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

Robert Friese

Ordained: 1978

  • 1977: Deacon at Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Park Ridge, IL (CHI)
  • 1978: Ordained
  • 1978-1980: St. Cyprian, River Grove, IL (CHI)
  • 1980: On leave; St. Juliana, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1981: Maryville Academy, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1982-1984: Unknown
  • 1985: Resigned
  • 1986: Unknown
  • 1987: Laicized
  • 1988-2019: Unknown

Fr. Robert Friese worked in the Archdiocese of Chicago throughout his career as a priest. Two years after Fr. Robert Friese was ordained, the Archdiocese of Chicago received a report that he had sexually abused a child. Fr. Friese was purportedly placed on leave, but less than six months later, he was assigned to be a youth counselor at Maryville Academy, a child care agency for Catholic Charities. In 1984, Fr. Friese was arrested for abusing a minor boy at Maryville Academy. He was criminally convicted in 1985 and laicized in 1987. Fr. Friese is included in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s list of “Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.” Fr. Friese was believed to be living in Glendale Heights as of 2008, however, his whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.

Fr. Robert Friese Documents
Fr. Robert Friese Timeline

6/15/1977 – Deacon, Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish

5/10/1978        Ordained

5/17/1978- Associate Pastor, St. Cyprian’s in River Grove

1980-1985       Leave of absence so listed in the 1981-85 Directories; later newspaper stories do not mention this leave or give a reason for it.

3/17/1980- Associate Pastor, St. Juliana’s in Chicago

9/5/1980          “Remove from Board. Chancellor to handle him as a disciplinary matter in confidence. (AOC 013768)

9/9/1980          Report of sexual abuse by Friese. (AOC 013776)

9/25/1980        Assignment terminated and temporary leave of absence granted. (AOC 013779)

10/1/1980 – On Leave

3/31/1981 – Youth Counsellor, Maryville Academy, a child care agency for catholic charities. (AOC 013795-13800)

8/1984             Friese arrested for abusing a Maryville boy. (AOC 013900)

9/24/1984        Memo that Friese admitted to ongoing relationship with victim who accused him of sexual abuse. (AOC 013895)

1/15/1985        Was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and taking indecent liberties with a 14-year-old boy.

8/1/1985          Resigned

1/16/1986        Friese to seek laicizaition. (AOC 013903)