Fr. Joseph E. Savage

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Chicago. Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1918-1922:  St. Andrew’s; Chicago, IL
  • 1922-1923:  St. Mark’s; Chicago, IL
  • 1923-1924:  Immaculate Conception; Elmhurst, IL
  • 1923-1924:  Villa Park; Elmhurst, IL
  • 1924-1927:  St. John Berchmans (Belgian); Chicago, IL
  • 1927:  St. Mary’s – Administrator; Minooka, IL
  • 1927-1931:  St. Patrick’s; Wadsworth, IL
  • 1927-1931:  Druce Lake; Mission of St. Patrick’s
  • 1931-1936:  Holy Cross; Deerfield, IL
  • 1938-1960:  Directories indicate he is Absent on Leave – may have been sent to “northern Wisconsin diocese”
  • Holy Name of Jesus; Wilmot, WI
  • 1960-1974:  Retired; Antioch, IL


Newly identified as abuser in Chicago Archdiocesan Report 3/20/06. Forced to resign from an Illinois parish in 1936 for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy. Accused in 2002 and 2003 of having sexually abused numerous WI children, both boys and girls, in the 1950s. His victims were said to have been between the ages of 8 and 16. Shown as absent with leave from 1938-1960 and retired as of 1960. Died 6/74.

Sources: Assignment Record; Savage Personnel FileHistory of St Mary Church of Minooka, Illinois; Kenosha News 2004; Chicago Archdiocesan Report 03.20.06; Chicago Sun-Times 03.21.06; Chicago Tribune 03.21.06; Holy Cross Parish History 04.02.07; Kenosha News 10.19.13