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Rev. William A. Harris

Aug. 22, 1906 - Apr. 7, 1983

Rev. William A. Harris, CSV, age 76, died at the Clerics of St. Viator Province Center, Arlington Heights, on April 7, 1983.  He was in the 57th year of his religious life and the 49th year of his Priesthood.  He was born in Chicago on August 22, 1906.

Father Harris entered the Viatorians in 1926 and was ordained to the Priesthood May 26, 1934.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Viator College, Bourbonnais, Illinois and a Master of Arts degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

He was a teacher at Cathedral Boys’ High School, Springfield, Illinois in 1936 and again from 1942-49.  He served as Principal of that school from 1949-52.  Other teaching positions were at St. Viator College and Gannon College, Erie, Pennsylvania.  He was Director and Superior of the Viatorian Scholasticate in Chicago from 1952-58.  Father Harris also served as Associate Pastor at St. Mary’s Parish, Davenport, Iowa, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Springfield, Illinois and Our Lady of Las Vegas Parish, Las Vegas, Nevada.  He was in retirement at the Clerics of St. Viator Province Center at the time of his death.

Father Harris willed his body for scientific study, therefore, there was no wake.  There was a Memorial Mass for Father Harris at the Province Center Chapel, 1212 East Euclid Street, Arlington Heights, Illinois, on Monday, April 11, 1983 at 4:00 p.m. with Father Kenneth Morris, Provincial as Main Concelebrant and Concluding Prayers by the Very Reverend Thomas G. Langenfeld, CSV, Superior General.

Please remember Father Harris in your masses and prayers.

Taken from a press release and a Provincial Letter from Rev. Kenneth R. Morris, CSV.