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Ordained April 29, 1965

Chicago, IL (December 19, 2007) - Rev. Millard P. O’Keefe, former pastor of Chicago’s St. David Parish, died on Saturday, December 15, at age 68. Fr. O’Keefe was residing at St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville at the time of his death.

An Oak Park native, Fr. O’Keefe was born on January 23, 1939 and was baptized two weeks later at the now-closed Blessed Sacrament Parish on the city’s west side. After attending St. Matthias, St. Finbarr and St. Eulalia elementary schools, Fr. O’Keefe graduated from Quigley (North) Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.

Fr. O’Keefe was ordained a priest on April 29, 1965 and, on May 9 of that year celebrated his first solemn Mass at St. Eulalia Church in west suburban Maywood. On June 30, 1965, Fr. O’Keefe was appointed assistant pastor of Bellwood’s St. Simeon Parish, where he remained for one year. In June 1966, Fr. O’Keefe was assigned to Queen of All Saints Basilica on Chicago’s near northwest side, where he served as assistant pastor for seven years.

In June 1973, Fr. O’Keefe became assistant pastor of St. Cecelia Parish in northwest suburban Mt. Prospect, where he served until February 1981. Fr. O’Keefe was then appointed pastor of the now-closed St. David parish in the city’s Bridgeport neighborhood where he served for 13 years, before taking a medical leave. Between 1996 and 2004, Fr. O’Keefe, who was fluent in Spanish, resided at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Romeoville where he said daily Mass as well as Masses for the parish’s Hispanic community.

Visitation for Fr. O’Keefe will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 22 at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 505 Kingston Dr., Romeoville. Immediately following, Most Rev. John Gorman, D.D., Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will celebrate an 11 a.m. funeral Mass for Fr. O’Keefe. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. A brother, Harold, survives Fr. O’Keefe.

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