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.
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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