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  Table of Accused Priests

Archdiocese of Dubuque
July 12, 2007

Table of priests against whom public accusations of sexual abuse of minors have been made and/or lawsuits have been filed. They are listed chronologically according to the earliest time the sexual abuse occurred, according to the accusations. The name of the priest is included, as well as dates of birth, ordination, and death. In the "Comments" section, the time that the accusation became public is indicated. At the end of the table, there is provided an alphabetical list of the priests, with each priest's dates and places of assignments. The current status of the priest is also listed in that summary.

Being included in this table does not necessarily mean that the accusation has been proven in a court of law or shown to have occurred through an outside investigation or admitted to by the person accused.

Earliest Claimed Abuse Name Date of Birth Date of Ordination Date of Death Comments
1930s Joseph I. Patnode 11/20/1885 06/11/1918 12/30/1977 Accused of sexual abuse of several male minors. Accusation made public in the Telegraph Herald on June 18, 2003. Claim settled in mediation on March 23, 2007.
1940s Patrick W. McElliott 10/18/1910 06/06/1936 11/14/1987 Accused of sexual abuse of several female minors. Five lawsuits filed in 2005; settled in mediation February 21, 2006. Claims settled in mediation on March 23, 2007.
1940s Robert V. Swift 02/01/1918 12/17/1944 08/20/1980 Accused of sexual abuse of several male minors. Made public in a letter to the editor of the Telegraph Herald on January 22, 2006.
1950s Henry N. Dunkel 01/31/1921 07/28/1945 10/28/1998 Accused of sexual abuse of several female minors. Accusation made public in several letters to the editor of the Telegraph Herald in the 1990s and 2000s.
1950s William A. Goltz 02/18/1925 04/16/1950 01/07/2006 Accused of sexual abuse of several male minors. Three lawsuits filed in 2005; settled in mediation February 21, 2006.
1950s Albert L. Carman 05/25/1911 07/28/1945 04/19/1980 Accused of sexual abuse of male minors. Lawsuit filed in 2005; settled in mediation February 21, 2006.
1950s John A. Schmitz 06/10/1929 02/02/1957 10/15/1991 Accused of sexual abuse of female minors. Made public at Pastoral Study Day in Waterloo in 2002. First lawsuit filed in California in 2004. A second lawsuit was filed in 2005 and settled in mediation February 21, 2006.
1950s Thomas B. Knox 11/21/1910 05/30/1942 03/09/1968 Accused of sexual abuse of a male minor. Made public in a letter to the editor of the Telegraph Herald on January 22, 2006.
1950s Julius J. Olinger 06/14/1906 05/30/1931 04/19/1993 Accused of sexual abuse of a female minor. Claim made in 2006 and settled as part of mediation February 21, 2006.
1950s John J. Brickley 08/12/1909 06/15/1935 10/30/1998 Accused of sexual abuse of several male minors. Lawsuit filed in 1990s. Settled without trial. Made public also at Pastoral Study Day in Waterloo in 2002. Claims settled in mediation on March 23, 2007.
1960s Albert J. Forster 06/24/1901 05/29/1926 03/26/1990 Accused of sexual abuse of several male minors. Lawsuits filed in 2004; settled in 2004 and 2005.
1960s William T. Schwartz 05/07/1932 02/01/1958 Accused of sexual abuse of several male minors. Lawsuit filed in July 2004 and settled without trial. Three other lawsuits filed in 2005; settled in mediation February 21, 2006. Made public also at Penetential Rite in Waterloo in 2003. Claims settled in mediation on March 23, 2007.
1960s Robert J. Reiss 07/17/1929 06/04/1955 02/03/2005 Accused of sexual abuse of several male minors. Made public at the time of his reported death in Mexico in 2005. Claim settled as part of mediation February 21, 2006.
1960s William A. Roach 02/21/1921 07/28/1945 04/09/1986 Accused of sexual abuse of several male minors. Three lawsuits filed in 2005; settled in mediation February 21, 2006.
1960s John M. Peters 10/23/1920 12/17/1944 05/31/1997 Accused of sexual abuse of male minors. Lawsuit filed in 2005; settled in mediation February 21, 2006.
1960s Robert J. Saunders 03/18/1915 06/07/1941 07/04/07 Accused of abuse of several female minors. Accusations made public in The Witness (July 2007).
1970s Allen M. Schmitt 08/15/1945 05/23/1971 Accused of sexual abuse of male minors. Made public in spring of 2002. Claim settled in mediation on March 23, 2007.
1970s Robert Marcantonio 11/30/1942 06/24/1967 10/20/1999 A priest of the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island. Accused of sexual abuse of several male minors. Made public in the Des Moines Register July 12, 1990. Mediation and settlement of various claims followed.
1990s Timothy L. DeVenney 07/24/1963 06/05/1993 Accused of sexual abuse of several male minors. Made public in June 1996. Claim settled in mediation on March 23, 2007.


