Assignment Record – Rev. Thomas J. Hidding, s.j.

Summary of Case: Rev. Thomas J. Hidding, s.j. was accused in 2002 of having sexually abused a Florida high school student between 1980-1982, when he was a Jesuit seminarian and teacher. He was ordained in 1986, and spent his career in Louisiana and Florida. Hidding was removed from active ministry after the accusation surfaced in May 2002. He died Oct. 12, 2005.

: 1986


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


St. Petersburg bishop was William Thomas Larkin (1979-1988)

1982 Jesuit High School


Hidding was accused in 2002 of having sexually abused a Jesuit High student sometime between 1980-1982. Hidding was a Jesuit seminarian at the time. The allegations were deemed "credible" by Jesuit superiors.

FL English teacher; Jesuit seminarian  


Dallas archbishop was Thomas Ambrose Tschoepe (1969-1990)

  Jesuit College Prep. Dallas TX teacher; seminarian This assignment is per news reports.


Oakland bishop was John Stephen Cummins (1977-2003)

1987 The Jesuit Community in Berkeley Berkeley CA    


New Orleans archbishop was Philip Matthew Hannan (1965-1988), followed by Francis Bible Schulte (1988-2002).

1992 Loyola University New Orleans LA campus minister  
1992 1993         Hidding is not indexed in the 1993 Directory.


St. Petersburg bishop was John Clemente Favalora (1989-1994), who was succeeded by Robert Nugent Lynch (1995-).

1997 University of Tampa Tampa FL    
1993 1997 Sacred Heart

Tampa FL 2/4 Sacred Heart had a school with 207-235 students and a religious education program with 26-32 students.
1997 1999 Immaculate Conception New Orleans LA 2/3  
1999 2000 Jesuit Provincial Office New Orleans LA    


Miami archbishop was John Clement Favalora (1994-2010).

2002 Jesu Church Miami FL 7/7, 5/5

Jesu had a religious education program with 45 students.

Hidding was removed from active ministry in May 2002 after an accusation surfaced that he had sexually abused a high school student in the early 1980s.

2002 2005         Hidding died October 12, 2005.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1987-2002)

Abuse Charges against Jesuit Teacher 'Credible', By John Wing, Tampa Tribune [Florida], May 10, 2002
Jesuit High Ex-Teacher Accused of Sex Abuse, By Graham Brink, St. Petersburg Times [Florida], May 10, 2002
Sex Scandal Apology Sent to Jesuit Parents, By Michelle Bearden, Tampa Tribune (Florida), May 11, 2002

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This assignment record was last updated on April 10, 2013