Fr. Kenneth M. Brigham Dies
Served as Pastor on South and West Sides
Chicago, IL (May 26, 2005) – Fr. Kenneth M. Brigham, pastor emeritus of St. Angela and St. Martin de Porres parishes on Chicago’s west side, died on Thursday, May 25, of complications related to lung cancer. He was 71 years old. Fr. Brigham retired one year ago and was living in Las Vegas at the time of his death.
Fr. Brigham was a Chicago native who attended grade schools on the south side and in Milwaukee, WI before graduating from Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein/Seminary.
Following his ordination in 1961, he was assigned to the now closed Our Lady of Solace Parish in Chicago and served there for five years. From 1969-1972, Fr. Brigham was the administrator at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Vicariate, organized in 1898 at 13th Street and St. Louis Avenue, as a national parish to serve German families in the area. By the early 1950s the area had undergone racial change and was predominantly black. Fr. Brigham was appointed assistant pastor at Holy Angels Parish on the south side in 1972 where he served for five years.
Following a two-year period as associate pastor at St. Helena of the Cross on the south side, Fr. Brigham was made pastor in 1980 of St. Columbanus, also on the south side, where he served for 12 years. During part of that time, he also served on the Pastors Review Board for the Archdiocese.
For 13 years, beginning in 1992, Fr. Brigham was the pastor of the now closed Our Lady Help of Christians on the west side. He also served as administrator (2000-2001) and then pastor (2001-2005) of St. Angela and as pastor of St. Martin de Porres (2001-2005), making him the pastor of three parishes at the same time between the years 2001 and his retirement in 2005. During most of that time, Fr. Brigham also served as Dean for two terms (2000-2004) in the area of Vicariate III that covers the lower west side of the city.
Visitation for Fr. Brigham will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, at St. Columbanus Church, 331 E. 71st St., Chicago.
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Brigham at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, at St. Malachy Church, Washington Blvd., Chicago. Visitation for Fr. Brigham will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the church prior to the funeral Mass.
Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. Fr. Brigham is survived by his sister, Mrs. Josephine McCord.
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