Assignment Record– Rev. David F. Reilly

Summary of Case: David F. Reilly was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1975. He served as an assistant in Roselawn and Oxford, and as a chaplain at area hospitals. The Directories show several unexplained gaps between assignments in the 1980s. In 1987 he became a military chaplain, stationed in Niceville FL, Seattle WA, Wright Patterson OH and San Antonio TX. Reilly returned to Cincinnati in 1996, serving as parish pastor in South Fairmont and then in Shandon OH.

In 2006 a man reported to the archdiocese that Reilly had engaged in inappropriate contact with him when the man was 13- to 14 years-old in the 1970s and the priest was assigned to Our Mother of Sorrows in Roselawn. Reilly acknowledged contact with the boy, but said it was not inappropriate or sexual. He was placed on administrative leave. In February 2014, after a Church tribunal determined that he was not proven guilty of the allegations against him, the archdiocese announced that Reilly was free to return to ministry. He has since been listed in the Directories as retired.

: 1975
Retired: 2014


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Archbishop was Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982).

1978 Our Mother of Sorrows

Cincinnati (Roselawn)

Reilly was accused in 2006 of having had "improper contact" with "sexual overtones" with a 13- or 14-year-old boy in the 1970s, when he was assigned to Our Mother of Sorrows.

OH 2/2

Our Mother of Sorrows had a school with 239-224 students.

Reilly acknowledged contact but denied it was improper.


1978 1980 St. Mary's Oxford OH 2/2  
1978   Jewish Hospital Cincinnati OH chaplain  
1980   Children's Hospital Cincinnati   assistant chaplain  
1980   Holmes Hospital Cincinnati   assistant chaplain  
1980   Deaconess Hospital Cincinnati   assistant chaplain  


Bernardin was succeeded as Cincinnati archbishop by Daniel Edward Pilarczyk (1982-2009).

1983         Reilly is not indexed in the 1981-1983 Directories.
1983 1986 Our Mother of Sorrows Cincinnati (Roselawn) OH   Our Mother of Sorrows had a school with 107-171 students.
1986 1987         Reilly is not indexed in the 1987 Directory, nor is he listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous or next assignments.
1987 1989 Military Niceville FL chaplain  
1989 1991 Military Seattle WA chaplain  
1990 1991 St. Teresa of Avila Cincinnati (Price Hill) OH associate pastor Per news reports, Reilly served at St. Teresa's for six months during this time.
1991 1992 Military Wright Patterson OH chaplain  
1992 1994 Military     chaplain SC 102, Box 1147, APO, AE 09846
1994 1996 Military San Antonio TX chaplain  
1996 2000 St. Bonaventure Cincinnati (South Fairmont) OH 1/1  
2000 2006 St. Aloysius Shandon OH 1/1

St. Aloysius had a CCD program with 230-160 students.

Reilly was placed on leave in August 2006 after he was accused of having had "improper contact" with a teenage boy in the 1970s.

2006 2007         Reilly is not indexed in the 2007 Directory, nor is he listed in the Cincinnati pages as at his previous assignment.


Dennis Marion Schnurr succeeded Pilarczyk as Cincinnati archbishop (2009-).

2014 Priests on Administrative Leave        
2014 2016 Retired Okeana OH   Reilly was allowed to return to active ministry in February 2014 after a church tribunal determined that he was not proven guilty of the allegations against him.

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, 1976-2016).
Butler Co. Priest Suspended, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, August 19, 2006
Priest Placed on Leave for Sexual Misconduct, Dayton Daily News, August 19, 2006
Pilarczyk to Speak on Priest, By Mary Lolli, Cincinnati Post, August 19, 2006
Area Pastor Removed Amid Claims, By Mary Lolli, Hamilton Journal News, August 19, 2006
Statement by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 21, 2014
 Former Kettering Priest Disciplined for Child Abuse, By Jill Drury, WDTN, February 21, 2014
Vatican Removes Area Priest after Sexual Assault Admission, Cincinnati Enquirer, February 22, 2014

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This assignment record was last updated on February 2, 2017.


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