Disclosure List

The following members of Sacred Heart Province have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors.  Updated June 11, 2023.

Name

Member of SHP

Current Status

 

 

 

Charles Faso

1960 to present

Prohibited from public ministry, 2008

Patrick Hanrahan

1980 to present

Prohibited from public ministry, 1999

Joseph Tan Doan Nguyen

1980 to present

Prohibited from public ministry, 2022

Henry Willenborg

1969 to present

Prohibited from public ministry, 2009

 

 

 

Roland (Robert) Averbeck

1925 - 1981 Deceased 4/4/1981

Manuel Cortez Roman

1969 - 1990 Deceased 9/1/1990

Louis (William) Dunnigan

1910 - 1968

Deceased 4/5/1968

Tarsicius (Laverne) Fischer

1930 - 1998

Deceased 2/20/1998

Kenneth (John) Gansmann

1928 - 1974

Deceased 5/21/1974

Theophane (William) Goett

1933 - 1973

Deceased 10/14/1973

Denis (Joseph) Hall

1935 - 1996

Deceased 2/14/1996

Wilbert (Norbert ) Hegener

1929 - 2009

Deceased 7/15/2009

Ardwin (Frederick) Hiller

1936 - 1981

Deceased 8/9/1981

Werner (Wilfrid) Holzer

1937 - 1990

Deceased 2/17/1990

Protase (Maximilian) Kuberek

1899 - 1959

Deceased 6/6/1959

Emmet (James) Malone

1940 -1994

Deceased 6/19/1994

Silas (Aloysius) Musholt

1948 - 1999

Deceased 8/5/1999

Charles (Edward) Potocki

1962 - 1992

Deceased 11/26/1992

John (Leo) Przybylski

1936 - 1977

Deceased 8/27/1977

John Rausch

1964 - 2019

Deceased 11/26/2019

Laurus (Raymond) Rhode

1938 - 1995

Deceased 8/29/1995

Andre (Charles) Schludecker

1956 - 2022

Deceased 9/30/2022

Ildephonse (Edward) Skorup

1952 - 2020

Deceased 1/23/2020

Fergus (Francis) Stevenson

1940 - 1991

Deceased 11/14/1991

Method (Claude) Wilson

1945 - 2018

Deceased 7/2/2018

 

 

 

Federico Fernandez

1980 - 1991

Left the Province; returned to home province in Colombia 2/15/1991

Dismissed from Order

Joseph Kesterson

1969 - 1991

Left the Province and Order 7/5/1991

Jeffrey Salwach

1974 - 2016

Left the Province and Order 4/9/2016

Ruben Soto

1993 - 1995

Left the Province when temporary vows expired 6/6/1995

Pedro (Richard) Amen

1955 - 1990

Joined the Vice Province of St. Benedict of the Amazon 3/11/1990

Deceased 4/28/2006

 

Letter From Provincial Minister

April 14, 2023

Dear People of God,

The Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart has published a disclosure list of members who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.  The list identifies the credibly accused friars by name (including religious name if applicable), number of years in the Province, and current status.  Of the 26 friars on the list, 17 are deceased, 5 left the Order (of which 1 is deceased), and 4 are living and are permanently prohibited from public ministry. The list is posted here www.thefriars.org on our Province website.

The disclosure list is based on current information and will be updated as necessary.  It will be maintained as public information on the Province website.  We are notifying the bishops of all dioceses and archdioceses, as well as parishes, institutions and ministries, where the credibly accused friars were stationed in ministry, whether or not the alleged abuse allegations occurred there.  As far as we are able, we will also try to contact the survivors who reported the abuse.

Sexual misconduct and the sexual abuse of minors are disgraceful and reprehensible.  This list is a mark of shame against the Province and the larger Catholic Church.  We realize that for some survivors, seeing these names in print may cause painful memories.  On the other hand, the Province hopes that the publication of this disclosure list will help bring healing and peace to abuse survivors.  It is an affirmation that our Province and all Franciscans will not tolerate sexual misconduct and sexual abuse of minors. It also underscores our commitment to accountability, transparency, and safe environments for the protection of children and vulnerable persons.

