Rev. Dennis Bombardier, AC '68

Father Dennis Bombardier of Springfield, MA  passed away April 22, 2018. Follow the link for the Obituary.


John C. "Jack" Meyer

PEORIA - John C. "Jack" Meyer, age 83, passed away at 10:57 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at his residence in Peoria, with his wife, Mary, at his side. Jack was born on August 12, 1934, in Dubuque, IA, a son of George W. and Mary Helen (Schmitt) Meyer. Jack married Mary Claire Wesenberg on July 22, 1970, in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are their son, John David Meyer of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and three brothers.
John David has Downs Syndrome and Jack became very active in serving the handicapped in various capacities at PARC, now EPIC, and developing "Special Persons Encounter Christ" (SPEC). He also coached ice skating for the Special Olympics. Jack graduated from Loras Academy in 1952 and Loras College in Dubuque, IA, in 1956. He then entered the seminary at the University of Louvain in Belgium, where he was ordained as a Catholic Priest in 1960. Jack returned to the United States and was a professor at Loras College and served as an associate pastor in parishes in Dubuque, Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids, IA. He then returned to education and earned his PhD at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1966.
In 1969, Jack left the formal service of the Catholic Church and entered the laity. He was employed at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, as a professor in the Religious Studies Dept., retiring in 2010 after 40 years of service. Throughout these years, he was honored to give numerous lectures at many churches and organizations. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences at

John Daley. AC'63

DALEY, John Anthony (Jack) John died peacefully on April 12, 2018 in his home surrounded by his family after a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was our Father, Friend, Counselor, Brother, Uncle and Priest. He was the beloved husband of Mary Chapman Daley for 40 years. John was born in Providence, R.I. in 1934 to Mary and John Daley. He is survived by his two sons, Matthew and Luke, and Matt's wife, Bridget, and Luke's partner, Amanda; their children Michael and Malachi. He joins his brother, Dick in Heaven and leaves his living siblings, Tom Daley, Doris Allin and Maureen McGovern, and many more in his large Irish Clan in R.I. Growing up in a strong Irish, Catholic Family he learned core values founded in his faith. At 22 he joined the Seminary for three years and began studying to become a Priest. In 1959 he was chosen to study in Louvain, Belgium for four additional years and was ordained June 29, 1963. He taught Latin and Religion at LaSalle Academy while he worked in various parishes in R.I. In his counseling as a priest he wanted to improve his skills and took a leave of absence from the priesthood to move to Tucson to get his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology in 1972. He developed a strong counseling practice in 1973 and continued until November 24, 2017. He was loved and respected by many he worked with as they healed from the emotional pains in their lives. He had great empathy, insight and compassion for his clients. He also consulted with Medical groups around the country for 25 years. He was active in the Emerald Isle Society for ten years, a men's book group, a men's think tank, kiddy camp outs with our boys and the Mountain Men. He skied, waterskied, biked, sang, danced and his smile was genuine and wide with sparkling, blue Irish eyes. John was a wise, caring, adventuresome, positive, open minded, loving Renaissance Man. He strived to leave this world a better more loving place. John loved God and we know that he has joined his band in Heaven, until we meet again my love. His Celebration of Life Mass will be at St. Pius X Church on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Our family would like to thank Casa de La Luz Hospice and our wonderful tribe of friends for their love and support. In lieu of flowers do three loving acts of kindness each day and we'll continue to make our world a better place. Arrangements by OASIS FUNERAL HOME.

Reverend George P. Behan

Reverend George P. Behan, 88, Pastor Emeritus of St. William Parish in Warwick, died on Sunday, April 1, 2018. Born in Newport, Rhode Island, son of the late George P. and Gwendolyn M. (Pike) Behan, he attended Newport public schools and De La Salle Academy in Newport. In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick, Rhode Island, at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, and at the American College in Louvain, Belgium. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 1, 1956 at the American College in Louvain by Bishop Russell J. McVinney. Father Behan served as assistant pastor at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence (1956-58) and at St. Paul Parish, Cranston while teaching at Our Lady of Providence Seminary, Warwick (1958-63). In September 1963, he was appointed Chaplain at Stella Maris Home, teacher at De La Salle Academy, and director of the Catholic Information Center, all in Newport. In 1968, he became Chaplain at the Corpus Christi Carmel, Newport, while retaining his teaching position. Father Behan then served as assistant pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, East Providence (1970-74), before completing a year of pastoral studies at St. Joseph Community, Minneapolis (1974-75). He returned to the Diocese as Catholic Chaplain at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston (1975-76). In 1976, Father was named pastor of St. Jude Parish, Lincoln, and served there until 1997, when he was transferred to St. William Parish, Warwick, from where he retired in 2004 as pastor emeritus. In 1989, Father Behan completed sabbatical studies at the School of Applied Theology, Berkeley, California. In retirement, Father Behan resided at St. Joseph Rectory, Newport. At the time of his death, he was living at St. Clare Home, Newport. In addition to his parish and teaching duties, Father Behan served as a member of the Priests’ Senate of the Diocese of Providence (1967); as New England Director and Chaplain of the Family Life Movement (1961-64); and asa leader in the Cursillo Retreat Movement. During his retirement years, Father was a weekend mission preacher for Catholic Relief Services. Father Behan leaves two sisters, Mrs. Julianne Kelly and Sr. Mary M. Behan, SSJ, both of Massachusetts. 

Monsignor James Parizek

Msgr. James F. Parizek, 71, of Davenport, passed away Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Chicago. He lived at the American College in the early 1970s.

March 22, 1946 -February 3, 2018

DAVENPORT — A Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. James F. Parizek, 71, a retired priest of the Diocese of Davenport, will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 422 E. 10th St., Davenport. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Iowa City. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Cathedral with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. There will be additional visitation at the Cathedral Friday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Our Lady of Victory Foundation or Sacred Heart Cathedral Foundation.

Msgr. Parizek passed away Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital, Chicago.

Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Online condolences and remembrances may be expressed by visiting Msgr. Parizek's obituary at A complete obituary will appear in Tuesday's edition of the newspaper.