Fr. Ivan M. Rovira

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Brownsville TX

From Cuba. Ordained for the Rockford, IL diocese. Incardinated into the Diocese of Brownsville 6/6/1977. Removed quietly in 2002 after two brothers gave detailed written complaints to the diocese alleging abuse by Rovira in the late 1970s-early 1980s. Their ages at the time ranged from 9 to early teens. He admitted to abusing one but not the other. Faculties removed. Two other men made complaints in 2003. Although still a Brownsville priest, as of 2005 Rovira had been living in Mexico since 2002 and was in active ministry, teaching at Universidad del Noreste de Mexico in the Diocese of Matamoros. Resigned in 2005 after news reports that he was seen on TV con-celebrating a mass for a new bishop at the cathedral in Matamoros. On the Brownsville Diocese’s list 1/31/2019. Added to the Diocese of Rockford’s list 10/21/2020. Included in the 5/23/2023 IL Attorney General’s Report.

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