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 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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Fr. Theodore P. Zabowski

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Allegation to diocese 10/95 of sexual abuse of a teenage boy 1975-79. Placed on leave. Acknowledged having boys in his bed for "companionship" and possible inappropriate touching. Sent to St. Luke's Institute in MD. Returned to parish ministry 9/96. Withdrew from ministry in 7/02. Settlement in 2020 in the low five figures of a claim that Zabowski sexually abused a boy, age 13, in 1974, while assigned to St. Lawrence O'Toole. The alleged abuse involved fondling and, on one occasion, Zabowski gave the boy alcohol.

Fr. Michael J. Zacharias

Ordained: 2002
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of Toledo OH

Pastor of St. Michael's in Findlay when arrested 8/18/20 by the FBI on multiple charges of sex trafficking. He allegedly "manipulated and coerced drug-addicted boys and men into sex." Per court records, Zacharias made a "confession video" in 2015 in which he performed oral sex on a then-adult victim. He admits to first meeting the victim when he was a seminarian and the boy was in 6th grade St. Catherine's in Toledo. The boy became drug-addicted as a teen, and Zacharias offered him money for sex to feed his habit. A second young man told the FBI he met Zacharias in first grade at St. Catherine's and that the priest began sexually abusing him as a teen, when he was drug-addicted. Zacharias was placed on leave by the Diocese.

Fr. Dennis B. Zacheis

Ordained: 1975
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Worked in South St. Louis, Manchester, Lemay, Krakow, Wildwood and Sullivan parishes. Retired without faculties 2010 due to allegations of financial irregularities at parish he pastored. Accused 11/17 of sexual abuse of a boy 1975-78, while assigned to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Mehlville. Zacheis denied the allegation. Accuser, age 55, filed suit 11/15/17. On the archdiocese's list 7/26/19. Allegations substantiated. Removed from ministry.

Fr. Francis Zachman

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Order: OMI
Ordained: 1951
Status: Accused

Died: 07/29/1983
Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Name first released on archdiocese's 5/22/14 revised list of accused priests and brothers. Worked in archdiocese 1973-1982. Assignments included pastor at Assumption in Richfield 1973-1981, as administrator at St. Albert in Albertville, at St. George in Long Lake and as associate pastor at St. Casimir in St. Paul. Accused in 4/82 of sexual abuse of a minor female. Died in 1983. NOTE: List and articles refer to him as a Franciscan TOR but research indicates he was actually an Oblate priest (OMI).

Fr. Edward J. Zalewski

Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Manchester NH

Died in 1976. A woman notified the diocese in 5/07 that Zalewski "hugged her to his body" at St. Joseph church in Lincoln in 1956, when she was approximately age 12. In 2/21 a man received a settlement for $30K from the diocese. The man had come forward to allege that when he was age 11 in the summer of 1963, Zalewski sexually abused him while he was visiting a rest home that his friend's grandmother owned. He said that afterward he rode his bike to the police station in Penacook and reported the abuse.

Fr. Salvatore V. Zangari

Ordained: 1944
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Parish priest, became Army chaplain in 1951. Diocese received allegations in 1980 and 1986 of "unwanted sexual misconduct" by Zangari toward adult women. Sent in 1986 to St. Luke's for evaluation. Admitted to fathering a child with a former high school student. No follow-up apparent by diocese. Review by bishop in 2002 of the 1986 evaluation; he said it showed "full proof of [Zangari's] sexual misconduct with minors." Faculties removed. Died 9/23/04. Name included on diocese's list released 8/1/18. Included in the PA Grand Jury Report.

Fr. Gabriel Zeis

Order: TOR
Ordained: 1980
Status: None

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Director and chaplain of Princeton University's Catholic campus ministry and Diocesan Vicar for Catholic Education in 9/19 when accused of sexually abusing a minor in 1975, prior to ordination. Denied the allegation. Resigned. On 6/16/20 the TOR Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus announced that investigations by the A.G. and Order could not substantiate the allegation and deemed it not credible. Zeis was to be reinstated.

Bishop George Patrick Ziemann

Ordained: 1967
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Resigned as Bishop of the Santa Rosa diocese in 1999 after a priest sued him over sexual a relationship. Ziemann left the diocese in financial debt of over $30M. A 2002 suit alleged abuse of a youth in 1968 and lasting several years. Named in a 12/03 civil suit alleging conspiracy by 28 priests to cover up abuse in the Los Angeles archdiocese. Named in L.A archdiocesan report, with three accusing him of abuse 1967-86. Lived in Tucson without faculties until his death in 10/09.

Fr. Francis J. Zilkoski

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Ordained: 1924
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

On 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Zilkoski, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information as to where or when the abuse occurred. Had assignments in Foreston, Flensburg, Little Falls and Opole. Was also Chancellor of Diocese. Died 5/19/78.

Fr. Luke Zimmer

Order: SSCC
Ordained: 1954
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Milwaukee WI

Worked in NH, MA, HI, MN, CA and WI. Given permission to operate a Christian Renewal center in WI. As such, he participated as a priest at various churches. Plaintiff in a 1993 suit alleged that Zimmer abused her 1979-80 at one of these churches in WI. Zimmer was still active in 1993 as an instructor for Catholic Seminars. Died in 1/97.

Fr. Francis A. Zimmerer

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1932
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Worth TX

In 9/08 the Fort Worth diocese announced a credible allegation that ZImmerer sexually abused a boy, age 11, while assigned to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Decatur in 1978. Zimmerer died in 1/23/83 at age 74. As of 9/15, two more men had come forward with credible allegations of abuse at the same church. Also worked in AR, MI, WI. Name included on Little Rock's 9/10/18 list (mistakenly as Francis 'Zimmer'). On the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese's list updated 4/1/19. On the La Crosse diocese's list 1/18/20.

