Rev. Theodore "Ted" Feely, OFM Conv.

Summary of Case: Accused of raping one boy and abusing the boy's brother while working in a parish of the Rockford diocese.

Approximately 1931
: 1959 as Conventual Friar (OFM Conv.) in the order’s St. Bonaventure Province (headquartered in Lake Forest IL in the Chicago archdiocese)
Incardinated: Chicago, San Diego, Monterey-Fresno, Rockford, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Reno-Las Vegas.
Died: 9/25/91


Start Stop Parish Town State Position Notes
1958 1961 St. Thomas Arlington CA Associate pastor. San Diego diocese. School of 417 pupils
1961 1962 St. Paul the Apostle Pismo Beach CA Associate pastor. Monterey-Fresno diocese.
1961 1962 St. Peter’s Avila CA Associate pastor. Monterey-Fresno diocese. A mission of the previous parish.
1962 1963 St. Bronislava Chicago IL Associate pastor. Chicago archdiocese. School of 346 pupils.
1963 1968 Queen of Angels Riverside CA Pastor 1963-64; associate pastor 1964-68. San Diego diocese. School of 350 pupils.
1968 1973 St. Anthony of Padua (Italian)


• Accused of raping a boy during an outing to Wisconsin Dells, and of abusing the boy's brother. See also Wangall, Emotional Stigmata.

IL Associate pastor 1968-72; apparently in residence 1972-73. Photo above is from this assignment. Rockford diocese. School of 286 boys and 318 girls. Photo above shows class of 1969, with Feely in back row on left.
1973 1975 Our Lady of Guadalupe Riverside / Arlington CA Pastor 1973-75. San Diego diocese.
1975 1976 St. Thomas Riverside CA Associate pastor. San Diego diocese. School of 299 pupils
1976 1978 Queen of Angels Riverside CA Associate pastor and then possibly in residence. San Diego diocese. School of 215 pupils.
1976 1978 Riverside General Hospital and Juvenile Hall Riverside CA Chaplain. San Diego diocese.
1978 1981 St. John of God Norwalk CA In residence. Los Angeles archdiocese. School of 341 pupils
1978 1981 California Youth Authority, Southern Reception Center and Clinic Norwalk CA Chaplain. Los Angeles archdiocese. Feely does not appear in the index of the 1981 Directory, but he continues to be listed as chaplain at the center.
1981 1982 St. George’s Stockton CA In residence. Stockton diocese. School of 200 pupils
1982 1988 Queen of Angels Riverside CA In residence. San Bernardino diocese, created from the San Diego diocese in 1978. School of 288 pupils.
1982 1988 Riverside General Hospital Riverside CA Chaplain. San Bernardino diocese.
1986 1988 Riverside County Jail Riverside CA Chaplain. San Bernardino diocese.
1988 1991 St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral

Reno NV Pastor. Reno-Las Vegas diocese.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1959-92).

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This assignment record collates Feely's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with allegations as reported in the media and in testimony before the Ohio state legislature. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegation we report. We remind our readers that in the U.S. judicial system, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty.

A Note on Nomenclature: We use the term "assignment record," instead of the more common "service record," because "service" is not an appropriate word for the activities of an abusive priest. Dioceses are often less than forthcoming about the activities of retired priests, but when we can determine those activities, we list them in these assignment records, particularly if they involve ministry. Retired priests remain under obedience to their bishop, and even the activities of laicized priests should be a concern to the diocese.

This assignment record was last updated on 11/30/05.