Phil was a kind and empathetic man and a very devoted friend. These qualities helped him to be beloved by the parishioners he ministered to (especially at St. Eugene's Parish) and by the priests and staff he worked with.
In Memoriam: Fr. Philip J. Grib, SJ

February 11, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Philip J. Grib, SJ, who died at 7:47 a.m. (CST) on Friday, February 8, 2019, at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago. He was 80 years old. May he rest in peace.

Phil was born on April 27, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois. He entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1964, at Milford Novitiate in Milford, Ohio. He was ordained on March 19, 1972, at St. Thomas More Church in Chicago. He pronounced final vows on January 1, 1989.

Before entering the Society, Phil graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago (1956). He also earned a bachelor's degree in Latin, Greek, and philosophy from Xavier University in Cincinnati (1960) and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Chicago (1963). While in the Society, Phil earned a master's degree in theology from the Bellarmine School of Theology in North Aurora, Illinois (1973) and a doctorate in moral theology from Catholic University in Washington D.C. (1983).

During regency, Phil taught U.S. History and English at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. He taught theology and worked in campus ministry at Loyola University Chicago for one year after his ordination before beginning doctoral studies. After earning his doctorate in moral theology, he returned to Loyola University Chicago for 11 years where he taught law and moral theology while working as a chaplain in the School of Law (1983-1994). During this time, he was also superior of the Ignatius House Jesuit Community on Albion Street in Chicago (1986-1992).

After a sabbatical, Phil moved completely into pastoral ministry. For a year he was a spiritual director and administrative assistant for development at the Heartland Center in Hammond, Indiana (1995-1996), before becoming an associate pastor at St. Constance Parish in Chicago (1996-1999). In 1999, Phil moved to St. Eugene Parish in Chicago and spent the rest of his life there as an associate pastor (1999-2008) and a priest in residence (2008-2019).

Phil is proceeded in death by his brother, Fr. Robert I. Grib, SJ (PAT), who spent over 30 years as a missionary in India. Phil was an excellent musician and clarinet player. In 2004, Phil, his brother Bob (on drums), and some friends started a polka band, "The Brighton Park Connection." The group brought much joy—and opportunities for dance—to many people in Chicago as they played at different polish events and gatherings. They also released an album entitled "Introducing Chicago's Brighton Park Connection." For a while, Phil served as the chaplain for the International Polka Society. Because of his great love of music, Phil would attend the symphony whenever possible. 

Phil was a kind and empathetic man and a very devoted friend. These qualities helped him to be beloved by the parishioners he ministered to (especially at St. Eugene's Parish) and by the priests and staff he worked with. Although he was incredibly gracious and kindhearted, the lawyer in Phil would often come out during discussions and he would argue a point or push those in the discussion for the logic or the "truth" behind a statement. But throughout these discussions, he maintained an attitude of kindness and respect regardless of the topic.


Saturday, February 16, 2019 
9:30-10:45 a.m. 
St. Eugene's Parish 
7958 W Foster Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60656

Funeral Mass

Saturday, February 16, 2019 
11:00 a.m. 
St. Eugene's Parish

Burial Service

Burial will follow the Mass at All Saints Catholic Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL 

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