BishopAccountability.org has launched a project to gather and post the assignment records of every U.S. Catholic priest who has been accused of sexual abuse since 1940, so that vulnerable communities can be identified and bishops' transfer policies can be determined.

See below for a brief description of assignment records and their importance, easy ways that you can help with this project, and our initial list of assignment records. For a more detailed account of assignment record research and how you can volunteer, see our guide.

Assignment Records: Why They Are Important

An assignment record lists all the diocesan and parish appointments of a priest, including telltale periods of sick leave. A detailed assignment record, like this assignment record of John Geoghan created by the Boston Globe, identifies populations that have been placed at risk, and is also cross-referenced with a list of accusations, so that the transfer policies of the priest's bishops can be evaluated. By identifying a priests' seminary class and the colleagues with whom he has worked, an assigment record can also begin to identify the circle of colleagues who kept the priest's activities secret and who might even have been involved in the abuse themselves.

Assignment records are all around us:
Newspaper accounts of the crisis
Diocesan records
Investigative files
Obituaries and other old newspaper reports

But these records are dispersed and difficult to find, and complete assignment records for most accused priests are not publicly available. We urge the U.S. bishops to publish detailed assignment records with treatment episodes and accusation dates for every abuser. In the meantime, we are undertaking this work of research and collection ourselves. See our initial collection of assignment records below.

Volunteering for the Assignment Record Project

Please send us any assignment records that know about or come across:
* In your daily newspaper reading
* In your personal experience, if you are a survivor of abuse
* In the research that you've done, if you are a lawyer or a reporter working in this area

If you would like to join the Service Record Project as a volunteer -- for a few hours, or a few hours per week, or anything in between -- please read our guide to service record research, and email us to let us know you're interested. This is work that you can do at a local Catholic college library or at most central city libraries, and you can email, snail mail, or even phone us the results.

List of Assignment Records

The staff at BishopAccountability.org has begun to assemble a library of assignment records for accused priests and others who figure in the crisis.Some we have developed ourselves from the Official Catholic Directory, diocesan documents, and investigative reports. Others were created by lawyers and investigative reporters. Others were created by the dioceses themselves and relinquished under subpoena, or were prepared by the dioceses in response to investigation by law enforcement.

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Total Individuals: 19


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Fr. Ralph Quane

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Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Detroit MI

Removed in 5/2002 from his assignment as a hospital chaplain due to allegations that he sexually abused a minor in the early years of his ministry. Ordered not to wear priestly garb or represent himself as a priest. Laicization announced in 5/2005. Included on the Archdiocese's list 6/10/2019.

Fr. William J. Queenan

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Order: SS
Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Honolulu HI

In a civil suit filed 4/4/2014, a man alleged he was abused by Queenan at age 14 in 1968 when he was a student at St. Stephen's Seminary and Queenan was a teacher. He claimed he told then-priest, later-Bishop, Joseph Ferrario, who also abused him. In the same suit, the man said he was abused by Br. Robert Brouillette and Br. Thomas Ford (both known abusers) in 1970 when he transferred to Damien Memorial High School. Damien Memorial was run by the Irish Christian Brothers. Another man received a settlement in 3/2016, claiming abuse by Queenan and Fr. Anthony Pascale at St. Stephen's, and by Fr. Francis Daubert years earlier.

Fr. James W. Queren

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Order: SSJ
Ordained: 1968
Status: Accused

Died: 08/29/1992
Diocese: Diocese of Lafayette LA

In 10/2021 three men in their 50s stated publicly that Queren repeatedly sexually abused them and "nearly a dozen" other boys when they were 10- and 11-year-old altar servers at Holy Family in Lawtell. The priest allegedly used them to recruit other boys, and tried to have them "do each other" in a group. At least one of them had come forward to the Diocese in 2018. Queren died in 1992.


Fr. Harry Quick

Ordained: 1962
Status: Accused

Died: 05/23/1994
Diocese: Diocese of Lafayette LA

Sealed documents opened in 2014 revealed that church officials forced Quick into counseling in 1977 after allegations from a Eunice LA church. The 1977 memo noted that "it was assumed every time he moved it was because there was some complaint of molestation." Named as child molester in former Bishop Frey's January 1988 deposition. Quick denied abusing boys (at least two) but did admit to relationship with a seminarian. Died in 1994.

Fr. Harold F. Quigg

Ordained: 1960
Status: Settled

Died: 11/11/2015
Diocese: Archdiocese of Seattle WA

Allegation in the late 1990s. Settled. Kept in ministry. The Review Board Report of 6/2004 identified Quigg as one of four priests for whom there was insufficient evident to support an allegation of abuse of a minor. The Board admitted that there was sufficient evidence to prove he did sexually abuse a 17-year-old; church age of consent at the time was 16. The Board stated Quigg's actions were so egregious that he was unsuitable for the priesthood. Supposedly removed from ministry, but the Archdiocese admitted that he continued to perform baptisms and other services and priestly duties at local parishes. Laicization reported in a 7/5/2015 church bulletin. Died in 11/2015. Name included on Archdiocese's 1/15/2016 list of clergy and religious with established, admitted or credible accusations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Named in suit filed 5/17/2016.

