Rev. James Beath

Rev. James D. Beath, 69, associate pastor of Divine Savior Parish in Norridge and formerly an assistant pastor at St. Barbara Parish in Brookfield, died Sept. 29, 2022.

Father Beath was born on Sept. 3, 1953, in Chicago. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago, Niles College in Niles and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 9, 1979, by Cardinal John Cody and celebrated his first solemn Mass on May 20 of the same year at St. Benedict Parish in Chicago.

Father Beath served as assistant pastor at the following parishes: St. Gertrude Parish in Franklin Park, St. Mary of Celle Parish in Berwyn, St. Peter Parish in Skokie, St. Albert the Great Parish in Burbank, St. Barbara Parish in Brookfield, Divine Infant Jesus Parish in Westchester and Divine Savior Parish in Norridge. He also served in the same role at a number of parishes in Chicago.

Funeral services will be held Oct. 14 at St. Eugene Church, 7958 W. Foster Ave. in Chicago. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon., immediately followed by the funeral Mass. Interment will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery in River Grove.