Catholic Priest

Guido Miguel Quiroz Reyes

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg

From Report I of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:

Father Guido Miguel Quiroz Reyes of the Order of St. Francis in Peru obtained faculties in the Diocese of Harrisburg verbally on December 11, 1975.   In a memorandum dated December 12, 1975, Bishop Joseph Daley decided no written faculties would be granted to Reyes.  However, Monsignor Keeler was authorized to grant faculties verbally to Reyes.

Multiple Diocesan memorandums provided that in September of 1994 the Diocese of Harrisburg was advised that a family living in Florida, formerly from Lancaster, made sexual molestation allegations against Reyes.   The memorandums summarized the following information. The family met Reyes in Lancaster while he was stationed at the Hispanic Center. He befriended the family. When the family moved to Florida, they asked Reyes if he wanted to live with them.  He lived with the family from 1980 to 1993.  In 1993, the family confronted him with accusations that he sexually abused three girls in the family.  Specifically, the family believed that Reyes sexually abused two daughters of the family in the 1970’s when they were minors.  That abuse reportedly continued when the family moved to Florida.  The family also believed that Reyes sexually abused a minor granddaughter when he lived with the family in Florida.

After the family confronted Reyes, the following occurred.   Reyes denied the accusations. The family asked him to leave their home. Reyes left the family’s home. In 1994, Reyes asked the family to not take legal action against him in relation to the sexual abuse allegations.   The family then contacted law enforcement.   Law enforcement in Florida apparently began an investigation.  The Diocese’s files do not contain any other information about the investigation that was apparently commenced in Florida.

Additional information regarding the widespread sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Dioceses of Pennsylvania and the systemic cover up by senior church officials is compiled in the Pennsylvania Diocese Victim’s Report published by the Pennsylvania Attorney General following a two-year grand jury investigation.  A complete copy of the Report is available on the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s website.