Assignment Record— Rev. Perry L. Robinson, s.j.

Summary of Case: Robinson was sent to St. Luke's Institute for treatment twice in the 1980s. He was fired from his long-time high school teaching position in Milwaukee in 1988 for taking nude photographs of students, and was quietly transferred to a parish in Omaha, NE. He was removed from ministry in Omaha In February, 2011 after a man informed the Omaha archbishop of the earlier allegations against Robinson. The man also stated that Robinson had given him an inappropriate backrub in the early 1980s when he was one of Robinson's high school students in Milwaukee. Robinson's Omaha parishioners were informed in March in the church bulletin only that the Jesuits were putting him on sabbatical because he was slowing down due to age-he would soon be 70.

: 1972


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


St. Louis archbishop was John Joseph Carberry (1968-1979)

1973 Lewis Memorial Jesuit Community St. Louis MO  


Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977), followed by Rembert George Weakland (1977-2002)

1988 Marquette University High School


Robinson was quietly fired from Marquette University High School in 1988 for taking nude photos of MUH students.

A former MUH student informed Omaha archbishop Lucas in a 2011 letter about the previous Milwaukee allegations involving Robinson. The man also wrote that Robinson gave him an inappropriate backrub when the man was a young MUH student in the early 1980s.

WI teacher

School had 1,063-1,011 students, all male.

During his time as a MUH teacher, Robinson was sent twice to St. Luke's Institute in Maryland, which is a treatment center for clergy sex offenders and clergy with sexual disorders.

The Jesuits destroyed Robinson's photos, rather than turning them over the police.


Omaha bishop was Daniel Eugene Sheehan (1969-1993)

1989 Campion House Omaha NE   In 2011 the Omaha archdiocese's spokesperson claimed that Archbishop Sheehan was not aware of the allegations against Robinson when he hired him.
1989 2010 Jesuit Community at Creighton University Omaha NE In 1993 a former MUH teacher and two Jesuit seminarians spoke publicly of their concerns about Robinson.


Sheehan was succeeded by Elden Francis Curtiss (1993-2009), who was replaced by George Joseph Lucas (2009-)

Feb. 2011 St. Gerald's Ralston NE 3/3, 2/2

Parish had a school with 294-397 students, and a religious education program with 342-1,438 students.

In Feb. 2011 Robinson was removed from ministry in the Omaha archdiocese after an allegation of inappropriate contact in the 1980s with a high school student surfaced. The archdiocese kept this quiet initially. The St. Gerald's community was informed in the March 6, 2011 church bulletin only that the Jesuits placed Robinson on sabbatical, because "his health is slowing him down a bit" and because he was soon to be 70 years old. Parishioners were encouraged to pray for Robinson, and to send him cards and gifts.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1973-2010)

Priest Can't Serve in Omaha, By Christopher Burbach, The World-Herald, March 17, 20
SNAP Wisconsin Letter to Jesuit Provincial Concerning Fr. Perry Robinson, SNAP - Wisconsin, March 17, 2011
Omaha Priest with State Ties Removed after Allegations, By Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 19, 2011
Marquette University High School Alumnus Accuses Jesuit of Abuse, By Zach Buchheit, Marquette Tribune, March 24, 2011
St. Gerald's church bulletin, March 6, 2011

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This assignment record was last updated on June 2, 2011.