Fr. Robert D. Friese

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Chicago

Summary of Assignments:

  • 5/10/1978:  Ordained
  • 1978-1980:  St. Cyprian’s; River Grove, IL
  • 1980-1985:  Leave of absence
  • 1980-1984:  St. Juliana’s; Chicago, IL – Not listed in Directory but mentioned in media coverage
  • 1982-1984:  Maryville Academy – Counselor; Des Plaines, IL – Not listed in Directory but mentioned in media coverage
  • 8-1984:  Arrested and confessed to abusing a Maryville boy
  • 8/1985:  Resigned
  • 1986:  House of Affirmation; Whitinsville, MA


Teacher/counselor at Maryville Academy for at-risk youth in Des Plaines. Charged in 1984 with sexual abuse of 13-yr-old boy he met at Maryville. Victim said abuse was from 1982 to 1984 and included fondling and oral sex. At time of indictment, Friese was on leave from Chicago Archdiocese and working as researcher at Univ of Illinois–Chicago’s child care program. He was convicted in 1985, placed on probation for 4 yrs and sent to House of Affirmation. Resigned from priesthood 8/85. Laicized 7/87.

Sources: Assignment Record; Friese Personnel File; Jeff Anderson & Associates TimelineChicago Tribune 11.16.85; Chicago Tribune 01.16.86; Chicago Sun-Times 12.10.92; Chicago Archdiocesan Report 03.20.06; Chicago Archdiocesan Report 08.16.09; Daily Herald 11.07.14; Archdiocese of Chicago Documents 11.11.14