Former Schaumburg Priest Named to Chicago Archdiocese Abuse List
February 6, 2014
The former pastor of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Schaumburg has been added to the Archdiocese of Chicago's list of clergy who have substantiated allegations of abuse against them.
Joseph Wilk resigned from the priesthood in 2010, according to the list. Wilk was named pastor of the parish in 1994, but resigned abruptly in 2006, though at the time there was no indication that allegations of abuse may have been the cause for his departure.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Wilk was sued in May by a man claiming he was abused by the former priest starting in 1995, when he was 10 years old. The abuse continued after the accuser turned 18, according to the Tribune report.
Wilk, who was ordained in 1981, served at St. Cornelius and Queen of All Saints parishes in Chicago, as well as St. Matthew.