Fr. Phillip Dedera: Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Fr. Phillip Dedera

Ordained: 1972

  • 1972-1975: St. Andrew’s, Romeoville, IL (JOL)
  • 1976-1977: St. Pius X, Lombard, IL (JOL)
  • 1978: Visitation, Elmhurst, IL (JOL)
  • 1979-1983: St. Walter, Roselle, IL (JOL)
  • 1984-1985: St. Scholastica’s, Woodridge, IL (JOL)
  • 1986-1988: St. Mary’s, Paxton, IL (JOL)
  • 1989-1995: St. Patrick, Momence, IL (JOL)
  • 1996-2002: St. Patrick Residence, Naperville, IL (JOL)
  • 1998-2002: Edward Hospital and St. Thomas the Apostle, Naperville, IL (JOL)
  • 2003-2019: Unknown

Fr. Phillip Dedera Documents

Fr. Phillip Dedera Timeline

Fr. Dedora was removed from ministry in 2002 after allegations of abuse were made public. The alleged abuse occurred while Fr. Dedera was assigned to St. Andrew in Romeoville, Illinois. Four years later, in 2006, a second man came forward claiming he was sexually abused over 100 times by Fr. Dedera at age 11 or 12 while serving as an altar boy at St. Pius X in Lombard, Illinois. Years later, in 2015, another man filed a lawsuit alleging Fr. Dedera had ignored his screams while another priest, Fr. Henry Slade, assaulted him after he refused a sex act and that afterwards, Fr. Dedera offered him marijuana to “help him forget” the assault. Fr. Dedera was included on the Diocese of Joliet’s list of “Diocesan Priests with Credible Allegation(s) of Sexual misconduct with Minors Made Against Them While Serving in the Diocese of Joliet” with “Substantiated Allegations.” Fr. Dedera’s whereabouts and whether he has access to children since 2003 are unknown, although as of 2016 it is believed he may have been residing in Batavia, Illinois.