|Sr. Norma Giannini, r.s.m.
Summary of Case: Giannini pleaded no contest in 2007 to having sexually abused two boys, ages 12 and 13, while she was their teacher and principal at a Milwaukee school in the 1960s. One of the victims said he knew of at least 12 other boys who had been abused by Giannini, one who later committed suicide. Giannini was sentenced to a year in jail and ten years probation. She was released in April 2009, and died April 18, 2011.
First Vows : 1946
Died: April 18, 2011
Chicago archbishop was Samuel Alphonsius Stritch (1939-1958)
|1949||Sisters of Mercy||Chicago||IL||Giannini entered the convent in 1946, at age 18.|
|1949||St. Paul of the Cross'||Park Ridge||IL||Teacher|
|St. Catherine's||West Dundee||IL||Teacher|
|St. Catherine's||Oak Park||IL||Teacher|
|Stritch was succeeded by Albert Gregory Meyer (1958-1965)||1964||St. Finbarr's||Chicago||IL||Teacher|
Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)
• Giannini was convicted in 2007 of sexually abusing two boys, ages 12 and 13, while she was their teacher and principal at St. Patrick's school in the 1960s. One of the victims said he knew of at least 12 other boys who had been abused by Giannini, and that one later committed suicide. (Chicago Tribune
Religious Superior for the convent
Chicago archbishop was John Patrick Cody (1965-1982)
|1972||Christ the King||Chicago||IL|
|1972||1976||Mother McAuley High School||Chicago||IL||Teacher and Dean|
|1976||Litttle Flower||Chicago (South Side)||IL|
Cody was succeeded by Joseph Louis Bernardin (1982-1996)
|1983||Mother McAuley High School||Chicago||IL||clerical role|
|1983||1989||St. Clare de Montefalco||Chicago (Garfield Ridge)||IL||Principal|
|1989||1994?||Holy Redeemer||Evergreen Park||IL||Principal until Dec. 1992||Giannini was removed from service in Dec. 1992 when emerged that she had sexually abused boys in Milwaukee in the 1960s. She was treated at a St. Louis facility. Giannini returned to her order in IL and was no longer allowed to work with minors. (Chicago Tribune
December 6, 2006)
||Chicago||IL||Did volunteer work here after knee surgery. (Piasecki Testimony Sept. 26, 2006)|
Bernardin was replaced by Francis Eugene George, O.M.I. (1997- )
|Giannini admitted to a Milwaukee archdiocesan review board that she had sexually abused the two boys at St. Patrick's in the 1960s, plus four others. (Piasecki Testimony Sept. 26, 2006)|
Charges were filed in Dec. 2006 for the sexual abuse in the 1960s of the two boys at St. Patrick's. Giannini pleaded no contest in Nov. 2007. (WISN
Giannini was released from jail in April 2009 and was living in Wisconsin until she could find housing in Illinois. (WISN
She was last known in 2011 to have been living in Omaha, NE.
Giannini died April 18, 2011
|Sources: Chicago Tribune February 2, 2008; Chicago TribuneDecember 6, 2006; Piasecki Testimony Sept. 26, 2006; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel February 1, 2008; WISN November 12, 2007; WISN April 23, 2009
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This assignment record was last updated on May 20, 2011
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