Diocese releases list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse


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    Tuesday Bishop Kevin Rhoades released the list of priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of committing sexual abuse within the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

    This release of names come at the heels of a Pennsylvania report that found over 1,000 children were sexually abused by some 300 priests, including the Harrisburg diocese where Rhoades was bishop.

    The diocese says it is still committed to investigating all allegations and will supplement this list as needed.

    To make the list, a credible accusation is defined as an accusation that after a thorough investigation and review of available information appears more likely true than not in the judgment of the diocesan review board and is accepted as credible by the bishop.

    The list includes everywhere the men work but does not specify where the accusations happened.

    A spokesperson for Culver Academy says the accused priest Michael Buescher worked for only a few months to help coordinate priests coming to campus. Culver does not believe he was ever actually on campus.

    A spokesperson for the University of Notre Dame says Edward Krason took a course at the university, but did not work there.

    Here is the full release:

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend published on Tuesday, Sept. 18, the names of the priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

    During a news conference on August 17, in which he made the announcement to release the names, Bishop Rhoades stated the importance for victims to see the names of their abusers made public “for all to see. For everyone to know the pain caused by these priests.” Bishop Rhoades added, “It is my hope that by releasing these names, the innocent victims of these horrific and heartbreaking crimes can finally begin the process of healing.”

    Bishop Rhoades reiterated the diocese’s commitment to protect children and young people saying, “We must be vigilant in our efforts to protect our youth. With the Lord’s guidance and love, we will do so.”

    The list of those credibly accused was developed with the assistance of the Diocesan Review Board, which was established to assist the bishop in complying with the requirements of The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and The Essential Norms. The Diocesan Review Board is comprised of mostly lay people and its members assess all allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests and deacons presented in this diocese.

    In the determination of credibility for the purpose of the list, Bishop Rhoades followed the recommendations of the Diocesan Review Board. Bishop Rhoades expressed gratitude for their expertise and counsel. A full list of the Diocesan Review Board members and their bios can be found on the diocesan website.

    The list of the names of priests and deacons who have served in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and have been credibly accused of at least one act of sexual abuse of a minor consists of: James Blume, Michael Buescher, Brian Carsten, William Ehrman, William Gieranowski, John Gillig, Gabriel Hernandez, Edward Krason, Paul LeBrun, CSC, Thomas Lombardi, Robert Mahoney, Eldon Miller, Edward O. Paquette, Cornelius Ryan, CSC, James Seculoff, Richard Stieglitz, Richard Thompson and James Trepanier, CSC.

    For the purposes of this list, a “credible accusation” against a priest or deacon of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is an accusation that, after a thorough investigation and review of available information, appears more likely true than not in the judgement of the Diocesan Review Board, and is accepted as credible by the Bishop.

    If the accused is or was a member of a religious congregation, the credibility of an accusation was determined by the accused priest’s religious congregation. The number of credible accusations received against each priest or deacon is noted. The ordination date for each priest and deacon named on the list is noted. Changes in the clerical status of each priest and deacon named, including dates of the changes, are noted. If the accused is deceased, his date of death is noted.

    This list will be supplemented as appropriate based upon any future determinations of credible allegations.

    The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend stands firm in its commitment to investigate any allegation of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy and to listen to and support anyone who has been abused. Please contact Mary Glowaski, Victim’s Assistance Coordinator, mglowaski@diocesefwsb.org, 260-399-1458 or Father Mark Gurtner, JCL – Vicar General, 260-399-1422.

    DETAILED BACKGROUND FOR EACH CREDIBLY ACCUSED PRIEST OR DEACON

    James Blume

    Date of Ordination: June 14, 1980

    Removed from Public Ministry: April 1989

    Dismissed from Clerical State: June 23, 2007

    Number of Credible Allegations: 5

    Places Served:

    July 7, 1980 – St. Anthony de Padua Parish, South Bend, Indiana

    July 7, 1982 – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    September 8, 1987 – St. Andrew/St. Hyacinth Parishes, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Current Status: Incarcerated

    Michael Buescher

    Date of Ordination: June 16, 1979

    Removed from Parish Ministry: November 1989

    Loss of Clerical State: May 14, 1991

    Number of Credible Allegations: 6

    Places Served:

