Fr. Anthony Joseph Vader

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Chicago

Summary of Assignments:

  • 5/1/1952:  Ordained
  • 1952-1964:  Holy Cross; Chicago, IL
  • 1964-1968:  St. Laurence; Chicago, IL
  • 1968-2002:  Holy Name of Mary; Chicago IL
    • 1968-1997:  Pastor
    • 1997-2002:  Pastor Emeritus
  • 1994-1995:  Cardinal Stritch Retreat House
  • 2002-2004:  Sacred Heart mission of Holy Name of Mary
  • 2/2003:  Removed from public ministry


Allegations received Fall 2002. Placed on leave 2/03 after allegations that he abused minor females more than 40 years before at Holy Cross parish (1st assignment). Resided in a “monitored and restricted setting” after Archdiocese permanently removed his privileges 9/05. Vatican agreed but did not laicize him. Name appears on 6/03 list of 23 priests whom Archdiocese has confirmed have credible accusations of sexual abuse of a minor. Two women filed civil suit 5/09 after futile mediation. Died 7/2011.

Sources: Assignment Record; Vader Personnel FileChicago Sun Times 06.15.03; Chicago Sun Times 09.27.05; Chicago Tribune 09.27.05; Chicago Archdiocesan Report 03.20.06; Chicago Breaking News 05.10.09; Chicago Tribune 05.11.09; Chicago Archdiocesan Report accessed 02.25.12;