Assignment Record Rev. Gerald Simonelli

Summary of Case: Gerald "Fr. Jerry" Simonelli was ordained for the Joliet diocese in 1990. He assisted at parishes in West Chicago, Bolingbrook and Glen Ellyn, then pastored parishes in Romeoville, Addison and Bloomingdale. He was removed from ministry in May 2010 after a 21-yr-old man accused him of "inappropriate conduct" that occurred more than two years previously. Bishop Sartain stated Simonelli's removal was due to "homosexual activity" and that he was "unfaithful to his vows on more than one occasion." Simonelli's name appears on the diocese's June 24, 2015 list of "Diocesan Priests With A Credible Allegation(s) of Sexual Abuse of Minors Made Against Them While Serving in the Joliet Diocese." The list notes there to be a continuing canonical process.

Ordained: 1990



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Joliet bishop was Joseph Leopold Imesch (1979-2006).

1992 St. Mary's

West Chicago

IL 2/2

St. Mary's had a school with 175-152 students.


1997 St. Dominic's Bolingbrook IL 2/3, /2/2 St. Dominic's had a school with 215-310 students, and a religious education program.


2001 St. Petronille's Glen Ellyn IL 3/4 St. Petronille's had a school with 513-528 students, and a religious education program with 1,186-1,025.
2001 2006 St. Andrew the Apostle's Romeoville IL 1/3, 1/2, 1/1 St. Andrew's had a school with 305-315 students, and a religious education program with 885-1,1617 students.


Imesch was succeeded by James Peter Sartain (2006-2010).

2008 St. Joseph's Addison IL 1/2 St. Joseph's had a school with 140-145 students, and a religious education program with 379-410 students.


Robert Daniel Conlon followed Sartain as Joliet bishop (2011-).

2010 St. Isodore's


Simonelli was placed on leave in May 2010 after a 21-year-old man told the diocese Simonelli had engaged in "inappropriate contact" with him more than two years previously. Bishop Sartain stated the suspension was due to "homosexual activity."

IL 1/3 St. Isodore's had a school with 313 students, and a religious education program with 1,286-1,255 students.
2010 2015 Leave of Absence       Simonelli's name appeared on the diocese's June 24, 2015 list of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. It noted that his case was in canonical process.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1991-2014)

Bloomingdale Priest Removed from Post, By Marco Santana, Daily Herald, May 19, 2010
Illinois Bishop Removes Priest for Homosexual Activity, Catholic Culture, May 20, 2010
List of Credibly Accused Priests, Diocese of Joliet, June 24, 2015

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This assignment record was last updated on March 24, 2015.