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  • Ex-O’Hare chaplain implicated in church sex abuse files Nov 6, 2014 8:48 PM
    Jack Keough left the priesthood in the 1980s to marry an airline stewardess in Las Vegas, and has been living in the Seattle area since then. It wasn’t until 2002 when child sex abuse allegations surfaced from Keough’s past, related to his tenure as associate pastor at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Des Plaines, according to documents released Thursday by the archdiocese.

  • Longtime priest faced accusations from three suburban parishes Nov 6, 2014 4:51 PM
    The Rev. John Hefferan served 11 Catholic parishes from the far South suburbs to the northernmost reaches of Lake County during his more than four decades as a priest. In at least three of those stops, according to a 311-page report released by the Archdiocese of Chicago on Thursday, parishioners accused Hefferan of sexual misconduct.

  • Church releases sex abuse files to put scandal behind it Nov 7, 2014 5:38 AM
    The Archdiocese of Chicago released some 15,000 pages of documents Thursday that reveal details of child sex abuse by 36 priests, as it moves to put the long-running scandal behind it. It's one of the final actions of Cardinal Francis George, who promised to release the documents before his impending retirement Nov. 18. “I think it's a very fulsome sharing of the information around these matters,” John O'Malley said.

  • Indoor farmers market coming to Lombard church Nov 7, 2014 4:10 PM
    Shoppers looking for fresh, organic, locally grown food or edible holiday gifts can find a variety of offerings at a new, one-day farmers market Sunday in Lombard. The market, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is being sponsored by Calvary Episcopal Church, Prairie Food Co-op and an organization called Faith in Place, which connects religious people of various faiths with their shared interest in environmental issues.

  • 3 accused priests named in new files served Palatine parish Nov 6, 2014 11:27 PM
    In what may be chalked up to as cruel coincidence, St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Church in Palatine was home from 1984 to 1994 to three priests accused of sexually abusing children. Details of the accusations against the three men — who have since died or been removed from ministry — were revealed in the thousands of documents released Thursday by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

  • Rev. Peter Bowman faced at least 9 abuse accusations Nov 6, 2014 11:33 PM
    The Rev. Peter Bowman, one-time beloved pastor of St. James Parish in Arlington Heights, faced at least nine allegations of sexual abuse of minors over the course of more than five decades as a priest. Details of the accusations — of which seven were substantiated by the archdiocese's review board — were revealed in a 941-page file released Thursday by the archdiocese.

  • Penn State football scandal led to claims against suburban priest Nov 6, 2014 9:09 PM
    It was a high-profile scandal involving a college football coach that brought an end to the 40-year ministry of former Catholic priest Gary Miller over sex abuse allegations. Days after former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky went to trial in June 2012 on 52 charges of sex crimes against children, the Archdiocese of Chicago received an email from a man who said he had “a story to tell” about what occurred at a parish West suburban Berwyn.

  • Former Elk Grove priest named in abuse files Nov 6, 2014 4:50 PM
    Newly released Archdiocese of Chicago documents detail sexual abuse claims against a former associate pastor at Queen of the Rosary Parish in Elk Grove Village when he served at another church. Onetime secret files about former priest John A. Robinson, 68, were released by the archdiocese Thursday. He was Queen of the Rosary’s associate pastor from 1994 to 2003.

  • Additional details released about molestation by now-deceased former Lake Villa parish pastor Nov 6, 2014 3:19 PM
    Documents released by the Archdiocese of Chicago show a now-deceased priest who was pastor of Prince of Peace Parish in Lake Villa molested and took nude photographs of a boy. Although the archdiocese announced in 2002 that sexual abuse accusations were made against the Rev. Richard Fassbinder, who was 75 at the time, the previously secret files that became available Thursday provided additional details.

  • More sexual abuse complaints about former priest who served in Wauconda, Bartlett, Waukegan Nov 6, 2014 3:21 PM
    Complaints about a former suburban priest’s sexual abuse of children have been periodically received by the Archdiocese of Chicago since initial allegations became public in 2002, according to documents released Thursday. Previously secret files on the Rev. James Ray show the most recent claim about him molesting a boy was received by the archdiocese last January. The document states the possible abuse occurred while Ray was associate pastor at Transfiguration Parish in Wauconda from 1989 to 1991.