Fr. Patrick W. Quigley

Ordained: 1981
Status: Convicted

Died: 04/4/2010
Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Assignments in Manhattan, Staten Island and Stony Point. Pled guilty in 12/94 to offering several teenage boys in Haverstraw Village money for sex. Received probation and sent to treatment in Maryland for "alcoholism." Absent on Leave until laicized in 12/05. Last known to be living in Brick, NJ. Died 4/04/10. On archdiocese's list 4/26/19.

Br. Mark/Fr. Andrew Quillen

Order: OSF
Ordained: 1990
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Named as credibly accused on the Davenport diocese's Creditors Committee website in 8/2007. A man alleged abuse by Quillen, who was then a brother of the Franciscans of Christ the King, and another religious brother in 1977 when the man was a minor seminary student. He said he told Bishop O'Keefe in 1977, but no action. Quillen was ordained in 1990 for the Benedictines (OSB) and changed his name to Fr. Andrew Quillen. Name (Br. Mark) on Davenport's 7/2008 list, noting one minor accuser and one adult accuser. The Davenport diocese didn't add his new name (Fr. Andrew) until confronted by investigative reporters in 10/2018. Sent to treatment in 2003 by the Benedictines, then put on a "safety plan." Living at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA, without faculties. Included on the Burlington diocese's list 8/22/2019 as Mark L. Quillen; worked as a priest in Burlington 1990-1994.

Fr. Celestine Quinlan

Order: OFM Cap
Ordained: 1957
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Accused of abuse of four St. Francis of Assisi parish altar boys 1957-62, per 2003 civil suit. HIs accusers said he also abused other altar boys, and that he "rushed through mass" so he could molest them. One mother reportedly told authorities, after which Quinlan was transferred to WIllitis CA. (Part of the San Francisco archdiocese until the Santa Rosa diocese was established in 1/62.) Plaintiffs' attorney said that the Church told them that Quinlan had been sent to an Indian reservation in Arizona to pay penance for his sins. Quinlan died in 1970. Listed in L.A. Archdiocesan report. On Santa Rosa diocese's list 1/12/19. Assigned there 1962-68.

Fr. Joseph P. Quinlan

Ordained: 1971
Status: Indicted

Died: 07/27/1989
Diocese: Diocese of Springfield MA

Quinlan's name was added to the Diocese's list of credibly accused in 11/2021, due to an allegation that he had abused a minor in 1974. Assignments included parishes in Palmer, Springfield and East Longmeadow, as well as Cathedral High School in Springfield. Quinlan died in 1989.


Fr. Nicholas Quinlan

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Ordained: 1932
Status: Accused

Died: 05/8/1981
Diocese: Diocese of Savannah GA

Named publicly as accused on the diocese's list 11/8/2018. Leave of absence 1946-1953. Retired in 1972. Died in 1981. In 2005 a woman told the Diocese that when she was a resident in the 1940s at St. Mary's Catholic Home for girls, three nuns physically abused her and she was sexually abused by Quinlan. The woman said she was placed at the Home at age 5 and that the abuse went on for four years. In 2018 a man reported that Quinlan sexually abused him as a 12-year-old altar boy in 1962-1963.

Fr. James F. Quinn

Ordained: 1958
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Syracuse NY

Director of the Office of Vocation Promotion, camp director youth leader, pastor. Placed on leave 5/03 pending investigation of allegations that he sexually abused and exploited a youth, starting at age 13, 1963-70. Suit filed 5/03 (later dismissed on SOL) also claimed Quinn was negligent in death of a camper in 1968 and that Diocese covered for him. Suit on this matter filed 6/04. In 12/04 Diocese cleared him to return to ministry after finding insufficient evidence. Died 2/1/13. Per news in 12/18, Diocese received a complaint in 2014 from another man alleging abuse by Quinn in the late 1980s. Included on Diocese's list 12/3/18, after the Review Board determined that the allegations 2003 of abuse of a boy 1963-70 were credible. Quinn allegedly plied the boy with alcohol, gave him cash and gifts, would beat him if he resisted. Suit filed 2/19.

Fr. Justin J. Quinn

Ordained: 1953
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fall River MA

Parish priest, director of Holy Family High School in New Bedford. Also worked at St. Mary's Home for Children where, per his obituary, he was "father figure to many children." Died 6/14/96. Included in 1/21 on the diocese's list of those with substantiated allegations of the sexual abuse of minors.

Fr. Patrick Francis Quinn

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Died: 02/5/1995
Diocese: Diocese of Richmond VA

From Ireland. Attended seminary in AL and Emmitsburg MD. Assigned to parishes in Norfolk, Petersburg and Cape Charles. Died in 1995. Named publicly by the Diocese of Richmond in July 2021 as the subject of a credible and substantiated claim of the sexual abuse of a minor.


Fr. Guido Miguel Quiroz Reyes

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Order: OFM
Ordained: 1944
Status: Accused

Died: 05/15/2008
Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Assigned to Apostolate for Spanish Speaking People in Lancaster, PA 1976-80. Moved in 1980 to the Diocese of El Paso, TX and by 1984 was in the Diocese of Victoria,TX, where he was incardinated in 1986. It notes that he died 5/15/08. Name included on Harrisburg diocese's list released 8/1/18. Noted to have multiple allegations of child sex abuse against him. Included in PA Grand Jury Report 8/14/18. On the El Paso and Victoria dioceses' lists 1/31/19.