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Chicago, IL (July 14, 2005) -- Rev. Joseph J. Kinane, the pastor emeritus of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Parish in Park Ridge who once also served as pastor of the now-closed St. Sebastian Parish on Chicago’s north side, died today from complications related to lung cancer. He was 79 years old.

A native of Chicago’s south side, Fr. Kinane attended the now-closed St. Therese Little Flower Catholic School. He graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein. Fr. Kinane was ordained a priest in 1952.

Fr. Kinane served first as an assistant pastor for eight years at the now-closed St. Matthew Catholic Parish (1952-61) before serving subsequent terms as assistant pastor at St. Mark Catholic Parish (1961-1966) and at Holy Name Cathedral (1966-69).

Fr. Kinane served as pastor at St. Sebastian Catholic Parish from 1969 to 1976. From 1976 to 1983, Fr. Kinane resided at St. Eulalia Catholic Parish in Maywood while he worked with men who are ordained to serve as permanent deacons as coordinator of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Permanent Diaconate Program.

After a brief period in which he served as administrator of the now-closed St. John Chrysostom Parish in Bellwood (1982-1983), Fr. Kinane was appointed pastor of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Parish in Park Ridge and served there for more than 12 years (1983-1996). Before his retirement as pastor and from active priestly ministry in 1996, Fr. Kinane also served as an area dean and as a consultor to the Archbishop as a member of the Pastors’ Review Board. Since his retirement and until the time of his death, Fr, Kinane resided on Chicago’s south side in a private residence.

Visitation for Fr. Kinane will take place from 2 - 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, at St. Paul of the Cross Church, 320 S. Washington St., in Park Ridge. After the period of visitation concludes, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. The main celebrant of the Mass will be Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Timothy J. Lyne, with Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, presiding.

On Monday, July 18, Fr. Kinane’s body will be moved to St. John Fisher Catholic Church, 10234 S. Washtenaw Ave., where a period of visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 11 a.m. with a prayer service. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, 6001 W. 111 th St., in Alsip.

Fr. Kinane is survived by a brother, Robert, and by several nieces.

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