Fr. Richard Bowles – Diocese of St. Augustine

Father Richard Bowles 

Diocese of St. Augustine

Fr. Richard Bowles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1961

Resigned: 2003

Dead: 2013 

Assignment History:

  • Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Assumption Catholic Church (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Bishop Kenny High School (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Pensacola, FL)
  • Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Pensacola, FL)
  • St. Michael’s (St. Augustine, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Richard Bowles:

Fr. Richard Bowles was ordained in 1961 and was a priest for 42 years before his resignation. In 1975, he served as a priest of the newly formed Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.

In 2003, Bowles resigned after admitting to molesting a boy 34 years prior. The diocese investigated after someone reported the molestation in August of 2003. Shortly after the abuse in 1969, Bowles underwent a psychiatric evaluation.

A month later, a second man came forward to allege abuse by Bowles when the boy was 15-years-old in 1971. His parents had complained to the diocese the same year. This accuser filed suit in 2005 and settled five months later for $30K. 

In 2020, Bowles was included in the Diocese of St. Augustine list of credibly accused clergy.

Bowles died in 2013.

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