Joseph P. Hines—Assignment Record

Summary of Case: Included by the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Davenport bankruptcy on their web list of "priests against whom credible allegations have been made."
: 1945
Incardinated: Davenport diocese 1945-92


Start Stop Parish Town State Position Notes

1951 St. Wenceslaus Iowa City IA 2/2. Pastor was Rev. E.W. Neuzil  
1945 1951 St. Mary's Newport IA   Mission of St. Wenceslaus
1951 1961 Sacred Heart Cathedral Davenport IA 3/3, 2/3. Pastor was Msgr. Martin Cone, who was the Vicar General. The second priest was Rev. Edward C. Greer. In 1953, Msgr. Thomas J. Feeney replaced Cone as pastor. Also in 1953, Feeney was replaced by Dingman as Chancellor. In 1959, Hines became #2 and Daniel J. Kelly came as #3. In 1951-52 the parish school had 421 pupils.
1953 5/5/92 Holy Name Society     Director.  
1961 1967 St. Joseph's

Brown's Station

Mailing address was Preston P.O., R.R. 2, Box 61

IA 1/1. Pastor. Parish school had 85 pupils in 1961-62. It had 54 pupils in 1966-67. This parish is not listed in the 1968 Directory. Apparently it was closed when Hines left for Lone Tree.
1967 1970 St. Mary's Lone Tree IA 1/1. Pastor.  
1967 1970 St. Joseph's Columbus Junction IA 1/1. Pastor. Mission of St. Mary's in Lone Tree.
1968 1970 Priests' Senate Davenport IA President. Succeeded Msgr. J.J. Welsh.
1970 1980 Sacred Heart Fort Madison IA 1/3, 1/2, 1/1, 1/2, 1/1, 1/2, pastor. Other priests were Revs. Thomas J. Spiegel and Michael E. Metz. In 1971 Metz left. In 1972 Spiegel was replaced by Rev. James T. Lawrence, who is listed as Hines' co-pastor. When Lawrence left in 1973, Hines became sole priest. Rev. Joseph P. Brady arrived in 1974 as #2 priest. In 1976 Brady was replaced by Rev. John P. Spiegel, who left in 1978. In 1979 Rev. Anthony Clark arrived as #2. Parish school had 210 pupils in 1970-71.In the 1978 Directory, the school begins to be called Aquinas West.
1970 1980 Keokuk Deanery Fort Madison IA Dean In the 1981 Directory, the deanery is listed as vacant.
1980 1989 St. Mary's Tipton IA 1/1, pastor.  
1989 5/5/92 Retired


To Davenport in 1991.

IA   In the 1990, 1991, and 1992 Directories, which list Hines as retired, his ordination year is not given. It does appear in the 1988 and 1989 Directories.
5/5/92   Died        

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1946-93). See also Diocese of Davenport Creditors' Committee (August 27, 2007).

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.

Note: The Official Catholic Directory aims to report the whereabouts of Catholic priests in the United States on January 1 of the Directory's publication year. Our working assumption is that a priest listed in the Directory for a given year was at the same assignment for part of the previous year as well. However, Kenedy and Sons will sometimes accept updates well into the year of publication. Diocesan clergy records are rarely available to correct this information. The Directory is also sometimes misleading or wrong. We have tried to create an accurate assignment record, given the source materials and their limitations. Assignment records are a work in progress and we are always improving the records that we post. Please email us with new information and corrections.

This assignment record collates Hines's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with the allegation(s) reported by the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Davenport bankruptcy. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegation we report. We remind our readers that in the U.S. judicial system, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty.

A Note on Nomenclature: We use the term "assignment record," instead of the more common "service record," because "service" is not an appropriate word for the activities of an abusive priest. Dioceses are often less than forthcoming about the activities of retired priests, but when we can determine those activities, we list them in these assignment records, particularly if they involve ministry. Retired priests remain under obedience to their bishop, and even the activities of laicized priests should be a concern to the diocese.

This assignment record was last updated on 7/17/08.