Rev. Andrew W. Pawlaczyk– Assignment History

Summary of Case: Andrew W. Pawlaczyk was an Erie diocesan priest, ordained in 1962. For nearly a decade he was a Cathedral Prep faculty member and assistant priest at St. Stanislaus parish, followed by five years as an Army chaplain, then two years in residence at St. Patrick's. From 1979 until his death in 1982, Pawlaczyk's status was 'On Duty Outside the Diocese.' The Erie pages of the Official Catholic Directory do not show his whereabouts during this time.

On May 18, 2018 Pawlaczyk's name was added to the diocese's list of clergy, lay employees and volunteers credibly accused of child sexual abuse. Allegations against him were noted to have been reported after his death.

: 1962
Died: March 8, 1982


Start Stop Assignments Town/Allegations State Position Notes


Diocese of Erie

Bishop was John Mark Gannon (1920-1966), followed by John Francis Whealon (1966-1968) and Alfred Michael Watson (1969-1982).

1971 St. Stanislaus' Erie PA

3/3, 2/3


St. Stanislaus' had a school with 241-198 students.
1962 1971 The Cathedral Preparatory School for Boys Erie PA Faculty 1962-1968; Assistant Headmaster 1968-1971 Cathedral Prep had 1,250-1,375 students.
1971 1976 U.S. Army     chaplain  
1976 1978 St. Patrick's Erie PA 5/5
In residence.
St. Patrick's had a school with 240 students.
1978 1982 On Duty Outside Diocese       The Erie diocesan pages do not show Pawlaczyk's whereabouts. He died March 8, 1982.

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, 1963-1983).

Lists of Accused Priests by Dioceses and Religious Institutes, BishopAccountability, May 15, 2018
 Public Disclosure, Diocese of Erie , May 18, 2018
 Erie Bishop Seen as a Reformer by Some - but Not by Clergy Sex Abuse Victims, by Ivey DeJesus, PennLive, May 23, 2018 

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This assignment record was last updated on July 16, 2018.


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