WALTER E. HUPPENBAUER: Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Minors


Ordained:  1957

  • 1957-1964: St. Hilary, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1964-1968: St. Odilo, Berwyn, IL (CHI)
  • 1968-1971: St. John Chrysostom, Hillside, IL (CHI)
  • 1971-1977: St. Thomas of Villanova, Palatine, IL (CHI)
  • 1977-1983: St. Gilbert, Grayslake, IL (CHI)
  • 1983: St. Eugene, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1983-1994: St. Thomas of Villanova, Palatine, IL (CHI)
  • 1994-2001: Little Sister Of The Poor Center For The Aging, Chicago, Il (Chi)
  • 2001: Retired (Little Sister Of The Poor Center For The Aging, Chicago, Il) (Chi)
  • 2002-2004: Retired (645 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL) (CHI)
  • 2005-2009: Retired (St. Joseph’s Home, Platine, IL) (CHI)
  • 2010: Laicized
  • 2011-2014: Unknown
  • 2014: Died

In 1992, the Archdiocese of Chicago received a report that Fr. Walter Edward Huppenbauer had sexually abused a child from 1962 to 1964. In 1993, the Archdiocese received another report that Fr. Huppenbauer had sexually abused a child from 1961 to 1963. In a 2002 lawsuit, Fr. Huppenbauer was accused of child sexual abuse that allegedly occurred in the 1960’s at St. Hillary’s in Chicago. Fr. Huppenbauer was laicized in 2010. Fr. Huppenbauer is in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s list of Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors. Fr. Huppenbauer’s whereabouts and whether he had access to children from 2010 until his death are unknown.


Additional Information:

5/03/1957        Ordained

6/26/1957 – Parochial Vicar, St. Hilary

6/11/1964 – Parochial Vicar, St. Odilo

10/02/1968 – Parochial Vicar, St. John Chrysostom

8/25/1971 – Parochial Vicar, St. Thomas of Villanova

6/10/1977 – Parochial Vicar, St. Gilbert

6/07/1983 – Parochial Vicar/Associate Pastor, St. Eugene

7/25/1983 – Pastor, St. Thomas of Villanova

(Overlapped with David Braun, Daniel Buck and Marion Sneig)

10/07/1992      AD receives anonymous report of sexual abuse of minor female in 1962-1964. Tells victim that AD’s hands are tied without her name. (AOC 015180)

10/08/1992      Huppenbauer told to stay away from anyone under 18. (AOC 015224)

10/21/1992      Huppenbauer not to be in presence of minors under 18. (AOC 015158)

11/10/1992      Huppenbauer in the midst of a series of private confessions with younger children. (AOC 015161)

10/6/1993        Allegation substantiated of sexual abuse of minor female in 1961-1963 (AOC 015124)

12/29/1993      Cardinal Bernadin asks Huppenbauer to voluntarily resign. If he doesn’t do so, his term will not be renewed when it ends in 7/1995. (AOC 015185, 015225)

2/01/1994        John Canary works to find Huppebauer another position. (AOC 015193)

6/05/1994        Huppenbauer voluntarily resigns from St. Thomas. (AOC 015194)

6/05/1994 – Chaplain, Little Sisters of the Poor

11/17/2000      Huppenbauer seeks retirement (AOC 015227)

8/20/2001        Fr. McBrady and Goedert discuss Huppenbauer’s request for retirement and meeting with the Cardinal. Decide not to bring prior allegation to Cardinal’s attention. (AOC 015229)

11/05/2001      George names Huppenbauer pastor emeritus of St. Thomas of Villanova. (AOC 015232)

5/10/2002        Letter from attorney re: client abused by Huppenbauer at St. Hilary (AOC 015235)

8/20/2002        Allegation of sexual abuse of a minor female at St. Hilary. (AOC 015234, 015243)

8/21/2002        Review Board recommends immediate withdrawal from ministry. (AOC 015248)

Paprocki is Cardinal’s delegate on review board in 2002.

5/23/2003        Individual specific protocol established (AOC 015294)

7/15/2003        George tells Huppenbauer that case will be forwarded to CDF but since he is already observing restrictions on his ministry, there is no need for formal penal restrictions. (AOC 015301)

11/26/2003      Letter from attorney re: a client abused by Huppenbauer. (AOC 015331) Huppenbauer sexually abused minor male between 1971-1973 at St. Thomas of Villanova. (AOC 015339)

5/23/2005        Allegation substantiated by Review Board. (AOC 015395)

9/20/2005        Huppenbauer allowed to engage in limited ministry at nursing home. (AOC 015406)

3/25/2009        Huppenbauer requests laicization proceedings. (AOC 015517-8)

8/2010             Laicized