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Baton Rouge diocese releases list of 37 names of clergy with credible accusations

Posted: 12:00 PM, Jan 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-31 14:55:39-05

 

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has released its list priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse involving minors. To see the list, scroll down.

Bishop Michael Duca released the names at a press conference today at noon. The Baton Rouge diocese is now the third diocese in Louisiana to release its list, although all dioceses in Louisiana have agreed to do so.

The Lafayette Diocese has not said when they will release their list. KATC has assembled a list of credibly accused priests from public records; to see that list, click here .

In his opening remarks, Duca said he doesn’t plan to allow this process to continue as it has in the past.

“I have heard from some and even felt this myself, that once this is done we can move beyond crisis mode and get back to normal,” Duca said. “But in this thinking, there already is a return to an old standard to get this done and sweep it under the carpet.”

Instead, Duca said, “this is an attempt to open a door to sexual abuse that not any of us want to open.”

Duca said that, over the years, victims have heard from their abusers “but also from the church,” to keep their abuse a secret.

“Victims of abuse must bear this pain, for others’ peace of mind, and they must do this alone,” he said. “Hopefully, a victim will see a name on this list and say “That’s me,” and it will give them the courage to come to a trusted friend, family member, counselor, or even to me and share their story, so that they might no longer bear this pain alone.”

Duca said the church must be proactive in supporting victims.

“We must be willing to share their pain, and admit our part in this tragedy, so we can be a support and not a barrier to the path of healing,” Duca said. “This is not the final piece. Rather, it is the beginning of a foundational change in the church’s way of acting with a focus on healing the victims of abuse, rather than protection of the status quo.”

Duca said the list is dynamic, and that more names will be added as more information is received.

To see the released text of the Bishop’s remarks, click here . To read the Baton Rouge Diocese’s FAQs on their list, click here .

The East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office released this statement:

The Catholic Diocese recently released information concerning alleged sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests in the East Baton Rouge area.   The release of information is likely to cause some degree of re-traumatization for the victims of these alleged crimes.  The District Attorney’s office, as well as area law enforcement, is ready to work with any victims who wish to come forward as to these named individuals or others not named.  Our office and law enforcement will review the individual circumstances of each case with each victim and evaluate the case against Louisiana prescription law, that in many cases has been extended over the years.  Additionally, we will also assist in connecting any victims who may benefit from support and therapy to our local resources; for our assistance in connection to local resources, there is not a requirement that we review the case for criminal prosecution.

Call the Sex Crimes Division at (225) 389-3445 to either be connected to therapy and support resources or report the offense.

The following is the information released by the Diocese:

The individuals identified below have been the subject of credible allegations of sexual abuse of one or more minors or vulnerable adults which allegedly occurred within the Diocese of Baton Rouge after its formation in 1961. Also included is the name of a seminarian against whom a credible allegation was reported to the Diocese of Baton Rouge and which was included among the records that were reviewed.

1. Name: John Berube
Affiliation: Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette (M.S.)
Year of Ordination: 1953
Pastoral Assignment: St. Theresa of Avila, Gonzales, LA
Number of Allegations: More than One
Assignment at time of abuse: St. Theresa of Avila, Gonzales, LA
Date of Abuse: 1965
Date Reports Received: 1965
Action Taken: Priestly service in Diocese of Baton Rouge was terminated in
1965. The La Salette Order was notified of the allegation and he
was transferred to the supervision of the La Sallette Superior.
Present State: Deceased (2005)

2. Name: Clarence Joseph Biggers
Affiliation: Marist Fathers (S.M.)
Year of Ordination: 1950
Pastoral Assignment: St. Joseph, Paulina, LA
Number of Allegations: More than One
Assignment at time of abuse: St. Joseph, Paulina, LA
Dates of Abuse: Between 1964 – 1967
Date Reports Received: 9/14/2000
Action Taken: Left Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1967 under the direction of the Marist Order. Marist Order notified of allegations in 2000.
Present State: Deceased (2009)

3. Name: Daniel Patrick Brady
Affiliation: Dominican Order (O.P.)
Year of Ordination: 1948
Pastoral Assignment: Holy Ghost, Hammond, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: Holy Ghost, Hammond, LA
Date of Abuse: Between 1961 – 1963
Date Report Received: 2/11/1994
Action Taken: Left Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1964. Victim was referred to Dominican Superior in 1994.
Present State: Deceased (1999)

