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Dedicated Priestly Vocation to Serving African-American Community

Chicago, IL  (November 17, 2009) - Father John T. Boyle, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, died on Monday, November 16, 2009. He was 66 years old.

“Most of Fr. Boyle’s priestly life and ministry was dedicated to serving the African American community and the poor throughout the Chicago area,” said Very Rev. John Canary, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago and a Mundelein Seminary classmate of Fr. Boyle.

A native of Chicago, Fr. Boyle was a graduate of St. Mary of the Lake elementary school, Quigley Preparatory Seminary, St. Mary of the Lake College in Niles and the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.  He was ordained on May 14, 1969 by John Cardinal Cody.

Fr. Boyle’s first assignment in 1969 was at St. Eulalia in Maywood, where he served as assistant pastor for six years. From 1975 to 1980, he was associate pastor at St. John de LaSalle Parish on Chicago’s south side. 

In 1980, he was named assistant pastor of St. Ambrose, where he served for five years. In 1985, Fr. Boyle was appointed pastor of St. Ambrose, where he remained until his next appointment.  In 1993, Fr. Boyle was named pastor of St. Felicitas, where he served for nine years.

Visitation for Fr. Boyle will be held on Wednesday, November 18, from 4 to 9 p.m. at St. Mary of the Lake Parish, 4200 North Sheridan Road in Chicago. The Most Rev. Francis Kane, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass that will be held on Thursday, November 19 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of the Lake Parish.  Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Judith Reyes and his brother-in-law, Deacon David Reyes.

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