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The Reverend Monsignor Albert W. Hallin, 90, died Monday, August 26, 2019 at St. Joseph Nursing Home, Lacon, IL. Msgr. Hallin was born February 3, 1929 in Chicago, IL to Albert W. Hallin, Sr. and Clara Rose (Tomaszewski) Hallin. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955 as a corpsman during the Korean Conflict. He attended St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, MN earning a BA in Philosophy. Upon completing his studies in Theology at St. Paul, Msgr. Hallin was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest, of the Diocese of Peoria, on May 28, 1961 in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Leonard and sister-in-law Ann. Msgr. Hallin was a natural teacher, right up to the very end. He taught religion at The Academy of Our Lady and Bergan High School in Peoria, where he was also Chaplain for many years. He was always deeply involved with the grade and high schools he helped to pastor, especially, Alleman High School-Rock Island, Schlarman High School -Danville, Marquette High School-Ottawa and the High School of St. Thomas Moore-Champaign. His parish assignments included Holy Family-Peoria, St. Matthew-Champaign, St. Anne-East Moline, St. Mary & Sts. Peter & PaulWestville, St. Columba-Ottawa, Holy Cross- Champaign and St. Boniface-Seymour. Even while teaching in high schools and working in parishes, he continued to lecture on Sacred Scripture and the Catholic Faith at parishes throughout the Diocese of Peoria. Always energetic and enthusiastic, Msgr. Hallin also contributed his talents to various jobs for the benefit of the Diocese of Peoria. He worked with the pre-Cana program; served as vicar forane for several vicariates in which he had pastoral duties; lectured for the Permanent Diaconate Program; was a Diocesan Consultor and served as the diocesan Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenical Affairs for several years. He was named a Prelate of Honor (monsignor) in 1993 and named Protonotary Apostolic in 2007. Msgr. Hallin was granted Senior Status and named Pastor Emeritus of St. Boniface Parish-Seymour at the age of 83 years young. He loved the Catholic Church, profoundly rejoiced in the priesthood of Jesus Christ and relished his years of service to his country. His final act, as a life-long teacher, was to prayerfully let go of his life in this world and enter the eternal joy of the Resurrection, which he had embraced and taught all his priestly life.
The visitation will be from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Holy Cross Parish Center (405 W. Clark St.) in Champaign. A Scriptural Wake Service will be celebrated at 7:00 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m., the Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Bishop of Peoria, presiding. Burial will be at St. Boniface Cemetery, Seymour, IL.
Memorials in Msgr. Hallin’s memory can be made to the Scholarship Fund of the High School of St. Thomas Moore, Holy Cross Catholic School, or St. Joseph Nursing Home, Lacon, IL. Owens Funeral Home- Champaign has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Holy Cross Catholic School
410 West White Street, Champaign IL 61820
St. Thomas More High School
3901 North Mattis Avenue, Champaign IL 61822
St. Joseph Nursing Home
401 9th Street, Lacon IL 61540