Denver Diocese Priest Assignments

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The Archdiocese of Denver has announced new appointments for priests.


Reverend James Baird, appointed Pastor, St. Martin de Porres Parish, Boulder, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Reverend Matthew Book, appointed Pastor, Light of the World Parish, Littleton, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Reverend Warli de Araujo Castro, appointed Pastor, Holy Cross Parish, Thornton, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Monsignor Jorge de los Santos, appointed Pastor, Our Lady Mother of the Church, Commerce City, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period. This assignment is in addition to his duties as Spiritual Director for the spiritual movements in Hispanic ministry.

Reverend John Hilton, reappointed Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Aspen, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Reverend Gerardo Garcia Jimenez, appointed Administrator, St. Mary, Rifle; Sacred Heart, Silt, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Piotr Mozdyniewicz, appointed Administrator, Holy Trinity Parish, Westminster, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Nicholas Thompson, appointed Administrator, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Denver, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Reverend William Jungmann, appointed Pastor, St. Louis Parish in Englewood, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Reverend John Paul Leyba, appointed Pastor, St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Littleton, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Reverend Kenneth Liuzzi, reappointed Pastor, St. Francis de Sales Parish, Denver, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Reverend Humberto Marquez, appointed Pastor, St. John the Baptist Parish, Longmont, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Reverend Sean McGrath, appointed Pastor, Shrine of St. Anne Parish, Arvada, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Very Reverend Michael Pavlakovich, V.F., appointed Pastor, Christ the King Parish, Denver, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Reverend Edward Poehlmann, reappointed Pastor, Presentation of Our Lady, Denver, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017 for a six-year period.

Very Reverend Rocco Porter, V.F., reappointed Pastor, St. John XIII Parish, Fort Collins, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Reverend Jose Maria Quera, appointed Pastor, St. Clare of Assisi, Edwards; St. Patrick, Minturn; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Redcliff; Vail Chapel, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Reverend Jerome Rohr, appointed Pastor, St. Patrick Parish, Holyoke; Christ the King, Haxtun, and St. Peter Fleming, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Monsignor Bernard Schmitz, appointed Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Denver, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Reverend Adam Slominski, SChr., appointed Administrator, St. Joseph (Polish) in Denver, Colorado effective March 31, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Joseph Tran, appointed Pastor, St. Joseph, Golden, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Very Reverend Tomasz Wikarski, V.F., appointed Pastor, St. Augustine, Brighton, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, for a six-year period.

Reverend Jeffrey Wilborn, appointed Pastor, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Denver, Colorado, in addition to his duties as Adjunct Spiritual Director, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, effective August 15, 2017, for a six-year period.

Parochial Vicars

Reverend Gregory Ames, appointed Parochial Vicar, Spirit of Christ, Arvada, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Albert Berkmans, H.G.N., appointed Parochial Vicar, Notre Dame Parish, Denver, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi

Reverend Mauricio Bermudez, appointed Parochial Vicar, St. Michael the Archangel, Aurora, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi

Reverend Matthew Hartley, appointed Parochial Vicar, St. Thérèse, Aurora, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi

Reverend Crispin Kibambe, appointed Parochial Vicar, St. Clare of Assisi Edwards: St. Patrick, Minturn; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Redcliff, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi

Reverend Felicien Mbala, appointed Parochial Vicar, St. Mary, Breckenridge and Our Lady of Peace, Silverthorne, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Emmanuel Osigwe, appointed Parochial Vicar, Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Miljenko Pavkovic, appointed Parochial Vicar, St. Anthony of Padua, Denver, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi

Reverend Mario Ramirez, appointed Parochial Vicar, Ascension Parish, Denver, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend José Saenz, reappointed Parochial Vicar, Immaculate Conception Parish, Lafayette, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Franklin Sequeira, appointed Parochial Vicar, St. Augustine Parish, Brighton, Colorado, effective June 14, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi.


Reverend Dennis Garrou, granted retirement status, effective June 14, 2017.

Reverend Roger Lascelle, granted retirement status, effective June 14, 2017.

Reverend Robert Reycraft, granted retirement status, effective June 14, 2017.

Reverend Reinhold Weissbeck, granted retirement status, effective June 14, 2017.


Reverend Joseph Doman, released from ministry in the Archdiocese of Denver to engage in a period of discernment with the Servants of Christ Jesus, ad experimentum, effective June 14, 2017.

