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The Assignment Record Project

BishopAccountability.org has launched a project to gather and post the assignment records of every U.S. Catholic priest who has been accused of sexual abuse since 1940, so that vulnerable communities can be identified and bishops' transfer policies can be determined.

See below for a brief description of assignment records and their importance, easy ways that you can help with this project, and our initial list of assignment records. For a more detailed account of assignment record research and how you can volunteer, see our guide.

Assignment Records: Why They Are Important

An assignment record lists all the diocesan and parish appointments of a priest, including telltale periods of sick leave. A detailed assignment record, like this assignment record of John Geoghan created by the Boston Globe, identifies populations that have been placed at risk, and is also cross-referenced with a list of accusations, so that the transfer policies of the priest's bishops can be evaluated. By identifying a priests' seminary class and the colleagues with whom he has worked, an assigment record can also begin to identify the circle of colleagues who kept the priest's activities secret and who might even have been involved in the abuse themselves.

Assignment records are all around us:
* Newspaper accounts of the crisis
* Diocesan records
* Investigative files
* Obituaries and other old newspaper reports

But these records are dispersed and difficult to find, and complete assignment records for most accused priests are not publicly available. We urge the U.S. bishops to publish detailed assignment records with treatment episodes and accusation dates for every abuser. In the meantime, we are undertaking this work of research and collection ourselves. See our initial collection of assignment records below.

Volunteering for the Assignment Record Project

Please send us any assignment records that know about or come across:
* In your daily newspaper reading
* In your personal experience, if you are a survivor of abuse
* In the research that you've done, if you are a lawyer or a reporter working in this area

If you would like to join the Service Record Project as a volunteer -- for a few hours, or a few hours per week, or anything in between -- please read our guide to service record research, and email us to let us know you're interested. This is work that you can do at a local Catholic college library or at most central city libraries, and you can email, snail mail, or even phone us the results.

List of Assignment Records

The staff at BishopAccountability.org has begun to assemble a library of assignment records for accused priests and others who figure in the crisis. Some we have developed ourselves from the Official Catholic Directory, diocesan documents, and investigative reports. Others were created by lawyers and investigative reporters. Others were created by the dioceses themselves and relinquished under subpoena, or were prepared by the dioceses in response to investigation by law enforcement.

