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Former St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital Chaplain

Chicago, IL (September 20, 2011) – Rev. John J. Kobus, a priest of the Archdiocese for 34 years, died Saturday, September 17, in St. Andrew Center, Niles, following the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.  He was 60 years of age at the time of his death. Father Kobus had been Chaplain and Coordinator of Spiritual Services at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital in Chicago.

Fr. Kobus was born in Chicago and graduated from Our Lady of the Angels School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary North and Niles College (now St. Joseph Seminary at Loyola) and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.  He was ordained by Cardinal Cody in 1977.

Fr. Kobus served as the associate pastor for a year at St. Nicholas Parish in Evanston following his ordination.  For five years beginning in 1978, he was the associate pastor of St. Malachy Parish on Chicago’s west side.  From 1983 to 1987, Fr. Kobus served as associate pastor of Visitation Parish on the south side.  That parish was combined with St. Basil in 1990 to form the current St. Basil-Visitation Parish.

From 1985 to 1987, while serving Visitation Parish, Fr. Kobus was also appointed to work with the Catholic Community of Englewood, an Archdiocesan-sponsored organization of priests working in that community.  The priests worked together using a new model of area ministry to serve the needs of the local church in new and more effective ways.

In 1987, Fr. Kobus was appointed chaplain of St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital, now a campus center of Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, part of Resurrection Health Care.  In 2005, Fr. Kobus was named Coordinator of Spiritual Services there.

Visitation for Fr. Kobus will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, September 22, at St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church, 1039 West 32nd Street in Chicago.  Most Rev. John R. Manz, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Kobus at 7 p.m., following the visitation.  Burial is private. 

Fr. Kobus is survived by his brother, Dr. Milton Kobus, principal of St. Theresa School in Palatine. 

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