Fr. John Huels

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Chicago, Diocese of Trenton

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1976:  Ordained
  • 1976-1979:  St. Joseph’s; Carteret, NJ
  • 1980:  Not indexed in Directory
  • 1980-1982:  Divine Word College; Washington D.C.
  • 1982-1993:  St. Philip Priory – Prior and Director of Students; Chicago, IL
  • 1985-1987:  Servite Provincial Residence – Councillor; Berwyn, IL
  • 1987-1995:  Chicago Theological Union; Chicago, IL
  • 1993-1994:  Assumption Priory – Prior; Chicago, IL
  • 1993-1994:  Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – In Residence; Chicago, IL
  • 1993-1995:  Servite Friars – Prior Provincial; Eastern Province, Provincial Center in Chicago, IL
  • 1994-1996:  Monastery of Our Lady of Sorrows; Chicago, IL
  • 1996-1997:  Serving abroad; Zululand, South Africa
  • 1997-2002:  St. Paul University – Canon Law Professor; Ottawa, Canada
  • 2003-2005:  Not indexed in Directories
  • 2005-2009:  St. Paul University – Canon Law Professor; Ottawa, Canada


Accused in 1994 of abuse in 1970s and forced to step down as head of the Chicago-based Servites. By 2002 he was still priest and professor and vice dean of canon law at university in Ottawa, which said he took “medical leave for the treatment of severe depression” in 8/02 after allegation surfaced. But Ottawa archbishop said Huels was leaving Servites and would seek laicization. As of 9/09 he was professor of canon law at Saint Paul University in Ottawa ON.

Sources: Assignment RecordChicago Tribune 8.7.02; Washington Post 8.7.02; Impact Statement of Michael Bland 06.13.02; Commercial Appeal (TN) 11.12.02; Grand Rapid Press 12.14.02; 09.09.05