Assignment Record – Rev. Lawrence "Larry" Reuter, s.j.
Summary of Case: A Jesuit priest of the Chicago Province ordained in 1971, Rev. Larry Reuter taught and served as president at Loyola Academy in Wilmette IL for many years, ministered at Chicago's Loyola University and at its medical center in Maywood IL, and was a long-time weekend assistant at an Oak Park IL parish. Reuter was removed from active ministry in March 2010 after Province officials discovered that he had at some point admitted to an "inappropriate relationship" with an 18-year-old Loyola Academy student during the time he was president. His victim received a settlement in the 1990s. A second former Loyola Academy student came forward in May 2010 alleging he was sexually abused by Reuter in the late 1980s, beginning when the former student was a junior and occurring over a two-year period.
Chicago archbishop was John Patrick Cody (1965-1982), follwed by Joseph Louis Bernardin (1982-1996).
• Reuter admitted at some point to having had an "inappropriate relationship"- while he was Academy president - with an 18-year-old Loyola Academy student. Reuter was kept in ministry until March 2010, when his personnel file was reviewed by the Province and the admission discovered.
• In May 2010 second former Loyola student came forward with allegations that Reuter sexually abused him in the late 1980s. This accuser said he went to Reuter for guidance and that the priest became his mentor and friend. He said the abuse started his junior year and went on for two years.
|IL||teacher; president 1975-1990||Loyola Academy had 1,708 - 1,450 students, all boys.|
Bernardin was succeeded by Francis Eugene George, o.m.i. (1997-2014).
|2002||Loyola University of Chicago||Chicago||IL||vice-president of university ministry|
|2000||2010||Ascension||Oak Park||IL||weekend assistant||
Reuter was removed from active ministry in March 2010 after Province officials discovered his admission of abuse of a male high school student decades before. That former student received a settlement from the Jesuits in the 1990s.
Not long before his removal Reuter told Ascension pastor, Rev. Larry McNally, about the past "inappropriate relationship" with the 18-year-old Loyola Academy student. Per McNally, the Jesuits weren't forthcoming with the reason for Reuters' removal and parishioners were demanding information. McNally said he went to the Provincial, Rev. Timothy Kasicki, s.j. and, as a result, Kasicki sent out a letter which appeared in Ascension parish's May 2 bulletin. Kasicki's explanation was that Reuter "admitted that he had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a young adult."
|2002||2010||Jesuit Community of Loyola University||Chicago||IL|
|2005||2010||Loyola University Medical Center||Maywood||IL||vice-president of mission and ministry||Reuter is not indexed beyond the 2010 Directory. A Province spokesperson said in May 2010 that he was "assigned to internal ministry with and for Jesuits only in a monitored setting."|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1972-2010)
• Priest Booted from Ministry for "Inappropriate Relationship", Chicago Breaking News, May 3, 2010
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