Statement Regarding Father George B. Dyer, O.P., a Deceased Priest Who Served in the Diocese of St. Petersburg Between 1980-1981

The Diocese of St. Petersburg has learned that George B. Dyer, O.P., has been listed in a recent report released by Jeff Anderson & Associates, P.A., as a priest against whom an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor in the State of Illinois has been deemed credible. Father Dyer was ordained in 1961 for the Dominican Order.  Among his many assignments, he served as Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Tampa from October 1, 1980 to March 30, 1981.  Father Dyer was removed from active ministry in 2006 and died in 2013.

Anyone who is aware of abuse is urged to report the crime to local law enforcement.  Pastoral assistance may also be obtained by contacting the Diocese of St. Petersburg Victim Assistance Minister at (866) 407-4505.

We continue to pray for all people whose lives have been wounded by crimes of abuse.  We denounce all forms of sexual abuse by any person or any institution as a reprehensible crime and believe that perpetrators should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.