Rev. Raymond Peter Devereux, 72, died on Oct. 15, 2014 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. A diocesan priest, he was the Pastor Emeritus of St. Beatrice Parish in Schiller Park. Born in Chicago on Dec. 6, 1941, he attended Ascension School and Fenwick High School in Oak Park. He was a graduate of Quigley Preparatory Seminary and Niles College Seminary at Loyola University. Rev. Devereux graduated from the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, where he received his Baccalaureate and Master of Arts degrees. He also held a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration.
Rev. George J. Rassas, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, was a classmate of Rev. Devereux’s and the two were ordained together. He recalled, “Fr. Devereux was one of the quieter members of our class. He was always very studious, with a wonderful sense of humor. He certainly was a wise teacher and gentle shepherd to his people, always.” Rev. John Plotkowski, pastor of St. Zachary Parish in Des Plaines, has many fond memories of Rev. Devereux, “But most of all, I remember him as a teacher and a pastor. He was a teacher of life, religion and family. He was the one who taught me how to be a priest, how to serve people and how to be a pastor.”
Cardinal John Cody, archbishop of Chicago, ordained him into the priesthood on May 2, 1968. His first assignment was St. James Parish in Arlington Heights, serving as associate pastor for just over six years. He joined the faculty of Quigley Preparatory Seminary North in 1974 where he was a professor for 10 years. Rev. Devereux taught Religion and was also the Dean of Studies. He served as pastor of St. Beatrice Parish in Schiller Park from 2005 until 2009. He retired in 2009 and became Pastor Emeritus of St. Beatrice Parish.
Rev. Devereux is survived by his brother, John Devereux; sisters, Mary Rutz and Maureen Kerth; and his many nieces and nephews. Visitation was at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. Rev. Devereux’s funeral mass was Oct. 20 at St. Luke Parish in River Forest. Rev. Plotkowski was the main celebrant and Bishop Rassas presided. Private interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines.