Former Lake Forest Priest Investigated for Sexual Misconduct

Rev. Michael O’Connell served at the Church of St. Mary from 1989-1993. The allegation dates back to his previous assignment in Orland Park.

A Chicago Catholic priest who previously worked at a Lake Forest church is stepping aside during an investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor 20 years ago while he worked at an Orland Park church, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

The priest, Rev. Michael O’Connell, is currently pastor at St. Alphonsus Parish in Lake View. According to the church’s website, he was assigned to the Church of St. Mary in Lake Forest from 1989-1993. He started at St. Alphonsus last year.

According to the Tribune, the allegation of misconduct dates to O’Connell’s time at Our Lady of the Woods Parish in Orland Park. The Archdiocese of Chicago received the single allegation of misconduct last week and O’Connell has agreed to step aside from his work as pastor and not live at the parish until the investigation is finished.

According to St. Alphonsus’ website, O’Connell served at Our Lady of the Woods immediately prior to St. Alphonsus. The website says he was born in Chicago and grew up in the northwest suburbs.

ABC7 has a copy of the letter sent to parishioners announcing the allegation. “The investigation is ongoing and will take some time,” it says.

You can read the full letter here.

forest barbieri December 09, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Great...another one! And my mother wonders why I have not been to church for years!
Stu Pidasso December 10, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Another one!! This is the reason I tell my friends that I am embarrassed to be a Catholic!! It seems like the clergy is the way to go for these pedophiles who prey on little boys. I am disgusted with the way the Church had tried to sweep decades of allegations under the rug!! Pathetic
Benny G. December 10, 2013 at 01:32 PM
And let it balloon into another 150 victims case as it surely will do. How do you get a Nun pregnant...dress her as an alter boy. Such filth.
Stu Pidasso December 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM
AAHHH !! Good one! :)


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