Fr. John D. Fitzgerald

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Chicago

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1933-1935:  Canadian College; Rome, Italy
  • 1935-1936:  Collegio S. Maria del Lago; Rome, Italy
  • 1936-1938:  Cathedral of the Holy Name; Chicago, IL
  • 1937-51:  Metropolitan Tribunal; Chicago, IL
  • 1951-1985:  Ascension; Oak Park, IL
  • 1985-1986:  Retired; Naperville, IL


Pastor of Ascension Church in Oak Grove, 1951-1973. Woman contacted the Archdiocese in 2005 to report that she was sexually abused by him in 1964 when she was a teenage parishioner. Fitzgerald had died in either 1984 or 1985. No public information released about Fitzgerald’s abuse until the woman came forward at a 7/31/14 news conference after her mother, a diocesan employee, had passed away. The Archdiocese did pay for counseling for her.

Sources: Assignment RecordSNAP Press Release 07.31.14; OakPark 08.11.14; OakPark 08.12.14; OakPark 08.14.14; OakPark 08.15.14; OakPark 08.19.14