    July 9, 1979 – St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    August 1, 1983 – Part-time membership on the faculty of Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana; continuing at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    July 9, 1984 – Chaplain, Marian High School, Mishawaka, Indiana, with residency in the Marian High School Rectory

    August 8, 1985 – Culver Military Academy, Coordinator of priests who offer Mass and provide spiritual guidance

    December 20, 1985 – St. Francis Xavier Parish, Pierceton, Indiana

    June 24, 1986 – St. Patrick Parish, Ligonier, Indiana; Blessed Sacrament Parish, Albion, Indiana

    Brian Carsten

    Date of Ordination: May 30, 1970

    Terminated as Pastor and Resigned as a Member of the Roman Catholic Church: May 9, 1987

    Dismissed from the Clerical State: June 23, 2007

    Number of Credible Allegations: 1

    Deceased: 3/27/2009

    Places Served:

    July 1, 1970 – St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Elkhart, Indiana

    July 2, 1973 – St. Henry Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    July 1, 1974 – St. Patrick Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    July 1, 1975 – Chaplain, Allen County Police, Fort Wayne, Indiana, with residence at St. Andrew Parish, Fort Wayne, IN

    July 5, 1977 – St. Hyacinth Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    July 9, 1979 – St. Andrew Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana, while continuing as Pastor of St. Hyacinth Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    William Ehrman

    Date of Ordination: June 10, 1922

    Retired: July 1, 1970

    Number of Credible Allegations: 8

    Allegations received after the death of the priest.

    Deceased: August 7, 1983

    Places Served:

    June 1922 – St. Patrick Parish, Kokomo, Indiana

    January 1926 – St. Mary the Immaculate Conception Parish, Michigan City, Indiana; Chaplain at St. Anthony Hospital and Indiana State Prison

    April 12, 1929 – Immaculate Conception Parish, Kendallville, Indiana; St. Patrick Mission Parish, Ligonier, Indiana

    July 8, 1939 – St. John the Baptist Parish, New Haven, Indiana

    September 1, 1964 – St. Paul Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    William Gieranowski

    Date of Ordination: June 11, 1949

    Retired: July 1, 1981

    Number of Credible Allegations: 3

    Allegations received after the death of the priest.

    Deceased: April 24, 2000

    Places Served:

    July 7, 1949 – St. Stanislaus Parish, East Chicago, Indiana

    April 20, 1951 – St. Adalbert Parish, South Bend, Indiana

    July 3, 1951 – St. Thomas More Parish, Munster, Indiana

    May 20, 1955 – St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Elkhart, Indiana

    January 15, 1960 – St. Henry Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    June 15, 1960 – St. Jude Parish, South Bend, Indiana

    September 1, 1964 – St. Hyacinth Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    July 1, 1970 – St. Monica Parish, Mishawaka, Indiana

    July 6, 1978 – St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, New Carlisle, Indiana

    John Gillig

    Date of Ordination: May 25, 1957

    Retired: April 26, 1988

    Suspended from all Public Ministry: March 25, 2002

    Dismissed from Clerical State: February 8, 2008

    Number of Credible Allegations: 9

    Deceased: July 27, 2011

    Places Served:

    June 7, 1957 – Our Lady of Hungary Parish, South Bend, Indiana

    February 15, 1958 – St. Monica Parish, Mishawaka, Indiana

    June 15, 1962 – St. Jude Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    August 30, 1963 – Teacher, Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    June 13, 1964 – Director of CYO and CYA, Fort Wayne Deanery

    June 15, 1972 – Sacred Heart Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    April 18, 1974 – Chaplain, Allen County Jail, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    July 5, 1977 – St. Mary of the Assumption Parish – Decatur, Indiana

    September 17, 1985 – Holy Family Parish, South Bend, Indiana

    November 15, 1986 – St. Peter Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Gabriel Hernandez

    Date of Diaconate Ordination: April 27, 2008

    Dismissed from Seminary: April 22, 2009

    Dismissed from the Clerical State: February 25, 2010

    Number of Credible Allegations: 1

    Edward Krason

    Date of Ordination: February 3, 1958

    Resigned as Pastor: July 8, 1998

    Ordered to Cease All Ministry: April 16, 1999

    Retired: May 1, 1999

    Removed Faculties to Perform Ministry and to Present Himself as a Priest: March 21, 2003

    Ordered to a Life of Prayer and Penance: November 8, 2005

    Number of Credible Allegations: 2

    Deceased: March 25, 2013

    Places Served:

