Joseph Savage: Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Joseph Savage

Ordained: 1918

  • 1919-1922: St. Andrew’s, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1923: St. Mark’s, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1924: Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst, IL (CHI)
  • 1925-1927: St. John Berchmans, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1928-1930: St. Patrick’s, Wadsworth, IL (CHI)
  • 1931-1936: Holy Cross, Deerfield, IL (CHI)
  • 1937-1938: Absent With Leave; Residence – Holy Cross, Deerfield, IL (CHI)
  • 1939-1960: Absent With Leave (CHI)
  • 1960-1969: Retired
  • 1970-1974: Retired; Residence – 995 S. Main St., Antioch, IL 60002
  • 1974: Died

According to Fr. Savage’s priest file, released by the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2014, a parent reported that Fr. Savage had been carrying on “immorally” with her son in 1936. Fr. Savage resigned from his position at Holy Cross Parish in Deerfield the next day. Fr. Savage was permitted to live in Antioch, Illinois, and helped out on weekends in Wilmot, Wisconsin. According to his priest file, Fr. Savage was seen alone with several teenage boys at various locations. Between 2002 and 2003, numerous allegations of sexual abuse by Fr. Savage were reported, alleging sexual abuse by Fr. Savage occurring in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Fr. Savage is included on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s list of “Clergy with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.”

Fr. Joseph Savage Documents
Fr. Joseph Savage Timeline

Additional Information:

3/26/1918 – Assistant Pastor, St. Andrew’s in Chicago

1/7/1923 – Assistant Pastor, St. Mark’s in Chicago

12/2/1923 – Assistant Pastor, Mission of Immaculate Conception at Villa Park in Elmhurst

12/11/1924 – Associate Pastor, St. John Berchmans (Belgian) in Chicago

7/1/1927 – Administrator, St. Mary’s in Minooka

11/10/1927 – Pastor, St. Patrick’s in Wadsworth

12/12/1931 – Pastor, Holy Cross in Deerfield

6/1974 – Died

Father Savage may have been forced to resign in 1936 due to allegations that he sexually abused a 14 year old boy. (Kenosha News 2004)

6/19/2002        Report of sexual abuse by Savage in the mid to late 1950s. (AOC 020042, 20055, 20059)

10/9/2003        Report of sexual abuse by Savage in the 1950s. (AOC 020061)

2/16/2004        Report of sexual abuse by Savage in the early 1950s. (AOC 020066)

3/25/2004        Report of sexual abuse by Savage in the early 1950s. (AOC 020068)

2/4/2005          Report of sexual abuse by Savage in the mid 1950s. (AOC 020078)

2/10/2005        Report of sexual abuse by Savage fifty years prior. (AOC 020079)