Fr. Gerald (Jerry) Simonelli: Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Have Been Admitted, Established or Determined to Be Credible

Fr. Gerald (Jerry) Simonelli

Ordained: 1990

  • 1991-1992: St. Mary, West Chicago, IL (JOL)
  • 1993-1997: St. Dominic, Bolingbrook, IL (JOL)
  • 1998-2001: St. Petronille, Glen Ellyn, IL (JOL)
  • 2002-2006: St. Andrew the Apostle, Romeoville, IL (JOL)
  • 2007-2008: St. Joseph, Addison, IL (JOL)
  • 2009-2010: St. Isidore, Bloomingdale, IL (JOL)
  • 2011-2018: Leave of Absence (JOL)
  • 2019: Unknown

Fr. Gerald “Jerry” Simonelli was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Joliet in 1990. In 2010, a 21-year-old man accused Fr. Simonelli of sexual abuse that had occurred more than two years prior. According to spokespersons for the Diocese of Joliet, including Bishop J. Peter Sartain, Fr. Simonelli was subsequently removed from ministry due to his “homosexual activity” and that he was “unfaithful to his vows on more than one occasion.” Fr. Simonelli was named on the Diocese of Joliet’s list of “Diocesan Priests with Credible Allegation(s) of Sexual Misconduct with Minors Made Against Them While Serving in the Diocese of Joliet” with “Credible Allegations and Canonical Process Pending.” Fr. Simonelli was purportedly removed from ministry in 2010, however, since 2011, Fr. Simonelli’s status as a priest, his whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.