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Fr. Robert J. Roll


Father Robert J. Roll, 71, died Nov. 21. He was the former pastor of three parishes.

Born in Chicago, Father Roll attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary, Niles College and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1977.

He was associate pastor of St. Constance, St. Cornelius, St. Josephine Bakhita and St. Giles. He was pastor of Sts. Peter & Paul Parish, St. Maurice Parish and St. Bride Parish. He also served as a dean for three years, 1998 to 2001. He retired in 2021.

Father Francis Kub, associate vicar for canonical affairs, said that “Father Roll gave a great example of unheralded care and generosity while serving for many years in urban ministry.”
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Sr. Joan Monica McGuire

Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Monica McGuire, 90, died Nov. 21 in Kentucky.

Sister Joan served in the Archdiocese of Chicago as director of the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs from 1987-1992 and from 1996 until she retired in 2013. 

Early in her tenure as director, she was very involved in establishing a covenant relationship between the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Archdiocese of Chicago. Sister Joan led the procession on Oct. 31, 2017, when Cardinal Cupich renewed this covenant with Bishop Wayne Miller of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod on the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

Sister Joan was a delegate of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s Chicago Catholic-Jewish Dialogue visit to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, and under the leadership of Cardinal Francis George, she co-directed “A Pilgrimage of Love” to Constantinople and Rome.

While serving in the archdiocese, Sister Joan was an instructor in the Institute of Pastoral Leadership at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein. She also served as a member of the joint working group of the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission and as co-chair of the Illinois Council of Churches.

Sister Joan was instrumental in making the 1993 convening of the Parliament of the World’s Religions a reality and remained deeply involved in the parliament’s work for many years.

“Sister Joan was a wise, humble and compassionate leader who worked tirelessly to build lasting relationships among Christians and with people of the world’s religions,” said Susan Pudelek, assistant director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s EIA Office. “She will be deeply missed by those who came to know and work with her. We all benefit today from her legacy of faithful leadership in the name of Jesus.”

As a testimony to her remarkable contributions to ecumenical and interreligious relations, the archdiocesan EIA Office named an award in her honor, which recognizes outstanding contributions to local Christian and interreligious dialogue.

“For more than three decades, Sister Joan McGuire expertly directed ecumenical and interreligious affairs for the Archdiocese of Chicago,” said Dan Olsen, director of the EIA Office. “Her pioneering and exemplary work helped build the deep relationships among religious communities in Chicago that persist to this day. The interreligious fabric of Chicago has forever been changed for the better because of Sister Joan.”

Born in Nebraska, Sister Joan entered the Dominican Congregation in 1955 and professed final vows in 1958 at St. Catharine, Kentucky.

She taught at St. Michael, Orland Park, and Academy of Our Lady.  She was elected president of the former Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine from 1972 to 1980 and served on their leadership board from 1992 to 1996.

In 2014, Sister Joan moved to St. Catharine Motherhouse, where she provided community service. In 2017, she moved to Sansbury Care Center, also in St. Catharine, where she began a ministry of prayer and presence.

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Sr. Bernadette Marie Schvach


BVM Sister Bernadette Marie (David Ann) Schvach, BVM, 92, died Nov. 10 in Iowa.

Born in Chicago, she entered the BVM congregation in 1948, from St. Frances of Rome Parish, Cicero. She professed first vows in 1951 and final vows in 1956.

Sister Bernadette was an elementary teacher in Chicago and Berwyn as well as in Iowa, Colorado and Kauai, Hawaii, where she also served as principal.

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Fr. Philip McGlynn

Pastor, educator

Servite Father Philip M. McGlynn, 84, died Nov. 12.

Born in Chicago, he entered the Servite Order in Hillside and completed his religious formation in Wisconsin, Northern Ireland, and Illinois and professed solemn vows in 1962. 

Father McGlynn was ordained a priest in 1965 and served in various parish and educational ministries primarily in the Archdiocese of Chicago, including pastor of his home parish, Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica Parish, from 1973 to 1982. He also served as an instructor at St. Philip High School (1966-1968), St. Patrick High School (1970-1973), Notre Dame High School (1984-1990), and as director of the Servite Development Office (1990-2006). In retirement, he assisted in various nursing homes and parishes in the Chicago area.

He is survived by siblings Marianne McGlynn, John McGlynn and Providence Sister Patricia McGlynn.

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Sr. Regina Ann Lynch


Providence Sister Regina Ann (Mary Regina) Lynch, 91, died Nov. 15 in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Born in Indianapolis, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1948 and professed final vows in 1955.

Of her 74 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered in elementary education, as a nurse’s aide and as a volunteer in health care in Indiana, Illinois and North Carolina.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Our Lady of Mercy, Chicago (1950-1955).

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Sr. Vicki Lauria


Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Vicki Lauria, 93, died Nov. 17 in Footville, Wisconsin.

Born in Albany, New York, Sister Vicki made her first profession as a Dominican Sister of Kenosha in 1957 and her perpetual profession in 1976. In 1997, she transferred her religious vows to the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. Sister Vicki taught, was a novice director, was a general councilor and cared for family and loved ones in Illinois, New Mexico, Wisconsin, California and New York.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Vicki taught at Providence of God.

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Sr. Bernadette Voss

Homemaker, religious educator

Sister of Christian Charity Bernadette (Virginia) Voss, 81, died Nov. 19 Sacred Heart Convent, Wilmette.

Born in Evanston, she entered the Sisters of Christian Charity in 1960, made her first vows in 1963 and made her final vows in 1969.

Sister Bernadette served as portress in the motherhouse in Wilmette and as homemaker at St. Raphael Convent in Chicago and Sacred Heart Convent in Wilmette.

From 1980 to 1995 Sister Bernadette ministered in St. Louis.

In 1996, Sister Bernadette moved to Josephinum Convent, where she helped with ministry to the poor and taught religious education. After three years in Tucson, Arizona, she returned to Josephinum. From 2003 until 2008, Sister Bernadette served in pastoral ministry and religious education and was a eucharistic minister at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

In 2009, she suffered a stroke; she moved to Sacred Heart Convent, where she embarked on her ministry of prayer and presence.