Fr. William J O’Brien : Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Fr. William J O’Brien

Ordained: 1973

  • 1973-1976: St. Jude the Apostle, South Holland, IL (CHI)
  • 1976: South Suburban Serra Club, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1976-1978: Metropolitan Tribunal, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1978-1995: St. Symphorosa, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1995-2005: Queen of Angels, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 2006: Laicized
  • 2007-2019: Unknown

In 2005, Fr. William J. O’Brien was suspended from ministry after being accused of sexually abusing a minor 25 years previously at St. Cajetan Church in Chicago, Illinois. Following the accusation, two alleged victims, one man and one woman, filed civil lawsuits, alleging they had been sexually abused by Fr. O’Brien in 1975 and 1981, respectively. In the lawsuit, they claim church officials knew of Fr. O’Brien’s pedophilia but did nothing to protect children. The lawsuit settled in 2007. Fr. O’Brien is included in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s list of Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations
of Sexual Misconduct with Minors. Fr. O’Brien’s whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.