Archdiocese of Mobile

Names of Credibly Accused Clergy Released

12-6-2018

TO THE PEOPLE OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MOBILE

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

An image often used for the Church is that the Church is the dawn. That is an apt image. The dawn testifies that the night is over and that light has conquered the darkness. At the same time, the dawn is not quite the fullness of the light which is to come. Dawn has a mixture of both light and darkness. So is the Church. The Church is light since it proclaims that the head of the Church, the Lord Jesus, has overcome the darkness. However, the Church is made up of sinners and we sinners often fail to be the people God calls us to be. We cause darkness even as we proclaim the Light. It is important that when we sin we admit to our sinfulness.
The most vulnerable members of the Church, the children, have been grievously hurt by clergy and religious, the very people who should have been trusted to help and not to injure. In addition, the Church has at times failed to act as it should have to immediately protect children and to promptly remove those who have preyed upon them. To all the people of the Church, and especially to the victims of child sexual abuse by clergy and religious, I ask for your forgiveness. From the depths of my heart, I ask your forgiveness. After considerable prayer and consultation, I have decided to publish the names of all clergy and religious who have served in the Archdiocese of Mobile since 1950 who have credible accusations of sexual misconduct with minors against them. This decision was not made lightly. It is my prayer that this will not re-traumatize anyone but will assist in the healing for which victims desperately long. I also pray that it will help all the people of the Church, and of the broader community, to know that the Archdiocese of Mobile is not allowing anyone to minister in our archdiocese who has credible accusations of sexual misconduct with minors.
Two lists are published with this letter: List One is the list of clergy of the Archdiocese of Mobile who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors. List Two is the list of members of Religious Orders who have served in the Archdiocese of Mobile, both clergy and non-clergy, who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors.
It has been a challenge to compile these lists. Each personnel file has been examined. Since 2003 there has been a written policy regarding complaints of sexual abuse of minors: there is an office for the protection of minors and adults which receives complaints, accusations are reported to civil authority, and a review board composed mostly of lay people not employed by the archdiocese reviews the cases and makes recommendations. Before 2003, however, there were a variety of ways in which accusations were received and investigated and this has presented challenges in compiling these lists.
These lists have been shared with the Office of the State Attorney General and with the Office of the District Attorney of Mobile County. But, more importantly, it is being shared with you, the people of our archdiocese. Some of you may be surprised to see on these lists the name of a priest who served in your parish and whom you knew well. I pray that God will give you peace of mind and heart.
I wish to assure you that the Archdiocese of Mobile is committed to following the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People which the US bishops enacted in 2002. In doing so may I draw your attention to two things. As you will notice, almost all these acts of misconduct were many years ago. That is in no way to excuse the devastating harm of child abuse. The injury that sexual abuse of a minor inflicts lasts for many years. At the same time, the fact that these horrible acts of misconduct are many years ago, reflects the commitment of the Church to protect young people from abuse while they are involved in Church ministries.
The other fact is that, even though one abuser is far too many, these accusations of abuse involve approximately 2% of the 457 archdiocesan priests who have served in the archdiocese since 1950. (The decades-old records do not make it possible to accurately determine the number of religious order clerics and non-clerics who have served in the Archdiocese since 1950. I presume the percentage would be similar.) I wish to take this opportunity to thank you, our good and faithful clergy and religious who serve in the Archdiocese of Mobile. Thank you for your ministry. You bring the love of God to many and many to the love of God. I ask all the people of our Church to pray for and support you.
After considerable effort, these lists are as complete as possible. However, if anyone wishes to report a cleric or religious not included in these lists, please contact the Office for the Protection of Minors and Adults, 251-434-1559.
In closing, allow me to again apologize for the devastating harm done by clerics and religious who have abused the little ones. I ask the forgiveness of all victims of abuse as I entrust you to the love and mercy of the Lord. I deeply believe the Lord is with us. After all, we are His Church. Despite our failings, sins, and unfaithfulness, He remains faithful to us and leads us, individually and as a Church, to new life. May His healing love be with all of us.

Sincerely in the Lord,

 

Most Reverend Thomas J. Rodi
Archbishop of Mobile

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List One – Priests and deacons of the Archdiocese of Mobile who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.

Thomas J Cullen
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: 1950s
Pastoral assignments: St. Mary Parish, Mobile; St. Margaret Parish, Bayou La Batre; Cathedral Parish, Mobile; St. Monica Parish, Mobile; Christ the King Parish, Andalusia; St. Mary Parish, Texas City, Texas

Vernon Dahmen
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: Mid 1970s to early 1980s
Pastoral assignments: St. Dominic Parish, Mobile; St. Mary Parish, Mobile; St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Mobile; McGill-Toolen High School; Little Flower Parish, Mobile; St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Chickasaw; St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Mobile; Allen Memorial Home, Mobile

Timothy Evans
Prohibited from ministry in Archdiocese
Date of Misconduct: 1998
Pastoral assignments: Christ the King Parish, Daphne; Annunciation Parish, Monroeville; St. Margaret Parish, Bayou La Batre; Director, Office of Youth Ministry

Joseph Gill
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: Late 1960s
Pastoral assignments: Blessed Sacrament Parish, Birmingham; St. John Parish, Warrington, Florida; Cathedral Parish, Mobile; Sacred Heart Parish, Grove Hill; St. Columba Parish, Dothan; St. Aloysius Parish, Bessemer; St. William Parish, Guntersville; St. Thomas Parish, Chickasaw; St. Catherine Parish, Mobile; Sacred Heart Residence, Little Sisters of the Poor, Mobile; St. Bridget Parish, Whistler; In Residence, St. Anthony Parish, Birmingham

