Fr. Joseph Stephen Thomas

Ordained: 1952
Status: Accused

Died: 08/24/2011
Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago IL

Retired in 1997. Removed from public ministry 10/02 after accusations of sexual misconduct with a pre-teen boy more than 15 years previously while assigned to St. Margaret Mary parish in Rogers Park. Review board found reasonable cause to sustain the allegations and Cardinal George placed Thomas in a “monitored and restricted” setting where he would not be alone with minors. Review board still investigating as of 9/05. Name not on 3/06 list of priests with verified accusations but is on 9/15/08 list. Died 8/11.

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