Assignment Record– Rev. Thomas R. Hopp

Summary of Case: Thomas R. Hopp was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1966. He was transferred often among archdiocesan parishes until 1983, when he began a twelve-year stint as pastor of a Dayton parish, followed by seven years at another. Early on he taught at Alter High School in Kettering, and he was an Academic Dean at St. Gregory's Seminary for a year in the mid-1970s.

In 1997 the archdiocese received an anonymous complaint that Hopp had displayed "odd" behavior toward a child; Hopp was put "on notice" - he was not to be alone with children except during confession. In April 2002 Hopp was placed on administrative leave after a man reported to the archdiocese that Hopp had sexually abused him when he was a 12-year-old altar boy in 1980. Hopp was temporary administrator of St. Michael's in Ft. Laramie at the time. He admitted to the abuse. Another man filed suit in 2004, claiming sexual abuse as a 12 to 14-year-old by Hopp in the early 1980s at St. Denis in Versailles. A third man claimed in a lawsuit that Hopp sexually abused him when he was a 12 to 15-year-old St. Michael's altar boy in the early 1980s. The suit was dismissed in 2006 by the Ohio Supreme Court, which cited the statute of limitations.

Hopp was permanently removed from ministry by the Vatican in 2005, and given a "life of prayer and penance." He died December 21, 2014.

Ordained: 1966
Died: December 21, 2014


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Archbishop was Karl Joseph Alter (1950-1969), followed by Paul Francis Leibold (1969-1972).

1971 Holy Family Dayton OH 3/3, 2/2

Holy Family had a school with 220-146 boys and 242-145 girls.


1967 1971 Alter High School Kettering OH teacher  


Leibold was succeeded by Joseph Louis Bernardin (1972-1982).

1973 St. Dominic's Cincinnati (Delhi Hills) OH 3/3 St. Dominic's had a school with 504-505 boys and 479 girls.
1973 1976 All Saints Cincinnati (Kenwood) OH 2/3 All Saints had a school with 627-592 students.
1976 1977 St. Gregory's Seminary Cincinnati OH Academic Dean  
1977 1978 St. Augustine's Cincinnati OH 2/2
In residence.
St. Augustine's had a school with 77 students.
1978 1979 St. Monica's Cincinnati OH 2/2
In residence
1980   St. Michael's

Ft. Laramie

A man in his thirties informed the archdiocese in March 2002 that he had been sexually abused as a 12-year-old altar boy by Hopp in 1980. Hopp admitted the abuse.

In 2006, due to the statute of limitations, the Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a civil lawsuit filed by a man who claimed Hopp sexually abused him 1980-1983 when he was 12-15 years- old and a St. Michael's parishioner.

OH temporary administrator This assignment is per news reports.
1979 1980 All Saints Cincinnati (Kenwood) OH 4/4 All Saints had a school with 577 students.
1980 1981 Holy Spirit Chapel Cincinnati OH 1/1



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

1983 St. Denis'


Hopp was accused in a lawsuit filed in 2004 of sexually abusing a 12-14 year-old boy at St. Denis in the early 1980s.

OH 1/1  
1983 1995 Holy Family Dayton OH 1/1 Holy Family had a a school with 210-177 students.
1995 April 2002 Queen of Martyrs


The archdiocese received an allegation in 1997 that Hopp had shown "odd behavior" around a teenage boy, who was a Queen of Martyrs parishioner. The allegation was not substantiated and parishioners were not informed of it. An archdiocesan spokesman said in 2002 that Hopp had been "put on notice" and wasn't supposed to be alone with children, except for during confession.

OH 1/1 Queen of Martyrs had a school with 200-160 students, and a CCD program with 44-35 students.
April 2002   Administrative Leave      

Hopp was placed on Administrative Leave in April 2002 after admitted to sexually abusing a boy in 1980. His victim was in his thirties when he reported the abuse.

Hopp was sent to stay at another parish, SS. Peter and Paul in Reading OH. Despite the fact that he was suspended from active ministry, Hopp presided over mass twice during his first weekend at the parish, telling parishioners he had been sent there "to rest." When parishioners learned of the abuse allegations against him, there was an uproar. The parish pastor said he didn't know Hopp was barred from saying mass, and decided he should leave the parish when parishioners continued to complain.

Hopp is not indexed beyond the 2002 Directory. He was permanently removed from ministry by the Vatican in 2005, sentenced to a "life of prayer and penance."

Hopp died December 21, 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.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1966-2002).

Local Priest Put on Leave in Sex Case, By Joann Rouse and Wes Hills, Dayton Daily News [Ohio], April 29, 2002
2nd Allegation Revealed Another Complaint Made against Priest, By Lynn Hulsey and Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News [Ohio], April 30, 2002
 Abuse Allegations — "Every Precaution Has Been Taken", By Dan Horn, Cincinnati Enquirer, May 1, 2002
 Victim 'Scared to No End' by Local Priest, By Tom Beyerlein and Jim DeBrosse, May 3, 2002
Dayton Daily News [Ohio
 Suit Claims Priest Abuse, Cover-Up, By Ben Sutherly, Dayton Daily News [Ohio], January 28, 2004
 2 Priests Restored, Others Permanently Removed, Press Release from Dan Andriacco, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 12, 2005
 Former Area Priest Defrocked, By Jim Bebbington, Dayton Daily News [Ohio], October 13, 2005
A Tough-Minded Decision, Cincinnati Post [Ohio]
June 2, 2006
 Lawsuits in Sex-Abuse Case by Priests Withdrawn, By Ben Sutherly, Dayton Daily News [Ohio], June 23, 2006
Accused Priests Remain on Payroll, By Tom Beyerlein, Dayton Daily News [Ohio], April 22, 2007
Examining Church Sex Abuse, By John Johnston, Cincinnati Enquirer [Cincinnati OH], April 29, 2007
Rev. Thomas R. Hopp, Cincinnati Enquirer via, December 27, 2014

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This assignment record was last updated on December 8, 2016.


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