Assignment Record– Rev. Albert E. Schetter

Summary of Case: Albert E. Schetter was a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, ordained in 1955. He assisted at parishes in Hamilton, Cincinnati, Springfield and Sidney before being named lead priest of a Middletown parish. He next held a long-time pastorship in Chickasaw. Schetter was also a high school teacher. He retired in 1990 and died May 5, 2002.

In 1992 a man told the archdiocese that when he was a student in the early 1960s at Annunciation parish school in Cincinnati's Clifton neighborhood, Schetter sexually abused him. The archdiocese offered the man counseling, which he declined. Archdiocesan officials also reviewed Schetter's personnel file and found that in the early 1960s there had been complaints of the priest's "odd behavior" with children, for which he was sent on a spiritual retreat. Officials in 1992 told Schetter to stay away from children.

In 2003 Schetter's accuser and another man alleging sexual abuse by the priest as a boy in the early 1960s sued, claiming the archdiocese knew of but did nothing about Schetter's abuse of children.

Born: 1922
Ordained: May 28, 1955
Retired: 1990
Died: May 5, 2002


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1955   St. Edward's Cincinnati (West End) OH   Schetter served here briefly, per his obituary.


Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Archbishop was Karl Joseph Alter (1950-1969).

1960 St. Peter in Chains Hamilton OH 3/3

St. Peter in Chains had a school with 354-258 boys and 241-304 girls.


1960 1964 Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Cincinnati (Clifton)

In a 2003 lawsuit Schetter was accused of sexually abusing two boys between 1960-1963, while he was assigned to Annunciation. One of the plaintiffs had gone to the archdiocese with his allegations in 1992.

OH 3/3

Annunciation had a school with 226-195 boys and 216-156 girls.

A review of Schetter's personnel file in 1992 by the archdiocese showed that Schetter was sent to a spiritual retreat in the early 1960s due to complaints of his "odd behavior" with children. The 2003 lawsuit claimed the archdiocese knew of Schetter's molestation of children, but kept it quiet.

1963 1965 Mother of Mercy High School Cincinnati (Westwood)   faculty member  
1964 1965 Our Lady of Lourdes Cincinnati (Westwood) OH 2/4 Our Lady of Lourdes had a school with 462 boys and 468 girls.
1965   Holy Family Dayton OH associate pastor  


Alter was succeeded as Cincinnati archbishop by Paul Francis Leibold (1969-1972).

1970 St. Teresa, Little Flower of Jesus Springfield OH 3/3 St. Teresa's had a school with 242-228 boys and 229-191 girls.
1965 1970 Springfield Catholic High School Springfield OH part-time teacher  
1970 1972 Holy Angels Sidney OH


teacher at parish school

Holy Angels had a grade school with 200-212 boys and 234-212 boys, and a high school with 100 boys and 108 girls. (The High School merged with St. Mary's in1970 to form Lehman Catholic High School.)


Joseph Louis Bernardin replaced Leibold (1972-1982).

1979 Holy Trinity Middletown OH 2/2 (Administrator), 1/2, 1/1 Holy Trinity had a school with 65 boys and 67 girls. In 1972 it merged with area schools to form St. John XXIII.


Daniel Edward Pilarczyk succeeded Bernardin (1982-2009).

1990 Most Precious Blood Chickasaw OH 1/1  
1990 1993 Retired Chickasaw OH  

Address given is 8 Walnut St., Chickasaw OH

The archdiocese in 2003 said it offered counseling in 1992 to Schetter's alleged victim who had come forward. The man declined. The archdiocese also told Schetter at the time to stay away from children.

1993 1997 Retired St. Mary's OH   Schetter resided at Otterbein-St. Mary's Retirement Community.
1997 2002 Retired St. Mary's OH  

Address given is 1124 Circle Dr., St. Mary's OH

Schetter died May 5, 2002.

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, 1956-2003).

Rev. Albert Schetter, Middletown Journal, May 7, 2002
Lawsuit Says Archdiocese Covered up Sex Abuse by Priest, Associated Press, November 5, 2003
Sex Abuse Concealed, Suit Claims, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, November 6, 2003 

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


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