Stanley T. Wisniewski

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NameStanley T. WisniewskiJesuit
Date of Birth1933 
Date of Ordination1964 
Association with LUC1965 
Position at LUCTheology faculty 
Date of incident, Location of Incident1966St. Ignatius College Preparatory School, Chicago, IL
Number of victims/accusationsAt least 1 victim 
Case statusAccused 
Status of IndividualDeceased2005

Not much is available in the public record either on Fr. Stanley T. Wisniewski. Born in 1933, entered the Society of Jesus in 1951. He was ordained to priesthood in 1964. Wisniewski taught for a year at Loyola’s Bellarmine School of Theology in the western Chicago suburb of Aurora, IL in 1965. He also taught at St. Ignatius College Preparatory School in Chicago, where he allegedly abused a student in 1966. Wisniewski seems to have been among the number of priests that displayed the rather common pattern that Marie Keenan found, where the men engaged in child sexual abuse of a relatively small number of children a considerable time after their ordination. Compared to a case like Janssen’s, Wisniewski did not fit the profile of a of Keenan’s “pathological pedophile”.[1] But Wisniewski did belong to the cohort of priests that Joseph Chinnici found in the data of the John Jay report: men born between 1920 and 1949, ordained to priesthood between 1950 and 1969, the main group of perpetrators in the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic church.[2] There is no further reference to the Wisniewski case on public record. There is one accusation of child abuse during his lifetime that is considered credible according to Midwest Province of the Jesuit Order list. The case was never brought to court.[3] After having served in parishes and high schools in Chicago and Nevada, Wisniewski passed away in 2005.[4]

[1] Keenan, Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church, 65.

[2] Chinnici, When Values Collide, 15.

[3] The Society of Jesus – USA Midwest Province, “USA Midwest Province Jesuits with an Established Allegation of Sexual Abuse of a Minor,” 10.

[4] Jeff Anderson & Associates PA, “The Anderson Report – Child Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese and Dioceses in Illinois,” 91.