Former St. Benedict assistant pastor dies at age 93
By Casey Toner firstname.lastname@example.org October 2, 2013 8:24PM
The Rev. Vito Mikolaitis | Supplied photo
Updated: November 4, 2013 12:05PM
A former assistant pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Blue Island died on Sunday.
Rev. Vito Mikolaitis, pastor emeritus of Holy Cross Parish, died at Holy Family Villa in Palos Park, where he was a resident. He was 93.
Mikolaitis was born on Nov. 3, 1919, in Chicago. His Lithuanian parents raised four children as members of Holy Cross Parish on 46th Street in Chicago. The parish later was consolidated into Holy Cross/Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1983.
He graduated from Holy Cross School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. Mikolaitis went to graduate school at Loyola University where he earned his masters of arts degree in History. Archbishop Samuel Stritch ordained him in 1943.
Following his ordination, Mikolaitis became the assistant pastor at St. Benedict for a year and then, in 1944, he began teaching at Quigley Seminary and continued working there until July 1961, when he was assigned to teach at the newly established Quigley Seminary South.
Mikolaitis stopped teaching in 1971, when he was named pastor of his home parish, Holy Cross.
After a decade at Holy Cross, Mikolaitis became the associate pastor of Nativity of the BVM Parish on Chicago’s southwest side. He served in that capacity until his retirement from active ministry in 1989.
His visitation is set from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Nativity of the BVM Parish, 6812 South Washtenaw Ave., Chicago. Rev. John Gorman, retired auxiliary bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at the funeral mass to follow the visitation. Rev. Msgr. John McNamara will deliver the homily.
Interment will follow at St. Casimir Cemetery in Chicago.