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Rev. Msgr. John V. Dolciamore

Monday, November 26, 2012  
Posted by: Amy Tadlock
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Monsignor John V. Dolciamore died on November 22, 2012 at the age of 86. Born in Chicago in 1926, the youngest of seven children, he attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary and then Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. He was ordained a priest in 1952 by Cardinal Stritch.

Msgr. Dolciamore earned his licentiate in canon law from the Gregorian University in 1956 and had an eventful trip home that summer. Msgr. Dolciamore, along with fellow CLSA member Bishop Goedert and two other Chicago priests, was aboard the ill-fated SS Andrea Doria that collided with the SS Stockholm off the coast of Nantucket on July 25, 1956 and sank to the ocean floor.

He began tribunal work in 1956 and served as judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Chicago and for the Diocese of Venice, Florida. Msgr. Dolciamore served on a number of Vatican committees including a committee for changes on the (then proposed) revised code. Additionally, Msgr. Dolciamore taught canon law at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. He was named a Prelate of Honor of His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

A member of the CLSA since 1958, Msgr. Dolciamore was a member of many committees and served as a consultor on the Board of Governors from 1976 to 1978. He received the Canon Law Society of America's Role of Law Award in 1981.

A former pastor of Divine Providence Church in Westchester, Illinois, his funeral Mass will be celebrated there on November 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM. Memorial donations may be made to Divine Providence Church.

Please remember Msgr. Dolciamore and his family in your prayers and Masses. May he rest in peace.

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