Rev. Thomas B. Nolan, CSV, died April 25, 1967 at Alexian Brothers Hospital in Chicago at the age of 66.  At the time, Fr. Nolan had been in residence at St. Viator Church in Chicago.

Born in Woodstock, Illinois on March 28, 1902, Fr. Nolan attended St. Viator High School and College in Bourbonnais, Illinois and Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.

After his ordination in 1932, Fr. Nolan taught for 22 years at Cathedral Boys High School in Springfield, Illinois. He also was a professor at the Viatorian seminaries in Arlington Heights and Evanston. From 1958-1964, Fr. Nolan served as director of the Viatorian Scholasticate on Sheridan Road in Chicago.

Fr. Nolan spent a year at Our Lady of Arlington Novitiate in Arlington Heights before being assigned as chaplain at the Mother of Sorrows Institute in Blue Island, Illinois. He remained in that position until his poor health caused him to resign in 1966.

A wake for Fr. Nolan took place Wednesday evening, April 26, 1967 at Theis Funeral Home in Chicago and a Bible Vigil was held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 before the funeral Mass took place at 11 a.m. Friday, April 28, both at St. Viator Church in Chicago.

The Very Rev. John W. Stafford, CSV, provincial of the Chicago province, was principal concelebrant at the Mass and the Rev. Stephen D. Ryan, pastor of St. Emeric Church, Country Club Hills, Illinois, a cousin of the deceased, was among the other concelebrants.  The Rev. Manuel P. Loughran, CSV, of Spalding Institute High School, Peoria, a classmate of Fr. Nolan’s, preached the homily.

Interment was in the Viatorian plot at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.  The Rev. Eugene J. Sullivan, CSV, pastor of St. Viator Church and assistant provincial, said the prayers at the grave. Pallbearers and choir were from the Viatorian scholasticate.

Fr. Nolan was survived by four sisters and two brothers.  His parents and one sister preceded him in death.


Taken from the Viatorian news release, dated April 25, 1967 and obituary from The New World Catholic newspaper, dated April 28, 1967