The list that follows is of those individuals of the United States Province of Priests and Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross for whom an accusation of the sexual abuse of a minor has been deemed credible.
An allegation is deemed “credible” if, after an independent review of available and relevant, factual information, in consultation with a review board, the provincial council, and the provincial administration, there is reason to believe the allegation is more likely true than not. An allegation is also determined to be credible if the accused member of Holy Cross admits to the allegation, or the accused is convicted by civil authorities in a court of law.
This list was initially developed with the assistance of an outside law firm, which independently reviewed all personnel files of the Province. It has been vetted by the Province Review Board as well as by the Provincial Council. Changes to the list are possible given new information that may emerge. The list will be updated as necessary on our website.
You will note that the earliest incident for which an accusation has been made dates back to the 1940s. The most recent incident for which an accusation has been made was in the early 1990s. All who are on the list would have served in the Eastern Province, the Southern Province, or the Indiana Province of Holy Cross, which together now constitute the United States Province of Priests and Brothers. None of the individuals on the list is currently in ministry. While a list of assignments is included for each person, the incident(s) did not necessarily occur at one of the listed assignments.
It is important to note that inclusion on this list does not necessarily mean that these allegations are true or correct or that the accused religious has been found guilty of a crime or liable for any civil claim. Many of these allegations arise from events that occurred decades after the alleged abuse would have taken place, making it difficult to conduct a complete investigation. In addition, some of these allegations were made after an accused religious died and, therefore, he did not have the opportunity to respond for himself.
Finally, you will note that there are fifteen names on this list. Of them, ten are deceased and two are removed from ministry and have no access to minors. Three are no longer with the Congregation of Holy Cross, one of whom is incarcerated.
The Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers, has a Policy on Response to Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors, which articulates our procedural actions, prevention and treatment measures, along with steps to assist victims.