Dekievit: Father Ted Dekievit

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priest Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan.  Ordained  4 June 1960. 1993 GUILTY plea to charge of gross indecency with a young boy.  The abuse transpired in either Esterhazy or Gerald in 1972. Sentenced to 9 months in jail.


The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) of that date, media (M) and Faith Alive: Archdiocese of Regina 1910-2010 (FA)

2002, 2010:  not listed

2000: address for  Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home . (CCCD)

1995, 1996, 1998:  address c/o Diocesan Centre . (CCCD)

August 1993:  Guilty plea

1993:  before trial to U.S. treatment centre for sex offenders

1993, 1992, 1991

: Address listed as P.O. Box 2768 Melville, Saskatchewan.  Retired to Melville around 1987 “but remained active in Church activities.”  (M)   (Pastor at St. Henry in Melville Father R. Nowakowski omi) (CCCD)

1981-87:St. Margaret Mary RC Church, Kelliher, Saskatchewan (FA)

1985-86: Pastor, St. Stanislaus,  Ituna, Saskatchewan, with mission at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Qu’Appelle and St. Margaret Mary in Kelliher, Saskatchewan . (CCCD)

1973-74:Pastor, St. Wenceslaus RC Church in Gerald, with missions at St. Joseph’s in Rocanville and St. Patrick’s in Spy Hill, Saskatchewan  . (CCCD)

1972:  Esterhazy (M)

-sex abuse of young boy transpired while Dekievit was serving in Esterhazy or Gerald (M)

1971-72:  Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes, Govan, Sask. (CCCD)

Late 60s to 1980:  Pastor St. Alphonsus in Rocanville – also serving in Spy Hill and Gerald. (FA)

1968-69, 1967:  Our Lady of Lourdes, Govan, Sask. with missions at St. Patrick’s in Nokomis, and St. Bartholomew in Semans. (Pastor Father T. de Kisuit) . (CCCD)

  4 June 1960:   ordained


Victim Seeks Retribution

Former Saskatchewan Roman Catholic priest, Father Ted Dekievit, was convicted of sexual charges launched by his young parishioner victim.

The retired Melville priest was sentenced to 9 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to gross indecency in ’93. Dekievit was charged for incidents that occurred while he served as a parish priest in Gerald from 1970-81.

Dekievit and the archdiocese of Regina have been named in the lawsuit seeking up to $1 million in damages from both parties. The victim, an Esterhazy-area farmer, was abused while an altar boy. The lawsuit claims the archdiocese was responsible for the control and monitoring of its priests and protecting its parishioners.

The priest denies most of the sexual acts specified in the lawsuit, but admitted to an act of masturbation in the boys presence. In a defense statement from Dekievit, he contended that the boy was old enough and intelligent enough to understand what he was doing, and that any injuries or damages the boy sustained later in life were not related to him.

Another Catholic priest, Rev. Eldon McGrath, was eligible for parole in August after a 3 year jail term. McGrath was sentenced to jail last November after he pleaded guilty to 15 counts of indecent assault for offences that occurred in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Eleven women who were abused as young girls by McGrath have started discussions with the Lanigan-area church, to bring about changes which will help other survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Source: Leader Post (Regina) 5/18/95 


 Canadian Press

August 24, 1993  23.39 EST


   A retired Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty in provincial court Tuesday to a charge of gross indecency with a young boy.

   The assault occured in 1972 when Rev. Ted Dekievit, 71, served as a parish priest in the Esterhazy area, about 200 kilometres east of Regina.

   Dekievit was one of two Catholic priests in Saskatchewan who were sent to a treatment centre in the U.S. after police received complaints that they had sexually abused children.

   Dekievit will be sentenced on Nov. 23.


Canadian Press

June 8, 1993  00.47 EST


 Two elderly priests from Saskatchewan have received treatment n the United States following allegations of child sexual abuse, a Roman Catholic official said Monday.

We are a sinful church,” Rev. Joseph Schner of the Archdiocese of Regina told a news conference. “If anybody wants any proof of it, we have that.”

Schner said Rev. Eldon McGrath, 70, is at a U.S. treatment centre for sex offenders. RCMP are investigating incidents, involving two pre-adolescent girls more than 30 years ago in Lanigan, Sask., but no charges have been laid.

Rev. Ted Dekievit, 71, also went to the U.S. centre but has since returned to Saskatchewan for treatment of other health problems. Melville RCMP said they have completed their investigation of allegations against him and have not laid charges.

Both priests have been suspended from their ministries.

McGrath was the priest in Lanigan in the early 1960s and later served in Esterhazy, Sask. Dekievit retired to Melville, Sask., about six years ago but remained active in church activities.

Schner, a member of the advisory committee on sexual abuse for the Regina Archdiocese, said the allegations against the two priests had been kept confidential by his committee to ensure the integrity of the police investigations and protect the individuals involved.

He said the church wants any abuse victims to feel that they can come forward and receive help for their suffering.

“We would hope that … they’d be welcome to do that in very strict confidentiality that we’d be able to help them out.”

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