Reverend Christopher Hellstrom, appointed to spiritual formation and healing prayer ministry and assisting Vita In Ipso ministry, effective August 15, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Daniel Leonard, appointed Rector, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, effective June 1, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend J. Daniel McElheron, granted faculties in the Archdiocese of Denver, effective March 27, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

Reverend Joseph McLagan, appointed Chaplain, Holy Family High School, effective June 14, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi. He will be in residence at Holy Cross Parish in Thornton, Colorado.

Reverend Chad Ripperger, granted faculties in the Archdiocese of Denver, effective March 27, 2017, ad nutum archiepiscopi.

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J. Bart1947PAccusedTheatineSpain native. Arrived in U.S. 1949. Long career in CO. Pastor of Holy Family in Ft. Collins in 1989 when 2 young sisters said he molested them. Nadal, 67, said there was a conspiracy against him within the parish. Jury deliberated 10 minutes and acquitted him. Held prominent positions, including rector of St. Andrew's Seminary in Denver and collaborator for the Liturgical Congress of the Denver and Pueblo dioceses. Died 2/1/15.Denver, COSource:
Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary; Denver Post 03.24.02; Denver Post 04.29.02
John B.1950PAccusedDiocesanDiocese announced 4/09 that it had received a substantiated allegation that Nadzam had abused a minor in the 1970s. Civil authorities have been notified. Nadzam was assigned to several parishes over the years and also taught at Catholic Central High School. He died 2/05.Steubenville, OHSource:
Steubenville Register 4.3.09; WTOV 4.3.09; Herald Star 04.04.09
Assignment Record from
James B1954PSuedDiocesanName included on list released by St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese 2/11/15 of those with substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor. Assignments included St. Rose of Lima in Roseville, St. Anthony in Minneapolis, St. Mark in Shakopee, Holy Family in St. Louis Park, Immaculate Conception in Columbia Heights and St. Peter in Mendota. Left archdiocese to work as Maronite Rite priest 1970-1995. Removed from ministry 1995. Died 8/17/10.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNSource:
findagrave; Minnesota Public Radio 02.11.15
NankoAlexander (Al)1961PAccusedByzantine Rite Eparchy of Van Nuys (VNN)Nanko, a priest at St. Stephen, the Byzantine Catholic Church in Phoenix, was removed from active ministry in 1993 after seven credible allegations of abuse were received against him. He had been at St. Stephen since 1977. Accusers received counseling and other assistance but no civil charges or criminal charges were filed. He died in 1994 in Johnstown, PA.noneSource:
Arizona Republic 03.04.04
NashMichael Patrick1980PSettledDiocesanMan came forward 11/02 to allege that he had been abused from 1979-1982 by Nash. Other allegations arose during review board's investigation. Nash denied all allegations. Personnel files contained notes from late Bishop Kenny re expression of "concern" from a family in 1990. Diocese settled for $175,740 (in 2004) with the man who came forward in 2002. Laicized 2005. Iowa Sup. Court ruled 9/07 that he be allowed to join the Iowa Bar if he passed the bar exam he took 7/06.Juneau, AKSource:
Associated Press 04.07.03; Juneau Empire 04.21.03; Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (AP) 02.05.04; Grand Forks Herald (AP) 07.02.04; Duluth News Tribune 01.02.06; Omaha World-Herald 01.13.06; Des Moines Register 08.30.07; Des Moines Register 09.21.07; Iowa Judicial Branch Decision 09.21.07; Des Moines Register 09.22.07; Rebuttal by Michael Nash in Juneau Empire 09.26.07
NashWilliam T.1915PAccusedSJAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the Order agreed to post on its website the names of all members of the Province who are identified as perpetrators of sexual abuse in proofs of claims filed in the Bankruptcy case, and who have not denied the allegation. Nash's name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Died in mid 1950s.Portland, ORSource:
Jesuits Oregon Province website accessed 12.07.12
Assignments: Assignment Record
