Fr. Stephen Tebes Dies
Taught at Niles College Seminary
Chicago, IL (May 30, 2006) – Fr. Stephen Tebes, former pastor of Divine Savior Parish in Norridge, and a professor at Niles College Seminary for 17 years, died on Monday, May 29, of complications from cancer. He was 64 years old.
Fr. Tebes was born in the former Yugoslavia in 1941. He attended elementary schools in Hungary, Germany and Windsor Ontario, Canada before coming to the United States. He attended St. Michael elementary school in Chicago briefly before beginning his studies for the priesthood at Quigley Preparatory Seminary. Fr. Tebes graduated from the University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein/Seminary.
He was ordained in 1968 and assigned as assistant pastor at St. Mary Parish in Lake Forest, where he served for five years. He served for one year as assistant pastor of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Schiller Park before becoming a professor at Niles College, formerly the college-level seminary that is now St. Joseph College at Loyola University. He taught for 17 years at Niles from 1974 until 1991, when he was named pastor of Divine Savior Parish in Norridge. Fr. Tebes served as pastor at Divine Savior for 14 years. In 2005, when a new pastor was appointed, Fr. Tebes became the Associate Pastor, a position he held until his death.
Visitation for Fr. Tebes will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, at Divine Savior Church, 7740 W. Montrose Ave., Norridge. Most Rev. George Rassas, Auxiliary
Bishop of Chicago and a classmate of Fr. Tebes, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Tebes at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 1, at Divine Savior Church.
Interment will be at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles. Fr. Tebes is survived by his brothers, John and Jacob Tebes.