Fr. George Helfrich, Canon Lawyer, Dies
Served in Archdiocese’s Tribunal
Chicago, IL (May 30, 2006) - Fr. George J. Helfrich, a canon lawyer who served in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Metropolitan Tribunal, died on Monday, May 29, of heart failure at Lutheran General Hospital. He was 78 years old and a resident of St. Benedict Home in Niles.
A Chicago native, Fr. Helfrich graduated from St. Gregory elementary school on Chicago’s north side, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein/Seminary. He was ordained in 1954.
Fr. Helfrich was the assistant pastor at St. Aloysius Parish on Chicago’s northwest side from 1954 to 1956, before beginning his post-graduate studies in Canon Law at the Gregorian University in Rome. In 1958, he began working in the Archdiocese’s Metropolitan Tribunal. He held that position for eight years.
In 1966, he became assistant pastor at Queen of Angels Parish on the north side, where he served for three years. In 1969, he was named chaplain at St. Theresa Hospital in Waukegan and served in that capacity for one year before being named assistant pastor at St. Fabian Parish in the southwest suburbs. He served there for five years from 1970-1975.
Fr. Helfrich served as assistant pastor at St. Eugene Parish from 1975 –1980 and at St. Martha Parish in Morton Grove from 1980-1987. He retired from active ministry in that year.
Visitation for Fr. Helfrich will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, at St. Eugene Church, 7958 W. Foster Ave., Chicago. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Helfrich at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 2, at St. Eugene Church.
Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove. Fr. Helfrich is survived by his brother, Howard Helfrich and several nieces and nephews.