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The clergy with credible accusations

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:  March 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, EastChicago, 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

Elden Miller

Date of Ordination:  May 8, 1954

Retired: July 15, 2003

Removed from Public Ministry:  December 18, 2006

Number of Credible Allegations:  4

Deceased:  July 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


Michael Paquet, osc

Date of Ordination:  May 28, 1978

Removal from Ecclesiastical Ministry:  November 18, 2002

Dismissed from Clerical State:  September 16, 2005

Number of Credible Allegations:  1

Places Served:

1978-1979 – Crosier Assignments

1979-1985 – Ministry Center Retreat Director, Fort Wayne, Indiana

1983-1985 – Spirit Alive TEC Youth Minister, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Fort Wayne, Indiana

1985-2002 – Crosier Assignments


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


Bruce A. Schutt

Date of Ordination:  May 29, 1965

Loss of Clerical State:  May 9, 1975

Number of Credible Allegations:  2

Places Served:

June 15, 1965 – St. Monica Parish, Mishawaka, Indiana

April 20, 1968 – St. John the Baptist Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

June 15, 1968 – St. Patrick Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

June 25, 1971 – Chaplain, Indiana Army National Guard

July 1, 1971 – Sacred Heart Parish, Fort Wayne, Indiana

October 2, 1972 – United States Army Training Center, Fort Eustis, Virginia

April 15, 1974 – December 31, 1974 – Ministry in Diocese of LaCrosse, Wisconsin


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 Parish, 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

August 1, 1988 – Queen of Angels Parish, Fort Wayne, 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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