Rev. David V. Dobrowolski– Assignment History
Summary of Case: David Dobrowolski was a priest of the Diocese of Erie, ordained in 1969. He was an assistant in an Erie parish until 1972, when he joined the staff of Kennedy Christian High School in Sharon. While there he may have resided briefly at a West Middlesex parish, moving in 1973 to St. Adalbert's in Farrell. In 1978 Dobrowolski was assigned as chaplain to the Harborcreek School for Boys, which was a treatment facility for 'troubled juveniles,' ages 10-18. He remained there until his death in December 1985.
Dobrowolski's name was included on the diocese's list released April 6, 2018 of priests, lay employees and volunteers accused of
sexually abusing minors. The allegations against Dobrowolski were noted to have been reported after his death.
Died: December 28, 1985
Diocese of Erie
Bishop was Alfred Michael Watson (1969-1982).
Msgr. James J. Gannon, V.F.; Rev. David V. Dobrowolski. In res., Revs. John W. Swoger; Charles Drexler.
|St. Andrew's had a school with 280-255 boys and 278-258 girls.
||Kennedy Christian High School
1972-1975: Rev. Andrew Karg, Headmaster; Revs. Michael Barletta; Ronald Gmerek; James Kennelley; David Dobrowolski.
1975-1977:Rev. Andrew Karg, Headmaster; Revs. Michael Barletta; Ronald Gmerek; James Kennelley; David Dobrowolski; Glenn Whitman.
1977-1978: Rev. Andrew Karg, Headmaster; Ronald Gmerek; James Kennelley; David Dobrowolski; Glenn Whitman; Ronald Witherup.
Kennedy Christian had 242-275 boys and 225-275 girls.
Barletta was accused of the sexual abuse of at least three Cathedral Prep students in the late 1970s-early 1980s. One of the alleged victims told the diocese in 1994. Barletta wasn't removed until 2003.
||Rev. Salvatore P. Mitchell, Pastor; In res., Rev. Andrew Karg.
||Dobrowolski is indexed in the 1973 as at the address given for Good Shepherd, but he is not listed as there in the diocesan pages.
1973-1977: Rev. William J. Maloney. In res., Rev. David Dobrowolski.
1977-1978: Rev. Charles S. Murcko. In res., Rev. David Dobrowolski.
Watson was succeeded as Erie bishop by Michael Joseph Murphy (1982-1990).
||Harborcreek School for Boys
||Revs. David Dobrowolski, Chap.; Revs. Jerome M. Pelkowski, ACSW, Exec. Dir.; Frank Pizzat, PhD., Clinical Dir.
The Harborcreek School for Boys was a facility for the treatment of 'troubled juveniles,' ages 10-18. There were 135-150 boys during Dobrowolski's time there.
Dobrowolski died December 28, 1985. Per the diocese, child sexual abuse allegations against him Dobrowolski surfaced sometime after his death.
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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
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Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1970-1986).
• Revision to the Policy for the Protection of Children, Diocese of Erie , April 6, 2018
• Erie Diocese Releases Names of Accused Priests, Laypeople, GoErie , April 6, 2018
• Assignment Record – Rev. Michael G. Barletta, Bishop-Accountability.org, June 14, 2018
• Harborcreek Youth Services, webpage accessed June 15, 2018
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This assignment record was last updated on June 15, 2018.