Fr. Michael W. O'Connell: Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Fr. Michael W. O'Connell

Ordained: 1983

  • 1984-1989: St. Michael Church, Orland Park, IL (CHI)
  • 1990-1993: St. Mary Church, Lake Forest, IL (CHI)
  • 1994: Graduate Studies (CHI)
  • 1994-1995: Lake Forest College, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1995-1997: Graduate Studies – Casa Santa Maria, Via dell’ Umilta 30, 00187, Rome, Italy
  • 1998-2012: Our Lady of the Woods Church, Orland Park, IL (CHI)
  • 2013-2019: St. Alphonsus, Chicago, IL (CHI)

In December of 2013, Fr. Michael W. O’Connell was temporarily removed from his position at St. Alphonsus Parish after the Archdiocese of Chicago received a report of sexual misconduct involving a minor boy that allegedly occurred approximately 20 years earlier while Fr. O’Connell was assigned to Our Lady of the Woods in Orland Park, Illinois. A second allegation surfaced in April 2014 about a different minor boy being sexually abused by Fr. O’Connell while he was assigned to Our Lady of the Woods. Fr. O’Connell was reinstated to active ministry on April 17, 2014, after law enforcement found insufficient evidence to prosecute. Fr. O’Connell is currently assigned to St. Alphonsus in Chicago, where he has access to children.