Fr. David Bialkowski – Diocese of Buffalo

Father David Bialkowski

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1988

Removed: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1989-1993      St. Bernard (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1994-1995      Saints Peter and Paul Church (Hamburg, NY)
  • 1996-2003      St. John Gualbert Church (Cheektowaga, NY)
  • 2004-2011      Legion of Mary; St. John Gualbert (Cheektowaga, NY)
  • 2012-2013      Absent on leave
  • 2014-2016      Administrative leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father David Bialkowski:

According to media reports, Father David Bialkowski was placed on leave in February 2011. A former altar boy accused him of inappropriately touching his upper thigh and making suggestive statements to him 10 years earlier when the boy was a teenager. At the time, Father Bialkowski was serving as a priest at St. John Gualbert. One month later in March, two other men came forward and said that Father Bialkowski acted inappropriately toward them as teens. He denied any wrongdoing.

An internal church document states that Buffalo Police found Father Bialkowski in a parked car with a 16-year-old boy twice in one night in December 1994. Police didn’t file charges and found “no inappropriate activity” was occurring, but police did report the incident to the diocese in February 1995.

In March 2018, Father Bialkowski’s name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of priests who “were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” No information regarding the allegations was disclosed.

In August 2019, Father Bialkowski was named in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act. The suit alleges that he abused an 8-year-old boy, during counseling sessions at St. John Gualbert. The abuse occurred over an eight month period between 1999 and 2000. According to the lawsuit, Father Bialkowski forcibly touched him and exposed himself to the boy.

As of 2011, Father Bialkowski has been working as an organist at a Lutheran church in the City of Tonawanda. He lives across the street from the William J. Grabiarz School of Excellence playground in Buffalo.

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