Jeremiah Duggan, Priest for 44 Years

By Robert C. Herguth
Chicago Sun-Times
July 25, 1999

Known for giving his time to adults and kids alike, the Rev. Jeremiah Duggan was a beloved fixture for nearly 25 years at St. Bede the Venerable Church.

A priest for 44 years, Father Duggan retired just last month as pastor of the South Side parish. He died Wednesday in Golden, Colo., after visiting family. He was 70.

"He was a very caring man, he didn't have a bad word for anyone," said the Rev. Robert McGinnity, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Palos Hills, who attended seminary with Father Duggan. "He was a priest all the way -- he loved being a priest."

The two were part of a larger group of priests who would meet every Wednesday to play golf and go to dinner, McGinnity said. The friends would also sometimes vacation together.

McGinnity said Father Duggan, one of 10 children born on the North Side to Irish immigrant parents, helped create an athletic conference for Catholic grammar schools and loved working with young people.

"He loved the children of the school; it's one of the biggest in the archdiocese," said the Rev. Brian Lisowski, the new pastor of St. Bede. "One of the things he was known for was his 'high-fives' to the kids."

"He loved life, sports and not just golf," Lisowski added.

Father Duggan also served Queen of Martyrs Church in Evergreen Park, St. Gertrude Church in Franklin Park and Our Lady of Charity Church in Cicero.

He is survived by a brother and three sisters.

Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Bede, 8300 S. Kostner Ave. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, 4950 W. 79th St. in Burbank, and from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at St. Bede.

A service will be held at 8 p.m. Monday at the church.


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