Sr. Therese Miller

Educator, Cook

BVM Sister Therese (Therese Emile) Miller, 87, died Nov. 23 in Dubuque, Iowa. Born in Iowa, she entered the BVM congregation in 1950 and professed final vows in 1957.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Therese taught at Blessed Sacrament, Holy Cross and St. Agatha. She served as BVM congregational employee and convent cook in Iowa. 

Sr. Veronica Grennan


BVM Sister Veronica (Ita) Grennan, 103, died Nov. 22 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Born in Sterling, Illinois, she entered the BVM congregation in 1931 and professed final vows in 1939.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Veronica taught at St. Thomas of Canterbury; St. Odilo, Berwyn; and Mary Queen of Heaven, Cicero. She also ministered in Iowa, Oregon and elsewhere in Illinois.

She is survived by a sister, Mary Alice Butler.

Sr. Thomas Agnes King


Sister of St. Joseph Thomas Agnes (Margaret) King, 96, died Nov. 19.

She was in her 75th year of religious life.

Sr. Thomas Agnes served as a teacher at St. Francis Xavier, La- Grange; as principal and superior at St. Joseph Academy; and as a teacher at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Melrose Park; as principal at St. Bonaventure; as a teacher at Divine Infant, Westchester and St. Leonard, Berwyn; as assistant principal at St. John Fisher; and as pastoral assistant at St. Barbara, Brookfield.

Sr. Renee Richie

Educator, Pastoral Minister

Adrian Dominican Sister Renee (Lois Janette, Januaria) Richie, 82, died Sept. 23 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Born in Detroit, she was in the 63rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Renee ministered in Illinois for 30 years. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Carthage (1954-1961); Queen of Apostles, River dale (1965-1966); St. Denis (1966-1969); and St. Joseph, Homewood (1969-1970). She was principal at St. Clare of Montefalco (1970-1975) and St. James, Maywood (1980-1989) and she was a pastoral minister at St. Agatha (1975-1980).

She is survived by a brother, Owen Richie.

Sr. Mary Martin Kilianski


Felician Sister Mary Martin (Theodosia) Kilianski, 85, died Sept. 23 in Our Lady of the Angels Convent.

Born in Poland, she later relocated to Chicago where she entered the Felician Sisters postulancy in 1950 and professed her final vows in 1958. She ministered in elementary schools as a teacher in Illinois, Alabama and Wisconsin. She also ministered at St. Andrew Life Center in Niles, as well as in France and Rome.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she ministered at St. Andrew Life Center, Niles (1952-1955, 1972-1976, 1987-2006), Holy Innocents (1955-1957), St. Helen (1957- 1958), SS. Peter and Paul (1960-1961), St. Bruno (1961-1963), St. Turibius (1963- 1966) and the cardinal’s residence (1984- 1986).

Br. James Mullen

Jack of all trades

Divine Word Brother James Mullen, 80, a jack-of-all trades and lifelong learner, died Sept. 5 in Techny.

Born in Pennsylvania, he entered Divine Word seminary in 1950 and later transferred to the Divine Word Brother Candidate School. He professed religious vows in 1956.

He ministered in New York, in Papua New Guinea and for 14 years in Italy, working as a draftsman in the Divine Word Architectural Department at the society’s worldwide headquarters.

Based in New Jersey for the past 25 years, Brother Jim was known among immigrants and the marginalized in Trenton for his work with Catholic Charities, Martin House Learning Center and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). He retired to Techny earlier this year.

He is survived by his siblings Maureen Mullen, Meg Kessler, Kathy Niemic and Gerard Mullen.

Sr. Rosemary Conlon

Educator, Chaplain

Adrian Dominican Sister Rosemary (James Maureen) Conlon, 90, died June 15 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Chicago, she graduated from Mercy High School before entering religious life. She was in the 71st year of her religious profession.

She ministered in education and as a hospital chaplain and pastoral associate in Michigan, Illinois and Florida.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Rosemary was a reading consultant for the Chicago School Board (1959-1963); a teacher at Santa Maria del Popolo, Mundelein (1963-1964); St. Nicholas of Tolentine (1964-1968); and Our Lady of Loretto, Hometown (1968-1970); a language arts consultant at the Chicago School Board (1970-1974); a chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital (1984-1988); and a pastoral associate at St. Mary, Evanston (1988-1994).

Deacon Sabino Sanchez

Class of 1997

Deacon Sabino Sanchez, 64, died Oct. 24. He as ordained in 1997 and served at St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Roosevelt Road).

Born in Mexico, Deacon Sanchez had lived in Chicago since 1980. He had been disabled and unable to work, but he liked being a deacon “because he liked helping people. Any time of the day or night, if someone called an needed help, he would go,” said his daughter, Lizet Arredondo.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Marina, and daughters Lizet, Jenny and Lisma.

Deacon Terry Albano

Class of 1999

Deacon Terry Albano, 62, died Oct. 13. He was ordained in 1999 and served at Our Lady of the Ridge Parish.

In addition to serving as deacon, he was the troop chaplain for Chicago Ridge Boy Scout Troop 665.

He is survived by his wife, Helene; children David, Christopher, Peter, Matthew and Mary Albano, and five grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Anthony and Thomas Albano.