Rev. Raymund J. Field, CSV died Saturday, July 12, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly (Little Sisters of the Poor) in Palatine, Illinois. He was 87.

Fr. Field was born in Chicago on September 9, 1920, the son of John and Josephine (Dorsch) Field. His parents and one sister, Bonita (James) Schilling, preceded him in death. His sister, Rita Field of Oak Brook, Illinois, survives him.

Fr. Field professed First Vows on September 21, 1941 in Lemont, Illinois and Final Vows on April 23, 1945 in New York. He entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado in 1945 and was ordained a priest by Bishop Bernard Shiel in Chicago on May 16, 1948.

Fr. Field graduated from St. Mel High School in Chicago in 1938. He attended St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa (1941-1943) and Fordham University in New York (1943-1945). He continued graduate studies at DePaul University, Chicago, and Bradlev University in Peoria. Illinois.

Fr. Field served at the following schools: St. Joseph School for the Deaf in New York City (1943-1945); St. Patrick High School, Kankakee, Illinois (1949-1950); Stepinac High School, White Plaines, New York (1950-1952); St. Philip High School, Chicago (1952-1954); Cathedral Boys’ High School, Springfield, Illinois (1954-1959); Spalding Institute, Peoria, Illinois (1959¬-1960); and Griffin High School, Springfield, Illinois (1960-1968).

In 1968, Fr. Field was named Pastor of St. Mary Church, Beaverville, Illinois. From 1973 to 1980, he served as Associate Pastor at Maternity B.V.M. in Bourbonnais, Illinois and in 1980 he was named Pastor at St. Patrick Church in Kankakee. During 1983-1984, he studied at the School of Applied Theology in Berkeley, California. After his sabbatical year, he was assigned as Parochial Vicar at Ascension Church, Saratoga, California from 1984-1990, and then as Parochial Vicar at St. Cyprian Church, Sunnyvale, California from 1990 until 1997. He returned to Ascension Church in Saratoga as senior priest status in 1997 until he retired to the province center in 2004.

Visitation was Tuesday, July 15 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, July 16 at 10:00 a.m. Both the wake and the funeral were held at the province center chapel. Following the funeral Mass, a luncheon was served in the province center dining room. Interment followed at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

Please remember our brother Raymund in your Masses and prayers.

Taken from letter to the Viatorian Community on July 12, 2008 from the Provincial, Rev. Thomas R. von Behren, CSV