Fr. Jerome B. Ratermann: Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Fr. Jerome B. Ratermann

Ordained: 1957

  • 1957-1958: Unknown
  • 1959-1960: St. Henry’s, East St. Louis, IL (BEL)
  • 1961: St. Henry’s, Belleville, IL (BEL)
  • 1962: Washington D.C. Catholic University (BEL)
  • 1963: Don Bosco Latin School, Aviston, IL (BEL)
  • 1964: Belleville, IL (BEL) 25 S. 55 St.
  • 1965-1968: St. Mary’s Home for the Aged, Carlyle, IL (BEL)
  • 1969-1971: St. Joseph’s, Prairie du Rocher, IL, (BEL)
  • 1972-1985: Saints Peter and Paul, Waterloo, IL (BEL)
  • 1986-1993: Blessed Sacrament, Belleville, IL (BEL)
  • 1994-1996: Leave of Absence (BEL)
  • 1997-2018: Retired (BEL)
  • 2019: Unknown

Fr. Jerome B. Ratermann was accused of sexually abusing a minor in approximately 1975 or 1976 while he was pastor of Saints Peter and Paul in Waterloo, Illinois. It is alleged that Fr. Ratermann manipulated a minor boy’s genitals and engaged him in oral sex while on a houseboat on Carlyle Lake. Fr. Ratermann was named in a civil lawsuit in 2009 which settled in 2012. In 2018, Fr. Ratermann was included on the Diocese of Belleville’s list of “Clergy who are Currently Removed from Ministry after Credibly Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors, or Serious Sexual Misconduct with Adults.” Fr. Ratermann’s current whereabouts, status as a priest, and whether he has access to children are unknown.