Fr. John D. Fitzgerald

Ordained: 1933
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Pastor of Ascension Church in Oak Grove 1951-1973. A woman contacted the Archdiocese in 2005 to report that she was sexually abused by him in 1964 when she was a teenage parishioner. Fitzgerald died in either 1984 or 1985. No public information released about Fitzgerald’s abuse until the woman came forward at a 7/31/14 news conference after her mother, a diocesan employee, had passed away. The Archdiocese did pay for counseling for her.

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