Fr. George Zirwas

Ordained: 1979
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First publicly named as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. The diocese knew as early as 1987 of allegations against him of child sex abuse. Sent to St. Francis Hospital for evaluation in 3/88 after an allegation. Sent to St. Luke's Institute in 12/88 after two reports of abuse, of boys ages 16 and 17. Another complaint 1991. Kept in ministry until placed on leave 11/94. Returned to ministry 7/95 after threatening diocese with legal action. Another accusation 11/95, placed on leave. Moved to FL, then Cuba where he was murdered in 5/01. Grand Jury found him to have been involved, along with Revs. Francis Pucci, Robert Wolk and Richard Zula, in making child porn, sharing victims, and using sadism while raping them. Their "favorite boys" would allegedly be given big gold crosses to wear to signal them as targets for other predators. Lawsuit 11/18.

Fr. Nelson B. Ziter

Order: SSE
Ordained: 1947
Status: Sued

Died: 07/7/2000
Diocese: Archdiocese of Mobile AL

Removed from ministry in 1993 after a man alleged physical and sexual abuse 1974-79 while Ziter was pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Selma. Sued in 1994. Suit dismissed on SOL. Ziter founded the Boys and Girls Club in Slma. Assignments in AL included Queen of Peace in Selma, St. Philip Neri in Belle Fontaine, St. Elizabeth in Selma, and Our Lady of Lourdes in Mobile. Director of spiritual affairs at St. Michael's College in VT 1961-67 and worked in parishes in Swanton and Williston. Ziter died 7/7/2000. Included the Mobile archdiocese's list 12/6/18. Per the Edmundites' list 8/7/19, the allegation was substantiated.

Fr. Peter J. Zizka

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Two suits filed in 1995 alleged abuse by Zizka in the 1970s while the female plaintiffs were children. Files in the suits were sealed until 1998. Another suit filed in 7/97. Zizka was not removed from his assignment until 1999. All three cases settled and the files were again sealed. By 10/02 a total of five lawsuits had been filed against Zizka. All settled. Per the archdiocese on its list 1/22/19, Zizka was laicized in 2002.

Br. Douglas Zlatis

Order: CFC
Status: Sued

Died: 12/2/2009
Diocese: Diocese of Phoenix AZ

Member of the Edmund Rice, or Irish, Christian Brothers. Entered the order in 1959. Named publicly as accused by the Phoenix diocese on its list 10/29/19. Assigned 2001-08 to St. Matthew's in Phoenix, where he was the school's vice-principal. Previously worked in Chicago IL, Peru, Staten Island NY, Burbank, IL, Honolulu HI, and Seattle WA. Accused in a 2014 lawsuit of sexually abusing a student at Damien Memorial High School in HI. Also accused in a 2016 lawsuit in HI of abusing a Damien Memorial High student in 1982. Died 12/02/09.

Fr. Joseph A. Zmijewski

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Ordained: 1936
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Allentown diocese's 8/19/18 list. Member of diocesan Tribunal. Psychologist. Died 1968. In 10/04 a woman told the diocese that Zmijewski sexually abused her in 1950 when she was a St. Peter's in Reading 9th grader. She said she was referred to Zmijewski for counseling, and he proposed hypnotizing her at his residence. She said she feigned being hypnotized and he then had her strip naked. He allegedly left the room for a few minutes then returned and told her to get dressed.

Fr. Benjamin Zoeller

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Oklahoma City OK

Removed from ministry in 2002 due to allegations deemed credible. Laicized in 2011. Assignments included parishes in Tusla, Norman, Watonga and OK City. Pastor in Moore 1974-84, moved to Weatherford parish 1984-85, OK City 1985-96, Yukon 1996-01, per archdiocese. Report to archdiocese in 2006 of abuse in 1985 by Zoeller of a 16-year-old boy who attended St. Patrick's parish. In 8/18 his accuser contacted the archdiocese, which then found credible allegations in Zoeller's file and initiated an investigation. Zoeller was discovered volunteering at a parish in 8/18. On the archdiocese's list of credibly accused 10/3/19.

Lisa Zuccarelli

Order: OP
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus OH

Member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, first assigned in 1975. In 7/18 a woman alleged that Zuccarelli molested her in 1982 when she was a student at Fisher Catholic High School in Lancaster. The Order removed Zuccarelli from ministry and restricted her from unsupervised contact with minors and former students. Zuccarelli taught at Fisher High 1980-85. Prior to that she was a teacher at Desales High 1975-77 and Catholic Central High in Steubenville 1978-80. Taught at Georgetown University's School of Nursing 1995-99, chaplain there at St. Mary's Hall and Darnall Hall 1996-2002. Director of academic enrichment and student life until 2003. Professor at Salve Regina University in RI from 2003 until her 2018 removal. The Order deemed the allegation credible.

Fr. Richard F. Zula

Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

Report to diocese 9/87 of violent sexual activity in the rectory by Zula with a minor, and with three other lay men. Sent to Institute of Living in CT. Placed on permanent leave. Two brothers alleging abuse filed suit, then contacted police in 9/88. One said first abused by Zula 1984 when under age 16. Zula arrested 11/88. Pled guilty to two counts involving the two brothers; sentenced 1990 to 2-5 years in prison. Sentence to run concurrently with one in another county imposed for 1-5 yrs. Diocese settled with the brothers with a confidentiality agreement. Revs. Francis Pucci and Robert Wolk accused of abusing the same boys. More reports to diocese of abuse of boys by Zula, involving sadomasochism. Found volunteering at a parish in 2007. Died 9/29/17. Included in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Suit filed 10/18 against Bishop Zubik and Cardinal Wuerl.