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Fr. Phillip F. Cioffi

Associate pastor

Father Phillip F. Cioffi, 64, died Sept. 17. He was associate pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (Belmont Avenue) until he retired in July.

Born in Chicago, he attended Our Lady Help of Christians School; Fenwick High School, Oak Park; DePaul University; and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1981.

Father Cioffi served as associate pastor at St. Frances of Rome, Cicero; Our Lady of Mercy; St. Bernardine, Forest Park; Immaculate Conception, Highland Park; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Father Jeremiah Boland, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Glenview, remembered his classmate as “one of the most beloved members of the class of 1981.” Boland added that “he was bright and had a terrific sense of humor. He was greatly influenced by the spirituality of St. Philip Neri.”

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Fr. James P. Murphy

Pastor emeritus

Father James P. Murphy, 80, died Oct. 1. He was pastor emeritus of St. Barbara Parish, Brookfield.

Born in Evanston, Father Murphy attended St. Francis Xavier School, Wilmette; Quigley Preparatory Seminary; and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1965.

Father Murphy was assistant or associate pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes; St. James, Sauk Village; St. Mary, Des Plaines; St. Raymond de Penafort, Mount Prospect; and St. Eugene Parish.

He was pastor of St. Catherine Labouré, Glenview, from 1989 to 2002 and pastor of St. Barbara from 2003 to 2009, when he was named pastor emeritus.

Father Robert Mair, pastor emeritus of St. Catherine Labouré, served alongside his classmate there. He remembered Father Murphy’s contributions to the parish and school. “He was always very generous with his time in terms of liturgies even after he retired,” Mair said.

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Sr. Andrew Donohue

Educator, librarian

Resurrection Sister Andrew (Noreen Rose) Donohue, 85, died Sept. 2 at Resurrection Life Center.

Born in Chicago, she was baptized at St. Jerome Parish and entered the congregation in 1950. She professed her final vows in 1958.

Sister Andrew taught at St. Mary of the Angels; St. Casimir (now Our Lady of Tepeyac); and Queen of the Rosary, Elk Grove Village, as well as in Nebraska and Indiana. She taught and was librarian at St. Casimir High School (now Our Lady of Tepeyac High School) and ministered at Resurrection Day Care.

Sister Andrew is survived by her sister, Sister Emmanuel Joseph, a Little Sister of the Poor.

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Fr. Arnold Lang


Divine Word Father Arnold Lang, 93, died Sept. 26 in Techny. He was an educator and missionary in Appalachia.

Born in Ohio, Arnold Langenkamp, who later changed his surname, began his studies with the Divine Word Missionaries in 1940, professed vows in 1946 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1953.

He taught biology to Divine Word seminary students in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Iowa.

In 1985, Father Lang was called to West Virginia, a relatively new mission for the Society of the Divine Word. He served in the state for 23 years.

Father Lang moved to Techny in retirement in 2008.