Fr. John P. Smyth

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago


Assigned in 1962, then superintendent 1970-2003 of Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, which was a residential treatment facility for abused children. Removed in 2003 after a resident’s suicide and allegations of abuse among residents. President of Notre Dame College Prep in Niles 2007-2014. Retired. Suspended in 1/19 after allegations of sexual abuse of two boys, ages 13 and 14, occurring in 2002-2003. One of the boys reportedly came forward shortly after the alleged abuse, but no action. Smyth’s lawyer said the allegations were “false.”


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