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Fr. Terrence A. McCarthy

Pastor emeritus

Father Terrence A. McCarthy, 85, died Feb. 24. He was pastor emeritus of Immaculate Conception Parish in Highland Park, now Christ Our Hope Parish.

Born in Calumet City, Father McCarthy attended Mendel Catholic High School and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the army’s security agency from 1965 to 1967, before entering the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

He was ordained in 1974.

Father McCarthy served as associate pastor of St. James, Highwood; and St. Marcelline, Schaumburg. He served as pastor of St. Anastasia Parish, Waukegan; and Immaculate Conception before being named pastor emeritus in 2008.

Father John Hurley, a classmate, said Father McCarthy was the oldest of his class. “He was well loved in all the parishes he served and was respected by all priests,” Hurley said. “He was known as a man of prayer and a powerful example, a man of inspiration.”

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Fr. Daniel R. Fallon

Former pastor

Father. Daniel R. Fallon, 74, died March 9. He was the former pastor of St. Cornelius Parish, now St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish.

Born in Chicago, he attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary, Niles College and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1976. He also earned a master of divinity degree at DePaul University.

Father Fallon was assistant pastor of St. Isaac Jogues, Niles, and associate pastor of St. Pascal, St. William and Our Lady, Mother of the Church, where he also served as pastor from 1996 to 2008. He was then pastor of St. Cornelius, where he served until his retirement in 2020.

Father Kenneth Fleck, former pastor of St. George, Tinley Park, remembered his classmate as a beacon of devotion to his parishioners. “With a quiet but serious demeanor, he served those entrusted to his care,” Fleck said. “His sermons were heartfelt reflections on our faith and their relevance to everyday life. He saw his priesthood as a vocation, not a job. In so doing, he touched countless lives leaving behind a legacy of compassion, kindness and faith.”

Deacon Patrick Pierce Sheehan

Class of 2000

Deacon Patrick Pierce Sheehan, 82, died Feb. 26. He was ordained in 2000 and ministered at St. James Parish, Arlington Heights, where he was an active member for more than 50 years.

Deacon Sheehan was born in Chicago and was a Chicago Public School teacher for more than 20 years, and he also worked for the Mount Prospect Park District for more than 25 years.

He enjoyed golf and was a member of the St. James Men’s Twilight League, as well as being a member of the Knights of Columbus Holy Rosary Council.

Deacon Sheehan is survived by his wife Margaret Sheehan; his daughters Rose Ann, Nancy and Margi Sheehan; and his grandchildren.

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Fr. Dennis Flynn


Divine Word Father Dennis Flynn, 90, died Feb. 25 in Techny. He was a missionary to the Philippines, where he was born, for 40 years.

His father died during the 1942 Bataan Death March, in which Japanese soldiers forced Filipino and American prisoners to walk 65 miles in torturous conditions. Before his death, his American father wrote to his Filipino mother, telling her that if something happened to him that he wanted their four children to be raised in the United States.

His mother was able to move the family to Portland, Oregon, in 1948, and then to New Jersey to be closer to their father’s family.

Father Flynn professed vows in 1954 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1961.

Tagalog was his first language, so his assignment to the Philippines was a natural choice. For the first 20 years of his priesthood, Father Flynn provided pastoral care for the indigenous Mangyan people in Mindoro in the Central Philippines.

In the early 1980s, Father Flynn worked with the indigenous population of Australia before being transferred back to the United States. He returned to the Philippines for the last 20 years of his missionary ministry before retiring to Techny in 2020.

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Sr. Grace Marie Meehan

Nurse, educator

Providence Sister Grace Marie Meehan, 93, died March 2 in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Born in Chicago, she attended St. Andrew and St. Sebastian schools. She entered the Sisters of Providence in 1948 and professed final vows in 1955. 

She ministered for 22 years in schools in Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma and California. In 1972, she became a member of the Congregation Renewal Team, and in 1976, she was appointed the administrator of the congregation infirmary.

After five years, she studied to become a registered nurse and then served in health care positions. After retiring in 2016, she served as a volunteer service in the Chicago area and in New Mexico.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she was a nurse (1986-2005) and coordinator of volunteers (2005-2016) at St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, and a volunteer at Alexian Brothers Hospital, Elk Grove Village (2017-2019).