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

Fr. Salvatore Formusa

Ordained: 1935

  • 1935-1940: St. John Bosco, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1941-1944: St. Charles, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1945-1949: St. Anthony, Joliet, IL (JOL)
  • 1950-1952: Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst, IL (JOL)
  • 1953-1957: St. Lawrence, South Wilmington, IL (JOL)
  • 1958-1962: Holy Trinity, Westmont, IL (JOL)
  • 1963: Immaculate Conception, Braidwood, IL (JOL)
  • 1964-1966: St. John the Baptist, Winfield, IL (JOL)
  • 1967: Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL (JOL); St. Luke Parish, Carol Stream, IL (JOL)
  • 1968: Unknown
  • 1969-1975: On Sick Leave (JOL)
  • 1976-1984: St. Anthony’s Parish, Frankfort, IL (JOL)
  • 1985: St. Mark’s Parish, Wheaton, IL (JOL)
  • 1985: Retired
  • 1985-2019: Unknown

According to Fr. Formusa’s personal file, Bishop Romeo Blanchette was aware of Fr. Formusa’s alleged sexual abuse of young girls as early as 1962. It wasn’t until 1968, after being accused of sexual misconduct with a girl younger than 16 years old, that Fr. Formusa was purportedly removed and placed on sick leave. Approximately eight years later, in 1976, Bishop Romeo Blanchette allowed Fr. Formusa to return to the Diocese of Joliet, where he worked until his retirement in 1985. Fr. Formusa 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. Formusa’s status as a priest, his whereabouts, and whether he has access to children since his retirement in 1985 are unknown.