Looking for Survivors of Peter J. Dunne, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

I recieved an email today from a SNAP leader up in Pennsylvania. A survivor in Iowa is looking for information on the predator that abused him as a child. The name of the predator priest is Peter J. Dunne of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

This particular priest is a real piece of work. I am going to provide you some links to allow you to read up on what this “man of god” did to children and how the Archdiocese of Philadelphia protected him while the victims received no such consideration.

I would like to provide a quick summary on this guy before you start checking out links. “Father” Peter Dunne was ordained in 1954. He is a diocesan priest who served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has been publicly accused of abusing 3 teenage boys and 1 boy of unknown age. The Archdiocese allegedly learned of abuse in 1986. As a result, Dunne was sent for treatment and then reassigned (code for: allowed to return to ministry by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in a new parish with a fresh, unsuspecting crop of potential targets). He has reportedly paid 1 victim $40,000 for his silence. He retired from active ministry in 1995, after 41 years of diocesan assignments, no doubt leaving a trail of victims in his deviant criminal wake. In 2004 he was placed on permanently restricted ministry with no faculties. He has accepted a supervised life of Prayer and Penance. Put another way, he is collecting a pension, living in an Archdiocese of Philadelphia subsidized environment with no repurcusions for the damage he has caused.

Peter Dunne took boys on trips to Iowa. Nice! Crossing state lines with minors for the purpose of committing sexual crimes!  He knew that taking the kids to a unknown environment, completely cut off from family, friends,  or other familiar forms of support would make them more vulnerable and dependent on him.  This is the kind of priest that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been sheltering and providing a pension.

A civil suit was filed in Iowa in 2008.

 If you are a survivor of sexual abuse by Father Peter J. Dunne and would like to talk to other survivors of this perp or you have information on Dunne please contact me or Karen Polesir (SNAP Pennsylvania)by email.  If you contact either of us by email we will keep your  information confidential and put you in contact with the survivor who is looking for information.  If you want to pass on information without passing along your contact information to the other survivor, we will respect that request.  If you want to provide information by commenting on this blog indicate in that comment if you want that information to appear in the comment section of the blog.  

Click on the following links for information:
The Philadelphia Grand Jury Report on Reverend Peter J. Dunne
Morning Call 9.22.05
Philadelphia Inquirer 9.25.05
City of Angels 1.15.09
City of Angels 1.17.09
Philadelphia Inquirer 10.14.05
Morning Call 10.27.05
Archdiocese of Philadelphia Website 9.26.05

27 thoughts on “Looking for Survivors of Peter J. Dunne, Archdiocese of Philadelphia”

    1. I am looking for confirmation that he has died. I will update when I have more information.

  1. Also I am looking for victims of ‘charles newman who is currently incarcerated , regis howitz and enrico bernando” all worked at Archbishop Ryan H.S. in Northeast Phila . Tx.

  2. I can comment to other survivors of Fr. Dunne. I checked the Phila INQUIRER’s obits for 2 weeks after the post that he had died. I can’t find anything in print to validate his death.
    I have so many feelings whenever I turn my thoughts in this direction. I will pray for him but his death draws no conclusion on the sticky mess he left me with. I will never outgrow the damage left on me as a boy, a teen, and as a young man. By the way, I was a new seminarian at St. Charles when Sam Shoemaker was an 8th year sem. It’s not like Sam didn’t know Fr. Pete; we were all in the same parish on Harbison Ave. in NE Phila for years. Another one of my `pars` in those years was taken to the carpet because of his acting out but it was with a young female teen, I think.

  3. You Are just like Father Peter Dunne. You and him had a real good thing going and I know what you and him cooked upand what you both did. So dont ack like he Made you do the things you did to me and other kids. Remember Corning Iowa?

    1. Is this Joey from Sacred Heart? I would love to hear from you and know that you are ok, I knew something wasn’t right, but I was only 13 when I met him. I still pray for you! What’s your email address?

  4. it was in summer of 1977 an 1978 i was then 13 yrs of age when i went camping up into canada with a group of four priest one of witch was father peter dunn who had a large group of boys from saint frances .the story was that peter owned a cabin there with father frank loughren from st charles sem .also with the group,i remember how the boys of st frances feared him an a young boy namsd butch told me to stay clear of him as he was know to them to be quite violent with them i also remember that being naked in front of us both fr loughren an dunn did with no embaresment it was one yr later that fr frank lougren cornered me in his room at st chareles boro seminary where i had been sent to receave counsil as a troubled child it was there he turned his council twards sex .my own oreintation was of special concern to him ,i was asked to give pennance an was cornered by father frank loughren who demanded to know what where in my thoughts when i masterbated .i ran i ran some more stayed as far away from the church as posible i beleave to this day that i was very close to being acousted by peter dunns close buddy fr loughran ,any one else know if frank loughren got cought.. still troubles me to this day ..

    1. Joe, first let me say I am sorry for what happened to you when you were 13. Second, I need to ask, Was the cabin you mention located in Quebec? I ask because I have reason to suspect that a priest I know, whose name turned up on the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s “secret memo” as an abuser, may have been abused himself by Father Loughran when he was a student at the seminary back in 1974. I know Father Loughran (who by the way was dean of men on the seminary’s college side) used to invite certain seminarians to his cabin, and the priest I know was one of those who went. Thank you for your response. By the way, do you know if Father Loughran is still alive?

  5. sorry your not joey I want the person who made the post on feb 26 6:20 pm to call me please 515-564-0309 thank you for your time.

  6. I knew Fr. Dunne if it is the same one at Cardinal Dougherty HS from 1957 – 61. He was the advisor to the Soccer team of which I was the Mngr. He owned Buick and often gave me a ride to and from School. He never once made any advances to me or anyone else that I am aware of. It was rumored that he had Sister the actress Irene Dunne. I believe he later was transfered to NE CHS.

  7. Well people JohnOtt will never hurt a nother child again. He is in jail for rapping kids FBI did a great job. John will die in jail.

  8. I kept in silence for 41 years when father Dunn abused me in Lake kipawa Canada he intoxicated me in a abandoned church in Hunters Point Canada.

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