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Rev. John P. Boyle, Ph.D

Deceased: 2006-02-23


Seminary Graduation Year: 1957

Rev. John P. Boyle,PhD, 74, died Thursday, February 23, 2006, at St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville, Illinois. 

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Monday, February 27, 2006, at St. Patrick’s Church with the Most Reverend William Franklin, Bishop of the Diocese of Davenport, presiding. Concelebrants will be Msgrs. John Hyland, Marv Mottet, Francis Henricksen and the Rev. Louis Leonhardt. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at St. Patrick’s Church where a Parish Vigil Service will be recited at 6 p.m. Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick’s Residence, 1400 Brookdale Rd., Naperville, IL 60563. Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service is helping with arrangements.

Fr. Boyle was born August 23, 1931, in Iowa City, the son of Clem and Marie Phillips Boyle. Fr. Boyle was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School, Iowa City. He was ordained for the Davenport Diocese on December 16, 1956, at the chapel of the North American College in Rome. 

Fr. Boyle holds a bachelor degree from St. Ambrose Academy in Davenport and a doctorate in theology from Fordham University in New York. 

Fr. Boyle has served on the faculty at St. Ambrose Academy and Assumption High School in Davenport. In 1972 he joined the University of Iowa, where he held the Catholic chair of theology in the School of Religion. He served as the director of the School of Religion and taught courses on Catholic Theology and Medical Ethics, until retiring in 2001.

Fr. Boyle held numerous Diocesan offices and published several works, including a book The Sterilization Issue: A New Crisis for the Catholic Hospital? Fr. Boyle is survived by two sisters, Marilyn Boyle (Richard) Sargent of Advance, North Carolina, and Catherine (John) Martin of Naperville, Illinois; two brothers, Daniel (Donna) Boyle of Iowa City and Richard (Nancy) Boyle of Wheaton, Illinois; twelve nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.