An accusation was made against Rev. Nicholas Cigrand (deceased 1976) by a man claiming that he had been abused when he was a parishioner and altar boy in the 1960s. The accusation resulted in a lawsuit, which was dismissed by a district court judge in Dubuque County because the plaintiff could not provide evidence to support his claims. The case was then appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court. On April 13, 2007, the Iowa Supreme Court affirmed the district court�s dismissal of the case and stated that �nothing in the records even suggests any abuse by Father Cigrand.�

Regarding the case of the Rev. Michael Fitzgerald: In 2000 he admitted improper use of the Internet but denied sexual abuse of minors. One anonymous phone call claimed to know from a third party about sexual abuse of a minor, but the person making the accusation declined to identify himself or the supposed victim. Because of the media attention devoted to the matter, Father Fitzgerald resigned his position as pastor of St. Joseph in Marion, Iowa. He died as the result of an highway accident on October 2, 2001.

Other accusations which have been made against other priests (and which have been described as �credible�) are not included for one or more of the following reasons: They have either not been sustained, not proven, not admitted to, or not adjudicated by a civil court or ecclesiastical process. In some cases the information came in connection with medical reports, which are governed by civil law restrictions, or from other sources for which church and/or civil law imposes restrictions. In a very few cases, the sacramental seal of confession was involved.

Listing of the dates and places of assignment of the priests included in the above table
 John J. Brickley 
  Assumption, Cresco        1935-1939 
  Ames, St. Cecilia        1939-1943 
  Gilbert, SS. Peter and Paul      1943-1949         
  Ackley, St. Mary        1949-1954 
  Nevada, St. Patrick        1954-1966 
  Colo, St. Mary          1954-1957 
  Eagle Grove, Sacred Heart      1966-1969 
  Williams, St. Mary        1969-1973 
  Britt, St. Patrick          1973-1985 
  Retired            1985 
  Activities restricted        1998 
  Deceased          1998 
 
 
Albert L. Carman 
  Dubuque, St. Patrick        1945-1946 
  Dubuque, Loras College        1946-1968 
  Dubuque, Mary of the Angels (chaplain)    1959-1968 
  Manly, Sacred Heart        1968-1971 
  Leave of absence        1971-1973 
  Dubuque, St. Mary        1973-1976 
  Garber, St. Michael/Littleport, Sacred Heart  1976-1978 
  Monticello, Sacred Heart/Sand Springs,    1978-1979 
       Immaculate Conception 
  Clutier, Immaculate Conception/Carroll,    1979-1980 
       St. Wenceslaus 
  Deceased          1980 
 
 
Timothy L. DeVenney         
  Dubuque, St. Columbkille      1993-1996 
  Administrative leave and suspended    1996 
  Pleaded guilty and sentenced      1997 
 
 
Henry N. Dunkel 
  Dubuque, St. Columbkille      1945-1952 
  Chelsea, St. Joseph        1952 (temp.) 
  United States Air Force        1952-1960 
  Leave of absence        1960-1964 
  Belle Plaine, St. Michael      1964-1965 
  Parkersburg, St. Patrick        1965-1973 
  Lourdes, Our Lady of Lourdes/Chester,    1973-1990 
       St. Stephen 
  Retired            1990 
  Activities restricted        1992 
  Deceased          1998 
 
 
 
Albert J. Forster   
  Waterloo, St. Joseph        1926-1930 
  Dubuque, St. Patrick        1930-1931 
  Petersburg, SS. Peter and Paul      1931-1932 
  Dorchester, St. Mary        1932 (temp.) 
  Sabula, St. Peter/Green Island, Sacred Heart  1932-1934 
  Grundy Center, Sacred Heart      1934-1937 
  Hopkinton, St. Luke        1937-1948 
  Petersburg, SS. Peter and Paul      1948-1951 
  Otter Creek, St. Lawrence      1951-1952 
  Haverhill, Immaculate Conception    1952-1976 
  Retired            1976 
  Deceased           1990 
 