James A. Havens
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: 1986
Pastoral assignments: St. Dominic Parish, Mobile; Little Flower Parish, Mobile; St. John Parish, Butler; Sacred Heart Parish, Grove Hill; St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Mobile

Patrick J. L. Nicholson
Prohibited from ministry in Archdiocese
Date of Misconduct: 1976
Pastoral assignments: Little Flower Parish, Mobile; Assistant Director for Vocations; McGill-Toolen High School, Mobile; St. Pius X Parish, Mobile; St. Joseph Parish, Prattville; Chaplain, US Air Force (Little Rock AFB, Arkansas; Clark AFB, Philippines; Dept. of the Air Force, San Francisco, California; United States Air Force Academy, Colorado; Maxwell AFB, Montgomery); Diocese of Elphin, Ireland

Arthur C. Schrenger 
Prohibited from ministry in Archdiocese
Date of Misconduct: Late 1960s to 1982
Pastoral assignments: Little Flower Parish, Mobile; St. Dominic Parish, Mobile; McGill-Toolen High School, Mobile; St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Mobile; Assistant Vocations Director; St. Agatha Parish, Bay Minette; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Mobile; Holy Spirit Parish, Montgomery; Metropolitan Tribunal; Cathedral Parish, Mobile

John Alex Sherlock
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: 1966-1982
Pastoral assignments: St. Mary Parish, Mobile; Bishop Toolen High School, Mobile; Little Flower Parish, Mobile; St. Patrick’s College, Mountainview, California; Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; McGill-Toolen High School, Mobile; Cathedral Parish, Mobile; Holy Family Parish, Mobile; St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Chickasaw; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Mobile; St. Pius X Parish, Mobile; St. Peter Parish, Montgomery

Edward Eugene Smith
Prohibited from ministry in Archdiocese
Date of Misconduct: 1984
Pastoral assignments: Our Savior Parish, Mobile; Hotel Dieu Hospital, New Orleans; St. Pius X Parish, Mobile; McGill-Toolen High School, Mobile; St. Dominic Parish, Mobile

John J. Walton
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: 1970s
Pastoral assignments: St. Margaret Parish, Bayou La Batre; US Army Reserve, Military Archdiocese; St. Maurice Parish, Brewton; Christ the King Parish, Andalusia; St. Joan of Arc Parish, Mobile; St. Pius X Parish, Mobile; Holy Name Parish, Semmes

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SPECIAL NOTE:
Cordell Lang (DECEASED) was removed from ministry based upon accusations submitted to the Archdiocese of Mobile. A civil court jury, however, found in his favor.

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Archdiocesan Deacon
Robert L. Nouwen 
Prohibited from ministry in Archdiocese
Convicted of possession of child pornography
Date of Misconduct: 2012
Pastoral assignments: St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Mobile

 

List Two – Priests and men who are not priests (brothers) who belong to religious orders and are not clergy of the Archdiocese of Mobile, but have served in this archdiocese. The Archdiocese of Mobile has received credible accusations against these men. While some accusations involved misconduct within the archdiocese, other accusations involved misconduct elsewhere. However, since all have at some time served in this archdiocese, their names are included as well as their assignments while in this archdiocese.

Susai Arul
Prohibited from ministry in Archdiocese
Date of Misconduct: 1989-1990
Pastoral assignments: Little Flower Parish, Mobile

Joseph Brown
Prohibited from ministry in Archdiocese
Date of Misconduct: 1965-1968
Pastoral assignments: Shrine of the Holy Cross Parish, Daphne

Gregory Furjanic
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: 1987
Pastoral assignments: St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Mobile; St. Monica Parish, Mobile; Immaculate Conception Parish, Orrville; Sacred Heart Parish, Grove Hill;

Robert Grabowski 
Prohibited from ministry in Archdiocese
Date of Misconduct: 1979
Pastoral assignments: McGill-Toolen High School, Mobile

John Hardman 
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: 1972-1978
Pastoral assignments: Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish, Mobile

Timothy Keppel
Prohibited from ministry in Archdiocese
Date of Misconduct: 1977-1981
Pastoral assignments: Resurrection Parish, Montgomery

Anthony Kiel 
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: 1955-1958
Pastoral assignments: St. Joseph Parish, Maysville

Edward Lawler
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: 1972
Pastoral assignments: Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Birmingham; St. Peter Claver Parish, Mobile; Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish, Mobile; St. Joseph Parish, Mobile

Edward A. Leary
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: 1970-1972
Pastoral assignments: Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Selma

Gerald McMahon
Prohibited from ministry in Archdiocese
Date of Misconduct: 1967-1970
Pastoral assignments: St. Benedict School, Elberta

Robert Michele
Prohibited from ministry in Archdiocese
Date of Misconduct: 1963
Pastoral assignments: Catholic Information Center, Mobile

Norman Rogge
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: 1979-1981
Pastoral assignments: St. Ignatius Parish, Mobile

John Rutledge 
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: 1968
Pastoral assignments: St. Michael Parish, Auburn

Barry Ryan
Prohibited from ministry in Archdiocese
Date of Misconduct: 1990s
Pastoral assignments: Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery

Nelson Ziter
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: 1974-1979
Pastoral assignments: Queen of Peace Parish, Selma; St. Philip Neri Parish, Belle Fontaine; St. Elizabeth Parish, Selma; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Mobile

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Brothers (Members of Religious Orders Who Are Not Priests)

Nicholas Vic Bendillo
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: 1964-1989
Pastoral assignments: McGill Institute, Mobile; McGill-Toolen High School, Mobile

Ralph McGarry
Deceased
Date of Misconduct: 1960-1961
Pastoral assignments: Catholic Boys Home