Fr. Alexander Sylvester Baranowski: Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Fr. Alexander Sylvester Baranowski

Ordained: 1955

  • 1956-1961: St. Wenceslaus, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1962-1966: St. Mary of Perpetual Help, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1967-1968: Holy Innocents, Chicago, IL (CHI) 2011
  • 1969-1975: St. Bruno, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1976-1977: Sick leave (CHI)
  • 1978-2010: Unknown
  • 2011: Died

In 1963, a father reported to the Archdiocese of Chicago that Fr. Baranowski engaged in an inappropriate relationship with his minor daughter. Fr. Baranowski has been accused of sexually abusing at least five other children and engaging in a sexual relationship with at least one young woman. According to the Archdiocese, Fr. Baranowski resigned from the priesthood in June 1975 and was laicized in 1976. Fr. Baranowski then married and took up a career running a series of motels. Fr. Baranowski is included in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s list of “Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.” His whereabouts and whether he had access to children from 1978 until his death are unknown.

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