|Rev. Joseph F. Mika, O.F.M. aka Rev. Salvatore Mika, O.F.M.
Summary of Case: Mika was accused in 2004 of having sexually abused a female student when he served in Pulaski, WI, in the 1950s. Mika "expressed sorrow" about the abuse, and his order said he was under "appropriate restrictions". He died in Nov. 2009.
Died: Nov. 17, 2009
Ft. Wayne bishop was John Francis Noll (1924-1956)
|1952||Immaculate Conception of Lourdes Monastery||Cedar Lake||IN|
|1954||1957||Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary||
• In 2004 Mika was accused of having sexually abused a girl who was a student at a Pulaski school where Mika had served. The order stated in 2008 that Mika had "expressed sorrow", and that he was under "appropriate restrictions". (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
|WI||2/3||Parish had a school with 127-147 boys and 117-137 girls.|
Saginaw bishop was Steven Stanislaus Woznicki (1950-1968)
|1959||St. Leonard Friary and Mission House||Saginaw||MI||This was the Franciscan Fathers of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province (Order of Friars Minor)|
|1957||SS. Peter and Paul High School||Saginaw||MI||teacher||Mika also filled in as a school bus driver.|
|1959||1960||Our Lady of the Woods||Mio||MI||This was a shrine of St. Mary's.|
|1960||1961||Mika is indexed but not listed in the Saginaw diocesan pages as at St. Mary's in Mio.|
|1961||1963||St. Thomas Aquinas||Saginaw||MI||2/2||Parish had a school with 415 students.|
Green Bay bishop succeeding Bona was Aloysius John Wycislo (1968-1983)
|1972||St. Mary of the Angels||Green Bay||WI||2/4, 1/4, 1/3||
Parish had a school wtih 448-200 boys and 447-211 girls.
Mika changed his name from "Salvatore" back to his given name, "Joseph", in the 1960s. (ofm-abvm.org)
|1972||1973||Mika is not indexed in the 1973 Directory, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages at his previous or next assignments.|
Chicago archbishop was John Patrick Cody (1965-1982)
|1978||St. Celestine's||Elmwood Park||IL||4/4
|Parish had a school with 621-536 students.|
Joliet bishop was Romeo Roy Blanchette (1966-1979), followed by Joseph Leopold Imesch (1979-2006)
|1987||1990||St. John Capistran Friary||Wayne||IL|
||Elmhurst||IL||2/4||Parish had an elementary school with 377-534 students and a high school with 361-253 students.|
Chicago archbishop replacing Cody was Joseph Louis Bernardin (1982-1996), followed by Francis Eugene George, O.M.I.
|1997||Holy Name Friary-Franciscan House of Formation||Chicago||IL|
|1997||2002||Rosary Hill Home||Justice||IL||Chaplain||
This was a senior care facility.
Mika is not indexed beyond the 2002 Directory.
Milwaukee archbishop was Timothy Michael Dolan (2002-2009)
|Queen of Peace Friary||
|WI||Mika was accused in 2004 of having sexually abused a girl at a Pulaski school where he had served. The order paid for some counseling for the victim, but in 2009 they said they could no longer afford to help her.|
|Green Bay bishop was David Allen Zubic (2003-2007), followed by David Laurin Ricken (2008-)||2009||St. Mary's Home||Manitowoc||WI||resident||
This was a skilled nursing facility.
Mika died Nov. 17, 2009
|Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1952-2002)
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