Thomas J.1965PAccusedJesuitPlaced on leave in 2002 after allegations he molested a teen in 1978 while he was president of Jesuit Prep school in Dallas. Started working at Jesuit Prep in 1973 and left "in a hurry" in 1979. Current President says he recently learned of 2 allegations against Naughton made to school officials in 1979. Naughton was working as a visiting priest in Orange Diocese in 2002 when he was placed on leave.He had also worked in Florida at Jesuit school there. Died 8/6/12.Dallas, TXSource:
LA Times 04.14.02; OC Register 04.15.02; Dallas Morning News 04.16.02; Dallas Morning News 04.17.02; Dallas Morning News 04.24.02; St Petersbury Times 04.24.02; Times Picayune 04.24.02; St Petersburg Times 05.10.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Find A Grave 08.06.12
Assignments: Assignment Record
Zachary1994PAccusedDiocesanOne of 21 priests placed on administrative leave by Philadelphia archdiocese 3/7/11 pending investigation for credible allegations involving sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors. Last assignment was as director of the Offices of Closures and Special Projects. In 12/13, he was cleared by Archdiocese to return to previous position after Review Board could not substantiate allegations.Philadelphia, PASource:
Archdiocese of Philadelphia Press Release 03.08.11; NY Times 03.08.11; Philadelphia Inquirer 03.08.11; Statement of Cardinal Rigali Regarding Administrative Leaves 03.08.11; Philadelphia Inquirer 03.09.11; The Patch 03.09.11; Times Herald 03.09.11; Philadelphia Inquirer 03.10.11; Warminster Patch 03.10.11; NBC 10 12.15.13; Philadelphia Inquirer 12.15.13; Statement by Archdiocese of Philadelphia 12.15.13; WPVI 6ABC 12.15.13
NawnFrancis X.1951PSuedJesuitSued 12/04 by one man. Accused of abuse in 1963-1964. 8 more plaintiffs added in 2005 for a total of 9 plaintiffs (including 1 woman). Died 10/01/92. Claims included in 11/07 settlement with the Jesuits. No settlement with Diocese. Accused of abuse of 3 in 2009 civil suit against Jesuit order. Two or more pending claims shown in bankruptcy reorganization documents for Fairbanks Diocese 1/25/10.Fairbanks, AKSource:
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 12.29.04; Anchorage Daily News 12.30.04; Anchorage Daily News 01.14.05; Fairbanks News Miner 04.01.05; Anchorage Daily News 08.17.05; Fairbanks News-Miner 08.17.05; Anchorage Daily News 11.20.07; Associated Press 02.05.09; Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit 11.12.09; Alakanuk - Saint Ignatius Catholic Church Web site 01.25.10; Emmonak - Sacred Heart Catholic Church Web Site 01.25.10; Excerpt from Bankruptcy Reorganization Documents for Fairbanks Diocese 01.25.10
Assignments: Assignment Record
Henry "Harry" J.1955PSuedDiocesanAccused of abuse of 5 boys in their mid-teens in 1960s. First allegation not received by archdiocese until 1997. Retired in 1991. Nawn died 1996. Named in 2004 and 2006 civil suits. Suit rejected by 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals 11/07.Philadelphia, PASource:
Magnum v. Archdiocese of Philadelphia et al, filed 6.06; Philadelphia Grand Jury Report; Philadelphia Inquirer 01.24.96; Philadelphia Daily News 03.16.04; Philadelphia Inquirer 03.17.04; Philadelphia Inquirer 09.17.05; 11.07.07
Philadelphia Archdiocesan Priest Data Profile
Lawrence PConvictedDiocesanWoman complained to regional Bishop in 1981 that Nawrocki had abused her 7th grade son. Bishop talked her out of pressing charges. Convicted 1989 of abuse of 3 Macomb Township boys in 1987 at St. Isidore Church after the parents banded together and complained. Sentenced to 4-15 yrs in prison. Released in 1994. Archdiocese said he would never be returned to active duty. Deceased per Archdiocese website accessed 10/09.Detroit, MISource:
Archdiocese of Detroit Status Report 10.09; Detroit Free Press 3.2.02; United Press International 1.3.88; United Press International 11.11.87; United Press International 11.14.88; Detroit News 07.14.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Detroit Free Press 04.14.03
NealonDaniel J.1981PAccusedDiocesanName released 4/02 as a priest no longer in active ministry because of allegations in the past of abuse of minors. He had been accused of abusing a deaf boy of about 13 in the late 1980s while still a priest. Nealon said he denied the accusations at the time and also said that the allegations had been investigated & that he was exonerated. 1988, 1990 &1993 Catholic Directories show him absent on leave and he is not in either 1995 or 2002 edition.Cleveland, OHSource:
Plain Dealer 5.5.02; Plain Dealer 04.11.02
