Assignment Record – Msgr. John D. Fitzgerald
|1935||1936||Collegio S. Maria del Lago||Rome||Italy|
Chicago archbishop was George William Mundelein (1915-1939).
|1938||Cathedral of the Holy Name||Chicago||IL||11/19, 11/19
|The Cathedral had a grade school with 301 students, and a high school with 46 boys and 53 girls.|
Mundelein was succeeded by Samuel Alphonsus Stritch (1939-1958).
|1951||Metropolitan Tribunal||Chicago||IL||vice-officialis 1937-1943; officialis 1943-1951||Fitzgerald lived at the bishop's residence 1938-1951.|
Stritch was replaced by Albert Gregory Meyer (1958-1965), followed by John Patrick Cody (1965-1982). Cody was succeeded by Joseph Louis Bernardin (1982-1996).
• In 2014 a woman stated publicly that Fitzgerald sexually abused her in 1964, when she was a teenager and Ascension parishioner. The woman said Fitzgerald sexually attacked her when she went to him for guidance. The woman went to the archdiocese with her report of abuse by Fitzgerald in 2005. She said she didn't come forward until after her mother died. Her mother worked for Fitzgerald. The archdiocese acknowledged paying for the woman's therapy.
1/4, 1/5, 1/3, 2/6, 2/5
pastor 1951-1973; pastor emeritus 1973-1985.
|Ascension parish had a school with 1,288-373 students.|
Joliet bishop was Joseph Leopold Imesch (1979-2006).
Fitzgerald is not indexed beyond the 1986 Directory. His name does not appear in the Necrology section of the Directories. His address is indexed in the 1986 Directory as 200 Martin St., Naperville, IL, which is shown in 2014 to be that of a nursing care and assisted living facility.
Although the 1986 Directory indicates that Fitzgerald retired to Joliet in 1985, his death is noted at findagrave.com to have been Nov. 4, 1984.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1934-1986)
in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's
place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest
listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor)
and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4
means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample
page from the Directory.
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