 
William A. Goltz 
  Dubuque, St. Raphael Cathedral      1950-1953 
  Stacyville, Visitation/McIntire, St. Mel    1953-1954 
  Oelwein, Sacred Heart        1954-1955 
  Church trial and sentencing; activities restricted  1955-1964 
  Norway, St. Michael        1964-1965 
  Cedar Rapids, St. Ludmila      1965-1966 
  Dyersville, St. Francis Xavier      1966 (temp.)   
  Elma, Immaculate Conception/St. Cecilia,  1966 (temp.)  
       St. Patrick 
  Leave of absence        1966-1971 
  Hampton, St. Patrick/Dumont, St. Francis  1971-1973 
  Sand Springs, Immaculate Conception    1973-1976 
  Dorchester, St. Mary/Hanover, St. Mary   1976-1977 
  Waterloo, St. Joseph        1977-1980 
  Cedar Rapids, St. Jude        1980-1984 
  Dubuque, Holy Family Hall, Mt. St. Francis;  1984-1991 
       Mercy Hospital (part-time) 
  Retired            1991 
  Activities restricted        1992 
  Penal precept imposed        2005 
  Deceased          2006 
 
 
Thomas B. Knox 
  Oelwein, Sacred Heart        1942-1947 
  Iowa Falls, St. Mark        1947-1950 
  Baldwin, Holy Trinity/Stone City,    1950-1952 
       St. Joseph 
  Forest City, St. James/Lake Mills,    1952-1963 
       St. Patrick 
  Eldora, St. Mary        1963-1968 
  Deceased          1968 
 
 
Robert Marcantonio   
  Priest of the Diocese of Providence, 
  Rhode Island 
  Part-time priestly assistance at St. Thomas  1970-1975 
  Aquinas and St. Cecilia, Ames, while a 
  student at Iowa State University, Ames 
  Deceased          1999 
 
 
Patrick W. McElliott 
  Waukon, St. Patrick        1936 (temp.) 
  Dubuque, St. Patrick        1936-1941 
  Leave of absence        1941-1942 
  St. Joseph Prairie, St. Joseph      1942-1944 
  Monti, St. Patrick        1944-1954 
  Waterloo, St. John        1954-1963 
  Colesburg, St. Patrick        1963-1966 
  Dubuque, Mercy Hospital      1966-1967 
  Anamosa, St. Patrick        1967-1968 
  Leave of absence        1968-1969 
  Dubuque, St. Patrick        1969-1970 
  Andrew, St. John        1970-1971 
  Leave of absence        1971-1975 
  Retired            1975 
  Deceased          1987 
 
 
Julius J. Olinger             
  Mason City, St. Joseph        1931-1933 
  Nashua, St. Michael        1934-1935 
  Oelwein, Sacred Heart        1935-1936 
  Dubuque, St. Francis Home (chaplain)    1936-1938 
  Garber, St. Michael/Littleport, Sacred Heart  1938-1942 
  Cedar Rapids, Mercy Hospital (chaplain)  1942-1947 
  Walker, Sacred Heart        1947-1954 
  New Hampton, St. Mary      1954-1983 
  Retired            1983 
  Deceased          1993 
 
 
Joseph I. Patnode     
  Dubuque, Loras College        1918-1921 
  New Haven, St. Peter        1921-1922 
  Tama, St. Patrick        1922-1924 
  Dubuque, Loras College        1924-1936 
  Preston, St. Joseph        1936-1939 
  Key West, St. Joseph        1939-1951 
  Marion, Mercy Sisters Novitiate      1951-1964 
  Retired            1964 
  Deceased          1977 
 
 
John M. Peters 
  Waterloo, St. Joseph        1945-1956 
  Monona, St. Patrick        1956-1958 
  Harpers Ferry, St. Ann-St. Joseph    1958-1966 
  Hopkinton, St. Luke        1966-1967 
  Garber, St. Michael/Littleport, Sacred Heart  1967-1969 
  Vinton, St. Mary        1969-1979 
  Traer, St. Paul/Dysart, St. Joseph    1979-1989 
  Retired            1989 
  Deceased          1997 
 
 
Robert J. Reiss 
  Cedar Rapids, Immaculate Conception    1955-1957 
  Ft. Atkinson, St. John Nepomucene    1957 (temp.) 
  Garner, St. Boniface        1957-1960 
  Luxemburg, Holy Trinity      1960-1967 
  Evansdale, St. Nicholas        1967-1971 
  Garber, St. Michael        1971-1974 
  Nashua, St. Michael        1974-1976 
  Stacyville, Visitation        1976-1980 
  Leave of absence        1980-1981 
  Sabula, St. Peter/Green Island, Sacred Heart  1981-1985 
  North Buena Vista, Immaculate Conception  1985-1990 
Activities restricted        1990 
  Leave of absence        1990-1997 
  Dispensed from the priesthood      1997 
  Deceased          2005 
 
