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Pastor Emeritus of St. Leonard Parish in Berwyn

CHICAGO (November 16, 2012) – Rev. William J. Curran, associate pastor of St. George Parish in Tinley Park since 2008, and pastor emeritus of St. Leonard Parish in Berwyn, died Tuesday, November 13. He was 69 years old.

Fr. Curran was born in Evergreen Park and was a graduate of Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained in 1969 and became a U.S. Army Reserve chaplain that same year.

Fr. Curran began his priestly ministry as assistant pastor of St. Leonard Parish in Berwyn, serving there from 1969 to 1974. He returned 18 years later to serve as pastor. For 13 years beginning in 1974, Fr. Curran served the Lithuanian parish of All Saints in Chicago as assistant pastor, administrator and pastor. That parish was closed in 1989.

For five years from 1987 to 1992, he served as associate pastor of Five Holy Martyrs Parish in Chicago. For the next 13 years Fr. Curran served as pastor of St. Leonard Parish in Berwyn.

From 2005 to 2008, he was the associate pastor of St. Bernadette Parish in Evergreen Park, and then was named associate pastor of St. George in Tinley Park. Fr. Ken Fleck, pastor of St. George said of Fr. Curran, "He relished a Shakespearean affectation in his preaching. Everyone enjoyed his ability to spin and weave a story and make people laugh, and that endeared him to our hearts."

Visitation for Fr. Curran will take place at St. George Church, 6707 W. 175th Street in Tinley Park, on Sunday, November 18, from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Fr. Curran's classmate, Auxiliary Bishop Francis Kane, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Curran on Monday, November 19, at 11 a.m. at St. George Church. Visitation will precede the Mass beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip. Fr. Curran is survived by his brother, Edward, and sister, Kathleen Curran.

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