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  Remembering Fr. Denis White
12/06/2018

In your prayers, please remember Father Denis White who passed from this life on December 4, 2018.  

Denis White, born on May 30, 1939 in Chicago to John Richard White and Estelle Virginia Vieu White, was baptized at Our Lady of Sorrows in Chicago on June 18, 1939.

After completing studies at St. Procopius Seminary in Lisle, Denis was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1967 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus by Bishop Romeo R. Blanchette.  His assignments include: St. Rose Parish in Kankakee (1967); St. Walter Parish in Roselle (1971), and St. Joseph Parish in Bradley (1976).

Father White was named pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Gibson City (1978); administrator of Sacred Heart Mission in Hopkins Park (1982); pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Joliet (1987); chaplain of Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee (1989); part-time associate at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Herscher & St. James Parish in Irwin (1989); pastor of St. Peter Parish in Piper City and of Immaculate Conception Mission in Roberts (1992); St. Patrick Parish in Momence and administrator of Sacred Heart Mission in Hopkins Park (1995); pastor of St. Mary Parish in Paxton and St. Joseph Mission in Loda (2002); and pastor of St. Paul Parish in Peotone (2007).  Father White retired on June 24, 2009.

In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Father White was in charge of pastoral care at the Kankakee Senior Citizen High-Rise and Nursing Home (1990-1992) and served as Director of Rural Life for a period of time beginning in 1994.

The body of Father White will lie in state at St. Patrick Church in Momence on   December 15, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow immediately at 11:00 a.m. Priests wishing to concelebrate are asked to bring an alb and the diocesan white vestment.

A luncheon will be held after Mass. Because the body of Father White will be cremated, burial will take place on a later date in Piper City.  



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