Obituary of Father John M. Dowd, O.S.M. by Friar Servants of Mary – USA Province
John M. Dowd, O.S.M., a solemn professed friar and priest of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary (Servites)-United States of America Province, died Thursday, March 2, 2006 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago, IL. He was 63 years of age and a priest for 36 years. Fr. Dowd attended Sacred Heart (South Aberdeen St.) Elementary School, Chicago, IL, graduating in 1956 and De La Salle Institute, Chicago, IL, graduating in 1960, He earned a Doctorate in Philosophy from The University of Louvain, Belgium.
He was on the faculty of Servite High School, Anaheim, CA from 1971-1975. From 1975 to 1997 he was a member of the Pontifical Faculty and Master of Students at St. Alexis College, Rome, Italy, In 1999 he was appointed Pastor of Assumption Parish (Illinois Street), a position he held until his death. He is the son of the late William and Eleanor, nee Tuohy, Dowd; the brother of Kathleen Collins, James (Nancy Ann), Marguerite (Gerald) Cox, Martin (Soni), Maureen McKeever, Dorothy, Patrick (Nancy), the late Thomas (Marilu), the late Michael and the late Lawrence; dear the uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Monday, March 6, 2006 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Assumption Church, 323 W. Illinois Street, Chicago, IL (312-644-0392). The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at 10 a.m. with a viewing from 9 to 10 a.m. at Assumption Church, 323 W. Illinois Street, Chicago, IL. Interment will be in the Servite Section of Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Servite Friars USA Province, 3121 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612.