Fr. Robert Peter Bowman

Diocese: Archdiocese of Chicago

Summary of Assignments:

  •  5/3/1955: Ordained
  • 1955-1961: St. Denis in Chicago, IL
  • 1961-1966: St. Lawrence O’Toole in Matteson, IL
  • 1966-1969: Our Lady of Victory in Chicago, IL
  • 1969-1978: St. Timothy’s in Chicago, IL
  • 1978-1995: St. James in Arlington Heights, IL
  • 1984-1995: Dean of Deanery 2, the northwest suburbs, IL
  • 1995-1997: Vicar for Administration
  • 1995-2000: Moderator of the Curia
  • 1995-2002: St. Theresa’s in Chicago, IL
  • 2001: Retired
  • 5/2002: Removed from public ministry
  • 4/2011: Died

Notes: Former Vicar for Admin. Retired in 2001. Removed from duties 5/02 after allegations surfaced 4/02 of sexual misconduct with a minor more than 45 years previously. Another allegation of inappropriate behavior was apparently made but was found unsubstantiated by the Fitness Review Board who termed it “horseplay that might have been misinterpreted.” Files released by archdiocese in 11/14 show allegations of abuse of at least 11 children by Bowman, mostly during 1950s to the 1980s. Archdiocese found 7 of the cases “credible,” with victims ages 8-16. Vatican ordered permanent removal of Bowman from public ministry 9/05. Died 4/11.

Sources: Chicago Daily Herald 05.27.02Chicago Daily Herald 05.27.02Chicago Sun-Times 05.28.02Chicago Tribune 05.28.02Chicago Tribune 05.29.02Dallas Morning News 06.12.02USA Today 11.11.02Chicago Sun-Times 01.17.03Chicago Tribune 09.26.05Chicago Tribune 09.26.05Chicago Daily Herald 09.27.05Chicago Sun-Times 09.27.05Chicago Daily Herald 02.11.06Chicago Archdiocesan Report 03.20.06Chicago Daily Herald 04.18.11Archdiocese of Chicago Documents 11.11.14Chicago Tribune 11.12.14Chicago List of Priests with Substantiated Allegations accessed Assignment RecordBowman Personnel File Released by Archdiocese 11.14