Fr. Robert Peter Bowman: Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Fr. Robert Peter Bowman

Ordained: 1955

  • 1955-1961: St. Denis, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1961-1966: St. Lawrence O’Toole, Matteson, IL (CHI)
  • 1966-1969: Our Lady of Victory, Chicago, IL (CHI) 2001 Retired
  • 1969-1978: Confraternity of Christian Doctrine – Residence at St. Timothy, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 1978-1995: St. James, Arlington Heights, IL (CHI)
  • 1984-1995: Dean of Deanery (CHI)
  • 1995-2000: Moderator of the Curia – Residence at St.
  • 2000-2001: St. Teresa of Avila, Chicago, IL (CHI)
  • 2001-2011: St. James, Arlington Heights, IL (CHI)
  • 2011: Died

Fr. Robert Peter Bowman has been accused of sexually abusing at least 11 children. Throughout his career as a priest, Fr. Bowman held some of the most powerful positions in the Archdiocese of Chicago, including being Chief Deputy Priest to both Cardinals Francis George and Joseph Bernardin. At the time of his death in 2011, Fr. Bowman was in the process of being laicized in connection with violations of the monitoring protocol to which he was reportedly subject. These violations allegedly include Fr. Bowman’s possession of pornography, leaving his residence without permission, and spending time in locations where children were present. Fr. Bowman is included in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s list of “Archdiocesan Priests with Substantiated Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with Minors.”


Fr. Robert Peter Bowman Timeline