Assignment Record– Rev. Daniel R. Pater

Summary of Case: Daniel Pater was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1979. He was an assistant priest at St. Charles Borromeo in Kettering OH until 1982, when he went to Rome to study. He joined the Vatican diplomatic corps, serving in Burundi and Zaire in Africa, Australia, Vatican City, and in New Delhi, India.

In 1992 a woman reported to the Cincinnati archdiocese that Pater had sexually abused her, beginning when she was 14-years-old in the early 1980s and continuing until late 1990 or early 1991, during his trips back to OH. Pater had stepped in to counsel the girl after the accidental death of her brother. The girl was a St. Charles Borromeo parishioner and a student at Alter High School, which was adjacent to St. Charles. Pater admitted to the abuse. The girl sued in 1993 and received a settlement in 1995. Pater was sent to treatment at St. Luke's Institute in MD, then returned to ministry.

In 2004 Pater's victim again sued, along with another woman, claiming the Church did not protect children overseas from Pater. The other woman claimed, too, that Pater sexually abused her as a teenager at St. Charles in the early 1980s. The suit was withdrawn in 2006 due to a ruling by the OH Supreme Court that victims must file before age 20.

Pater resigned from his post in India in 2003, and stated he was "very sorry for what happened." He was thereafter on Administrative Leave. In February 2014 the Vatican announced that Pater was permanently removed from ministry and commended to a "life of prayer and penance."

: 1979


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State/
Position Notes


Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Archbishop was Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982).

1982 St. Charles Borromeo

Dayton (Kettering)

A woman reported to the archdiocese in October 1992 that Pater sexually abused her beginning when she was a 14-year-old St. Charles parishioner in the early 1980s. Pater stepped in to counsel the girl after her brother died in an accident. The abuse continued until late 1990 or early 1991 during the priest's trips back to Dayton from his work abroad. Pater acknowledged the abuse, which included intercourse.It occurred in the St. Charles rectory, at Alter High School (where the girl was a student) and in a parked car. Pater sometimes plied the girl with wine.

A second woman filed suit in 2004 with Pater's first accuser, claiming the Church failed to protect children overseas from Pater. This second accuser claimed also that Pater sexually abused her in the early 1980s when she was a young teen and a St. Charles' parishioner.

OH 3/3, 3/4

St. Charles had a school with 703-639 students.



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

1986 On Duty Outside the Archdiocese: Pontificia Academia Ecclesiastica Rome Italy   The Vatican knew of Pater's sexual abuse history.
1986 1987 On Duty Outside the Archdiocese: Nuziatura Apostolica Bujumbura Burundi, Africa    
1987 1990 On Duty Outside the Archdiocese: Apostolic Nunciature Manuka, Canberra A.C.T., Australia    
1990 1993 On Duty Outside the Archdiocese: Apostolic Nunciature Kinshasa-Gombe Zaire, Africa   Pater's victim was not satisfied by the archdiocese's response to her disclosure. She filed suit in 1993.
1993 1994 Administrative Leave of Absence       Pater underwent treatment at St. Luke's Institute in MD.
1994 2000 On Duty Outside the Archdiocese: Nunciature Apostolic Au Carrie Vatican City Italy Secretariat of State

The 1993 lawsuit against Pater was settled in 1995.

Cincinnati priest Rev. Lawrence Breslin twice alerted his friend, Vatican official Bishop James M. Harvey, to the allegations against Pater. Harvey stated in 2003 that he was aware of "some problems" but that he "presumed everything was OK, that there wasn't anything to it or the accusations were false." Pater 's work for the Vatican continued.

2000 2003

On Duty Outside the Archdiocese:Apostolic Nunciature

Niti Marg Chanakyapuri, New Delhi India    
2003 2007        

Pater is not indexed in the 2004-2007 Directories.

Pater resigned from his assignment in India in 2003, and stated that he was "very sorry for what happened."

The 2004 lawsuit was withdrawn in 2006 due to a ruling by the OH Supreme Court that victims must file before age 20.


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

2014 Priests on Administrative Leave        
2014 2016 Priests Commended to a Life of Prayer and Penance       The Vatican announced in February 2014 that it permanently removed Pater from ministry and that he was to "lead a life of prayer and penance."

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.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1980-2016).

Church, Archdiocese, School out of Sex Lawsuit, Dayton Daily News , July 14, 1994
 Women's Suit Against Former Kettering Priest Settled Dayton, By Gillian Gaynair, Dayton Daily News, July 11, 1995
 Vatican Elevated Abusive Priest, By Reese Dunklin, Dallas Morning News, August 31, 2003
 Vatican Promoted U.S. Priest Despite Warnings of Abuse, Chicago Sun-Times, September 1, 2003
 Abuser's Exit from Vatican Pleases Victim, By Kristin McAllister, Dayton Daily News, September 1, 2003
 10 Area Priests to Be Reviewed, Dayton Daily News, September 18, 2003
 Archbishop Places Abusive Priests on Leave, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, September 23, 2003
 A Milestone in Catholic Abuse Crisis, By Susan Hogan, Dallas Morning News, November 21, 2003
 Archdiocese Sued over Priest, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, March 24, 2004
 Woman Sues Catholic Church Again, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, March 24, 2004
In the Shadow of the Vatican, By Reese Dunklin, Dallas Morning News, September 12, 2004
 Archdiocese of Cincinnati Status Report, accessed February 7, 2006
Lawsuits in Sex-Abuse Case by Priests Withdrawn, By Ben Sutherly, Dayton Daily News, June 23, 2006
 Victims, Church Still Trying to Pick up Pieces, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, April 22, 2007
Statement by 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 January 31, 2017.


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