Thursday, October 6, 2011

PRIEST KILLED - 2 FRIENDS HURT - Rev. Raphael Ashenden

Fr. Raphael Ashenden was a rising star in the Archdiocese of Chicago in the 1920s.  He was one of the  founders, along with the great Bishop Bernard J. Sheil, of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).  Who know how far he would have risen in the Church - but God had other plans...


The Rev. R. J. Ashenden, head of the Catholic Youth organization, 30 North La Salle street, was fatally injured last night and two friends escaped with slight injuries when the car in which they were returning to Chicago from as Boy Scout meeting in Techny, Ill., collided with another car.

Father Ashenden, who was 38 years old and resided at 2060 Roosevelt road, suffered a skull fracture and internal injuries, which resulted in his death at 1:15 a.m. at the St. Francis hospital, Evanston. His companions were Casey Jones, 5430 Crystal street, and William Campbell, an attorney at 175 West Jackson boulevard. Northbrook police arrested the other driver, Hans Boulokka, 55 years old, of Northbrook.

This death and four others raised the Cook county motor toll for the year to 150.
Chicago Daily Tribune - February 11, 1931

Fr. Raphael Ashenden is buried in the Priests Circle of Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois.  May he rest in peace. 

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