Rose Ghislandi and Joanne Kelly.
Mr. John Philbin
Mr. John Fay Philbin, 89, died Nov. 8. He was the executive director of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago for 25 years, and then director of finance for the archdiocese until his retirement.
Mr. Philbin, of Oak Park, was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps who served in World War II and served as Oak Park village president from 1989-1993.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; children Mimi Carlson, Marianne Philbin, John Philbin, Joseph Philbin, Madeleine Philbin, Meg McKinley and James Mischler-Philbin; and 13 grandchildren.