Fr. William J. Spine

Religious Order:  Jesuit

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Chicago, Diocese of Brooklyn, Diocese of Oakland, Diocese of Peoria, Diocese of Lexington

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1973-1975:  Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University; Chicago, IL
  • 1975-1981:  Teacher; Peru – “Credibly accused” of sexually abusing teenage boy in Peru in mid-1970s. The boy was Spine’s student
  • 1981-1983:  St. Ignatius; Brooklyn, NY
  • 1983-1986:  St. Mary’s; Moline, IL
  • 1986-1989:  Holy Family; Chicago, IL
  • 1989-1990:  Clark St. Jesuit Residence; Chicago, IL
  • 1990-1991:  Jesuit School of Theology; Berkeley, CA
  • 1991-2001:  Jesuit Community at Loyola University of Chicago; Chicago, IL
  • 2001-2004:  St. Paul’s; Lexington, KY
  • 2001-2006:  Hispanic Ministry – Associate Director; Lexington, KY
  • 2006-2007:  Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus – Provincial Office; Chicago, IL
  • 2007-2010:  Rome, Italy


Assigned to Jesuit School of Theology, Loyola Univ in Chicago 1973-1975. Assigned to Peru 1975-1981. Accused of abuse of youth in Peru in mid-1970s. From 1981-1983 he was in Brooklyn, NY and from 1983-1986 he was in Moline, IL. In 1986-1990 and 1991-2001, he was in Chicago, IL with a stop in Berkeley CA 1990-1991. Worked in Lexington KY Diocese 2001-2006. Permanently removed from duties 2/06 (several months after diocese learned of allegations) In Rome, Italy 2007-2010.

Sources: Assignment RecordWLS TV Chicago 02.07.06; Chicago Sun-Times 02.08.06; Lexington Herald-Leader 02.08.06; WKYT/WYMT Channel 27 02.08.06