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Diocese: List of priests, deacons ‘credibly accused’

September 18, 2018

Following is the list of credibly accused priests and deacons released today by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend:

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

 

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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