Fr. Theodore P. Zabowski – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Theodore P. Zabowski

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Ordained: May 16, 1970

Withdrawn from Ministry: July 29, 2002

Death: N/A

Assigned as follows:

  • 6/15/1970–5/20/1975: St. Lawrence O’Toole, Garfield, PA
  • 5/21/1975–10/05/1980: Most Holy Name, North Side, PA
  • 10/06/1980–1/13/1981: Holy Family, Lawrenceville, PA
  • 1/14/1981–1/10/1982: St. Catherine of Sweden, Wildwood, PA
  • 1/11/1982–6/28/1985: St. Mary, Glenshaw, PA
  • 6/29/1985–10/26/1992: St. Adalbert, South Side, PA
  • 10/27/1992–7/08/1996: St. Richard, Richland Township, PA
  • 1/08/1996–9/16/1996: Leave of absence
  • 9/16/1996–7/14/2000: Immaculate Conception, Washington, PA

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Theodore Zabowski:

An internal Diocese of Pittsburgh document stated that in October 1995, an allegation of sexual abuse was made against Father Theodore Zabowski. An adult male stated that between 1975 and 1979 he engaged in wrestling with Zabowski and then Zabowski asked him to remove his clothes and upon removing them, Zabowski fondled him.

The male further reported that he and Zabowski took a trip to Canada where they slept in the same bed and Zabowski served him alcohol. Following the allegations, Zabowski was placed on administrative leave.

In a November 1995 confidential memorandum, the Diocese noted that Zabowski had
acknowledged the possibility of inappropriate touching and acknowledged sharing his bed with boys for “companionship.” Additionally, in an evaluation from St. Luke Institute dated November 28, 1995, it was noted that Zabowski admitted to “affectionate hugging” of teenage boys.

In September 1996 despite Zabowski admitting the allegations against him “could potentially be true,” he was assigned to the Immaculate Conception parish and the Diocese noted that he should not be involved in any relationship with teenage males.

In July 2000, Zabowski took another leave of absence for unknown reasons and ultimately withdrew from the ministry in July 2002.

According to public records, Zabowski is still alive and currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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