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Ordained May 1, 1953

Chicago, IL (March 11, 2008) – Rev. Msgr. Clifford Edward Bergin, who served as vice-chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago and secretary to former archbishops of Chicago, Albert Cardinal Meyer and John Cardinal Cody, died on Sunday, March 9, at the age of 80. At the time of his death, Msgr. Bergin was suffering from bone cancer and residing at St. Benedict Home in Niles.

An Oak Park native, Msgr. Bergin was born on May 26, 1927 and was baptized at Our Lady of the Angels Parish on the city’s west side. After attending Our Lady Help of Christians Elementary School, Msgr. Bergin graduated from Quigley (North) Preparatory Seminary in June 1946, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary in May 1953. Msgr. Bergin had an excellent knowledge of foreign languages and could read and speak Italian as well as read French and Spanish.

Ordained a priest on May 1, 1953, Msgr. Bergin celebrated his first solemn Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians Church on May 3. On June 29 of that year, he was named assistant pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on Chicago’s north side, where he served until July 1960. Msgr. Bergin was then named master of ceremonies and secretary to Cardinal Meyer. Between December 1963 and January 1968, Msgr. Bergin also served as vice chancellor of the Archdiocese, while simultaneously serving as secretary to Cardinal Cody, Cardinal Meyer’s successor, and as assistant pastor of Chicago’s St. Aloysius Parish from 1966 to 1968.

Msgr. Bergin was then appointed assistant pastor of Oak Park’s St. Edmund Parish, a position he held until May 1973. He then served two years as administrator of St. Priscilla Parish on the city’s northwest side before serving as associate pastor of Chicago’s St. Gertrude and St. Henry parishes. Msgr. Bergin retired on August 1, 1995.

Visitation for Msgr. Bergin will be from 3 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at St. Martha Church, 8523 Georgiana Ave., Morton Grove. At 11 a.m., Thursday, March 13, Most Rev. Timothy Lyne, Retired Bishop of Chicago, will celebrate a funeral Mass for Msgr. Bergin with Rev. John Enright, Msgr. Bergin’s Mundelein seminary classmate, as the homilist. Interment will be at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.

A sister, Patricia Kummerow, and several nieces and nephews survive Msgr. Bergin.

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