Andrew A. Dwyer
Father Andy Dwyer
Father Andrew Dwyer
Priest, Diocese of London, Ontario. Ordained 1979.
– removed from duties September 2018 after diocese received “credible” allegations which date back many years. Apparently an internal investigation is being conducted by the diocese. It is unknown if the police have or have not been contacted’
January 2019: word that there are two complainants, one who alleges abuse St. Michael’s parish in London and Blessed Sacrament parish in Chatham in 1982-1983, and another who alleges sexual abuse at Holy Name of Mary parish in Windsor in the late 1970’s.
– faculties have been permanently removed (in the Diocese of London). He has not been defrocked.
Bishops of London Diocese from 1978: Gerald Emmett Carter (17 February 1964 – 29 April 1978 -Appointed, Archbishop of Toronto, Ontario) John Michael Sherlock (07 July 1978 – 27 April 2002 ); Ronald Peter Fabbro, C.S.B. (27 April 2002 – – )
Auxiliary Bishops: John Michael Sherlock (25 June 1974 — Bishop: 07 July 1978); Marcel André J. Gervais (19 April 1980 – 03 May 1985); Frederick Bernard Henry (18 April 1986 – 24 March 1995); Richard John Grecco (05 December 1997 – 27 April 2002); Robert Anthony Daniels ( 21 September 2004 to 01 March 2011); Józef Andrzej Dąbrowski, C.S.M.A. ( 31 January 2015 – )
Unless otherwise stipulated, the following information is drawn from annual copies of the Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) and media (M) which I have on hand .
September 2018: removed from duties at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church and St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, Windsor after diocese received “credible allegations” of inappropriate conduct. The nature of the misconduct is unknown. (M)
2018, 2016,2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011: Pastor, St. Theresa & Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Windsor, Ontario ( St Vincent de Paul October 2018) (CCCD)
2010: Pastor, North American Martyrs, Thamesville, Ontario (CCCD) (It looks as though North American Martyrs was formerly St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Thamesville?)
September 2010: no longer serving as Chaplain to St. Clair Catholic District School Board Board of Trustees – assigned to serve as Pastor at Windsor church in June 2010.
2010: Chaplain, St. Clair Catholic District School Board Board of Trustees (Page 1, St Clair Catholic District School Board Director’s Annual Report 2010 of Trustees 2010)
2004-2007: Chaplain, St. Clair Catholic District School Board Board of Trustees
2002: St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Thamesville, Ontario (CCCD)
1997-2000: St. John the Divine Roman Catholic Church, London, Ontario
1998: Pastor, St. John the Divine Roman Catholic Church, London, Ontario (CCCD)
1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992: Pastor, Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Windsor, Ontario (CCCD)
02 February 1996: Healing Mass at Immaculate Conception. Excerpt from Saturday 27 January 1996 Windsor Star:
Healing mass — Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 686 Marentette Ave., will hold a healing mass for cancer and associated ills Friday at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Andy Dwyer will be the celebrant. All are welcome.
1985-1986: Assisting, Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, Chatham, Ontario, Ontario. (Pastor Father J.J. Pedelt) (CCCD)
1981-1983: allegations of sexual abuse at St. Michael’s parish in London and Blessed Sacrament parish in Chatham (M)
Late 70s: allegations of sexual abuse at Holy Name of Mary parish in Windsor. Ontario (M)
1968: Graduated from Assumption College Catholic High School
The Roman Catholic Diocese of London has removed a Windsor priest from his churches after receiving “credible allegations” of inappropriate conduct.
The allegations against Rev. Andy Dwyer, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Theresa’s parishes, “relate to actions of many years ago,” according to the diocese.
“There is no good time for such an announcement,” the diocese said in an emailed statement. “It is particularly hard to hear and deal with this news in light of the recent revelations in the United States. Even so, we remain vigilant and faithful during this trying time in order to ensure a safe environment in our parishes and institutions.”
Diocese spokesman Nelson Couto said he could not comment on the nature of the allegations. But “the recent revelations” in the U.S. mentioned by the diocese relates to sexual abuse. Couto confirmed the statement was in reference to a massive child sex abuse scandal in Pennsylvania.
The diocese also didn’t reveal if a parishioner made the allegations or how many potential victims, if any, could be involved.
A grand jury report last month revealed that Roman Catholic leaders in Pennsylvania covered up sexual abuse against children going as far back as the 1940s. The report identified 301 priests who abused more than 1,000 victims.
Windsor police wouldn’t reveal if they have launched a criminal investigation into the allegations against Dwyer.
“On a general case basis, we don’t comment on whether we are investigating or whether we are not investigating — to protect the privacy of everybody involved, from the complainants, victims, accused people — unless there’s a public safety issue,” said Const. Andrew Drouillard.
The Diocese of London said it is investigating the allegations against Dwyer. While the “actions” in question go back many years, the diocese said the allegations only surfaced recently.
The diocese said that under its “A Safe Environment Policy,” any priest, deacon or lay ecclesial minister facing “credible allegations” is removed from duty during the course of the investigation.
“This is our policy and this is clearly how the Diocese of London handles these matters now,” church officials wrote in the statement.
Earlier this month, Bishop Ronald Fabbro wrote “a letter to the faithful” touting the policy.
“It includes a number of sound procedures to prevent abuse from happening,” he wrote. “A priest who commits an offence against a minor or any other vulnerable person is removed from ministry. My goal is to protect people against abuse.”
Fabbro’s letter also made direct reference to the Pennsylvania scandal in his letter.
“It is devastating to read the accounts of profound evil that occurred in our Church,” Fabbro wrote. “Since I have been bishop, I have met with survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their families. It was heart-wrenching to listen to their stories of the pain and the sufferings they have endured throughout their entire lives — sometimes for 30, 40 or 50 years after the abuse occurred.”
