Bishop Accountability

Full Statement from Diocese of Davenport

By David Montgomery
Reprinted in the Iowa City Press-Citizen
August 29, 2004

The full statement from the Diocese of Davenport on Rev. Paul Deyo:

To: Media
From: Deacon David Montgomery, Diocese of Davenport
RE: Announcement from the Diocese of Davenport

The following statement is being made in parishes this weekend: Out of concern for victims of abuse, Bishop Franklin has asked me tomake the following announcement in accordance with the policy of the Diocese of Davenport, which is based on the United States Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Fr. Paul Deyo is the subject of an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct of a minor. Fr. Deyo has been out of active ministry during this investigation and continues to be out of ministry, caring for his father in Keokuk. A report on the ongoing investigation was given to the Review Board and Bishop Franklin this week.

As part of Diocesan policy, I remind you that anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse can report this to the Victim Assistance Coordinator, Tom Crowley. I have cards available for you with contact information at the doors of the church.

Let us all pray for healing and strength in this difficult time for victims and all people of the Church.

From the following information his particular service was cited during the announcement:

Fr. Deyo was ordained August 14, 1976. He served as associate pastor at St. Mary, Clinton from 1976 to 1978, was in Rome from 1978 to 1984 and then served at Assumption High School, Davenport from 1984-1991 and as administrator at St. Mary's, Davenport from 1988-1991.

He served in Iowa City at Regina High School from 1991 to 2000, while working in parishes in the area: St. Patrick, Iowa City from 1991 to 1992, St. Peter, Cosgrove and St. Mary, Oxford from 1996 to 1997, and at St. Wenceslaus, Iowa City from 1997 to 2000. He then served at Bishop Heelan High School, Sioux City from 2000 to 2003. He has not been in active ministry since this time.


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