Rev. Thomas F. Kelly

Chicago Sun-Times
June 15, 1990

The Rev. Thomas F. Kelly, 53, a Roman Catholic priest, died Friday at St. James Hospital, Chicago Heights.

Father Kelly served as associate pastor at Our Lady of Knock Church in Calumet City from 1986 until his death.

A longtime Chicago resident, he attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary. He was ordained in 1962 after attending St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein.
"He was very devoted to his pastorly duties," said Sister Alban Hermes, pastoral associate at Our Lady of Knock. "He was concerned about the elderly and did his home visits to the sick."

His responsibilities included training altar boys, and he participated in religious training for Catholic children who do not attend Catholic school, she said.
"People appreciated coming to mass because his messages were very poignant. He brought the scriptures alive," Hermes said of his homilies. "He was a person who loved life and enjoyed being a priest."

Through the years, he was affiliated with St. John Vianney Church in Northlake, St. Teresa in Chicago, Queen of Apostles in Riverdale, St. Kieran in Chicago Heights and St. James in Sauk Village.

Father Kelly is survived by his mother, Rose Albanese Kelly, and two sisters, Mary Ellen Brunner and Nancy O'Brien.

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Our Lady of Knock, 501 163rd St., Calumet City. Mass will be offered tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 6001 W. 111th, Worth.

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