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Fr. George P. McKenna
Born July 12, 1919
Entered Eternal Life January 25, 2019

The son of Patrick and Mary (O’Malley) McKenna, Fr. George was a graduate of St. Theodore Grammar School, Quigley Seminary North, and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary. On May 6, 1944, he was ordained by Samuel Cardinal Stritch and faithfully served the Archdiocese of Chicago for 75 years.

His assignments included: Maryville Academy (1944-1949), Teacher at Quigley Seminary North and South (1949-1968), Christ the King (1963-1968), Pastor of St. Barnabas Parish (1970-1976), Missionary at Fairbanks Diocese in Northern Alaska (1976-1977), Pastor of St. Catherine of Alexandria (1978-1982), Associate Pastor of Our Lady of the Snows (1982-1989).

While assigned to Our Lady of the Snows, he would walk around Midway Airport for exercise and would stop in there to warm up.  When he realized there was no Chapel at Midway, he knew his next calling and he founded Chicago Midway Airport Chapel on July 24, 1988 and served as the Chaplain until 2011.

His life long quest was to know and love Jesus of Nazareth, and Fr. George traveled to The Holy Land 27 times during his life, to walk in His footsteps and grow in his love an understanding of Our Lord.

Fr. McKenna wrote four books: A trilogy titled “I’ll Only Speak for 3 Minutes” and his last work, “Wisdom From the Pulpit“.  After his retirement as Chaplain in 2011 he started this Blog and began sharing old and new messages of faith, hope and love that he had written as homilies over the years.  This Blog will remain active until his treasure trove of messages is exhausted.



  1. Very exciting to see you suing 2011 technology!

    Comment by t | August 10, 2011 | Reply

  2. Father,

    My name is cliff peloquin. Joe tucker gave me your contact info. I was a student of yours at quigley south where you taught my religion class ,it was many years ago. i am 62 and now retired from a business career.

    I want to tell you that not a year has gone by that i have not thought of you.Your kindness,patience,understanding and holiness were and still are an inspiration.to me .

    Also ,while at Incarnation, you rushed over to my home one night,after a panic phone call from me to help my family thru some difficult news. I would like to share with you the results of your work that night many many years ago.So if you don t mind i am going to write and mail you a letter the old fashioned way and share that with you.

    I am still practicing my catholic faith and as i get older i find it getting stronger and stronger. I guess it takes me a while to figure things out.

    God Bless you father for your lifetime of work in Gods Vineyard. You have truley made a difference

    Comment by clifford peloquin | August 14, 2011 | Reply

  3. I am so blessed that you told me about your blog! And I am glad you are in good health again!
    Peace, Bruce

    Comment by Bruce | August 30, 2011 | Reply

  4. I am so glad you have this blog!

    Comment by Bruce | August 30, 2011 | Reply

  5. I am so happy you have a blog, this way we can keep up with your many activities. I might also add as the writer up above said, you also made a great impression upon me at Quigley North. I consider you a very good friend. Father, you are a very Holy man and I can see why God asked you be a spiritual director at Quigley. My best to you and keep up the good work. We will keep in contact. Thanks, Dave Grayson

    Comment by Dave Grayson | September 6, 2011 | Reply

  6. Father George
    I relate to this “I accept” stuff
    I have been dreaming about calling you for some time now. You helped me get started at Quigley in 1950 51. We were Maryville guys
    I see Warren McCarthy twice a month as he lives in st Benedict’s Rehab Center in Niles I also have bee n actively involved in RevTom Maher’s life In th same Parish St Mary of Woods
    Phillip Racette

    Comment by Phillip Racette | December 15, 2011 | Reply

  7. i was just surfing along and came upon your weblog. just wanted to say very good job and this post genuinely helped me. 275961

    Comment by Homepage | January 7, 2012 | Reply

  8. Father Geo. Go0d to see the blog is still going

    Hope you are doing good

    Karen and T , COlumbia sc

    Comment by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 | Reply

  9. Dear Father George, you spoke to my sister Claire on the phone recently and she gave me your blog address. Your pages are beautiful, full of faith & love. They restored my spirit. God Bless You for your faithfulness as you continue on, thru the years to share Him with everyone. I have read your books & weekly handouts, and now finding you on the web, is a true gift. You have come a long, long way, bringing the Lord to everyone you have encountered. You don’t even have to say a word, your peace & love pours out of you. I just want to close by saying thank you. God of Good!

    My full name ~ Helen Mae (Toody) OMalley, Zinkel, Parker (74 yrs old now).
    My twin – Charles Ray (boy-boy) never married living now in Coco Beach Fl.
    (you just might remember, meeting us as children,\. We always
    remembered that was as special time.

    Comment by Anonymous | June 22, 2012 | Reply

  10. My aunt Mary O’brien remembers you from her graduating class from St.Theodore in Chicago. She would like to write
    you a letter..she remembers you fondly..She thinks you and her are the only ones left from that class..She is 94 years
    and still sharp. She wrote you a letter in Feb. 2012 and was returned..Can you send me your address please.

    Thank you,
    Mary Ann Murphy

    Comment by Anonymous | September 15, 2012 | Reply

  11. Dear Father George;
    Good friends are like stars, you don’t always see them, but you know they are always there. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    With prayers, thanks and love,
    Jim and Beverly McCarthy

    Comment by Jim and Beverly McCarthy | December 21, 2012 | Reply

  12. 10.My aunt Mary O’brien remembers you from her graduating class from St.Theodore in Chicago. I mis-placed your address and wanted to let you know that she passed away today, April 22, 2013. She had a stroke about two weeks ago. I just wanted to let you know.

    Comment by Mary Ann Murphy | April 22, 2013 | Reply

    • Dear Mary Ann,
      Thank you for your note. I am sorry to hear about your Aunt Mary. I will keep her in my prayers, and say Mass for her. Peace, Fr. McKenna

      Comment by Fr. George McKenna | April 23, 2013 | Reply

  13. Interesting to find this while surfing the web. You were a comfort and an inspiration when my dad died in March of 1990, a few months before I graduated from OLS. Happy early Birthday and Sto Lat! Theresa (Zarycki) Schaefer

    Comment by Terri Schaefer | July 3, 2014 | Reply

  14. Please add me to you email list, Father McKenna. I have a signed copy of your wonderful book and met you at Midway Airport!
    God bless you abundantly,
    Janet Almen

    Comment by Janet Almen | June 1, 2016 | Reply

  15. Hi Father George, I just wanted to say hello and extend my sympathy to you on the passing of your dear sister in law -I was at the mass for Anne McKenna today – sorry to have missed speaking to you. What a beautiful tribule to a beautiful woman – so like my own.Mom.
    Fr. McCarthy gave such great homily stressing faith, family, and being faithful, as anne was – you, my Mom, and anne are of that greatest generation, giving me and others so much example and models of wisdom. thank you, I am blessed. Also wanted to mention that the cantor and piano player, Knox and Zelnis, were the singers at Christ the King and sang/played at our wedding in Sept. of 1977; such a magnificent performance for Anne.
    Take care Father – love and prayers, Kathy Graham (Monica’s sister)

    Comment by kathleen Graham | April 5, 2017 | Reply

  16. Hi Fr George! Happy Birthday! I was going through my books this morning and found one of yours that I had given my grandma (that came back to me after she passed. ) I was delighted to find out you’re celebrating a birthday this week! Congratulations! You’re certainly an inspiration!

    Comment by frechfamily | July 10, 2018 | Reply

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