He noted that the grand jury report details the “failures” of bishops who moved priests around to cover up the abuse.
“The cover-up was terribly wrong,” he wrote. “Catholics are rightly outraged that the bishops failed to put a stop to the abuse. How could they have failed so grievously in their calling to be shepherds of their people and in their responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us?”
Fabbro didn’t mention the history of similar cover-ups in the London diocese, but he did acknowledge it has dealt with abuse cases of its own.
“The clergy abuse crisis has brought to light the brokenness in our Church,” Fabbro wrote. “For these wounds to heal, we must first acknowledge our brokenness before the Lord. We must do penance in reparation for the grave sins committed. And, we — bishops, priests and lay people — must be courageous in carrying out the reforms needed in our Church.”
Catholic priest removed from Windsor parishes for historic allegations
CTV News Windsor
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018 10:41PM EDT
The pastor of two Catholic parishes in Windsor has been removed from the ministry.
The Diocese of London confirms Father Andy Dwyer, who oversees St. Vincent de Paul and St. Theresa’s parishes, has been removed due to historic allegations against him.
In a statement to CTV News, communications officer Nelson Couto said “these allegations are being investigated and relate to actions of many years ago which have now surfaced.”
But Couto would not comment on the investigation and the specifics about the allegations.
Couto cited the Diocese of London’s Safe Environment Policy, which states “that whenever credible allegations are made against any priest, deacon or lay ecclesial minister, that person is removed for the period of the investigation. This is our policy and this is clearly how the Diocese of London handles these matters now.”
Couto’s statement said “There is no good time for such an announcement. It is particularly hard to hear and deal with this news in light of the recent revelations in the United States. Even so, we remain vigilant and faithful during this trying time in order to ensure a safe environment in our parishes and institutions.”
Last month, a report to a U.S. grand jury found over 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children since the 1940’s.
Earlier this month, Bishop Ronald Fabbro of the Diocese of London released a statement, saying the ‘extent of the abuse is shocking.’
The statement was read at Roman Catholic parishes across the region.
Priest removed from his duties by Roman Catholic Diocese of London
Church officials say they’re following the Diocese of London’s ‘Safe Environment Policy’
The Roman Catholic Diocese of London has confirmed it has received allegations against Father Andy Dwyer, a long-serving priest in Windsor.
In a statement released to CBC News, officials with the diocese said Dwyer is being investigated for actions that allegedly occurred “many years ago.”
Fr. Dwyer was recently removed from his duties as pastor at St. Vincent de Paul and St. Theresa’s parishes in Windsor. The Diocese of London is responsible for the Windsor area.
The diocese would not disclose the nature of the allegations.
In its statement, the diocese noted it has a ‘Safe Environment Policy’ which states that “whenever credible allegations are made against any priest, deacon or lay ecclesial minister, that person is removed for the period of the investigation.”
News of the priest’s suspension evoked a mixed reaction from London lawyer, Rob Talach, who has been representing victims of clergy abuse for more than a decade.
“It’s encouraging and concerning all at the same time,” said Talach.
“The encouraging part is that there’s a removal in response to an allegation, but removal or suspension is not the complete duty the diocese has here.”
Talach said the lack of information about the allegations is among his concerns. He wants the public to be made aware if these allegations involve sexual misconduct.
“The Safe Environment Policy doesn’t deal with anything but misconduct of either a physical, a sexual, or a moral nature,” he said. “If you look at that policy, it’s about 95% focused on sexual misconduct… So if the removal is pursuant to the Safe Environment Policy, it’s a fair bet it’s got a sexual foundation.”
If that’s the case, Talach believes the public should be told if the allegations involve children or adults, and exactly how long the allegations date back.
CBC News did try to contact Fr. Dwyer. He did not respond.
No mention of police involvement
Talach is also troubled that the statement from the diocese makes no mention of whether police have been called to investigate.
“This has been another major flaw on the part of the diocese over the decades. Nowhere have we ever seen, in writing or in practice, a willingness to go to the experts, the police, if criminal conduct is in question and asked for their involvement or their help,” said Talach. “Look, if you’re going to write a homily I’d ask a priest. If I’m going to investigate sexual misconduct, that’s the last professional I’m going to get involved.”
Windsor police would not confirm to CBC News whether it’s been made aware of any allegations involving Fr. Dwyer.
Talach believes that, if the diocese wants to be fair to Fr. Dwyer, releasing more information would help alleviate speculation.
“Is this a single, one-off allegation? Is it an adult? Is it a child? Is it sexual? Is it not? The imagination can get away from us, and can do disservice if these [allegations] aren’t what we think they are,” said Talach. “Their present stance is not serving anyone but maybe themselves.”
Diocese of London investigating allegations against Windsor priest
The Catholic Register
27 September 2018
By Catholic Register Staff
A priest in Windsor, Ont., has been removed from his duties as the Diocese of London investigates allegations of inappropriate conduct.
Fr. Andy Dwyer is the pastor of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Theresa’s parishes in Windsor.
The diocese would not comment on the nature of the allegations or who made them, only that they “relate to actions of many years ago” and are being investigated by the diocese. Police would not comment whether they are involved in the investigation.
“There is no good time for such an announcement,” the diocese said in an e-mailed statement to the Windsor Star Sept. 26. “It is particularly hard to hear and deal with this news in light of the recent revelations in the United States. Even so, we remain vigilant and faithful during this trying time in order to ensure a safe environment in our parishes and institutions.”
Nelson Couto, communications officer for the diocese, noted that the diocese is following its “Safe Environment Policy” designed to “protect people against abuse.”
The news comes on the heels of the revelations of sexual abuse and coverups over decades by Catholic leaders contend in a Pennsylvania grand jury report.