4. Name: Carmelo Ignatius Camenzuli
Affiliation: Extern Diocesan Priest for the Archdiocese of Arequipa, Peru
Year of Ordination: 1966 for Archdiocese of Arequipa, Peru
Pastoral Assignments: St. Joseph Cathedral, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Mark, Gonzales, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: St. Joseph Cathedral, Baton Rouge, LA
Date of Abuse: Early 1980s
Date Report Received: 5/18/2000
Action Taken: Left Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1985.
Present State: Deceased (1998)

5. Name: David William Chaloux
Affiliation: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Year of Ordination: 1972
Pastoral Assignments: Chaplain at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison
St. Aloysius, Baton Rouge, LA
Chaplain at LA State Penitentiary, Angola, LA
Ascension of Our Lord, Donaldsonville, LA
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baton Rouge, LA (In Residence)
St. Pius X, Baton Rouge, LA
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, St. Amant, LA
St. John the Evangelist, Plaquemine, LA
St. Joan of Arc, Bayou Pigeon, LA
St. John the Baptist, Brusly, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: St. Aloysius, Baton Rouge, LA
Date of Abuse: Mid -1970s
Date Report Received: 9/5/2018
Action Taken: Laicized in 1986.
Present State: Deceased (1990)

6. Name: David Joseph Clark
Affiliation: Claretian Missionaries (C.M.F.)
Year of Ordination: 1954
Pastoral Assignments: Queen of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Prescott, AZ
All Saints, Ft. Worth, TX
Immaculate Conception, Yuma, AZ
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Alexandria, LA
St. Joseph, Monroe, LA
St. Anthony, Cottonport, LA
St. Joseph, Marksville, LA
St. Thomas More, Baton Rouge, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: St. Thomas More, Baton Rouge, LA
Date of Abuse: Between 1964-1965
Date Report Received: 12/15/2018
Action Taken: Reassigned by the Claretian Order and left the Diocese of Baton
Rouge in 1965.
Present State: Deceased (2000s)

7. Name: James Preston Clement
Affiliation: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Year of Ordination: 1945
Pastoral Assignments: St. John the Baptist, Edgard, LA
St. Francis de Sales, Houma, LA
St. Joseph, Grosse Tete, LA
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, St. Amant, LA
St. Patrick, Baton Rouge, LA
Number of Allegations: More than One
Assignment at time of abuse: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, St. Amant, LA
Dates of Abuse: 1960s
Dates Reports Received: 10/25/2005, 8/22/2018
Action Taken: Retired from priesthood in 1988.
Present State: Deceased (2001)

8. Name: John Coyne
Affiliation: Josephite Fathers (S.S.J.)
Year of Ordination: 1941
Pastoral Assignment: St. Augustine, New Roads, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: St. Augustine, New Roads, LA
Dates of Abuse: Between 1968 – 1972
Date Report Received: 12/1/2002
Action Taken: Left Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1977.
Present State: Deceased (1981)

9. Name: Daniel Michael Drinan
Affiliation: Claretian Missionaries (C.M.F.)
Year of Ordination: 1977
Pastoral Assignment: Christ the King, Baton Rouge, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: Christ the King, Baton Rouge, LA
Date of Abuse: Late 1970s
Date Report Received: 3/5/2003
Action Taken: Left Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1979. Removed from ministry by
Claretian Order in 2006.
Present State: Removed from priestly ministry

10. Name: Bryan James Fontenot
Affiliation: Dominican Order (O.P.)
Year of Ordination: 1981
Pastoral Assignments: St. Joseph, Ponchatoula, LA
Holy Ghost, Hammond, LA
Number of Allegations: More than One
Assignment at time of abuse: St. Joseph, Ponchatoula, LA
Date of Abuse: 1983
Date Report Received: 4/26/1984
Action Taken: Removed from Diocese of Baton Rouge and transferred to the
supervision of the Dominican Superior in 1984.
Present State: Removed from priestly ministry

11. Name: James Funnel
Affiliation: None
Year of Ordination: Not Applicable (Seminarian)
Pastoral Assignment: Student at Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, LA
Number of Allegations: More than One
Assignment at time of abuse: Youth Minister at St. Isidore the Farmer, Baker, LA
Dates of Abuse: Mid-to-Late 1970s
Dates Reports Received: 1/10/2012, 12/31/2013 and 4/6/2016
Action Taken: Took leave of absence from Notre Dame Seminary in 1979 and
did not return.
Present State: Did not enter into priestly ministry

