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Pastor Emeritus of St. John Brebeuf in Niles

Chicago, IL  (September 8, 2010) – Fr. J. Edward Duggan, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, died on Tuesday, September 7 after a long illness.   Fr. Duggan was 85 years old and had been living at Holy Family Villa in Palos Park.

A Chicago native born to parents of Irish decent, Fr. Duggan received his elementary education from St. Catherine of Siena in Oak Park before attending Fenwick High School his freshman year and graduating from Quigley Preparatory Seminary in 1943.  He graduated from the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary in 1950 and was ordained on May 3 of that year by Samuel Cardinal Stritch.

After his first assignment as Assistant Pastor at St. Columbanus in Chicago, Fr. Duggan taught at Quigley Preparatory Seminary from 1952 until 1958 when he was named Assistant Superintendent of the Archdiocesan School Board where he served until 1963.  From 1963 until 1966 he served as Archdiocesan Director of Vocations and was the Archdiocesan Secretary of Vocations and Secretary for Seminarians from 1966 until 1974.  He was the Executive Secretary for the Office of Conciliation and Arbitration from 1972 until 1975. 

Fr. Duggan was Pastor of St. John Brebeuf in Niles from 1974 until 1986 and was the Assistant Pastor at St. Bartholomew in Chicago from 1986 until his retirement in 1994 when he was named Pastor Emeritus at St. John Brebeuf.

Most Rev. Thad Jakubowski, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and a classmate of Fr. Duggan, said that he was helpful to everyone he came in contact with and will be remembered for always doing things from his heart.  “Fr. Duggan liked to teach and was very ‘people conscious’ in all his roles and responsibilities,” said Bishop Jakubowski.  “He absolutely loved working with all the people at  the parishes where he served and was truly dedicated to helping and directing those with vocations.”

Visitation for Fr. Duggan will take place on Sunday, September 12, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 South Marion Street in Oak Park.  Bishop Jakubowski will be the main celebrant at a 10 a.m. funeral Mass for Fr. Duggan on Monday, September 13, at St. Edmund Church,  188 South Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park.  Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston.  Fr. Duggan is survived by his sister, Mrs. Mary Philbin.

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