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Former St. Kieran pastor remembered as ‘people person’

The Rev. William Eddy. | Supplied photo

The Rev. William Eddy. | Supplied photo

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Updated: July 13, 2014 4:23PM



The office manager at St. Kieran Catholic Church in Chicago Heights credits the Rev. William Allen Eddy for inspiring parishioners years ago after the closing of three other local churches raised concerns.

“There was very much a grieving process going on,” said Sandy Vasek, the office manager and also a parishioner at St. Kieran. “He led them out of that grieving process and brought new life into them would be the best way to explain it.”

The Rev. Eddy, 64, died suddenly Saturday at St. Hilary Parish in Chicago, where he served as pastor, leaving a legacy of kindness and service to the Chicago area.

The Rev. Eddy served a number of parishes: St. Julie Billiart Parish in Tinley Park (1975-79), Chicago’s Queen of Angels Parish (1979-86), St. Paul Parish in Chicago Heights (1986-91) and St. Kieran (1991-2007) before his latest post at St. Hilary.

“He was very much a personable guy and very much a people person,” Vasek said. “He said this to me more than once: ‘The job of a pastor is to fall in love with their people.’ And he fell in love with the people at St. Kieran. And that made all the difference.”

“Doc,” as he was affectionately nicknamed, was born in Chicago on Dec. 23, 1949, and attended St. Kilian School in Chicago before graduating from Quigley Preparatory Seminary South and Niles College Seminary at Loyola University.

The Rev. Eddy received his bachelor’s of sacred theology degree and master’s of divinity degree at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, and was ordained at Mundelein as a priest by then-Archbishop of Chicago John Cardinal Cody in 1975.

The Rev. Eddy also taught English at Quigley Preparatory Seminary North.

In an interview with the Catholic New World in 2010, in an article titled “Doggone Friendly and a Good Listener, too,” the Rev. Eddy said, “A pastor has to pray ALL the time!” when asked about his prayer life. “First thing in the morning before Maggie (his beloved shepherd-retriever-collie) wakes up is good for me.”

The Rev. Eddy also said in the interview that he liked to remind all of his parishioners that “God loves us and he loves the others, too.”

The Rev. Eddy is survived by his two sisters, Judith Dougherty and Catherine Hudson, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Hilary Parish, 5600 N. Fairfield Ave. in Chicago, with a wake service at 7 p.m.

A funeral Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Hilary Parish. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth Township.



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