To ensure a thorough and impartial process, the Sacred Heart Province retained Kinsale Management Consulting to conduct an independent, comprehensive review of all personnel files dating back to 1950.  The firm is led by founder Kathleen McChesney, PhD, a former high-ranking official in the Federal Bureau of Investigation who, after leaving the FBI, was responsible for establishing the Office of Child Protection, and for developing and administering a national compliance method, for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The results of Kinsale’s file review were brought before the Provincial Review Board. Established in 2004, the current Board consists of one member of the Sacred Heart Province and five lay people whose expertise includes law enforcement, the judicial system, counseling, health, and education.  Having studied Kinsale’s comprehensive review, it was the Board’s independent responsibility to advise the Provincial Administration regarding the credibility of allegations and the names to be included on the disclosure list.  Each friar on the list has been the subject of a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, as determined and recommended by the Provincial Review Board.  The determination regarding the credibility of an allegation follows a process of consultation. It represents the opinion of the Province and is not a legal judgment or determination. 

For information on how the Sacred Heart Province addresses allegations of sexual misconduct, please visit https://thefriars.org/Protection-of-Children.  The Province adheres to the national compliance system of the USCCB, and to the standards of accountability and transparency of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men.  The Province’s sexual abuse protections and response policies and procedures are periodically evaluated for accreditation purposes by Praesidium Inc.  Praesidium is an independent nationally-recognized authority that reviews personnel files and safe environment policies of private and public organizations.  Praesidium’s accreditation review includes site visits and interviews.

If you or someone you know has been sexually abused by a friar of Sacred Heart Province, immediately report it to your local law enforcement authorities and contact the Province’s Survivor Assistance Coordinator, Lynn Duffield, at 314-250-2275, lynn_db@sbcglobal.net  Calls and the information provided will be kept confidential to the extent that civil law allows.

We will use the publication of this list as a time to pray for a Church, Province, country, and world committed to the protection of children and other vulnerable persons. Please join us in praying daily for healing and peace for abuse survivors, and that Sacred Heart friars and all Franciscans will be examples of the caring and gentleness of our founding father, St. Francis of Assisi, and our loving Savior, Jesus Christ.

God bless you,

Friar Thomas Nairn, OFM

Provincial Minister

Press Release

Province Publishes Friar Abuse Disclosure List
For Immediate Release Friday, April 14, 2023

The Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart today published a disclosure list of members who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors. The disclosure list was released on the Province website, www.thefriars.org, and will be maintained there as public information, according to Province officials.

The list identifies the credibly accused friars by name (including religious name if applicable), number of years in the Province, and current status. Of the 26 friars on the list, 17 are deceased, 5 left the Order (of which 1 is deceased), and 4 are living and are permanently prohibited from public ministry. One of the living friars was removed from public ministry more than 23 years ago. The other three have been prohibited from public ministry ranging from more than 12 years ago to last year.

The Province will notify the bishops of all archdioceses and dioceses, as well as parishes, institutions and ministries, where the credibly accused friars were stationed in ministry, whether or not the alleged abuse allegations occurred there.

“Sexual misconduct and the sexual abuse of minors are disgraceful and reprehensible. This disclosure list is a mark of shame against the Province and the larger Catholic Church. We realize that for some survivors, seeing these names in print may cause painful memories. But the Province hopes that the publication of this disclosure list will help bring healing and peace to abuse survivors,” said Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM, Provincial Minister of the St. Louis, Missouri-based Province of the Order of Friars Minor.

“The publication of this list is an affirmation that our Province and all Franciscans will not tolerate sexual misconduct and sexual abuse of minors. It also underscores our commitment to accountability, transparency, and safe environments for the protection of children and vulnerable persons,” he added.

To ensure a thorough and impartial process of establishing the disclosure list, the Sacred Heart Province retained Kinsale Management Consulting to conduct an independent, comprehensive review of all personnel files dating back to 1950. The firm is led by founder Kathleen McChesney, PhD, a former high-ranking official in the Federal Bureau of Investigation who, after leaving the FBI, was responsible for establishing the Office of Child Protection for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which included developing and administering a national compliance method.

The results of Kinsale’s file review were brought before Sacred Heart’s Provincial Review Board, which consists of one member of the Province and five lay people whose expertise includes law enforcement, the judicial system, counseling, health, and education. Having studied Kinsale’s comprehensive review, it was the Board’s independent responsibility to advise the Provincial Administration regarding the credibility of allegations and the names to be included on the disclosure list. Each friar on the list has been the subject of a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, as determined and recommended by the Board. The list is based on current information and will be updated as necessary. The determination regarding the credibility of an allegation follows a process of consultation. It represents the Province’s opinion and is not a legal judgment or determination.

