Assignment Record – Rev. Donald J. Dickerson, s.j.

Summary of Case: Dickerson was a Jesuit of the New Orleans Province who, in addition to parish work, worked in high schools in New Orleans and Dallas. He appears to have left the priesthood in the late 1980s. He has two known accusations against him of child sexual abuse; in 2007 the Jesuits settled with a man who claimed Dickerson abused him when the man was an eighth-grader in 1974, and in 2011 they settled with a man who accused Dickerson of sexually abusing him repeatedly when he was 11-years-old, in 1982. Dickerson's whereabouts in September 2013 are unknown.

: 1980


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


New Orleans archbishop was Philip Matthew Hannan (1965-1988).

  Jesuit High School

New Orleans

The Jesuits settled in 2009 with a man who accused Dickerson of sexually assaulting him in 1974, when the accuser was an eighth-grade boy .



Dallas bishop was Thomas Ambrose Tschoepe (1969-1990).

1981 Jesuit College Prep. Dallas TX   Jesuit Prep. had 710 students, all male.

Dickerson's middle initial is listed as "B."


Alexandra-Shreveport bishop was Lawrence Preston Joseph Graves (1973-1982), followed by William Benedict Friend (1982-1986).

1984 St. John Berchman's Co-Cathedral


Dickerson was accused in a 2010 lawsuit of having sexually abused an 11-year-old boy repeatedly in 1982. Dickerson's accuser said the abuse occurred in his family's home, which the priest often visited. The family was in the process of converting to Catholicism.

LA 4/4, 3/6, 3/4 The cathedral had a school with 527-502 students.
1984 1985         Dickerson is not indexed in the 1985 Directory.



1988 Loyola University New Orleans LA  

Dickerson is not indexed beyond the 1988 Directory.

His whereabouts in Sept. 2013 are unknown. He was known in 2010 to have, at some point, lived in Lincoln, NE.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1981-1988)

Shreveport Man Accusing Priest of Sexual Abuse in $12 Million Lawsuit, KSLA, November 10, 2010
Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Abuse by Shreveport Priest, KTBS, November 11, 2010
Sexual Abuse Suit Filed against Former Shreveport Priest, Shreveport Times, November 11, 2010
Sexual Abuse Suit Filed against Former Shreveport Priest, By Loresha Wilson, Shreveport Times, November 12, 2010

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This assignment record collates Dickerson's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with allegations as reported in the media. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegation we report, and we remind our readers that the U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.

This assignment record was last updated on Sept. 5, 2013

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