12. Name: George David Gensler
Affiliation: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Year of Ordination: 1970 for the Diocese of Lafayette
Incardinated into the Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1978
Pastoral Assignments: Our Lady of Mercy, Baton Rouge, LA (In Residence)
Spiritual Director – St. Joseph Cathedral Preparatory Diocesan
Seminary, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Anthony of Padua, Darrow, LA
Number of Allegations: More than One
Assignment at time of abuse: St. Anthony of Padua, Darrow, LA
Dates of Abuse: Late-1970s
Dates Reports Received: 2/6/1994 and 10/26/2018
Action Taken: Placed on administrative leave and permanently removed from
ministry in 1994.
Present State: Deceased (2016)

13. Name: Antonio Gonzales
Affiliation: Oblates of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I.)
Year of Ordination: 1957
Pastoral Assignment: St. Margaret Queen of Scotland, Albany, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: St. Margaret Queen of Scotland, Albany, LA
Dates of Abuse: 1970s
Date Report Received: 6/2002
Action Taken: Laicized in 1987.
Present State: Deceased (2016)

14. Name: Bryan Keith Gray
Affiliation: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Year of Ordination: 1979
Pastoral Assignments: St. Charles Borromeo, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Patrick, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Margaret Queen of Scotland, Albany, LA
Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (Student)
St. Aloysius, Baton Rouge, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: St. Charles Borromeo, Baton Rouge, LA
Date of Abuse: Late 1970s – 1980s
Date Report Received: 3/10/1992
Action Taken: Placed on permanent leave and priestly faculties removed in
1992.
Present State: Removed from priestly ministry

15. Name: Rodrigue Alphonse Hemond
Affiliation: Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette (M.S.)
Incardinated into the Archdiocese Galveston-Houston in 1978
Year of Ordination: 1949
Pastoral Assignment: West Warwick, Rhode Island
Hearst, Ontario, Canada
Cochrane, Ontario
Foleyet, Ontario
St. Joseph Cathedral, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Thomas More, Baton Rouge, LA
Our Lady of Mercy, Baton Rouge, LA
Immaculate Conception, Scotlandville, LA
St. Pius X, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Charles Borromeo, Baton Rouge, LA
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Maringouin, LA
Number of Allegations: More than One
Assignment at time of abuse: St. Thomas More, Baton Rouge, LA
Dates of Abuse: 1960s-1970s
Dates Reports Received: 12/11/1992, 5/15/2002 and 6/2002
Action Taken: Left Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1968. Victims referred to La
Salette Order.
Present State: Deceased (1990)

16. Name: Gerard Joseph Howell
Affiliation: Extern Diocesan Priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans
Year of Ordination: 1964 for Archdiocese of New Orleans
Pastoral Assignments: St. Pius X, Baton Rouge, LA
Chapter Director – St. Francis de Sales Deaf Center, Baton
Rouge, LA
St. Francis de Sales, Baton Rouge, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: St. Francis de Sales Deaf Center, Baton Rouge, LA
Date of Abuse: Late-1970s
Date Report Received: 3/14/2001
Action Taken: Left Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1981 to return to Archdiocese of
New Orleans. Removed from active ministry by Archdiocese of
New Orleans in 1992.
Present State: Removed from priestly ministry

17. Name: Myles Joseph Kearney
Affiliation: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Year of Ordination: 1971
Pastoral Assignments: Ascension of Our Lord, Donaldsonville, LA
St. Theresa of Avila, Gonzales, LA
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baton Rouge, LA
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, White Castle, LA
St. Mark, Gonzales, LA
St. Francis de Sales, Baton Rouge, LA
Director of Deaf Apostolate, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Joseph, Grosse Tete, LA
St. John the Evangelist, Prairieville, LA
St. Joseph Cathedral, Baton Rouge, LA (In Residence)
Chaplain at Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA
Chaplain at Columbia Medical Center, Baton Rouge, LA
Immaculate Conception, Scotlandville, LA
St. Jude the Apostle the Apostle, Baton Rouge, LA
Most Blessed Sacrament, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Anne, Sorrento, LA
St. Patrick, Baton Rouge, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: St. John the Evangelist, Prairieville, LA
Date of Abuse: Late-1980s
Date Report Received: 4/15/2002
Action Taken: Priestly faculties removed in 2002.
Present State: Removed from priestly ministry

