Fr. Daniel Mallette was awakened early Tuesday by two men who entered his Southside rectory, beat him and stole about $600.
Mallette, 80, is well known in the archdiocese as a man who has devoted many decades of his ministry to fighting violence, drugs and gangs.
He said the men, dressed as ninjas, administered the beating hoping to get more money. Mallette suffered cuts, bruises and two broken ribs but is expected to survive. One of the men asked him to pray for him before he left, Mallette said.