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.

: 1951

Died: Nov. 17, 2009


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Ft. Wayne bishop was John Francis Noll (1924-1956)

1952 Immaculate Conception of Lourdes Monastery Cedar Lake IN    


Green Bay bishop was Stanislaus Vincent Bona (1945-1967)

1954 Assumption Monastery Pulaski WI    
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
February 6, 2009)

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 St. Mary's Mio MI   1/1
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. (

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

In residence.
Parish had a school with 621-536 students.


Joliet bishop was Romeo Roy Blanchette (1966-1979), followed by Joseph Leopold Imesch (1979-2006)

1987 Resurrection Wayne IL 1/2, 1/3  
1987 1990 St. John Capistran Friary Wayne IL    
1987 1994 Immaculate Conception

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- )

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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This assignment record was last updated on April 28, 2011