Rev. Thomas Parrott, c.m.

Summary of Case: Parrott was accused in a 2011 lawsuit of having sexually abused a 14-16 year old boy, who was a student and spiritual advisee of Parrott's in the mid-1960s. The accuser said Parrott would masturbate in front of him with increasing frequency and throw him against walls, forcing his face into the priest's genital area. Parrott began his career as a priest of the Vincentian order, and ended it as a Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocesan priest. He retired to Florida in 1987 and died in January 1996.

Ordained: 1950
Retired: 1987
Died: Jan. 31, 1996


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Oklahoma City-Tulsa bishop was Eugene Joseph McGuinness (1948-1957)

1951 St. Francis Preparatory Seminary Bethany OK English teacher ; master of discipline  


Washington archbishop was Patrick Aloysius O'Boyle (1947-1973)

1952 Vincentian Fathers House of Studies Washington DC   Parrott earned a masters degree in Sociology, with an English minor at Catholic University.


Chicago archbishop was Samuel Alphonsus Stritch (1939-1958), followed by Albert Gregory Meyer (1958-1965)

1960 De Paul Academy Chicago IL   De Paul Academy was a high school with 925-811 students, all male.
1958 1964 De Paul University Chicago IL    


Kansas City-St. Joseph bishop was Charles Herman Helmsing (1962-1977)


St. John's Diocesan Seminary


Kansas City

Parrott was accused in a June 2011 lawsuit of sexually abusing a St. John's student over a two year period, beginning when the boy was a 14 year-old freshman in the mid-1960s. Parrott was his spiritual advisor and confessor. Parrott's accuser said Parrott would masturbate in front of him, progressing to pushing the boy against walls and forcing the boy's head into the priest's genital area. The boy's grades suffered, and the priest is said to have told him the abuse was punishment for the boy's poor school performance. The boy left St. John's after two years.

MO   St. John's was a high school seminary with 170-128 students.


Springfield Cape-Girardeau bishop was Ignatius Jerome Strecker (1962-1969), followed by William Wakefield Baum (1970-1973) and Bernard Francis Law (1973-1984)

1972 St. Vincent's Preparatory Seminary Cape Girardeau MO   This was a high school seminary with 72-57 students.
1972 1973 Holy Trinity Springfield MO 3/4  
1973 1987 St. Mary's Seneca MO 1/1  
1973 1980 Nativity of Our Lord Noel MO  

This was a mission of St. Mary's in Seneca.

Parrott's name no longer carries the c.m. suffix beginning with the 1974 Directory, indicating he left the Vincentians in 1973 to become a diocesan priest.


Law was replaced in Springfield-Cape Girardeau by John Joseph Leibrecht (1984-2008)

Venice bishop was John Joseph Nevins (1984-)

1996 Retired Naples FL  



Parrott died Jan. 31, 1996


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1951-1997)

Abuse Victim Wants to Help Others, By Kim Norvell, St. Joseph News-Press, June 25, 2011
In Memory a Beloved Family Member and Friend to Many,, NoDate

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