  • Archdiocese releases 15,000 pages of priest sex abuse files Nov 6, 2014 3:17 PM
    The Archdiocese of Chicago released 15,000 pages of documents at 9 a.m. today that detail what it calls substantiated instances of child sex abuse by 36 priests going back decades. The names of the priests, none of whom are currently active, have been on the archdiocese website for years, but not the details of the cases. “We cannot change the past but we hope we can rebuild trust through honest and open dialogue," Cardinal Francis George said.

  • Barrington church to host South Sudan Soiree IV Nov 5, 2014 3:05 PM
    St. Michael’s Episcopal Church of Barrington will host the South Sudan Soiree IV at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at St. Michael’s, 647 Dundee Ave., Barrington. Tickets are $50 adults, $20 students. The evening will feature a strolling dinner, live and silent auctions, and an appearance by The Lost Boys of Sudan.

  • Report says Des Plaines priest kissed, exposed himself to teenage girls Nov 6, 2014 9:40 PM
    For nearly 25 years, William Lupo administered to the religious needs of Catholics in Des Plaines, Arlington Heights and Bartlett. But according to documents released Thursday by the Archdiocese of Chicago, he spent several of those years under restrictions and monitoring by church leadership, the result of accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls and young women from his time at St. Mary Parish in Des Plaines.

  • Former Hoffman priest abused teen over six years Nov 6, 2014 6:31 PM
    A former priest at St. Hubert Parish in Hoffman Estates carried out a six-year relationship with a teenage boy there during the 1970s, one of several accusations against James Flosi included in documents released by the Archdiocese of Chicago on Thursday.

  • Church celebrates its place in Algonquin history Nov 2, 2014 4:34 PM
    One of McHenry County’s oldest churches, Congregational Church of Algonquin, rededicated its 146-year-old building Sunday with a service attended by some of its longest-standing members. The church, located on Washington Street in the village’s downtown, has been a part of the Algonquin community for 164 years.

  • ‘Sad’ cemetery gets spruce-up from Libertyville teen ministry volunteers Nov 1, 2014 5:01 PM
    Roughly a dozen teens and a handful of adults raked long grasses, trimmed trees, cleaned out planters and planted day lilies at an overgrown cemetery on Saturday during the first volunteer activity of Project Joseph, a new teen leadership program at St. Joesph Catholic Church in Libertyville. "It’s just such a great opportunity to serve others and do the service that I’ve always wanted to do but never have been able to organize or configure,” 15-year-old Maddie Lombardo of Libertyville said during Saturday’s three-hour spruce-up.

  • How Glen Ellyn students dressed up to celebrate All Saints Day Oct 30, 2014 5:33 PM
    This is a time of year when ghosts and goblins frequently take center stage, but on Thursday much more saintly figures were roaming the hallways of St. James the Apostle School in Glen Ellyn. Sixth-graders wore costumes to honor a variety of saints they’ve been studying and participated in a prayer service to celebrate All Saints Day.

  • Our Lady of Destiny, St. Zachary schools in Des Plaines to partner up Oct 30, 2014 6:04 PM
    Officials from two Catholic elementary schools in Des Plaines are being tasked with combining elements from both schools in preparation for their merger at the end of the year. What’s less clear is the extent of that new partnership. "Our name will die when the school closes," said Our Lady of Destiny Principal Linda Chorazy. "I guess the archdiocese has a new definition of a merger.”

  • Our Lady of Destiny School in Des Plaines closing next year Oct 29, 2014 11:46 PM
    Our Lady of Destiny Catholic School in Des Plaines is one of nine Catholic elementary schools in Cook and Lake counties that will close its doors at the end of the school year as part of a restructuring plan announced Wednesday. The Des Plaines school is one of a handful of schools targeted for closure that will “merge students and traditions” to a nearby school — in this case, St. Zachary School, also in Des Plaines.

  • Pope praises ‘heroic’ responders to Ebola Oct 29, 2014 10:42 AM
    Pope Francis has praised the “heroic” response by doctors, nurses and volunteers helping contain the Ebola epidemic and has urged renewed international efforts to defeat the virus.

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