Jerome (John) Kucan
Jerome was born in Steelton, Pa. on July 5, 1924 where he
completed grade school. He graduated from high school and
junior college at St. Joseph's Seminary in Westmont, Il. He
joined the Franciscan Order in 1944. After completing his
philosophy studies in Cleveland, Ohio and his theological
studies in Teutopolis, Il. he was ordained a priest on June
24, 1951. His first taste of pastoral work was as assistant
pastor at St. Anthony's in Sharon, Pa (1952-1954). He served
as assistant pastor at St. Joseph's in Bethlehem (1954-1961).
He was pastor St. Mary's in Steelton for eleven years (1961-1972).
He was then appointed as superior and Director of Spiritual
Activities at Our Lady of Peace Friary in Beaver Falls. In
1973 he became the pastor in Sharon where he stayed for 4
years. He spent one year as assistant pastor in Milwaukee
at Sacred Heart and in 1978 returned to the friary in Beaver
Falls. He returned to St. Mary's in Steelton in 1979 as pastor
and held that position until 1982 when he was appointed as
pastor at St. Jerome's in Chicago. In 1985 he again was appointed
assistant pastor at Sacred Heart in Milwaukee and one year
later was appointed guardian at St. Anthony's Friary in Chicago.
Then he was pastor at St. Augustine's in West Allis (1988-1994)
and at Sacred Heart in Chicago (1994-1995). Since then until
2004, he was guardian of St. Anthony's Friary in Chicago.
Fr. Jerome had been on Custodial Board twice (1961-1964; 1994-1997). Fr. Jerome Kucan died Dec. 31, 2010. The Funeral Mass was held Jan. 6th, 2011 at St. Jerome’s Church, and he was buried with his Franciscan brothers in Holy Sepulcher cemetery.