Father James Crilly

November 6, 2018

Father James F. Crilly, CSV, 89, who was among three missionaries to establish a Viatorian school and parish in Bogotá, Colombia, in the early 1960s, passed away Friday (Nov. 2, 2018). He was at Addolorata Villa in Wheeling, at the time of his passing.

He was born July 10, 1929, in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Theresa (Nash) Crilly.

James was a graduate of St. Philip High School, in Chicago. He pronounced his first vows Aug. 15, 1950, and was ordained Aug. 15, 1956. He earned a B.S. degree in biology from the University of Illinois, Navy Pier, and Loyola University, Chicago. He held an M.S. degree in biology from Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C.

Father Crilly taught one year at Cathedral Boys High School, Springfield, (1952-53) and four years at Spalding Institute, Peoria, (1957-61) before going to Bogotá in the summer of 1961. He was one of the three founding Viatorian fathers of the Foundation of Colombia and the all-boys Catholic school, Colegio San Viator. In 1973, he returned to the United States to become formation director and coordinator of vocations and taught for one year at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights. In 1977, he was named pastor of St. Viator Parish in Chicago, before being appointed assistant provincial for the Province of Chicago in 1979, serving the province in that position until 1983. He then returned to parish work, serving as pastor of Maternity BVM in Bourbonnais until 1991. In 1992, he was assigned as associate pastor at St. Thomas More Catholic Community, in Henderson, Nev., and in 1994, as associate pastor at St. Patrick Church in Kankakee. He became rector of Guardian Angel Cathedral in 1996 in Las Vegas and served in that position until 2002 when he retired. In retirement, he lived in Las Vegas until 2008, before moving to the Viatorian Province Center retirement residence in Arlington Heights.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Richard and Philip Crilly; and sister, Margaret Shields.

Surviving are his sister, Sister Virginia Marie Crilly, BVM; along with many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at Viatorian Province Center Chapel, 1212 E. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. Interment will be in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

Please sign his online guestbook at lauterburgoehler.com.


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