18. Name: Clyde Bernard Landry
Affiliation: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Year of Ordination: 1973
Pastoral Assignments: Holy Family, Port Allen, LA
St. George, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Aloysius, Baton Rouge, LA
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, St. Amant, LA
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Francisville, LA
St. Theresa, Gonzales, LA
St. Joseph Cathedral, Baton Rouge, LA
Number of Allegations: More than One
Assignments at times of abuse: Holy Family, Port Allen, LA; St. George, Baton Rouge, LA;
St Aloysius, Baton Rouge, LA; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St.
Francisville, LA
Dates of Abuse: Between 1970s-1980s
Dates Report Received: 6/30/1988, 2002 and 2004
Action Taken: Resigned from Pastorate 1988 and placed on leave. Left Diocese
of Baton Rouge in 1990 to work for the Servants of the
Paraclete in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Formal leave granted
and priestly faculties removed in 1999.
Present State: Deceased (2003)

19. Name: Daniel Paul Lemoine
Affiliation: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Year of Ordination: 1979
Pastoral Assignments: Seminarian Summer Internship at St. Philomena, Labadieville, LA
Deacon Internship at St. Joseph the Worker, Pierre Part, LA
St. Jean Vianney, Baton Rouge, LA
Holy Family, Port Allen, LA (In Residence)
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, White Castle, LA
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Baton Rouge, LA
Immaculate Conception, Denham Springs, LA
St. Joseph the Worker, Pierre Part, LA
Our Lady of Mercy, Baton Rouge, LA (In Residence)
Chaplain at Baton Rouge General Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA
Chaplain at Earl K. Long Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA
Chaplain at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center,
Baton Rouge, LA
Number of Allegations: More than One
Assignments at time of abuse: Our Lady of Mercy, Baton Rouge, LA; St. Joseph the Worker,
Pierre Part, LA; St. Philomena, Labadieville, LA
Dates of Abuse: Between Late-1970s – Early-1980s
Dates Reports Received: 10/1994, 4/1999 and 4/2007
Action Taken: Placed on administrative leave in 1994. Priestly faculties
removed in 1999.
Present State: Removed from priestly ministry

20. Name: Nicholas Joseph Martrain
Affiliation: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Year of Ordination: 1965
Pastoral Assignments: St. Isidore the Farmer, Baker, LA
Ascension of Our Lord, Donaldsonville, LA
St. Pius X, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Thomas More, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Patrick, Baton Rouge, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: Ascension of Our Lord, Donaldsonville, LA
Date of Abuse: Prior to 1980
Date Report Received: 5/2/2002
Action Taken: Left active ministry in 1982. Married and priestly faculties
removed in 1983. Laicized in 1990.
Present State: Removed from priestly ministry

21. Name: Salvador Nickie (Butch) Moran
Affiliation: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Year of Ordination: 1972
Pastoral Assignments: St. Theresa of Avila, Gonzales, LA
St. Joseph the Worker, Pierre Part, LA
Ascension of Our Lord, Donaldsonville, LA
Faculty, St. Joseph Cathedral Preparatory Diocesan Seminary,
Baton Rouge, LA
St. Philip, Vacherie, LA
Number of Allegations: More than One
Assignments at time of abuse: St. Joseph the Worker, Pierre Part, LA; St. Philip, Vacherie, LA
Dates of Abuse: Late-1970s – Early 1980s
Dates Reports Received: 10/1994 and 1/1/2004
Action Taken: Placed on administrative leave and priestly faculties removed in
1994.
Present State: Removed from priestly ministry

22. Name: Jesse Ray Ortego
Affiliation: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Year of Ordination: 1970
Pastoral Assignments: St. Thomas More, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Theresa, Gonzales, LA
Holy Family, Port Allen, LA
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, St. Amant, LA
St. Anne, Sorrento, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, St. Amant, LA
Date of Abuse: Early 1970s
Date Report Received: August 2008
Action Taken: Left Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1981.
Present State: Removed from priestly ministry

