Tanghal, Albert (Alberto): Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Tanghal, Albert (Alberto)

Ordained: 1991

  • 1991: Holy Spirit, Schaumburg, IL (CHI)
  • 1991-1995: Our Lady of Ransom, Niles, IL (CHI)
  • 1995-1996: St. Leonard, Berwyn, IL (CHI)
  • 1996-1999: St. Priscilla, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1999-2000: Sabbatical
  • 2001: Other Assignments; St. Priscilla, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 2002-2003:  Unknown
  • 2003: Died (Philippines)

A native of the Philippines, Fr. Tanghal was ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1991. At least one survivor accused Fr. Tanghal of child sexual abuse. Fr. Tanghal was removed from ministry in 2000. In 2003, Fr. Tanghal was killed by a group of robbers in the Philippines. Fr. Tanghal is included on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s list of “Clergy with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors”. Fr. Tanghal’s whereabouts and whether he had access to children from 2000 until his death are unknown.


Additional Information:

5/18/1991 – Associate Pastor, Holy Spirit

6/11/1991 – Associate Pastor, Our Lady of Ransom (parish school had approx. 417 children)

7/1/1995 – Associate Pastor, St. Leonard Parish (parish school had approx. 253 children)

7/1/1996 – Associate Pastor, St. Priscilla (parish school had approx. 510 children)

KD sexually abused high school senior from 1998 to 1999 (AOC 020101, 020121)

10/1/1999 – On Sabatical until 3/31/2000

2/23/2000        Memo from McBrady to George that Tanghal return because on notice from Chicago police dept that other minors may be at risk. Police believe alleged victim to be credible (AOC 020110)

5/3/2000          Tanghal admits to sexual abuse with 16 year old minor. After talking to Tanghal, AD informed police. Tanghal disappears (AOC 020115)

5/12/2000        Report of sexual misconduct with two seminarians in approx. 1998. (AOC 020116)

5/23/2000        Canonical warning from Godert that Tanghal failed to return to parish ministry after sabbatical. (AOC 020125)

6/17/2000        Review board will not conduct review of allegation unless Tanghal returns. (AOC 020134)

6/19/2000        Tanghal suspended from priestly ministry (AOC 020123)

7/17/2000        Diocese of Rockford notifies AD that Tanghal concelebrated mass on May 20. (AOC 020151)

7/28/2000        Tanghal in Archdiocese of Manila seeking guest priest status. (AOC 020152, 02156)

8/21/2000        McBrady and George agree that Tanghal’s return could be problematic. It is best that this issue remain in abeyance. Albert knows what he should do. (AOC 020154)

12/2003           Deceased in the Philippines. (AOC 020162)