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Devoted Pastor of Antioch Parish

Chicago, IL (June 3, 2011) – Rev. Lawrence F. Hanley, retired priest of the Archdiocese and pastor emeritus of St. Peter Parish in Antioch, died Wednesday, June 1, at the Village at Victory Lakes in Lindenhurst.  He was 84 years old and required dialysis several times a week at the time of his death.

Fr. Hanley was a Chicago native and received his Catholic education at St. Gabriel and St. Rita elementary schools.  He graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.  He was ordained a priest by Samuel Cardinal Stritch in 1952.

He is described by his classmate, Retired Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Goedert, as the best example of the Good Shepherd.  “He knew the people and they knew him,” Goedert said.  “He was devoted to the people of St. Peter, and remained active at the parish even after retirement, performing weddings and funerals,” Goedert noted.

Fr. Hanley’s first assignment was as assistant pastor of St. Joachim Parish on Chicago’s south side.  He served there for eight years from 1952 to 1960, before being transferred for the first time to Lake County and St. Peter Parish in Antioch as assistant pastor. Six years later, Fr. Hanley was made assistant pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Chicago, which is now closed, and ministered there for seven years.  In 1973, he was named pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Chicago, which is now closed, and served there for eight years before returning to St. Peter in Antioch as pastor in 1981.

For the next 16 years, Fr. Hanley was the very visible and well-liked pastor of the parish.  Fr. Hanley stayed in the area following his retirement from active ministry in 1997, and so remained a familiar face in the local community.  According to Bishop Goedert, Fr. Hanley was frequently recognized in public, often when they were enjoying a meal together on their day off, and Fr. Hanley always showed his pleasure at meeting people, taking time to chat with them.

When Fr. Hanley required dialysis a year and a half ago, this strong connection with parishioners brought them together to organize transporting Fr. Hanley to and from the daylong dialysis sessions three times a week. 

Visitation for Fr. Hanley will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, at St. Peter Church, 557 West Lake Street in Antioch.  Bishop Goedert will be the principal celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Hanley at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at St. Peter Church. Interment will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, across the street from the parish.

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