23. Name: Christopher Joseph Springer
Affiliation: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Year of Ordination: 1952 for the Redemptorist Order
Incardinated into the Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1973
Pastoral Assignments: St. Gerard Magella, Baton Rouge, LA
St. John the Evangelist, Plaquemine, LA
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Maringouin, LA
St. Mary of False River, New Roads, LA
St. Pius X, Baton Rouge, LA
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Jackson, LA
Our Lady of the Assumption, Clinton, LA
Chaplain at East Louisiana State Hospital, Jackson, LA
Chaplain at Dixon Correctional Institute, Jackson, LA
Chaplain at Feliciana Forensic Unit, Jackson, LA
Number of Allegations: More than One
Assignments at time of abuse: St. Pius X, Baton Rouge, LA; St. Mary of False River, New Roads,
LA; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Jackson, LA; Our Lady of the
Assumption, Clinton, LA
Dates of Abuse: Between 1970s – 1980s
Dates Reports Received: 2/9/1981, 7/21/1992, 4/6/1993 and 3/15/1994
Action Taken: Priestly faculties removed 1985. Laicized in 1990.
Present State: Removed from priestly ministry

24. Name: Joseph Vincent Sullivan
Affiliation: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Year of Ordination: 1946 for the Diocese of Kansas City, Missouri
Pastoral Assignments: Installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1974
Number of Allegations: More than One
Assignment at time of abuse: Bishop of Diocese of Baton Rouge
Dates of Abuse: Between 1974 – 1982
Dates Reports Received: 2004, 2005 and 2007
Action Taken: Diocese publicly announced allegations in 2004 and changed
the name of Bishop Sullivan High School to St. Michael the
Archangel High School.
Present State: Deceased (1982)

 

B. The individuals identified below have been the subject of credible allegations of sexual abuse of
one or more minors or vulnerable adults which allegedly occurred within the territory of the Diocese of
Baton Rouge before its creation 1961 and which were later reported to the Diocese of Baton Rouge after
its creation as an independent diocese.

1. Name: Joseph LeFrois
Affiliation: Josephite (S.S.J.)
Year of Ordination: 1944
Pastoral Assignment: Immaculate Conception, Plaquemine, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: Immaculate Conception, Plaquemine, LA
Date of Abuse: Mid-1950s
Date Report Received: 9/6/1994
Action Taken: Diocese of Baton Rouge notified Josephite Order of allegations.
Present State: Deceased (1992)

2. Name: Henry Neubig
Affiliation: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Year of Ordination: 1934 for the Archdiocese of New Orleans
Incardinated into the Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1961
Pastoral Assignments: St. Francis de Sales, New Orleans, LA
Our Lady of Lourdes, New Orleans, LA
St. Theresa of Avila, Gonzales, LA
St. Joan of Arc, Bayou Pigeon, LA
Immaculate Conception, Lakeland, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: Immaculate Conception, Lakeland, LA
Date of Abuse: Mid-1950s
Date Report Received: 8/17/2007
Action Taken: Allegation of abuse received by the Diocese of Baton Rouge
after date of death.
Present State: Deceased (1975)

3. Name: John Anthony Weber
Affiliation: Diocese of Baton Rouge
Year of Ordination: 1945 for the Archdiocese of New Orleans
Incardinated into the Diocese of Baton Rouge in 1961
Pastoral Assignments: St. Eloi Church, Theriot, LA
Holy Trinity, New Orleans, LA
St. Rita, New Orleans, LA
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Plattenville, LA
St. Ann, Morganza, LA
St. Isidore the Farmer, Baker, LA
St. Philip, Vacherie, LA
St. Theresa of Avila, Gonzales, LA
St. Charles Borromeo, Baton Rouge, LA
Number of Allegations: One
Assignment at time of abuse: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Plattenville, LA
Date of Abuse: 1956
Date Report Received: 3/12/1996
Action Taken: Retired in 1995
Present State: Deceased (2000)

 

C. The individuals identified below served the Archdiocese of New Orleans in the territory which later
became the Diocese of Baton Rouge, and the Archdiocese of New Orleans has publicly identified them in
the manner shown below as either (i) alive and have been accused of sexually abusing a minor which led
to their removal from ministry or (ii) deceased and who admitted or have been publicly accused of
sexually abusing a minor.

