Priest Admits to Stealing More Than $1 Million

WQAD [Chicago IL]
September 13, 2004

CHICAGO A Catholic priest who resigned earlier this summer from his Chicago church has admitted to stealing more than one (m) million dollars from the parish.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago announced yesterday that the Reverend Brian Lisowski had misappropriated funds at St. Bede the Venerable between January 1999 and July 2004. Lisowski resigned in July after acknowledging he had relapsed into alcoholism and had been stopped by police in the company of an alleged prostitute.

The Reverend Michael Adams read a letter written by Auxiliary Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller to parishioners yesterday on Chicago's southwest side. It said Lisowski had made full restitution of the money he took.

The archdiocese has referred the matter to the Cook County state's attorney's office. Lisowski has not been charged


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