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Assignment Record– Rev. Robert A. Stricker

Summary of Case: Robert A. Stricker was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1948. After two years of study in Rome he returned to Cincinnati, where he assisted at St. William's in Price Hill and taught at Elder High School. In the mid-1950s he was a student of library science for a year at Catholic University in Washington DC. He went on to work for many years as a librarian for the Cincinnati archdiocese. In 1974 Stricker was assigned to parish work as an assistant in White Oak and, from 1997 until his retirement in 1993, he was pastor of St. Boniface in Northside. He regularly celebrated mass during retirement at St. Theresa's in Mount Airy.

In 1993 a man told archdiocesan officials that Stricker had sexually abused him as a boy in the 1950s at St. William's. The allegations were deemed unsubstatiated and Stricker was kept in ministry. His accuser came forward again in May 2008, with additional information. Bishop Pilarczyk stated that the allegations had "some semblance of truth." Stricker was placed on leave. An internal investigation found again that the allegations could not be substantiated and Stricker was returned to ministry in July 2008.

Ordained: 1948
Retired: 1993


     

Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State/
Country
Position Notes

1948

Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Archbishop was John Timothy McNicholas, O.P. (1925-1950).

1950 Pontificio Collegio Angelico Rome Italy graduate studies

 

 

1950

McNicholas was succeeded by Karl Joseph Alter (1950-1969).

1955 St. William's

Cincinnati (Price Hill)

In 1993 a man reported to the archdiocese that Stricker sexually abused him as a boy in the 1950s, when the priest was assigned to St. William's.

OH 3/3 St. William's had a school with 290-310 boys and 290-315 girls.
1950s   Elder High School Cincinnati (Price Hill) OH teacher  
1955 1956 Catholic University Washington DC library science student  
1956 1961 The Athenaeum of Ohio Cincinnati OH librarian  

1960

Alter was replaced as Cincinnati archbishop by Paul Francis Leibold (1969-1972), followed by Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982).

1974 Mt. St. Mary's Seminary Cincinnati OH librarian  
1974 1977 St. James Cincinnati (White Oak) OH 2/4, 2/3 St. James' had a school with 1,234-1,134 students.

1977

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

1993 St. Boniface Cincinnati (Northside) OH 1/2, 1/1, 2/2 St. Boniface's had a school with 170-285 students until consolidated with area schools in 1984.

1993

Dennis Marion Schnurr replaced Piarczyk (2009-).

2016 Retired Cincinnati OH  

Stricker was kept in ministry in 1993 after a man reported abuse by the priest as a boy in the 1950s; the archdiocese deemed the allegation "unsubstantiated." He was suspended in May 2008 after the same man went to the archdiocese with additional information and Bishop Pilarczyk found the accusation to have "some semblance of truth." In July 2008 Stricker was reinstated after an archdiocesan investigation again determined that the allegation could not be substantiated. He had been working during retirement "for years" at St. Theresa's in Mount Airy.

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, 1949-2016).

Retired Priest Accused of Abusing a Minor Put on Leave, Beacon Journal, May 1, 2008
Alleged '50s Abuse Gets Priest Suspended, Cincinnati Enquirer, May 2, 2008
 Cincy-Area Priest Suspended for Alleged Sexual Abuse of Boy, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, May 1, 2008
 Retired Priest Suspended after Abuse Charge Renewed, By Travis Gettys, WLWT, May 1, 2008
 Archdiocese Appoints Fr. Kiffmeyer to Holy Family Parish, Local 12, May 1, 2008
 Accused Priest Restored to Ministry, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, July 17, 2008
 Claim of Priest Abuse Dismissed, By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, July 18, 2008

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This assignment record was last updated on March 8, 2017.


 
 

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