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Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry, left, officially installed the
Rev. Robert Kyfes, right, as the new pastor of
St. Joseph Parish in Homewood on Saturday.

(Photo by Marilyn Thomas/HF Chronicle)

Auxilliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry, vicar for Vicariate VI in the Archdiocese of Chicago, officially installed the Rev. Robert Kyfes as the 7th pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Homewood.

Kyfes took over as pastor July 1. The bishop made the appointment official on behalf of the Archdiocese of Chicago at a special mass Saturday evening. The parish held a celebratory reception afterward.

Kyfes came to St. Joseph after serving as pastor at St. John Fisher Parish in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood. He is happy to have another appointment on the South Side and said parishioners have been very welcoming. He is expected to serve for six years.

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“Then the warranty runs out,” he joked with a parishioner after the mass. He will be at mandatory retirement age of 70 at the end of his appointment at St. Joseph.

Kyfes was raised in Chicago’s East Side neighborhood and was educated in the archdiocese’s seminary system. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola University and a master of divinity degree from Mundelein Seminary.

His real love is traveling. A true Anglophile, he says he knows London better than downtown Chicago. His next trip is 10 days in England at the end of September seeing plays and visiting friends.

Although his last name is Macedonian, his family migrated to Croatia at one point, and that’s the heritage he claims. He’s been to Croatia twice in the last four years tracking down his ancestry, noting: “It really is the most beautiful country I’ve been to in Europe.”

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