Rev. John J. Powers, 93, died on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. Born on May 15, 1925 in Chicago, Fr. Powers attended St. Robert Bellarmine School and Quigley Preparatory Seminar. He graduated with a M.A. from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in 1951. Fr. Powers was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1951 by Samuel Cardinal Stritch, archbishop of Chicago and celebrated his first solemn Mass at St. Robert Bellarmine in Chicago on May 6 of the same year. After ordination to priesthood, Fr. Powers served the archdiocese as assistant pastor at the following: Ascension Parish in Harvey, Ascension Parish in Oak Park, St. Mary Parish in Riverside, and Holy Ghost Parish in South Holland. In 1978, he was appointed pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Parish in South Holland where he served until his retirement in 1995. Rev. George J. Kane, pastor emeritus of Church of the Holy Spirit in Schaumburg, remembers his classmate as “kind, compassionate, joyous and absolutely dependable. All through these years this is how he lived his life as a priest.”
Visitation and services were held on Aug. 13 and 14 at St. Jude the Apostle Church. Bishop-elect Ronald Hicks was the main celebrant of the Mass and Deacon Timothy Springer was the homilist. Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery.