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Served in Several Archdiocesan Parishes and at Catholic Charities

Chicago, IL (March 31, 2011) – Msgr. Francis A. Cimarrusti, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and Pastor Emeritus of Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Chicago who also served for many years as a psychologist for Catholic Charities, died Tuesday, March 29.   He was 73 years old. 

Msgr. Cimarrusti was born in Highland Park, Illinois and was a graduate of St. James Catholic School in Highwood, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.  He was ordained by Albert Cardinal Meyer in 1964.  Following his ordination, Msgr. Cimarrusti served for four years as assistant pastor of St. Attracta Parish in Cicero that is now closed and at St. Mary of the Lake Church in Chicago from 1968 until 1974.  He then served as an associate at St. Philip Neri in Chicago until 1978 when he was named pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Parish that was later consolidated into St. Francis of Assisi - Our Lady of the Angels. 

Prior to being named pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish in Chicago in 1990, Msgr. Cimarrusti was assigned as the administrator of St. John of God and St. Rose of Lima parishes that are now both closed.  He pursued his full-time, post-graduate studies at Loyola University Chicago from 1993 to 1996, while serving as a resident at Immaculate Conception Parish on North Park Avenue in Chicago. 

In addition to serving on the staff of Catholic Charities beginning in 1995, Msgr. Cimarrusti also served on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Priests’ Personnel Board.  He was twice the sacramental minister at St. Fidelis Parish in Chicago and had been a resident at St. Matthias Parish in Chicago since 1996.

Msgr. Cimarrusti officially retired from active ministry in January 2007 and was named Pastor Emeritus of Our Lady of the Angels Parish.  He was called out of retirement later that same year to serve as the administrator of Infant Jesus of Prague Parish in Flossmoor.    

Msgr. Cimarrusti is survived by his brothers, David and Raymond Cimarrusti and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Visitation for Msgr. Cimarrusti will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at St. Matthias Church, 2310 West Ainslie Avenue in Chicago.  A Vigil Service will be conducted at 7 p.m.  Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will preside at the funeral Mass for Msgr. Cimarrusti at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 4 at St. Matthias.  Interment will take place at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, Illinois.

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