CHICAGO (CBS) — Roman Catholics will gather Friday morning for a funeral mass for a priest who served in a number of Chicago parishes.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports, the funeral mass for the Rev. Gery Stefanski begins at 10 a.m. at St. Pancratius Parish, 4025 S. Sacramento Ave.

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Stefanski, 58, died in his home last week after a long illness, according to a news release from the Chicago Archdiocese.

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Stefanski held a Master’s in Divinity, Licentiate of Sacred Theology, and A Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago.

From 1979 to 1997, Stefanski served as associate pastor for several area churches. They included St. Mary Parish, 1012 Lake St. in Evanston; St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, 6435 S. Kilbourn Ave.; St. Luke Parish, 528 Lathrop Ave. in River Forest; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 708 W. Belmont Ave.

Stefanski also served as chaplain at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, and worked for 13 years as a counselor and psychologist for Catholic Charities’ Holbrook Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy, which has several locations throughout the area.

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Francis Cardinal George will not attend the funeral, as he is on vacation, according to an Archdiocese spokeswoman.