ARCHDIOCESAN PRIEST, FR. HENRY POZDOL, DIES
Founded Community Mental Health Center
Chicago, IL (February 2, 2010) – Rev. Henry M. Pozdol, pastor emeritus of St. Joseph Parish in Summit, died on Friday, January 29, at Palos Community Hospital. He was 86 years old and had been a resident of the Bishop Lyne Home for retired priests in Palos Park at the time of his death.
Fr. Pozdol grew up on Chicago’s near west side, attending St. Ann and St. Adalbert Catholic Schools. After graduating from Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, he was ordained by Cardinal Stritch in 1950. Fr. Pozdol had a proficiency in languages that allowed him to celebrate the sacraments in five languages.
He earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University and taught psychology at Niles College in the early 60s. He was the founder of Northwest Community Mental Health Center and served as its first president from 1964-1970. Throughout his ministry, he served as a board member of a variety of community organizations.
According to his family, Fr. Pozdol was most proud of the ecclesiastical honors he received as a Knight Commander from the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and the Canon-Cathedral Pelpin honor from Poland.
For three years, from 1950 to 53, Fr. Pazdol was the assistant pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Harvey, and from 1953 to 56 he served in the same capacity at St. Richard Parish in the Midway area. Following a brief term at St. Josaphat on the north side, he served as assistant pastor from 1957 to 59 at SS. Peter & Paul, a parish on the south side that was conjoined with two other parishes in 2008 to form the new Blessed Sacrament Parish.
He was assistant pastor for four years beginning in 1959 at Epiphany Parish on the west side, and for the following ten years at St. John Bosco on the northwest side, before being named pastor of St. Adalbert Parish in 1973, a position he held until 1981. From that year until 1994, Fr. Pozdol’s was pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Summit. He was named pastor emeritus of St. Joseph upon his retirement from active ministry in 1994.
Visitation for Fr. Pozdol will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, at St. Joseph Church, 7240 West 57th Street in Summit. His classmate, Retired Auxiliary Bishop Thad Jakubowski, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Pozdol on Thursday, February 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph. Interment will be in St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles.
Fr. Pozdol is survived by his sister, Regina Zientek, several nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and nephews.