John P. Reidy, O.S.A.

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1910 – 1968 (October 9)

John Patrick Reidy was born on March 17, 1910 in Staten Island, New York to Michael J. Reidy and Margaret F. Brophy. He was baptized on March 27, 1910 at St. Columba Catholic Church, New York, New York, and received the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 16, 1922 at St. John Baptist de la Salle Catholic Church, Stapleton, S.I. After completing his high school studies, John was received into the novitiate on September 8, 1927. He professed simple vows on September 9, 1928, and solemn vows on September 8, 1931.  He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Villanova College, Villanova, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He then pursued theological studies at Augustinian College, Washington, D.C., where he was ordained to the priesthood on June 11, 1935, at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He did additional studies at the Catholic University of America, Washington.

Father Reidy was assigned to serve as Assistant Pastor at St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, Chicago, in 1936. From 1942 to 1962 he was stationed at St. Rita Parish, Chicago. He was a member of the Province Council from 1947 to 1952. In 1962, Father Reidy was appointed Assistant Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Rockford, Illinois, where he also served as prior of the Augustinian Community. He returned to St. Rita Parish, Chicago, in 1968 as Assistant Pastor and prior.  Just a few months after his return, he died of a heart attack on October 9, 1968.  

Father Reidy is buried in the Augustinian plot at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois.