Assignment Record– Rev. Stanley D. Doerger

Summary of Case: Stanley D. Doerger was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1958. Following a brief stint as an assistant parish priest, he spent twenty years at St. Rita School for the Deaf, initially as a resident assistant, then as principal. Doerger returned to parish work in 1980, assisting in Troy and Cincinnati, then pastoring parishes in Xenia and Taylor Creek. In 2003 a woman accused Doerger of having abused her when she was a student at St. Rita's in the 1970s. Doerger denied the accusation. A group of former St. Rita's students claimed he had physically, sexually and verbally abused up to 275 girls at the school. Doerger was kept in ministry. In March 2005 he was suspended after an independent tribunal awarded his accuser compensation. Doerger died in September 2005.

March 25, 1933
: 1958
Died: September 10, 2005.


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Archbishop was Karl Joseph Alter (1950-1969).

1959   Cincinnati OH   Doerger is not indexed in the 1959 Directory. Later Directories indicate he was ordained in 1958.
1959 1960 St. Paul's Cincinnati OH 2/2 St. Paul's had a school with 85 boys and 80 girls.


Alter was succeeded by Paul Francis Leibold (1969-1972), followed by Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982).

1980 St. Rita School for the Deaf


Doerger was accused in 2003 of abusing a girl at St. Rita's in the 1970s. A group of former St. Rita's students said Doerger physically, sexually and verbally abused as many as 275 girls there.

OH Res. assistant 1960-1967.

Principal 1967-1974.

High School principal 1974-1980.

St. Rita's was a boarding school for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. It had a high school with 24-43 boys and 15-39 girls, and a grade school with 40-68 boys and 27-44 girls.

Archdiocesan officials said their investigation found that people close to Doerger's accuser disputed her claim. Doerger denied the allegation.


Daniel Edward Pilarczyk replaced Bernardin as Cincinnati archbishop (1982-2009).

1982 St. Patrick's Troy OH 2/3 St. Patrick's had a school with 199-191 students.
1982 1984 St. Bernard's Cincinnati OH 2/2 St. Bernard had a school with 215-207 students.
1984 1997 St. Brigid's Xenia OH 1/2, 1/1 St. Brigid's had a school with 215-259 students.
1997 2005 St. Bernard's Cincinnati (Taylor Creek) OH 1/1

St. Bernard's had a school with 265-241 students, and a CCD program with 110-85 students.

Doerger was kept in ministry after the allegation surfaced in 2003. He was suspended in March 2005 after the woman who accused him of abusing her as a child in the 1970s received compensation from "an independent tribunal."

Doerger died September 10, 2005.

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.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1960-2006).

Archdiocese News Release: Specifics Of The Cases,The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 9, 2005
Three Priests Suspended, By Dan Horn,, March 9, 2005
Pilarczyk Suspends 3 More Priests, By Dan Horn, Enquirer, March 10, 2005
3 Priests Suspended on Allegations, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News [Ohio], March 10, 2005
Three Priests Placed on Administrative Leave; All Deny Allegations, By Tricia Hempel, The Catholic Telegraph [Cincinnati OH],
March 16, 2005
Priest Dies before Accusation of Abuse Can Be Resolved, By Christy Arnold, The Enquirer [Cincinnati OH] , September 13, 2005
2 Priests Cleared of Charges, Archdiocese Won't Restrict Contact with Children, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, October 13, 2005

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