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Served Forty-Seven Years at Saints Peter and Paul Parish

Chicago, IL (May 24, 2007)—Fr. Bruno B. Grinis, pastor emeritus of Saints Peter and Paul Church on Chicago’s far south side, died on Tuesday, May 22, at age 91 from heart failure while under hospice care in the parish rectory.

A Chicago native, Fr. Grinis was born on January 27, 1916 and was baptized on March 4 of that year at the now-closed St. George Church on the city’s south side. Fr. Grinis completed his elementary school education at St. George and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary schools, graduating in 1930. He subsequently enrolled in Quigley (North) Preparatory Seminary, graduating in 1935. He then went on to attend the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, graduating in May 1940.

Fr. Grinis was ordained a priest on May 18, 1940, and, the following day celebrated his first solemn Mass at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. On July 6 of that year, he was appointed assistant pastor of the now-closed All Saints Parish on the city’s south side, where he served for eight years. On July 7, 1948, he was appointed assistant pastor at Providence of God Parish on the city’s near south side, serving there for twelve years.

On July 6, 1960, Fr. Grinis arrived at the predominantly Lithuanian parish community of Saints Peter and Paul, where he served twenty years as assistant pastor and parish administrator. He was named pastor on May 20, 1980. After his retirement on January 1, 1988, Fr. Grinis was appointed pastor emeritus, continuing to live and serve the parish as senior priest until his recent hospice care.

Visitation for Fr. Grinis will be from 3 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25, at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 12433 S. Halsted St., Chicago. Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Grinis at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, at Saints Peter and Paul Church. Interment will be at St. Casimir Cemetery in Chicago.

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