The current sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church has touched another local parish.
Reports have surfaced from two people that were allegedly sexually abused from a priest assigned to Saint Anthony's parish of Rockford more than 25 years ago.
A letter was sent to all Saint Anthony’s parishioners this past weekend to inform them there were sexual abuse allegations that pertained to the deceased father Ted Feely.
The priest served at Saint Anthony’s church from 1968 until 1972 and died in 1991.
Feely was a Franciscan Friar at Saint Anthony’s church. The parish was run by the conventual’s Franciscans.
The Franciscan order is now taking steps to investigate the sexual allegations towards feely. They're also encouraging others who may have been victims to come forward.
These reports are the first the church has received about father Ted Feely since his death 11 years ago.