Deacon Melquiades M. Maldonado, 89, died March 29 after a long illness. He was ordained in 1972 and served at St. Mark Parish. He served as president of the Renovación Carismática formed at St. Aloysius/St. Sylvester and helped expand it to other parishes.
Deacon Maldonado was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He married Petra M. Rios in the Cathedral San Felipe Apóstol there in 1949, and had two sons before moving the family to Chicago in 1953.
The family had five more children in Chicago, where Deacon Maldonado worked at Zenith for many years.
After being ordained, he ministered at St. Mark and with other deacons formed the Renovación Carismática movement at St. Sylvester/St. Aloysius, and was on the Hispanic Catholic Carismática television program. He was instrumental in developing and implementing many programs for the charismatic movement through its retreats and conferences as a speaker and religious leader.
Deacon Maldonado is survived by his children Melquiades Jr., Jose, Edgardo, Ruben, Jacqueline Torres, and Annette Ercole; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Jose Antonio Maldonado. He was preceded in death by his wife, Petra, and daughter Gladys Torres.
Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Alfonso Glancey, 95, died March 16 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.
Born in Wisconsin, Sister Alfonso made her first profession in 1945 and her perpetual profession in 1948. She served in education for 69 years as teacher, principal, support staff member and volunteer in Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Alfonso taught at St. Sabina (1951-1955) and St. Brendan (1963-1968).
Adrian Dominican Sister Therese (Thomas Frances) DeCanio, 90, died March 17 in Adrian, Michigan.
She was in the 72nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Born in Chicago, she graduated from Aquinas Dominican High School.
She ministered in elementary and secondary education in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Ascension, Harvey (1961-1963); St. Edmund, Oak Park (1963-1964); Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette (1975-1980); and St. Ignatius College Prep (1980-2010).
Sister Therese became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2017.
Divine Word Father Stanley Uroda, 72, a missionary in Ghana and two-term provincial in the United States, died March 18 following a battle with cancer.
Born in Detroit, Father Uroda entered the high school seminary in 1962, professed vows in 1971 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1974.
After earning a master’s degree in education from Loyola University Chicago in 1976, Father Uroda was sent to Ghana for his first assignment. In 1984, he returned to the United States, and the following year was appointed as formation director of Divine Word Theologate in Chicago. He was elected vice provincial in 1990.
Father Uroda served as provincial superior for two three-year terms beginning in 1996. After completing his second term as provincial, he served as a parish priest in West Virginia.
In 2005, he returned to the Divine Word Theologate as rector. After nine years, he was asked to go to Vietnam.
When he returned to the United States in 2018, he became the superior for the Divine Word Community in East Troy, Wisconsin. In 2020, he moved to Techny for health reasons.
He is survived by his sisters Antoinette Alwin, Dorothy Alwin and Mary Seder.
Claretian Father Richard Todd, 93, died March 25 in Chicago.
Father Todd attended St. John Berchmans School and St. Philip High School. He made his religious profession in 1947 and was ordained a priest in 1955.
He served as assistant pastor at St. Francis of Assisi (1955-1957) before becoming a spiritual director at the Claretians’ St. Jude Seminary and director of vocations. In 1967, he was assigned as a missionary in Guatemala and remained there until 1975, when he was appointed coordinator of the Claretians’ worldwide missions.
He returned to the U.S. in 1983 and served in New Jersey, before being elected as provincial superior of the then-Claretian Missionaries Eastern Province in 1989. In 1991, he was appointed as a consultor for the Claretians’ general government in Rome.
After completing his term, he became associate pastor of Holy Cross/Immaculate Heart of Mary (1997-1999) and St. Paul (1999-2002), where he later became administrator (2002-2009).
He returned to New Jersey until he retired to the Claretian community in Oak Park in 2013. He moved to the Resurrection Life Center in 2019.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Jane (John Fisher) Farrell, 91, died March 29 in Monroe, Michigan.
Born in Detroit, she entered the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1953. She received the religious name, Sister John Fisher.
She taught at the elementary, high school and college levels in Michigan, and served in college administration in Michigan and Texas.
In 1977, Sister Jane was named principal of Immaculate Heart of Mary High School in Westchester, serving for more than 10 years. She then moved into a teaching position for 10 years at Mother McAuley High School.
She returned to Michigan on sabbatical and worked as her community’s archivist and then returned to Westchester in 2001 and remained there until she retired in 2009.
Providence Sister Florence (Thomas Ann) Norton, 94, died April 2 in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.
Born in Chicago, she attended Maternity BVM and St. Sylvester schools before entering the Sisters of Providence in 1944. She professed final vows in 1951.
She ministered in education and parish work in Indiana, Illinois, New Hampshire and Missouri and in Peru.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Sylvester (1976-1982). She was a pastoral associate at St. Sylvester (1982-1985) and at Our Lady of Grace (1986-2010).
Adrian Dominican Sister Mary Kay (William Mary) Moran, 81, died April 12 in Adrian, Michigan.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, she was in the 61st year of her religious life.
Sister Mary Kay ministered in elementary and religious education and parish ministry in Illinois, California, New Mexico, Michigan, Florida, Arizona and Alaska.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Our Lady of Loretto, Hometown (1960-1963): St. Edmund, Oak Park (1963-1964); and Sacred Heart Schools (1997-2002).
She is survived by her brother, Thomas Moran.