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Retired Pastor of Transfiguration Parish in Wauconda

CHICAGO (August 12, 2013) – Rev. Thomas Michael Enright, retired pastor of Transfiguration Parish in Wauconda, died Saturday, August 10, at his home in Seneca, Illinois. He was 73 years of age and had served at Our Lady of Ransom Parish in Niles for the past six years.

Fr. Enright was born in Oak Park on June 7, 1940.  After attending Presentation and St. Frances of Rome Catholic schools he graduated from Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary and went on to graduate from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.  He was ordained by Cardinal Cody in 1966.

Fr. Enright’s first pastoral assignment was assistant pastor of St. Mary of the Woods Parish on Chicago’s northwest side, where he served from 1966 to 1973.  For six years beginning in 1973, he was assistant pastor at St. Theresa Parish in Palatine.  For two years during that period he also served as the Archdiocesan Moderator of the Council of Catholic Men and the Holy Name Society.

From 1979 to 1983, Fr. Enright was the associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Wilmette.  In 1983, he was named pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish in Lemont, serving there for 13 years before being named pastor of Transfiguration Parish in Wauconda.  He was pastor at Transfiguration until March of 2007.  Since July of 2007 he has served Our Lady of Ransom Parish in Niles as an associate pastor.

Fr. Christopher Gustafson was made pastor at Our Lady of Ransom following the sudden death of the pastor, Fr. John Hall.  He invited Fr. Enright to the parish knowing that his kind and gentle approach to people would help fill the gap felt in the parish. “He welcomed everyone with a smile and had the gift of presence whether it was during a wake or at someone’s bedside,” Gustafson said. “He was approachable and worked well with all age groups,” he added, “and he lived Gospel simplicity.”

His classmate, Fr. John Hergenrother, echoed the sentiment that Fr. Enright was a happy priest describing him as “a person who could put things in perspective and who was always upbeat despite recurring health issues.”

Visitation for Fr. Enright will take place from 3 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, August 13, at Our Lady of Ransom Parish, 8624 West Normal Avenue in Niles.  Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant of a funeral Mass for Fr. Enright at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 14, at Our Lady of Ransom.  Fr. Christopher Gustafson, pastor of Our Lady of Ransom, will be the homilist.

Interment will take place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.  Fr. Enright is survived by his sisters, Mary (Patrick) Clancy, Jean (the late Eugene) Plewa, and Kathleen.

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