Fr. John Baptist “J.B.” Ormechea

Religious Order:  Passionist

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Chicago, Archdiocese of St. Louis, Archdiocese of Louisville, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Diocese of Birmingham

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1965:  Ordained
  • 1966-1967:  Not indexed in Directories
  • 1968-1969:  Mother of Good Counsel Seminary – Spiritual Director; Warrenton, MO
  • 1969-1974:  St. Agnes; Louisville, KY
  • 1974-1977:  Passionist Monastery and Retreat House; Sierra Madre, CA
  • 1977-1979:  St. Mary’s – Pastor; Fairfield, AL
  • 1979-1988:  Immaculate Conception – Pastor; Chicago, IL
  • 1988-1990:  Passionist (Our Lady’s) Retreat House; St. Louis, MO
  • 1990-1992:  Holy Name Retreat Center – Retreat Director; Houston, TX
  • 1992-2003:  Sacred Heart Retreat; Louisville, KY
  • 1994-2003:  St. Agnes – Pastor; Louisville, KY
  • 2003-?: Passionists’ World Headquarters; Rome, Italy
  • 2004-2005:  Not indexed in Directories


Took leave of absence in 1993 after family in Chicago alleged he abused their son in 1983. Evaluated and returned to duty. Removed from Louisville KY parish 12/02 after 4 men accused him of abusing them when they were youths in Chicago. Named by at least 6 in civil suits, one of which alleged he was removed from Chicago in 1988 after yet another allegation. In 2004 he was found working for the Order in Rome. Still there 2012.


BA.Org Assignment RecordSNAP Fact Sheet 6.9.10; Chicago Tribune 12.16.02; Louisville Courier-Journal 12.16.02; Louisville Courier-Journal 12.19.02; Cincinnati Enquirer (AP) 12.30.02; Chicago Tribune 02.27.03; Louisville Courier-Journal 02.27.03; Chicago Sun-Times 11.25.03; Chicago Tribune 11.25.03; ST. Louis Post-Dispatch 12.05.03; Dallas Morning News 09.12.04; SNAP Statement 03.11.13