Rev. Thomas R. Burg

Summary of Case: In April 2002 the Diocese of Cleveland released the names of twelve priests, incuding Burg, who were no longer in active ministry because of allegations in the past of the abuse of minors. He was accused of molesting at least one young girl during confession. He was absent on leave from 1995 until his death September 18, 2002.

: 1964
Died: 2002



Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Cleveland bishop was Edward Francis Hoban (1945-1966), followed by Clarence George Issenmann (1966-1974).

1971 St. Ignatius Cleveland (Antioch) OH

5/6, 4/6, 3/5, 3/4, 4/4


Parish had a school with 1,722 to 1,139 students.
1971 1974 St. Luke Cleveland (Lakewood) OH 3/4, 2/2, 3/3  


Issenmann's successor was James Aloysius Hickey (1974-1980).

1978 St. Angela Merci Cleveland OH


In residence

Parish had a school with 910-960 students.
1972 1980 St. Edward's High School Cleveland OH   St. Edward's had 1,350-1,480 students, all male.


Anthony Michael Pilla replaced Hickey (1980-2006).

1982 Annunciation Cleveland OH


In residence

Parish had a school with 200-225 students.
1982 1987 St. Patrick's


In 2002 a couple reported that Burg touched their daughter  inappropriately during confession in the mid- 1980s. Another couple reported to Burg and the diocese in 1986 that Fr. Donald Rooney, also at St. Patrick's at the time, had molested their daughter. The couple later believed that Burg was covering for Rooney. (Plain Dealer [Cleveland, Ohio]
June 16, 2002)


1/5, 1/4






Rooney was the subject of allegations of sexual abuse of girls. He died by suicide in March 2002. (Plain Dealer [Cleveland, Ohio]
June 16, 2002)

Parish had a school with 921-820 students.
1987 1988 Absent on Leave        
1989 1990 Univ. of Illinois at Chicago: John Paul II Center        
1988 1992 Loyola University, Water Tower Campus Chicago IL Director of Chaplains  
1992 1995 Mallinckrodt College of Loyola University Chicago IL Director  
1995 2002 Absent on Leave      


Burg's name was released by the diocese in April 2002 as one of twelve former or retired Cleveland priests who were no longer active in ministry due to allegations of abuse of children. (Plain Dealer [Cleveland, Ohio] April 9, 2002)

Burg died September 18, 2002. 

He was included on the diocese's list in 2019 of those against whom there were substantiated allegations.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1965-2002)

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

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This assignment record was last updated on April 2, 2021.