 
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Yacyshyn
Gregory 1998 P Sued 41A031DB-AF87-11E3-8677-CFE8F69ED7FC Accused in a 1/15 lawsuit of sexually abusing 8-yr-old girl in 2003 when assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Church in Greenlawn NY. Girl's family reported the alleged abuse to diocese and law enforcement; diocese did not inform the parish or public and kept Yacyshyn in ministry. Diocese said allegations unsubstantiated and called the claim an "unfortunate publicity stunt." A New York Supreme Court judge ruled in 12/15 the lawsuit could proceed. A second accuser filed suit in 4/25/16, alleging sexual abuse when he was a 5 to 7 yrs-old in 2001-2003 at St. Francis of Assisi in Greenlawn. Yacyshyn denied the allegations. Working at St. Jude's in Mastic Beach in 4/16. Rockville Centre, NY Source:
CBS New York 01.21.15; NBC New York 01.21.15; Hamilton and Griffin on Rights 04.07.15; CBS New York 12.15.15; Newsday 04.26.16; SNAP 04.26.16; Courthouse News Service 04.29.16; CBS New York 05.06.16; Fios 1 05.06.16; News 12 05.06.16; Newsday 05.06.16; New York Daily News 05.25.16; Raw Story 05.26.16; SNAP 05.26.16
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Yakaitis
Michael T. 1978 P Accused 41A031DB-AF87-11E3-8677-CFE8F69ED7FC Accused of abusive relationship with an 18 yr old student at Niles College in early 1990s over a 1 year period. Plaintiff complained to officials two years later. Yakaitis admitted the relationship and sent for therapy. In 2002, Plaintiff found out that Yakaitis was still active priest at Univ. of Chicago and went public with his allegations. Yakaitis resigned from his position at the Univ. Died in FL 5/10. Chicago, IL Source:
Chicago Tribune 2.9.05; NBC 5 Chicago 2.9.05; News Release by Yakaitis and Archdiocese of Chicago 2.8.05; CBS 2 02.07.05; Tucson Citizen 02.11.05; Voice from the Desert 06.23.08; OakPark.com 06.01.10
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Yeager
Robert J. 1962 P Accused 41A031DB-AF87-11E3-8677-CFE8F69ED7FC Per 2004 article, attys for diocese reached settlement with 1 victim of alleged abuse. Yeager continued as major fund-raiser for diocese. Not placed on leave until 5/06 when diocese investigation was completed and allegations were "credible." Another victim also has come forward. Retired 2005. Teaching certificate revoked 11/06. Permanently removed from public ministry. Toledo, OH Source:
Diocese of Toledo Status Report 4.8.08; Diocese of Toledo Statement 05.23.06; Toledo Blade 05.23.06; Lima News 05.24.06; Toledo Blade 05.24.06; Advertiser-Tribune 05.25.06; Toledo Blade 05.28.06; Toledo Blade 10.06.06; Toledo Blade 10.07.06; Toledo Blade 11.10.06; Toledo Blade 11.15.06
Assignments:
Toledo Blade 5.24.06
Yurgel
Robert 1996 P Convicted E4C4B83C-AF87-11E3-8677-CFE8F69ED7FC Arrested 4/08. Charged with sexual abuse of a 14-yr-old boy in 1999 at St. Matthew's in Charlotte where he was assigned 1997-1999; transferred out of diocese in 10/99. At time of arrest, was chaplain at St. Mary's in Passaic, NJ. Extradited to Charlotte and released on bail. Victim filed civil suit vs diocese and Capuchins 10/08, saying diocese knew before transfer to NJ and case covered-up. Pleaded guilty to 1 count 2/09; sentenced to 7 yrs 8 mo to 10 yrs prison. Suit settled 5/10 for $123M ($1M from Diocese and $230K from the Order). Released from prison 8/16. Moved from NC to NJ in 11/16. Per Capuchins Yurgel defrocked in 2010. Charlotte, NC Source:
Charlotte Observer 04.02.08; Charlotte Observer 04.03.08; The Record 04.03.08; WSOC 04.03.08; Charlotte Observer 04.04.08; Charlotte Observer 04.07.08; WCNC 04.11.08; Charlotte Observer 04.13.08; Charlotte Observer 04.16.08; The Record 09.15.08; Charlotte Observer 10.15.08; Doe v Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte NC, Superior Court, Mecklenburg Co Cause No 08-CVS-23161, 10.15.08; WCCB 10.17.08; Star-Ledger 12.14.08; Charlotte Observer 02.02.09; Charlotte Observer 02.02.09; WSOC 02.02.09; Charlotte Observer 02.03.09; Charlotte Observer 02.03.09; Charlotte Observer 02.09.09; Charlotte Observer 06.23.09; News Observer 05.08.10; North Carolina Lawyers Weekly 07.10.10; WSOC 02.21.17
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Yzermans
Vincent Arthur 1951 P Accused 41A031DB-AF87-11E3-8677-CFE8F69ED7FC On 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Yzermans, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. He served at multiple parishes within the Diocese. Also served as editor of Our Sunday Visitor and wrote several religious books. Died 05/04/95 in NM. Admitted to long battle with alcoholism and 12 stints in treatment. St. Cloud, MN Source:
FindAGrave 05.04.95; Pioneer Press 05.08.95; Diocese of St Cloud--Bishop Kettler Press Release, 01.03.14; Legal Examiner 01.03.14; St Cloud Times 01.03.14; Star Tribune 01.03.14; WJON 01.03.14; St Cloud Times 05.29.16; WJON 05.29.16
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Zachman Francis 1951 P none 3DA12251-AF88-11E3-8677-CFE8F69ED7FC Name first released on archdiocese's 5/22/14 revised list of accused priests and brothers. Worked in archdiocese from 1973-1982. Assignments included pastor at Assumption in Richfield 1973-1981, as administrator at St. Albert in Albertville, at St. George in Long Lake and as associate pastor at St. Casimir in St. Paul. Accused in April 1982 of sexual abuse of a minor female. Died in 1983. NOTE: List and articles refer to him as a Franciscan TOR but research indicates he was actually an Oblate priest (OMI). St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN Source:
Zachman Personnel File; Pioneer Press 05.22.14; Statement by Archdiocese of St Paul 05.22.14; Jeff Anderson & Associates 11.05.14
Assignments:
Assignment Record by Archdiocese of St Paul
Zaunbrecher
Charles J. 1957 P Accused 41A031DB-AF87-11E3-8677-CFE8F69ED7FC 7/02 article says Zaunbrecher, who died in 1996, is listed as having molested children while serving as a priest. He spent time away from his ministry on "special assignment." From 1985-95, he was assigned to the Church of the Little Flower in Mobile,AL He returned to Lafayette in 1995. No other information found. Lafayette, LA Source:
FindAGrave 06.19.96; The Advocate 06.21.96; The TImes Acadiana 07.17.02
Assignments:
The Advocate 6.21.96
Ziemann (BP)
G. Patrick 1967 P Sued 41A031DB-AF87-11E3-8677-CFE8F69ED7FC Resigned as Bishop of Santa Rosa Diocese 1999 after priest sued him over sexual relationship. Ziemann left the diocese in financial debt of over $30M. A 2002 suit alleged abuse of youth in 1968 and lasting several years. Named in 12/03 civil suit alleging conspiracy by 28 priests to cover up abuse in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Named in LA Archdiocesan report as abuser of 3 between 1967-1986. Lived in Tucson without faculties until his death10/09. Los Angeles, CA Source:
Collection of Articles prior to 09.01.09; Press Democrat 09.28.09; Press Democrat 10.03.09; LA Times 10.22.09; Bakersfield Californian 10.24.09
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record; LA Times Database 4.20.06; OC Weekly 3.04.05
Zilkoski Francis J. 1924 P Accused 41A031DB-AF87-11E3-8677-CFE8F69ED7FC On 1/03/14 the Diocese of St. Cloud released the names of 33 clergy, including Zilkoski, involved in incidents of likely claims of sexual abuse of minors. No information on the parish where the abuse occurred or when it occurred. Served in Foreston, Flensburg, Little Falls and Opole. Also served a Chancellor of Diocese. Died 5/19/78. St. Cloud, MN Source:
FindAGrave 05.19.78; Diocese of St Cloud--Bishop Kettler Press Release, 01.03.14; Legal Examiner 01.03.14; St Cloud Times 01.03.14; Star Tribune 01.03.14; WJON 01.03.14; Mille Lacs County Times 01.09.14
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
Zimmer
Luke 1954 P Sued C4E7ACFC-AF87-11E3-8677-CFE8F69ED7FC Worked in NH, MA, HI, MN & CA. Zimmer was given permission to operate a Christian Renewal center in WI. As such, he participated as a priest at various churches. Plaintiff in a 1993 suit alleged that Zimmer abused her from 1979-1980 at one of these churches in WI. Zimmer was still active in 1993 as an instructor for Catholic Seminars.. Died 1/97. Milwaukee, WI Source:
Jane Doe v. Archdiocese Milwaukee...; Milwaukee Cty; # 93CV009909; Homily at Memorial Mass 01.07.97
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record
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