Rev. Harry Dean Walker—Assignment Record

Summary of Case: A claim was reportedly filed with the U.S. bankruptcy court in Delaware, alleging that a boy was molested at age 15 by Fr. Harry Dean Walker, when the boy was a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales church in Salisbury MD in the 1960s. Walker was not assigned to the church. Victims' advocates state that they have received other allegations.

: May 27, 1961
Incardinated: Wilmington
Retired: Withdrew from active ministry in 1972


Start Stop Parish Town
Position Notes
1961 1963 Church of the Good Shepherd Perryville
2/2, associate pastor. Pastor was Rev. William R. Couming. Wilmington diocese. Parish school had 204 pupils in 1961-1962.
1961   St. Theresa's Point Deposit
  Mission of Good Shepherd.
1961   St. Agnes Rising Sun
  Mission of Good Shepherd.
1963 1964 St. Michael the Archangel Georgetown
  Not listed here in the 1964 Directory, but listed here in the biography.
1963 1964 St. Ann's Bethany Beach
  Mission of St. Michael's.
1964 1966 Boston College Newton
Student. Boston archdiocese.
1966 1968 Catholic Social Services Wilmington
Administrative Assistant of the Wilmington office in the 1967 Directory; Assistant Director in the 1968 Directory. Not listed here in the 1969 Directory, which lists Msgr. Thomas J. Reese as Director.

Wilmington diocese.

In 1966-1967, the Wilmington office had a staff of 24, and served 2,217 families and children, and provided counseling to 799.

1966 1967 Residence unknown  
The 1967 Directory indexes Walker as on duty outside the diocese, but the Wilmington pages no longer list him as on duty at Boston College; instead, he is listed as Administrative Assistant at Catholic Social Services. Perhaps Walker was already in residence at St. Ann's in Wilmington (see next entry), or maybe he was in residence at a different parish.
1967 1968 St. Ann's Wilmington
3/3. Priests were Msgr. John A. Corrigan, and Revs. David J. Schilly and (in res.) Harry D.F. Walker. Corrigan was a pro-synodal judge and Schilly was a tribunal notary. Corrigan was also on the Diocesan Administrative Council. Wilmington diocese. Parish school had 368 pupils in 1967-1968. Listed here in the 1968 Directory, but not in biography.
1968 1968 Holy Name of Jesus Pocamoke City
Administrator here for 3 months. Wilmington diocese. Listed here in biography, but not in Directory.
1968 1968 St. Elizabeth's Westover
Administrator here for 3 months. Mission of Holy Name, which also maintained stations in Crisfield MD and Chincoteague VA.
1968 1969 St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Wilmington
1/3, administrator. Priests were Walker, Msgr. Paul J. Taggart, and Rev. Clement P. Lemon. Taggart was the Vicar General. Wilmington diocese. Parish school had 80 pupils.
1969 1970 St. Paul's Wilmington
1/2, administrator. The second priest was Rev. Thomas E. Hanley. Wilmington diocese. Parish school had 312 pupils.
1970 1972 St. Patrick's Wilmington
2/2, administrator, but with Rev. Herbert T. Rimlinger, who was also the former officialis and a tribunal judge, listed first. Wilmington diocese. The parish attended a mission, Little Flower.
1972   "Withdrew from active ministry"  
  See biography.


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1962-1973); Catholic Priests of the Diocese of Wilmington: A Jubilee Year 2000 Commemoration, by Thomas J. Peterman, 2000, p. 244.

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This assignment record was last updated on 2/18/11.