Fr. Joseph D. Cernich: Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Fr. Joseph D. Cernich

Ordained: 1983

  • 1983-1985: Our Saviour Church, Jacksonville, IL (SFD)
  • 1986-1987: Absent on Leave (SFD)
  • 1988-1989: Blessed Sacrament, Springfield, IL (SFD)
  • 1990-2003: Absent on Leave (SFD)
  • 2004-2019: Unknown

The summer prior to Fr. Joseph D. Cernich’s ordination he worked as a deacon at St. Mary’s in Quincy and St. Ambrose in Godfrey. Fr. Cernich was also active in Teens Encounter Christ (TEC), taught summer school at Griffin High School, and worked as a staff member for the Christian Family Camps. In April 1995, Fr. Cernich was removed from public ministry. In June 2003, Fr. Cernich was laicized. He was hired five months later as a microcomputer trainer for the city of Springfield. In 2018, Fr. Cernich was included on the Diocese of Springfield’s list of clergy with substantiated cases of sexual abuse of a minor. On December 28, 2018, Fr. Cernich was fired from his job with the city of Springfield, as a technical support specialist, in City, Water, Light, and Power’s information systems division. It is believed Fr. Cernich currently resides in Springfield. It is unknown whether he has access to children.