 
William A. Roach 
  Waukon, St. Patrick        1945-1947 
  Cascade, St. Martin        1947-1950 
  Dubuque, Holy Ghost        1950-1951 
  Archbishop�s Secretary        1951-1952 
  Graduate studies, Rome       1952-1955 
  Chancellor          1955-1960 
  Dubuque, St. Anthony Home (chaplain)    1956-1957 
  Dubuque, Mt. Carmel (chaplain)      1957-1961 
  Vicar General          1958-1961 
  Cedar Rapids, Immaculate Conception    1961-1967 
  Oxford Junction, Sacred Heart      1967-1969 
  Key West, St. Joseph        1969-1979 
  Waukon, St. Patrick/West Ridge, St. John  1979-1984 
       the Baptist 
  New Melleray, Holy Family/St. Joseph    1984-1986 
       Prairie, St. Joseph 
  Deceased          1986 
 
 
Robert J. Saunders 
  Manly, Sacred Heart        1941-1942 
  Farley, St. Joseph        1942-1943 
  Dubuque, Loras Academy      1943-1947 
  Mason City, St. Joseph        1947-1948 
  New Hampton, St. Joseph      1948-1949 
  Garber, St. Michael/Littleport, Sacred Heart  1949-1954 
  Temple Hill          1954-1969 
  Norway, St. Michael        1969-1986 
  Retired            1986 
  Activities restricted        2002 
  Deceased          2007 
   
 
Allen M. Schmitt 
  Waterloo, Sacred Heart        1971-1977 
  Cedar Rapids, St. Patrick      1977-1981 
  Marshalltown, St. Mary       1981-1988 
  Garwin, St. Boniface        1981-1987 
  Haverhill, Immaculate Conception    1987-1988 
  Protivin, Holy Trinity        1988-2000 
  Schley, Holy Cross        1988-1994 
  Little Turkey, Assumption      1994-2000 
  Ft. Atkinson, St. John Nepomucene    1997-2000 
  Dorchester, St. Mary/Hanover, St. Mary/  2000-2002 
       Waukon, St. Patrick 
  Activities restricted        2002 
 
 
John A. Schmitz 
  Lansing, Immaculate Conception    1957-1958 
  Dubuque, Sacred Heart        1958-1960 
  New Hampton, St. Joseph      1960-1965 
  Mason City, St. Joseph        1965-1970 
  Cedar Rapids, All Saints      1970-1973 
  Manchester, St. Mary/Greeley, St. Joseph  1973-1974 
  Clermont, St. Peter        1974-1975 
  St. Anthony, Sacred Heart/Zearing,    1975-1979 
       St. Gabriel 
  Greene, St. Mary        1979-1982 
  Leave of absence        1982 
  Activities restricted        1985 
  Deceased           1991 
 
 
William T. Schwartz 
  Ryan, St. Patrick        1958-1963 
  Waterloo, St. Joseph        1963-1967 
  Raymond, St. Joseph/Gilbertville, Don    1967-1968 
       Bosco High School 
  Marshalltown, St. Mary       1968-1974 
  Waterloo, Columbus High School    1974-1980 
  Dubuque, Holy Ghost        1980 (temp.) 
  Dubuque, St. Anthony        1980-1982 
  Rockwell, Sacred Heart/Cartersville,     1982-1989 
       St. John/Swaledale, St. Lawrence 
  Clarion, St. John        1989-1992 
  Leave of absence        1992-1993 
  Activities restricted        1993 
  Retired            1993 
  Dismissed from the priesthood      2005 
 
 
 
Robert V. Swift 
  Mason City, Holy Family      1945-1947 
  Anamosa, St. Patrick        1947-1950 
  Oelwein, Mercy Hospital  (chaplain)    1950-1953 
  Garryowen, St. Aloysius      1953-1954 
  St. Anthony, Sacred Heart      1954-1956 
  St. Joseph Prairie, St. Joseph/New     1956-1963 
       Melleray, Holy Family 
  Walker, Sacred Heart/Urbana, St. Mary    1963-1969 
  Oxford Junction, Sacred Heart      1969-1974 
  Eagle Center, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/    1974-1980 
       Blessing, Immaculate Conception 
  Deceased          198
 
 
 

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