Rev. John E. Linnan CSV

April 3, 1934January 15, 2018

Rev. John (Jack) E. Linnan, CSV, was born April 3, 1934 in Springfield, IL, the son of John and Mary Ellen (Radigan) Linnan and died January 15, 2018 at the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights. He was 83. His parents preceded him in death, along with his sister, JoAnn Shea. He is survived by two nieces, Janet Best and Kathy Sennewald. Fr. Linnan graduated in 1951 from Cathedral Boys High School, Springfield, IL. He pronounced his first vows as a Viatorian on Sept. 8, 1952 and final vows on Sept. 8, 1955. He was ordained a priest on April 3, 1961 in Louvain, Belgium. Fr. Linnan received a B.A. in Education from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a Master of Arts degree in religious education from Louvain as his Licentiate in Sacred Theology. He also received a Doctorate in Sacred Theology, cum laude, from Louvain in 1965. Fr. Linnan taught for one year (1956-57) at Spalding Institute in Peoria, before leaving for Belgium to complete his advanced degrees. When he returned in 1965, he taught at the Viatorian Seminary in Washington, D.C. until 1972. He also taught at the Washington Theological Consortium and served as dean, associate director and treasurer. From 1972 to 1974, he served as director of the Center for Religion and Life in Reno, Nevada, while serving as pastor at Our Lady of Wisdom Parish, also in Reno. From 1974-79, Fr. Linnan lived in Arlington Heights while serving as assistant provincial. In 1979, he became an associate professor of theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and in 1981 was appointed as the third president of CTU. He held that position until 1987. After a sabbatical year, he returned to CTU and continued to be a member of the faculty until 2001. He then served as pastor of Maternity BVM Parish in Bourbonnais, from 2001 until 2004. After retirement, he resided in Bourbonnais, before moving in 2011 to the retirement residence at the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights. Visitation will take place from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Both will take place at the Viatorian Province Center, 1212 E. Euclid Ave. in Arlington Heights. Interment will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Clerics of St. Viator, 1212 E. Euclid, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 or Catholic Theological Union, 5401 S. Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615.


  • Visitation Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Interment Friday, January 19, 2018

Rev. John E. Linnan CSV

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Lori Naese

January 20, 2018

Truly a wonderful man! We certainly enjoyed our years at Maternity B.V.M. with him as our pastor.... Heaven just got another great man!
Jerry and Lori Naese

Steve Murphy

January 19, 2018

Thanks, Jack, for your faith and for your kindness.

Sr.Martha Harrington

January 19, 2018

I lite a candle in memory of Fr."Jack" John Linnan ,csv Bless him, Sr.Martha,sscm

Sr. Martha Harrington,sscm

January 18, 2018

Our Lady of Victory Nursing Facility and Rehab Center's in Bourbonnais was blessed by Fr.Jack Linnan's presence in Celebrating Mass and Ministry with us. I will always remember, when he sung a "great Amen" no one had the courage to respond, it was so great! Thank God, for his sense of humor, " Next time we will have a practice." Blessings, Sr. Martha,sscm