Fr. Donald P. Pock

Chicago Tribune
May 22, 2004

Fr. Donald P. Pock, at rest suddenly, Tuesday, May 18, 2004. Father Pock was born in Chicago on June 29, 1932 to Frank A. Pock and Agnes Stola Pock and was baptized at St. Mary of Celle Church in Berwyn. He attended St. Mary of Celle Elementary School in Berwyn. Following four years of study at St. Philip High School in Chicago, he entered St. Procopius College, then St. Procopius Seminary, both in Lisle. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 7, 1958 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet by Bishop Martin D. McNamara. Father Pock's assignments included: associate pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Joliet (1958), associate pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Morris (1961), and associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Joliet (1966).

A former United States Army Reserves chaplain. He served as chaplain at Lewis University (1967). He was named founding pastor of Divine Savior Parish in Downers Grove (1968). Father was appointed associate pastor at St. Patrick in Joliet (1976), then became pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Manteno (1978). Following that assignment, Father Pock was named pastor of St. Peter Parish in Itasca (1987) where he served until his retirement (2002). Survived by his sister, Marilyn A. Pock; niece, Marina Boliaris; nephews, Mark and Gregg Boliaris, all of California; nephew, Daniel Boliaris of North Carolina and two aunts, Marie Murr and Helen Pock.

Father Pock will lie in state on Monday, May 24, 2004 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, 604 N. Raynor Ave., Joliet from 10 a.m. until the Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside. Visitation Sunday 2 to 9 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd., Joliet. For information 815-741-5500.


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