Rev. Perfecto L. Vasquez
The Chancery received word Monday, October 5, that Reverend Perfecto Vasquez died at Loyola Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
Father was born on September 6, 1947 in Binan, Laguna in the Philippines, to Perfecto M. Vasquez, Sr. and Paz Lim-Aco. He attended Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City, Philippines where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences and a Master of Science degree in Urban Transportation. He later attended Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois where he received a Master’s degree in Divinity and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.
Father Vasquez was ordained by the Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford, Illinois on May 16, 1998. Father’s first assignment was in 1998 as Parochial Vicar at St. Thomas More Parish, Elgin and Spiritual Advisor for St. Edward Catholic High School (1998-2000). He then was assigned as Administrator at St. Joseph Parish, Elgin; and then was assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Crystal Lake (2000-2004). In 2001 he was assigned as Diocesan Director of Filipino Ministry (2001-2019). In 2004 Father was assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Margaret Mary Parish, Algonquin (2005-2006). He then served as Administrator at St. James Parish, Lee (2006-2008). Father was assigned as Pastor at SS Peter & Paul Parish, Virgil (2008-2018). In 2014 Father was assigned as Administrator at St. Mary Parish, Maple Park and later as Pastor (2014-2018). He was then assigned as Parish Priest Consultor in 2015. Father Vasquez retired from active ministry on June 18, 2018.
Father is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Dr. Amelia V. Castelltort, Rebecca Vasquez, Angela Vasquez, and Rosalie Vasquez.
Father is survived by siblings, Miguelita V. Amigleo, Vicente Vasquez, Teresita Lim-Aco, sons Vincent (Janella) Vasquez, Michael (Mary Anne) Vasquez, grandchildren Fulton, Bennett, Will and Xander Vasquez and several nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday, October 12, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church, 215 Thomas More Drive, Elgin. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m., Sunday, October 11, at the church with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery, Elgin, Illinois. Arrangements are being made by Laird Funeral Home, Elgin, Illinois.
Due to local, state and national concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, Father Vasquez’s funeral Mass will not be open to the public but will be livestreamed, along with the wake service. To connect to the livestream go to the St. Thomas More Church website: www.stthomasmorechurch.org