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Was Pastor of St. Terrence Parish in Alsip

Chicago, IL  (June 29, 2010) – Fr. William J. Lyons, pastor emeritus of St. Terrence Parish in Alsip, died on Saturday, June 26, at Holy Family Villa in Palos Park.  He was 80 years old. 

A Chicago native, Fr. Lyons graduated from St. Ambrose School, Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.  He was ordained on May 1, 1956 and began serving a five-year term as the assistant pastor at St. John De La Salle Parish on Chicago’s south side.  In 1961, Fr. Lyons was named assistant pastor at St. Anne Parish in Chicago, where he served until 1966.  That parish was closed in 1971. During these years, Fr. Lyons also taught religion at Mendel Catholic High School.

Fr. Lyons began a 17-year relationship with St. Joachim Parish on the south side in 1966, first as assistant pastor for eight years, then as pastor from 1974 to 1983, when he was named pastor of St. Terrence.  Again, in addition to his pastoral duties, Fr. Lyons taught religion at Maria High School in Chicago.  He retired from active ministry in 2001 and was named pastor emeritus of St. Terrence.

A wake for Fr. Lyons will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, at St. Terrence Church, 4300 West 119th Place in Alsip.  Most Rev. Thad Jakubowski, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Lyons at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, at St. Terrence Church. Fr. Michael J. Walsh, a childhood friend and classmate of Fr. Lyons, will deliver the homily. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.

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