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Obituaries

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Fr. William Hastings

EDUCATOR, PASTOR EMERITUS

Father William Hastings, a dean and faculty member for 15 years at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, died Feb. 10 of heart failure at St. William Parish, where he served for 13 years as pastor. He was 63 years old.

Father Hastings attended Our Lady of Lourdes School, Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, Niles College (now St. Joseph College Seminary), and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained in 1973.

For the next three years, he was an assistant pastor at St. Hilary. In 1976, he began his assignment at Quigley that included duties as a faculty member and dean of studies. During that time, Father Hastings served as associate pastor at St. Bartholomew (1976-85) and at St. Henry parishes (1985-91). In addition, between 1977 and 1980 he pursued studies during the summer at the University of Notre Dame, earning a master’s degree in English.

He then served as pastor at St. Gabriel Parish (1991-97) and St. William (1997-2010), where he was named pastor emeritus after he retired. Father Hastings was also a dean in Vicariate IV-A for two terms beginning in 2001.

Fr. Thomas Kaminski

PASTOR

Father Thomas J. Kaminski, pastor emeritus of St. Helena of the Cross Parish, died Feb. 12. He was 70 years old.

A Chicago native, he graduated from St. Wenceslaus School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1966.

He served as assistant pastor at St. Charles Lawanga Parish (1966-74); Our Lady of Lourdes, S. Keeler Ave. (1974); and St. Joachim (1974-77).

Father Kaminski was named pastor of St. Helena of the Cross, in 1977 and served in that capacity for 11 years. He would return to St. Helena again in 1997, first as administrator and then as pastor a second time.

For five years beginning in 1988, he was the pastor at St. Therese of the Child Jesus, and in 1994, he became the associate pastor at St. John Fisher Parish, where he served there until 1997.

In 2010, after 12 years as pastor at St. Helena, Father Kaminski retired from active ministry and was named pastor emeritus of St. Helena of the Cross.

Father Kaminski is survived by his sister, Mary Kaminski.

Fr. John Enright

PASTOR, MISSIONARY

Father John P. Enright, pastor emeritus of Epiphany Parish, died Feb. 14. He was 83 years old.

A Northwest Side native, Father Enright graduated from Resurrection School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1953.

He served as assistant pastor at St. Andrew (1953-56), St. Henry Parish (1956-62) and St. Nicholas of Tolentine (1962-64).

During much of this time, he also served as a chaplain, first for couples preparing for marriage in the Pre Cana program, and then at Sacred Heart Academy (1956-58) and Marywood Academy, Evanston (1958-61).

In 1964, Father Enright was assigned to the archdiocese’s mission in Panama, where he served in parish ministry until 1976.

Following his return from Panama, Father Enright served for 18 years as pastor of Epiphany Parish, and then from 1994 to 1997 he was pastor of Santa Teresita Vicariate, a mission of St. Theresa Parish in Palatine for Spanish-speaking Catholics.

Santa Teresita Vicariate became Mision San Juan Diego and relocated to Arlington Heights.

In 1997, Father Enright retired from active ministry and was made pastor emeritus of Epiphany Parish. He then served as co-director of the new Office for International Priests, continuing as advisor when that office was renamed the Office for International Hispanic Priests.

Father Enright remained active in his retirement, serving at a number of churches in the Diocese of Joliet.

Three sisters, Elizabeth Enright, Maureen Krickl and Margaret Kerrigan; and two brothers, James and Dan, survive Fr. Enright.

Fr. Norbert Sharon

VOCATION DIRECTOR

Father Norbert Sharon of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, 89, died in Burtonsville, Md., on Jan. 11.

An Iowa native, he professed his vows in 1944 and was ordained in 1948.

He served his community as vocation director and vicar general, and he established an evangelization program while studying at the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio.

From 1976 to 1987, he was formation director at his community’s House of Studies in Chicago, where he began an outreach ministry to the Hispanic community there. He later served in California.

Sr. Marie Cornelia Small

EDUCATOR, HEALTHCARE WORKER

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Marie Cornelia Small, 83, died Jan. 24.

A Chicago native, Sister Marie Cornelia made her first religious profession in 1946 and her final profession in 1949. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Marie Cornelia served as principal at St. Giles, Oak Park (1967-69) and taught at St. Thomas the Apostle (1972-73) and Visitation High (1973-81).

She ministered in home health care at Little Company of Mary Hospital and Billings Hospital (1981-83).