    February 15, 1958 – St. Jude Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    September 2, 1960 – Teacher, Central Catholic High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    August 14, 1961 – SS. Peter & Paul Parish, Huntington, Indiana; Director of Guidance, Huntington Catholic High School, Huntington, Indiana

    June 1, 1963 – Principal, Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    July 9, 1979 – Continuing Education, University of Notre Dame

    July 7, 1980 – Continuing Education of the Clergy with residence at Queen of Angels Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    July 11, 1983 – St. Joseph Parish, Garrett, Indiana

    July 22, 1986 – St. John the Baptist Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    August 1990 – St. John the Evangelist Parish, Goshen, Indiana

    Paul LeBrun, CSC

    Date of Ordination: April 9, 1983

    Faculties for Ministry Removed from Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend: April 2000

    Dismissed from Clerical State: August 26, 2008

    Number of Credible Allegations: 1 (from Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend)

    Places Served:

    St. Therese, Little Flower Parish, South Bend, Indiana

    Blessed Sacrament Parish, Tolleson, Arizona

    St. John Vianney Parish, Goodyear, Arizona

    Current Status: Incarcerated

    Thomas Lombardi

    Date of Ordination: May 31, 1975

    Removed from Public Ministry During Investigation of Allegation: December 2, 2011

    Removed from Public Ministry: August 9, 2015

    Number of Credible Allegations: 1

    Deceased: December 28, 2017

    Places Served:

    July 1, 1975 – St. Mary Parish, Huntington, Indiana

    September 1, 1977 – Faculty, Huntington Catholic High School, Huntington, Indiana; residency at St. Mary Parish, Huntington, Indiana, available for weekend duties.

    September 12, 1977 – Chaplain, Huntington Catholic High School, Huntington, Indiana

    August 1, 1983 – St. Mary Parish, Huntington, Indiana; Principal, Huntington Catholic High School

    July 9, 1984 – St. Joseph Parish, Mishawaka, Indiana

    June 1985 – American College Louvain, Belgium

    July 1, 1986 – St. Louis, Besancon Parish, New Haven, Indiana

    July 28, 1997 – St. Joseph Parish, Garrett, Indiana

    July 6, 2006 – St. Joseph – Hessen Cassel Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    November 11, 2009 – Chaplain, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Robert Mahoney

    Date of Ordination: May 27, 1967

    Resigned from Ministry as a Priest: June 15, 1993

    Dismissed from Clerical State: July 25, 2006

    Number of Credible Allegations: 4

    Places Served:

    July 1, 1967 – St. John the Baptist Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    August 31, 1968 – St. Bavo Parish, Mishawaka, Indiana

    July 7, 1980 – Our Lady of Hungary Parish, South Bend, Indiana

    February 28, 1984 – St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, North Manchester, Indiana

    August 1988 – Chaplain, Ancilla Domini Convent, Donaldson, Indiana

    Eldon Miller

    Date of Ordination: May 8, 1954

    Retired: 7/15/2003

    Removed from Public Ministry: December 18, 2006

    Number of Credible Allegations: 2

    Deceased: 7/26/2008

    Places Served:

    June 11, 1954 – St. Joseph Parish, Mishawaka, Indiana

    July 1, 1971 – St. Joseph Parish, Roanoke, Indiana; St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish, Nix Settlement, Columbia City, Indiana

    July 1, 1974 – St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    July 9, 1984 – Immaculate Conception Parish, Kendallville, Indiana

    February 10, 1988 – Queen of Peace Parish, Mishawaka, Indiana

    Edward O. Paquette

    Date of Ordination: February 2, 1957

    Faculties for Ministry Removed from Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend: July 14, 1978

    Dismissed from Clerical State: January 31, 2009

    Number of Credible Allegations: 7

    Places Served:

    April 15, 1964 – St. Anthony de Padua Parish, South Bend, Indiana

    September 1, 1964 – St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Elkhart, Indiana

    September 1, 1965 – St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Decatur, Indiana

    August 13, 1969 – Our Lady of Hungary Parish, South Bend, Indiana

    June 5, 1971 – St. Anthony Hospital, Michigan City, Indiana

    June 19, 1972 – Christ the King Parish, Rutland, Vermont

    Cornelius Ryan, CSC

    Date of Ordination: June 9, 1966

    Faculties for Ministry Removed from Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend: June 10, 2013

