The Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception mourn the death of Fr. Alphonse F. Micka, MIC.. He died on Aug. 30, 2022, at the age 97, having been a member of the Marian Congregation for 79 years.

Father Micka was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Feb. 12, 1925, one of six children to Constance (née Milasauskas) and Joseph Micka. He professed his first religious vows on July 16, 1943, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 5, 1949, at age 24.

In 1950, Fr. Micka was appointed administrator of St. Mary’s Missions (the Tri-Statement Mission) at the Marian Seminary Chapel in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. He soon began gathering funds to build a new church and school. In 1959, he became the founding pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish and School in Darien, Illinois (known back then as St. Mary’s). He served in that capacity for 47 years until retiring in 2006.

Father Micka was well loved and respected as a pastor and spiritual father. For several families in his parish, he had administered the sacraments to as many as three or four generations.

The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Darien on Wed., Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at St. Casimir Catholic Cemetery in Chicago.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. May he rest in peace. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Watch a tribute video to Fr. Micka here.