Assignment Record – Rev. Robert B. Cullen, s.j.

Summary of Case: A Jesuit priest ordained in 1958, Cullen's ministry took him to the dioceses of Albany, Dallas, Pittsburgh, New York, Baltimore, Wheeling-Charleston, Charlotte, and Allentown. He was a high school guidance counselor and teacher of religion, English, and psychology. In testimony before the Maryland legislature in 2007, a woman stated that Cullen sexually abused her for years in the 1960s, when she was in elementary school. She said her mother reported the abuse to the Jesuits repeatedly, beginning in the late 1960s, but that no action was taken. The woman testified, too, that she was "not the only one" abused by Cullen. Cullen died in February 2005.

Ordained: 1958
Died: Feb. 5, 2005


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes
1958 1959         Cullen is not indexed in the 1959 Directory.


Albany bishop was William Aloysius Scully (1954-1969).

1960 Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs Auriesville NY Tertianship  


Dallas bishop was Thomas Kiely Gorman (1954-1969).

1961 Jesuit High School of Dallas Dallas TX   Jesuit High had 644 students.


Pittsburgh bishop was John Joseph Wright (1959-1969).

1962   Pittsburgh PA   Address given is 322 N. Lang Ave., Pittsburgh, PA


New York archbishop was Francis Joseph Spellman (1939-1967).

1963 Fordham University New York NY    


Baltimore archbishop was Lawrence Joseph Shehan (1961-1974).

1971 Loyola High School


Cullen was accused of sexually abusing an elementary school-aged girl for years in the 1960s. His accuser grew up in Townson. The priest is said to have been caught in the act; the girl's mother is said to have repeatedly reported the abuse, beginning in the late 1960s, to the Jesuit. The Jesuits reportedly took no action. Cullen's accuser stated that she wasn't
"the only one."

MD guidance counselor; teacher of religion, English, and psychology Loyola had 769-670 students, all male.
1971 1972         Cullen is indexed in the 1972 Directory as at Loyola High, but he is not listed as there in the Baltimore archdiocesan pages.


Shehan was succeeded by William Donald Borders (1974-1989).

1980 Loyola High School Townson MD    
1980 1981         Cullen is not indexed in the 1981 Directory; nor is he listed in Baltimore archdiocesan pages as at his previous assignment.
1981 1982 Loyola High School Townson MD   Loyola had 743 students.


Wheeling-Charleston bishop was Joseph Howard Hodges (1962-1985), followed by Francis Bible Schulte (1985-1988). Schulte was replaced by Bernard William Schmitt (1989-2004).

1990 Wheeling College Wheeling WV    


Charlotte bishop was John Francis Donoghue (1984-1993).

1991 Chapel of the Redeemer Hot Springs NC 2/2  
1990 1991 Jesuit Community Belmont NC    


Pittsburgh bishop was Donald William Wuerl (1988-2006).

1992 SS Peter and Paul Pittsburgh PA 3/3 In residence.  
1992 1996 St. Charles Lwanga Pittsburgh PA 3/3 St. Charles Lwanga had a school with 334 students.


Baltimore archbishop was William Henry Keeler (1989-2007).

2002 Loyola High School Townson PA community outreach; religion teacher Loyola High had 855-960 students, all male.


Allentown bishop was Edward Peter Cullen (1997-2009).

2005 Jesuit Center Wernersville PA pastoral minister Cullen died Feb. 5, 2005.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1960-2006)

The Rev. Robert B. Cullen, 78, Priest, School Counselor, Baltimore Sun, February 25, 2005
Testimony before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Subcommittee about Robert Cullen SJ and Maryland Senate Bill 575, By Helen Daly, Annapolis MD, March 1, 2007

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This assignment record was last updated on Aug. 27, 2013