    Number of Credible Allegations: 1

    Allegation made outside the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

    Places Served:

    Uganda & Kenya until 2002

    September 19, 2002 to July 1, 2007 – Associate Pastor at St. Therese, Little Flower Parish, South Bend

    July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2011 – Pastor at St. Therese, Little Flower Parish, South Bend

    December 13, 2011 – June 10, 2013 – St. Joseph – Hessen Cassel Parish, Fort Wayne

    James Seculoff

    Date of Ordination: May 26, 1962

    Removed from Public Ministry During Investigation of Allegation: January 8, 2014

    Removal from Public Ministry: October 13, 2015

    Number of Credible Allegations: 5

    Places Served:

    June 15, 1962 – St. Monica Parish, Mishawaka, Indiana

    August 16, 1963 – St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Teacher, Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    September 1, 1964 – Teacher, Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    June 15, 1965 – SS. Peter & Paul Parish, Huntington, Indiana; Principal, Huntington Catholic High School, Huntington, Indiana

    July 1, 1970 – Superintendent of Catholic Schools; Principal of Huntington Catholic School, Huntington Indiana; Chaplain for St. Vincent Villa, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    July 1, 1974 – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    February 14, 1978 – St. John Bosco Parish, Churubusco, Indiana; Immaculate Conception Parish, Ege, Indiana; continuing as Superintendent of Catholic Schools

    July 6, 1978 – St. Mary Parish, Huntington, Indiana

    June 18, 1979 – SS. Peter & Paul Parish, Huntington, Indiana; continuing at St. Mary Parish, Huntington, Indiana

    August 1, 1983 – St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, North Manchester, Indiana; Director of Campus Ministry, Manchester College, North Manchester, Indiana

    February 28, 1984 – Our Lady of Hungary Parish, South Bend, Indiana

    May 21, 1987 – Sacred Heart Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    July 8, 1992 – St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Avilla, Indiana

    June 21, 1994 – St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish, Bristol, Indiana

    August 3, 2004 – St. John the Baptist Parish, South Bend, Indiana

    July 17, 2007 – St. John the Baptist Parish, New Haven, Indiana

    June 5, 2013 – St. Patrick, Walkerton, Indiana

    Richard Stieglitz

    Date of Ordination: May 26, 1973

    Decree of Suspension from all Acts of Ministry: December 7, 1993

    Dismissal from the Clerical State: July 7, 2007

    Number of Credible Allegations: 5

    Places Served:

    July 2, 1973 – Our Lady of Good Hope Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    July 11, 1973 – Chaplain, Anthony Wayne Council of Catholic Boy Scouts

    February 4, 1974 – Chaplain, Fort Wayne Serra Club

    July 1, 1976 – Holy Family Parish, South Bend, Indiana

    February 19, 1977 – Holy Family Parish, South Bend, Indiana (weekends); Sacred Heart Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana (weekdays)

    September 1, 1977 – St. Jude Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    July 6, 1978 – Chaplain, Catholic Committee on Scouting, Fort Wayne area; continuing at St. Jude Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    July 9, 1979 – Faculty, Bishop Dwenger High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    August 1, 1983 – Sacred Heart Parish, Warsaw, Indiana

    August 1, 1988 – Queen of Angels, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Richard Thompson

    Date of Ordination: June 17, 1978

    Resigned from Active Ministry as a Priest: October 24, 1989

    Loss of Clerical State: July 25, 2006

    Deceased: 2015

    Number of Credible Allegations: 1

    Places Served:

    July 6, 1978 – St. John the Baptist Parish, New Haven, Indiana

    February 15, 1982 – Covenant House, New York (Home for Runaway Children)

    April 14, 1983 – St. Monica Parish, Mishawaka, Indiana

    July 11, 1983 – St. Mary of the Presentation Parish, Geneva, Indiana

    James Trepanier, CSC

    Date of Ordination: June 8, 1955

    Faculties for Ministry Removed from Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend: October 18, 2002

    Number of Credible Allegations: 1 in Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

    Places Served:

    University of Portland, Portland, Oregon

    Holy Cross Mission House (Fatima)

    July 1, 1981 – June 30, 1987 – Holy Cross Parish, South Bend, Indiana

    July 1, 1987 – June 4, 1991 – St. Pius X Parish, Granger, Indiana

    1994 – St. Mary’s Convent, Notre Dame, Indiana

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