Msgr. John D. Fitzgerald: Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Msgr. John D. Fitzgerald

Ordained: 1933

  • 1934: Unknown
  • 1935-1936: Canadian College, Rome, Italy (CHI)
  • 1937-1938: Cathedral of The Hoy Name, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1938-1943: Vice Officiales (CHI)
  • 1944-1951: Officiales (CHI)
  • 1952-1985: Ascension, Oak Park, IL (CHI)
  • 1986: Retired (200 Martin St, Naperville, IL) (CHI
  • 1987-2019: Unknown


Monsignor John Fitzgerald worked in the Archdiocese of Chicago throughout his career as a priest. In 2005, a woman reported to the Archdiocese of Chicago that she was sexually abused by Msgr. Fitzgerald while seeking counseling as a teenage parishioner at Ascension Church in Oak Park, Illinois in 1964. She claimed that he later offered to pay her for one year of therapy. Following this accusation, a church staffer allegedly told the accuser that her report was “credible,” but the Archdiocese refused to publicly acknowledge it. The Archdiocese of Chicago paid for the accuser’s therapy. The accuser named Msgr. Fitzgerald publicly in 2014. Fr. Fitzgerald reportedly died in 1984, but he is included in the Official Catholic Directories for the years 1985 and 1986.