Father John Grigus, OFM Conv., Dies July 21
July 27, 2017

CHICAGO—Father John Peter Grigus, OFM Conv., 65, died Friday, July 21, 2017 at Felician Sisters Convent in Chicago. He was born May 17, 1952, in Poland.

He earned a bachelor’s degree at Oblate College in Washington, D.C.,  and received master’s of Divinity at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in 1988.

Father John professed his first vows on Aug. 15, 1985, making his solemn vows on Jan. 9, 2000. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1989.

At the time of his death, Father John was rector of the St. Maximilian Kolbe Shrine at Marytown in Libertyville, serving in that position since August 2014. From 2010-2014, he was pastor of Holy Family Parish in Peoria. He also served as spiritual director for the Pope John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration Association of the Archdiocese of Chicago from 1997-2006.

In the Diocese of Rockford, Father John served as an associate from 2007 to 2010 at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Rockford.

Father John was well known for his numerous religious retreats and many video presentations and broadcasts.

Surviving are many confreres and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Sophia Grigus.

Father John’s wake was July 25. Mass of Christian Burial was July 26. He was buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, southwest of Chicago.