Rev. Ignatius M. Burrill, s.j.

Summary of Case: A priest of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus, Burrill was accused in 2011 of having sexually abused a male student in the 1950s at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH. In April 2012 a Boston attorney announced that he had recently settled a claim involving Burrill. Burrill was a high school teacher and counselor for most of his career. He died in 1987.

: 1937
Died: March 8, 1987


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Leavenworth bishop was Paul Clarence Schulte (1937-1946).

1938 St. Mary's College Atchison KS St. Mary's was a house of theological studies for members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).


Cleveland bishop was Joseph Schrembs (1921-1945).

1939 St. Stanislaus Novitiate Cleveland OH   This was the Tertianship of the Chicago Province, Society of Jesus.


Detroit archbishop was Edward Aloysius Mooney (1937-1958).

1941 University of Detroit Detroit MI graduate student This was a Jesuit University.


Indianapolis archbishop was Joseph Elmer Ritter (1934-1946), followed by Paul Clarence Schulte (1946-1970).

1950 West Baden University West Baden Springs IN English professor  


Detroit archdiocese


1951 Manresa Jesuit Retreat House Bloomfield Hills MI    


Chicago archbishop was Samuel Alphonsus Stritch (1939-1958).

1952   Barrington IL   Burrill is indexed in the 1952 Directory as at Box 131, Barrington, IL. He was not found listed in the Chicago archdiocesan pages.


Cleveland bishop was Edward Francis Hoban (1945-1966).

1956 St. Ignatius High School


The Chicago-Detroit province of the Jesuits announced in Sept. 2011 that a former St. Ignatius, Cleveland, student reported to them that Burrill had sexually abused him in the 1950s.

OH teacher, student counselor St. Ignatius had 712-937 students, all male.


Chicago archdiocese

1958 St. Ignatius High School Chicago IL teacher St. Ignatius had 1,003 students, all male.


Stritch was succeeded by Albert Gregory Meyer (1958-1965).

1963 St. Mary of the Lake Seminary Chicago IL faculty member  


John Patrick Cody replaced Meyer as Chicago archbishop (1965-1982), followed by Joseph Louis Bernardin (1982-1996).

1987 Loyola Academy Wilmette IL teacher, student counselor

Loyola Academy was a high school with 1,591-1,708 students. It was all male when established in 1909. The school began admitting girls to some classes in 1970. Per Burrill's obituary, "He was active in Loyola's athletic programs, its band and its religious activities, especially the foreign missions. In recent years, he also operated a candy stand near the school's bus entrance."

In April 2012 Boston Attorney Mitchell Garabedian announced he had recently settled a claim involving Burrill.

Burrill died March 8, 1987


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1938-1988)

Rev. Ignatius Burrill of Loyola Academy, Chicago Tribune, March 11, 1987
Jesuits Respond to Allegations of Abuse, Catholic Universe Bulletin September 2, 2011
New Garabedian List,, April 11, 2012

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This assignment record was last updated on April 13, 2012.