Assignments: Assignment Record
Thomas E.1954PAccusedDiocesanMan claimed Neary raped him at least 100 times as a child over a 2-yr period in the 1960s. Accusation against Neary was made public at a State Senate Hearing in Albany in 5/03. Diocese would not discuss case but said they offered to pay the man's counseling bills. As of 1/04 diocese had paid $3000 in counseling bills. Neary died 9/01 at age 83. He had retired in 1995. 2008 articles reference numerous victims who have not made public allegations.Syracuse, NYSource:
Post-Standard 09.19.01; Post-Standard (NY) 06.18.03; Post-Standard 01.07.04; Post-Standard 01.17.04; Post-Standard 06.26.07; City of Angels 10.26.08; News and Observer 04.29.10; Renew America 12.04.11; Syracuse News 09.13.15; Syracuse News 09.15.15; New York Upstate website 02.14.18
NedFather PAccusedDiocesanPer testimony in trial of Albert Liberatori, "Father Ned" was accused of sexually assaulting at least two boys in mid 1990. The priest was sent for counseling, cleared for reassignment, and then sexually assaulted a 3rd youth. He was never reported topolice and never criminally prosecuted.Scranton, PASource:
Times Leader 11.08.07
Kenneth T.1953PAccusedDiocesanNee "retired" in 2002 but had his priestly faculties removed because of allegations of sexual misconduct with a teenager in 1960s. Died February 19, 2006.Rockville Centre, NYSource:
Newsday 05.04.02; Newsday 06.28.02
Assignments: Assignment Record and Other Info
Joseph1890PSuedDiocesanNeeson was accused in 2002 suit of abusing an altar boy in either 1951-52 or 1954-55. Plaintiff filed the suit pro se. Neeson retired in 1957, died in 1966, and had been a priest for 76 of his 99 years. He was believed to have been the longest-serving priest in the US. Plaintiff was in prison serving time for forgery, sexual abuse, theft, and being a persistent felon when he filed suit.Louisville, KYSource:
Courier-Journal 6.6.02; Courier-Journal 9.2.02; Courier-Journal 9.29.02 (Major Account); Courier-Journal 09.29.02
Assignments: Assignment Record
Christian BAccusedT.O.R. FranciscansPer 3/15/16 PA Grand Jury Presentment, Neetz raped a child in the 1950s while assigned to Highland Hall in Hollidaysburg, as reported by the victim in 2009. The report said further that the victim was abused by other members of the T.O.R. Franciscans years later. Neetz worked also in VA, MD, DC, OH, and FL. He died 10/12/02.Altoona-Johnstown, PASource:
Neetz Obituary 11.30.01; GJ Presentment 03.15.16; NBC 12 03.17.16
GJ Presentment 03.15.16; Neetz Obituary 00.00.02
NeighborRussell J. PAccusedDiocesanAccused in 1/04 of molesting boy beginning at age 16 in early 1960s, wrestling in underwear at hotels in Boston and NY. Dressed only in underwear, priest allegedly lay on top of boy, now more than 18, at the boy's parents' house. Neighbor died in 1972.Manchester, NHSource:
NH AG Audit Records 03.26.09
NeimanWilliam P. PSuedDiocesanAccused in 12/07 of repeatedly molesting a boy in 1977-78 starting at age 15; alleged abuse included fondling over and under clothes and was done in choir loft. Neiman succeeded Rev. Gerald Joyal as pastor. Previously the boy was allegedly abused repeatedly by Joyal in 1969-75 starting at age 8.Manchester, NHSource:
NH AG Audit Records 03.26.09
NelsonFrancis X.1989PConvictedDiocesanCharged in 2002 after DA obtained Brooklyn church files. Nelson pled not guilty. He was accused of visiting a 12-year-old girl in 1999, taking her on his lap, touching her breasts under her bra, and pushing his penis into her buttocks through her clothing, while her terminally ill grandmother sat nearby. Parents reported the abuse, Nelson was removed, then accepted in the NY archdiocese after Bishop Tharmaraj of Kottar, India, wrote ltr of recommendation. Convicted and sentenced 2003 to 4 months jail.Brooklyn, NYSource:
Daily News 2.4.03; Daily News 2.6.03; NY Times 2.6.03; Newsday 05.24.02; NY Times 05.24.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Daily News 01.24.03; Daily News 01.29.03; AP 03.25.03; NY Times 03.26.03; Mercury News 04.14.10; SNAP Statement 09.16.10
Edmund W.1951PSuedAccused in 2/26/04 lawsuit of sexually abusing a girl 1973-79 starting when she was age 9. Alleged abuse occurred weekly or biweekly in the St. Anthony's rectory in Nanuet NY, where he was pastor, and at a house during vacations with the girl's family when the rest of the family was at the beach. Netter was made monsignor in 1986. He died 4/11/98.New York, NYSource:
