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Reverend James (Patrick) Francis Galivan

Born: Sat., Mar. 16, 1946
Died: Mon., Aug. 8, 2016


9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Tue., Aug. 16, 2016
Location: St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Tue., Aug. 16, 2016
Location: St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church

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Reverend James (Patrick) F. Galivan, long time companion of Jesus Christ and retired Chicago Archdiocesan priest; loving son of the late Bernard and late Dorothy; dear brother of Carol (Kenneth) Becker; fond uncle of Karen and Ken (Dana); great-uncle of Ryan, Troy, and Julian. A former CPS educator, UIC Hospital Chaplain, and since ordained into the priesthood in 1981, Rev. Galivan served at many Chicago area parishes, including St. Cletus, St. Mary of Perpetual Help, St. Andrew the Apostle, St. Lawrence O'Toole, Our Lady of Charity,and St.  Denis. Funeral Tuesday, August 16 at St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church, 1039 West 32nd Street. Visitation 9-10:00 am until 10:00 Mass. INT. Private.(773)927-6424.

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Sharon Twardowski
   Posted Wed August 10, 2016
Fr Patrick was often a visiting Priest at St Lawrence O'Toole in Matteson. He was an amazing story teller and he would integrate his wonderful stories with the day's Gospel message. He was a Priest who made you glad to be Catholic. Often he would say "that reminds me of a story" and he would tell us stories of his family, his travels, people he had met and of course his sister "who must be obeyed". He always made you glad you came to Mass and often left you with a smile or a laugh. He was amazing and heaven will never be the same. I will miss him. May he rest in peace and may his family find comfort and love in the warmth and sympathy of friends.

Reverend Michael Novick
   Posted Wed August 10, 2016
Carol and family,
I am the pastor of St. Lawrence O'Toole Parish in the far south suburb of Matteson. Patrick helped out here once in a while and my community just adored him. His unique ability to tell a story would easily make us smile, sometimes laugh out loud. I hope to hold a memorial mass for Patrick soon. Also, I want to be the first to invite you to our Mass of All Souls on November 2nd. God's peace be with you, and may he finally rest in peace. God love him!
Rev Michael Novick

Jerry and Carol Deany
   Posted Wed August 10, 2016
We are members of SLOT. We loved Father Pat and his stories. He always said our parishioners were young when most of us were much older then he. You could tell he loved God and his family. He will be missed by so many and remembered for a long time.

William Anderson
   Posted Thu August 11, 2016
Dear Carol and family,

I am a parishioner of St. Lawrence O'Toole in Matteson, Il. Words alone cannot express the sadness in my heart upon hearing this news.
My sincere condolence for you and family.

Fr. Patrick was loved very much by this parish. His homilies were always humorous and insightful. Just seeing him arrive to offer mass put a smile in all our hearts. His love for Christ in his heart was evident to anyone who was blessed to know him. He will truly be missed.

May God Bless you and console you in His loving arms.

Ed and Linda Ladewski
   Posted Thu August 11, 2016
Dear Carol and family..How fortunate you were to have Fr. Patrick in your family.And how fortunate we,as a parish were to have him on the alter showing us how much he loved Jesus and how much Jesus loved all of us. When we listened to his "stories" we just knew there would be a laugh.but we also knew that sometimes the stories would bring a tear to our eyes.He spoke the truth. May we say,"There was never anyone like him and we never heard anything but love spoken when Fr. Patrick was mentioned.
How blessed we were to have him in our lives if it was only for a little while.We'll never forget him.
God Bless you and your family..you are wonderful people.We know that to be true..BECAUSE FR.PATRICK TOLD US SO.

John and Evelyn Semik
   Posted Thu August 11, 2016
We are also parishioners at SLOT who will miss seeing Fr. Pat. What a wonderful example of a priest he was! One could easily see that there was NOTHING more important to him than his priesthood and the mass (which he said so reverently). How blessed we were to have known him. May he rest in peace.

Lynn Boyda Nicinski
   Posted Fri August 12, 2016
Sorry to hear of Father Jim's passing. Ironically, we were just reminiscing this past weekend about his humor during our wedding homily. I had the pleasure of becoming friends with him while studying at UIC. We enjoyed attending the weekly Wednesday night candle-light masses for his stories and wisdom, though he always joked we all came more for the free cannoli than mass itself. May he rest in peace.

Sister Mary Bernetta (Maryann Ekedahl)
   Posted Tue August 16, 2016
Dear Carol,
I would like to express my sympathy at the passing of Fr. James. I had heard that he became a priest, but never had the privilege of being present at one of his Masses. I remember the fun times we had living next door to each other. I was visiting in Chicago and happened upon the obituary for Jim however I had to return to my present assignment in Polonia, Wisconsin on Monday. I would have loved to be there for you and your family. Know that all of you will be in my prayers. I will have a Mass said for him in our chapel.

Matt and Cheryl Nawara
   Posted Tue September 06, 2016
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Father Galivan. He married us in June 1985 at Our Lady of Charity Parish. Not only was he our priest, but he was also a very good friend. We send our deepest sympathies to his family and he will be missed. God bless him.

David Stenzel
   Posted Fri September 30, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of Fr. Galivan's passing, and remember him in my prayers daily. He officiated at my wedding 24 years ago this week at St. Cletus, and baptized my son a year and a half later. He showed me the compassion of Christ and kept me connected to my faith when I needed it most. Rest well in the joy of Christ.

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