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Fr. Donald Dickerson – Diocese of Shreveport

Fr. Donald Dickerson

Diocese of Shreveport 

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Ordained: 1980

Removed: 1986

Died: 2018

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1970’s:        Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1980-1981: Jesuit College Prep (Dallas, TX)
  • 1981-1984: St. John Berchmans Co-Cathedral (Shreveport, LA)
  • 1984-1985: Not indexed in the Catholic Directory
  • 1985-1988: Loyola University (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Donald Dickerson:

Fr. Donald Dickerson was ordained a Jesuit priest of the New Orleans Province in 1980, who worked in high schools throughout New Orleans and Dallas and served in the Diocese of Shreveport. He was reportedly accused in a lawsuit that was settled in 2009 of the sexual abuse of boys at Jesuit High School in New Orleans during the 1970’s. Dickerson was a seminarian at the time of the alleged abuse and had not yet been ordained. He was officially removed from ministry and forced to leave the Jesuit order in 1986.

According to media reports, in November 2010, Fr. Dickerson was accused again in a federal lawsuit of sexual abuse of a boy. This suit included allegations including rape in 1982 when Fr. Dickerson was assigned to St. John Berchmans in Shreveport. He also worked at the Jesuit Prep School in Dallas at the time.

His name has been included on the Central and Southern Province Jesuit list of credibly accused clergy members as of December 2018.

In 2018, the Diocese of Shreveport listed Fr. Dickerson on its list of credibly accused clergy under the heading, “release of names of Jesuits removed for sexual abuse of minors: priests who served in the Diocese of Shreveport.”

In March 2019, an accuser filed a lawsuit against the Jesuits and the Diocese of Dallas. The man alleged that he was raped by Fr. Dickerson at the end of his freshman year at Jesuit College Prep after the priest supplied him with alcohol. Six more accusers joined this suit in 2020 alleging sexual abuse by Fr. Dickerson and other Jesuit College Prep priests. Dickerson was one of 11 men who previously worked at Jesuit Dallas included on a list released by the Jesuits in December of clergy members “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of a minor.

Donald Dickerson died in 2018.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Shreveport in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Shreveport may now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Louisiana and nationwide.  We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Donald Dickerson – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Fr. Donald Dickerson

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Donald Dickerson Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1980

Removed: 1986

Died: 2018

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1970’s Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1980-1981 Jesuit College Prep (Dallas, TX)
  • 1981-1984 St. John Berchmans Co-Cathedral (Shreveport, LA) 
  • 1984-1985 Not indexed in the Catholic Directory 
  • 1985-1988 Loyola University (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Dickerson:

Father Donald Dickerson was a Jesuit of the New Orleans Province who worked in high schools throughout New Orleans and Dallas. He was accused in a lawsuit that was settled in 2009 of sexual abuse of boys at Jesuit High School in New Orleans during the 1970’s. Dickerson was a seminarian at the time of the alleged abuse and had not yet been ordained.

In November 2010, Dickerson was accused again in a federal lawsuit of sexual abuse of a boy. This suit included allegations including rape in 1982 when Dickerson was assigned to St. John Berchmans in Shreveport. He also worked at the Jesuit Prep School in Dallas at the time. 

He was officially removed from ministry and was forced to leave the Jesuit order in 1986. 

Donald Dickerson died in 2018.

His name has been included on the Central and Southern Province Jesuit list of credibly accused clergy members as of December 2018. 

As of March 2019, another victim came forward with more accusations of sexual assault in the late 1970’s at the hand of Donald Dickerson. The victim who came forward most recently was a former Jesuit Prep student in Dallas at the time of alleged abuse. Dickerson was one of 11 men who previously worked at Jesuit Dallas included on a list released by the Jesuits in December of clergy members “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of a minor.

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com