Fr. Mike Ahlstrom


Fr. Michael Patrick Ahlstrom, born to Martin and Mary (Murphy) Ahlstrom, on April 7, 1942, entered eternal life on May 3, 2024, at the age of 82.

Fr. Mike, held a number of posts throughout the greater Chicagoland area, dedicating 55 years of service to the Catholic Church and Community. He was an Associate Pastor at St. Bernadette Parish, Evergreen Park (1969-1975),  St. Gertrude Parish, Franklin Park (1975-1981), Mary Seat of Wisdom Parish, Park Ridge (1981-1987), and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (1987-1989). He was Pastor of St. Colette Parish, Rolling Meadows (1989-2003). From 2003-2012, he was an Adjunct Spiritual Director at Mundelein Seminary and lived at St. Barbara Parish (Now Holy Guardian Angels) in Brookfield, IL., from 2003 until 2023.

Fr. Mike was most proud to serve as Vicar for the Permanent Diaconate Community for the Archdiocese of Chicago from 2003 to 2013 and continued to serve as Vicar Emeritus. After retirement, Fr. Mike served as administrator of the following parishes: St. Benedict Parish in Blue Island (2013), St. Nicholas Parish in Evanston (2015-2016), Divine Infant of Jesus Parish in Westchester (2017-2018), and special mentor to the pastor of Our Lady of Mercy in Chicago (2014). He also served as Associate Director of the Office for Divine Worship, instructor and Chairman of the Board of the Liturgical Institute in Mundelein; instructor in medical ethics at Little Company of Mary School of Nursing; priest presenter for Engaged Encounter and Marriage Encounter; pastor in residence and Liturgy instructor at Mundelein Seminary; board member of Chicago Studies; instructor in the deacon formation and lay ministry programs; a member of the Annual Catholic Appeal board; and a member of Catholic Charities’ Parish Outreach Committee.

Beloved uncle to Joe Hernandez-Kolski and Christina (Jerry) Pinilla. Adored great-uncle to Alexander Pinilla. Loyal friend and classmate of the Mundelein Seminary Class of 1969. He leaves behind many cherished Murphy cousins.

Will lie in state on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm with a Vigil Liturgy at 7:00 pm. and on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 from 10:00 A.M. to time of Mass 11:00 A.M. at St. Barbara Church, Holy Guardian Angels Parish, 4000 Prairie Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513.

Burial will be on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston at 2:00 P.M.  All those who wish to attend, please meet at the Cemetery at the main circle off of the entrance on Chicago Avenue..

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Priests Retirement and Mutual Aid Association, 1400 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL, 60162 (708) 449-8026 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Arrangements Entrusted to Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 31st Street Brookfield, IL 60513. Information 708-485-2000 or