Information on how the Sacred Heart Province addresses allegations of sexual misconduct can be found at https://thefriars.org/Protection-of-Children. The Province adheres to the national compliance system of the USCCB, and to the standards of accountability and transparency of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. The Province’s sexual abuse protections and response policies are periodically evaluated for accreditation purposes by Praesidium Inc. The Province encourages anyone who has been sexually abused by a friar to contact local law enforcement authorities, and Sacred Heart’s Survivor Assistance Coordinator (314-250-2275).

“We pray daily for healing and peace for abuse survivors, and that all Franciscan friars will be examples of the caring and gentleness of our Order’s founding father, St. Francis of Assisi,” said Fr. Nairn.

FAQ

Some of the most frequently asked questions about Sacred Heart Province’s publication of the disclosure list of credibly accused friars…

 

What is a disclosure list?

Sacred Heart published what’s called a “disclosure list” because it identifies members of the Province who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

 

How many names are on the list – and is there information on where the credibly accused are now?

There are 26 names on the list.  As for status, 17 are deceased; 4 are living and are prohibited from public ministry; and 5 others left the Order.   

 

Where can I find this disclosure list?

The list is posted on the Province website: www.thefriars.org.  It will be maintained on the website as public information.  Besides the list, there’s a letter on the website from the Provincial Minister explaining the process.

 

What is the purpose of publishing this list?

First and foremost, the Province is hopeful that the disclosure list will help bring healing and peace to abuse survivors. It also is a message that sexual misconduct and sexual abuse of minors will not be tolerated. It underscores the Province’s commitment to accountability, transparency, and safe environments for the protection of children and vulnerable persons. 

 

How was this disclosure list established?

To ensure a thorough and impartial process, the Province retained Kinsale Management Consulting to conduct an independent, comprehensive review of all personnel dating back to 1950. A little background on Kinsale – its founder Kathleen McChesney, PhD, is a former high-ranking official in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After she left the FBI, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops hired her to establish its Office of Child Protection, which also led to her developing and administering the national compliance model for the protection of minors.

 

What happened after Kinsale reviewed the personnel files?

The results of Kinsale’s file review were brought before the Provincial Review Board. The Board consists of one friar and five lay people. It has the independent responsibility of advising the Provincial Administration – in this situation, regarding the credibility of allegations and the names to be included on the list after the Board studied Kinsale’s comprehensive review results.

 

What exactly does ‘credible’ allegation mean?

It means that there was enough information to believe that the reported incident is likely to have taken place. As determined and recommended by the Provincial Review Board, each friar on the disclosure list has been the subject of a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. 

 

What happens in the future if credible allegations emerge against a friar?

The disclosure list is based on current information, and although we are thoroughly confident that Kinsale’s review of personnel files is comprehensive and detailed, the list will be updated as necessary. 

 

What is the Province doing to get out the word about this disclosure list?

The Province is notifying all archdioceses, dioceses, parishes, and other ministries where the credibly accused friars were stationed in ministry – even if the actual alleged allegations didn’t happen there.  There are notices in parish bulletins. The list, a press release, and a letter from the Provincial Minister will remain posted on the Province website.

 

Does the Province have policies and procedures for the protection of minors and vulnerable persons?

The Provide adheres to the national compliance system of the USCCB (the one established by Ms. McChesney of Kinsale – we alluded to this in an earlier question). The Province also follows to the letter the standards of accountability and transparency of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. Furthermore, the Province’s sexual abuse protections and response policies are periodically evaluated for accreditation purposes by an independent company that evaluates, assesses, and accredits these policies and procedures for private and public organizations.

 

Where can I get a copy of these policies and procedures?

Information on how the Sacred Heart Province addresses allegations of sexual misconduct can be found at https://thefriars.org/Protection-of-Children.  It spells out in detail how the Province addresses allegations of sexual misconduct.

 

What if someone wants to report sexual abuse by a friar?

The first thing they should do is contact their local law enforcement authorities. Then they should call the Province Survivor Assistance Coordinator, Lynn Duffield,  at 314-250-2275.

 

How can I deal with anger and questioning my faith when I read about clergy abuse?

Sexual misconduct and the sexual abuse of minors are disgraceful and reprehensible – and publishing this disclosure list is a mark of shame against the Province and the larger Catholic Church.  But it should never shake the foundation of your faith and your relationship with God. Turn your anger and doubts into something good by praying for healing and peace for abuse survivors. Pray that Franciscan friars will be examples of the caring and gentleness of our founding father, St. Francis of Assisi, and our loving Savior, Jesus Christ.