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John J. Egan Papers

Identifier: JEG

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Correspondence, memoranda, minutes, material distributed at meetings, reports, circulars, printed material, photographs, and audio and video recordings; representing Egan's early career in Chicago, his years at Notre Dame, and his life in Chicago after he left Notre Dame; with material on the Association of Chicago Priests, the Cana Conference of Chicago, the Office of Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Chicago, his parish work, labor issues, race relations, social justice, and ecumenism.


  • Creation: 1895-2001; bulk 1960-2000


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Priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Born in New York City 9 October 1916, Monsignor John J. (Jack) Egan grew up in Chicago and attended DePaul University and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Chicago. Ordained a priest 1 May 1943, he served as assistant pastor at St. Justin Martyr Parish, Chicago, 1943-1947; first director of the Cana Conference of Chicago, 1947-1958; first director of the Office of Urban Affairs, 1958-1969; pastor of Presentation Parish, 1966-1970; chairman of the Association of Chicago Priests, 1969-1970; chair of the Catholic Committee on Urban Ministry at the University of Notre Dame and faculty member in the Theology Department and in the Institute for Urban Studies there, 1970-1976; assistant to the president of Notre Dame, 1976-1983; director of Human Relations and Ecumenism for the Archdiocese of Chicago, 1983-1987; assistant to the president of DePaul University, 1987-2001. He died of a heart condition 19 May 2001 in the rectory of Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral. An early proponent of the Catholic lay apostolate, throughout his career Monsignor Egan worked for civil rights, social justice, and ecumenical understanding. See Margery Frisbie's biography of Egan, An Alley in Chicago .


200 linear feet.

John J. Egan Papers
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