Fr. William L. Lupo

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Chicago

Summary of Assignments:

  • 4/29/1965:  Ordained
  • 1965-1972:  Our Lady Help of Christians
  • 1972-1979:  Our Lady, Mother of the Church; Chicago, IL
  • 1979-1986:  St. Mary’s; Des Plaines, IL
  • 1986-1990:  Our Lady of the Wayside; Arlington Heights, IL
  • 1990-2003:  St. Peter Damian; Barlett, IL
  • 12/2002:  Resigned


Alleged in early 1990s to have had inappropriate relationships with three teenage girls 1979-1986 while assigned to St. Mary’s Parish in Des Plaines. He denied charges. After treatment and evaluation by Fitness Review Board he was allowed restricted ministry at St. Damian Peter. There he was to be monitored by a retired priest and was never to be in presence of minors without another adult present. Restrictions were lifted in 1995, but back in place in 1998. New investigation late 2001 after woman claimed sexual relationship in 1984 when she was age 23. He denied it, saying he only gave her “slight pecks on the cheek.” Resigned from priesthood 12/02, writing to Cardinal George that he feared continuing to fight the allegations would harm his health.

Sources: Assignment Record; Lupo Personnel FileChicago Daily Herald 06.24.02; Chicago Sun-Times 06.24.02; Chicago Tribune 06.24.02; Chicago Daily Herald 07.05.02; Chicago Daily Herald 08.08.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Chicago Sun-Times 01.17.03; Chicago Sun-Times 06.15.03; Chicago Archdiocesan Report 03.20.06; Chicago Sun-Times 03.21.06; City of Angels 06.28.08; Daily Herald 11.06.14