About Our Pastor: Fr. Larry Dowling

Rev. Larry Dowling is the pastor of St. Agatha Parish and St. Agatha Catholic Academy in Chicago’s North Lawndale community, having previously served at Chicago’s St. Denis Parish and St. James in Arlington Heights. He received his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from the University of St. Mary of the Lake in 1998 and is dean of Deanery III-D. He is a ’97-‘98 alumnus of Leadership Greater Chicago. He served on the Board of Consultors to the Cardinal, the Anti-Racism Implementation Team for the Archdiocese. He is also prior board member and president of the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention (ICVP) and Arise Chicago. He currently serves as Board President for the ACTA Foundation and as Moderator for the Priests for Justice for immigrants. He is actively involved in local community organizing efforts, anti-violence and labor issues throughout the Chicago area. He has served as Chair of the Association of Chicago Priests (ACP) and as editor of UPTURN, a bi-monthly publication of the ACP. He is a published writer, a speaker on justice issues, and an avid backpacker, hiker and bicyclist.