Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Obituary

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Obituary

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Obituary

Harry Corcoran Koenig, who was a member of the American Catholic Historical Association since 1937, a life member since 1986, and treasurer from 1968 to 1982, died in his sleep at St. Joseph's Home, Niles, Illinois, on January 21, 2002. He was born in Chicago on November 6, 1909, and attended Mount Carmel High School and Quigley Preparatory Seminary before entering St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. He was ordained a priest on September 24, 1932, early in the fourth year of his theological studies, and then remained at the seminary to earn a doctorate in Sacred Theology with a dissertation on St. Bonaventure. He then studied for a year (1934-35) at the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology in Rome. Returning to the United States, he was appointed by Cardinal Mundelein to teach church history and to be head librarian at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary. He was president of the Catholic Library Association for one year. In 1955 he left the seminary to become pastor of Sacred Heart Parish on the South Side of Chicago, and two years later he was appointed administrator, and later pastor, of St. Joseph Parish in Libertyville, where he supervised the construction of a new church and other buildings. Beloved of his parishioners, he remained there until 1974, when at the request of Cardinal Cody he became director of the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House in Mundelein. He retired in 1983. In 1957 he was appointed a domestic prelate of His Holiness with the title of Right Reverend Monsignor. …

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