Assignment Record– Rev. Thomas F. Feldhaus

Summary of Case: Thomas Feldhaus was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1976. He assisted at parishes in the communities of Mt. Airy and Delhi Hills before beginning an eleven-year pastorship in Ripley in 1990, followed by a pastorship in Cincinnati in 2001. Feldhaus also spent several years in the late 1970s-early 1980s in Rome for graduate studies, and was a hospital chaplain for several years in the late 1980s-early 1990s.

In November 2003 a man reported to the archdiocese that Feldhaus had "inappropriately touched" his young son in 1979 while assigned to St. Therese, The Little Flower in Mt. Airy; Feldhaus was placed on administrative leave. In a lawsuit filed in March 2004 another man accused Feldhaus of having sexually abused him as a boy. This accuser, a former student of Our Lady of Victory in Delhi Hills, said the abuse occurred 1986-1991.

Feldhaus remained on administrative leave until October 2014, when his laicization was announced by the Vatican.

: 1976
Laicized: 2014


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State/
Position Notes


Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Archbishop was Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982).

1979 St. Therese, The Little Flower

Cincinnati (Mt. Airy)

Feldhaus was accused in November 2003 of having "inappropriately touched" a boy in 1979 while assigned to St. Therese.

OH 3/3, 2/3

St. Therese's had a school with 545-525 students.

1979 1981 Casa Santa Maria/Lateran University  Rome Italy graduate studies  


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

1987 Our Lady of Victory

Cincinnati (Delhi Hills)

In a March 2004 lawsuit, Feldhaus was accused of sexually abusing a boy from 1986-1991. His accuser was an Our Lady of Victory student.

OH 2/3, 2/2 Our Lady of Victory had a school with 742-587 students.
1987 1988 St. Therese, The Little Flower Cincinnati (Mt. Airy) OH 2/2 St. Therese's had a school with 412 students.
1988 1990 Good Samaritan Hospital Cincinnati OH chaplain Feldhaus is not indexed in the 1989 or 1990 Directories, nor is he listed in the Cincinnati pages as at his previous or next assignments. This assignment is per news reports.
1990 2001 St. Michael's Ripley OH 1/1 St. Michael's had a school with 91-44 students, and a religious education program with 30-139 students.
2001 2003 St. John Neumann Cincinnati OH 1/1

St. John Neumann's had a religious education program with 281 students.

Feldhaus was placed on administrative leave in November 2003 after the archdiocese received a complaint that the priest "inappropriately touched" a boy in 1979.

2003 2007         Feldhaus is not indexed in the 2004-2007 Directories, nor is he listed in the Cincinnati pages as at his previous or next assignments.


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

2014 Administrative Leave      

Feldhaus is not indexed beyond the 2014 Directory.


Feldhaus was laicized by the Vatican October 28, 2014.

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, 1977-2015).

Church Faces More Woes, By Kimball Perry, The Cincinnati Post [Cincinnati OH], Downloaded December 5, 2003
14 Still Priests Despite Sex Cases, By Lynn Hulsey and Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News, March 12, 2004
Parish's 3rd Priest Accused of Abuse, By Dan Horn, The Cincinnati Enquirer [Cincinnati OH], Downloaded March 16, 2004
Status Report on Clerics Credibly Accused of Child Abuse, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Not Dated, Cached by Google on February 7, 2006
Victims, Church Still Trying to Pick up Pieces, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News [Ohio], April 22, 2007
Victim's advocate glad to see 3 Tri-State priests defrocked by Vatican, By Tammy Mutasa, WLWT (Cincinnati), October 28, 2014
Vatican defrocks 3 priests over sexual misconduct, By Dan Horn,, October 29, 2014
Vatican defrocks 3 Archdiocese of Cincinnati priests accused of harming children, By Maxim Alter, WCPO (Cincinnati), October 29, 2014

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This assignment record was last updated on November 4, 2016.


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