1. Name: Pierre Celestin Cambiaire
Date of Birth: 1871
Ordination: 1898
Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: Late 1910s
Allegation Received: 1917
Removed from Ministry: 1910s
Date of Death: 1955
Pastoral Assignments: Sacred Heart of Jesus of Jesus, Cameron, LA
St. George, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Joseph, Grosse Tete, LA
St. Leon, Leonville, LA

2. Name: John Franklin
A Priest of the Diocese of Savannah, GA Serving at the
Archdiocese of New Orleans, LA
Date of Birth: 1925
Ordination: 1956
Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: Late 1950s
Allegation Received: 1959
Removed from Ministry: 1959
Date of Death: Unknown
Pastoral Assignments: Ascension of Our Lord, Donaldsonville, LA
St. Gabriel, New Orleans, LA

3. Name: Michael Hurley
Date of Birth: 1915
Ordination: 1943
Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1940s
Allegation Received: 1945
Left Archdiocese: 1955
Date of Death: 2005
Pastoral Assignments: Immaculate Conception Church, Marrero, LA,
St. Agnes, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Francis de Sales, Houma, LA,
St. Maurice, New Orleans, LA
Sts. Peter and Paul, New Orleans, LA

4. Name: Ralph Lawrence
Date of Birth: 1890
Ordination: 1916
Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: Early 1930’s
Allegation Received: 1935
Leave of Absence: 1935
Date of Death: 1992
Pastoral Assignments: Mater Dolorosa, New Orleans, LA
Our Lady of Good Harbor, Buras, LA
Our Lady of Lourdes, Winnfield, LA
Sacred Heart Church, Rayville, LA
St. Anthony of Padua, Baton Rouge, LA

5. Name: Malcolm Strassel
Date of Birth: 1908
Ordination: 1934
Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: Late 1970s
Allegation Received: 2006
Date of Death: 1987
Pastoral Assignments: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, St. Amant, LA
Our Lady of Lourdes, New Orleans, LA
Sacred Heart, LaCombe, LA
St. Agnes, Baton Rouge, LA
St. Charles Borromeo, Destrahan, LA
St. Joseph, Gretna, LA
St. Mary Pamela, Raceland, LA

6. Name: Lawrence Hecker
Date of Birth: 1931
Ordination: 1958
Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: Late 1960s-1970s
Allegation Received: 1996
Removed from Ministry: 2002
Pastoral Assignments: Christ the King, Terrytown, LA
Holy Family, Luling, LA
Holy Rosary, New Orleans, LA
Our Lady of Lourdes, New Orleans, LA
St. Anthony, Luling, LA
St. Bernadette, Houma, LA
St. Charles Borromeo, in residence
St. Francis Cabrini, New Orleans, LA
St. Francis Xavier, Metairie, LA
St. Joseph, Gretna, LA
St. Mary of False River, New Roads, LA

 

D. The individuals identified below served in the Diocese of Baton Rouge without any credible
allegations having been made against them related to that service, but they have been publicly
identified in the manner shown below by the Archdiocese of New Orleans or the Jesuit Order (S.J.) on
reports similar to this list for reasons unrelated to the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

1. Name: Jody Blanchard
Affiliation: Jesuit Order (S.J.)
Year of Ordination: 1983
Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1980s
Removed from Ministry: Left Society of Jesus in 1994
Pastoral Assignments: St. Charles Borromeo Church, Grand Coteau, LA
Tulane Catholic Center, New Orleans, LA
Immaculate Conception, Scotlandville, LA
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Houston, TX

2. Name: Thomas J. Naughton
NOTE: This is Fr. Thomas Naughton of the former New
Orleans Province, not Bro. Thomas Naughton of the
former Missouri Province
Affiliation: Jesuit Order (S.J.)
Birth Date: 1933
Ordination: 1965
Status of Individual: Left Society of Jesus in 2009. Deceased in 2012.
Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 2002
Pastoral Assignments: Jesuit High School, New Orleans, LA
Jesuit High School, El Paso, TX
Jesuit High School, Tampa, FL
Jesuit College Preparatory School, Dallas, TX
St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Shreveport, LA
Manresa House of Retreats, Convent, LA
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Houston, TX
Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau, New Orleans, LA
Montserrat Retreat House, Lake Dallas, TX
St. Killian Parish, Mission Viejo, CA

3. Name: C. Richard Nowery, C.S.C.
Affiliation: Congregation of Holy Cross
Date of Birth: 1938
Year of Ordination: 1968
Pastoral Assignment: St. Jude the Apostle, Baton Rouge, LA
Present State: Deceased (2018)

4. Name: Joseph Pelletieri , C.S.s.R.
Affiliation: Redemptorist
Date of Birth: 1939
Year of Ordination: 1965
Pastoral Assignment: St. Gerard Majella, Baton Rouge, LA
Present State: Deceased (2018)

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