Complaint 02.26.04
Assignments: Assignment Record
Michael T.1962PAccusedDiocesan1993 civil suit alleges Neuberger sexually abused a boy from 1964-1966. Plaintiff also sued two insurance companies. A 1994 suit alleges Neugerger of abusing a boy in 1968. In June, 1997 Wisconsin Supreme Court dismissed these suits and 5 others againstother priests after ruling that victims of repressed memories re sexual abuse only have 2 years after reaching majority to file complaints. Dismissed from clerical state (case in appeal) as of 11/26/07.Milwaukee, WISource:
San Antonio Express 06.22.65; Stars and Stripes 06.14.73; Milwaukee Journal 07.31.96; Wisconsin State Journal 01.26.97; Wisconsin State Journal 06.28.97; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 04.14.02; Statement by Archdiocese of Milwaukee 07.09.04; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 07.10.04; Statement by Archdiocese of Milwaukee updated after 11.26.07; Archdiocese of Milwaukee List of Clergy Offenders 03.03.12; Fox 6 with Documents 07.02.13; Duluth News Tribune 07.03.13
Assignments: Assignment Record; Archdiocese of Milwaukee Assignment Record
NeurothWilliam J.1963PSuedDiocesanRemoved from active duty 1994. 1995 civil suit accused Neuroth of of abusing youth for 4 yrs at O'Gorman High School. He also was accused of stalked victim. He claimed victim could not break off relationship because it would be destructive to the Church. Family went to Bishop to request Church order him to stop. Neuroth admitted similar relationship w/ 2 other boys and a 3rd who committed suicide. Suit settled 1999. Neuroth laicized prior to 6/99..Sioux Falls, SDSource:
Argus Leader 5.9.02; Associated Press 4.2.02; Argus Leader (SD) 06.26.99; Argus Leader 04.14.02; Argus Leader (SD) 04.14.02
Jeffrey1990PSuedDiocesan20 year old man came forward in approx. 1994 tell the Archdiocese that he had been abused by Newell. Archdiocese promised that Newell would never work in youth ministry again. Rmoved from ministry "for other reasons" in 1993 but in 2010, he was found working with young men as a priest in Tijuana, Mexico. Accuser filed suit 6/10 accusing LA Arch. of fraud. After extended investigation, Newell was one of 7 priests of the Tijuana, Mexico Archdiocese who were removed without privileges as of 6/20/14. Final decision on his future is in the hands of Rome.Los Angeles, CASource:
Associated Press 06.23.10; Associated Press 06.23.10; USA Today 06.29.10; Sacramento Bee 06.30.10; Comunicado de Archdiocese of Tijuana 06.17.14; 20 Munitos 06.18.14; El Solde Tijuana 06.19.14; Noticieros 06.19.14; UNO TV 06.19.14; Republic 06.20.14; SNAP Statement 06.20.14; Star Media 06.20.14; UT-San Diego 06.20.14; Fox 5 06.24.14; National Catholic Reporter 06.24.14; e-Consulta 06.25.14
Charles1985PSuedFranciscanAccused in 2004 suit of sexually abusing 16 yr old boy from 1994-96, Allegedly gave the boy drugs and alcohol & performed oral sex on him. Also gave him $42K, some of it funds from Bishop Ryan HS where Newman was principal. Order allegedly offered the complainant $50K to sign release. Suit dismissed on SOL. Accuser died of drug overdose 11/06. Newman resigned from Ryan for financial mismanagement in 2003. Arrested 12/07 for theft. Pled guilty 3/09. Sentenced to 3-6 yrs. Paroled 12/13.Philadelphia, PASource:
Associated Press 06.16.04; Philadelphia Daily News 06.17.04; Philadelphia Inquirer 06.17.04; Northeast Times 06.24.04; Northeast Times Editorial 06.24.04; Philadelphia Daily News 06.28.04; Grand Jury Presentment (indictment) re Newman 11.30.07; Appleton Post-Crescent (AP) 12.20.07; NBC10 12.20.07; Philadelphia Inquirer 12.20.07; Statement issued by Archdiocese 12.20.07; MSNBC 12.21.07; Philadelphia Daily News 01.02.08; Patriot News 02.13.13; Philadelphia Daily News 12.22.13
NBC10 12.24.07 (add'l article); Philadelphia Inquirer 12.24.07 (add'l article); My Fox Philadelphia 12.24.07 (add'l article); Philadelphia Daily News 03.09.09 (add'l article); Philadelphia Magazine 11.16.09 (add'l article); Patriot-News 9.25.12 (add'l article)
Louis I.1958PAccusedDiocesanNewman was listed in Long Island Catholic as retiring in 2002. Article says his priestly faculties removed because of allegations of sexual misconduct. Per same 2002 article, Newman had been working in San Diego Diocese for at least the last 10 years. He left the Rockville Center Diocese in late 1980s. He is listed as affiliated with San Diego, California Diocese in both 1993 and 2002 Catholic Directories.Rockville Centre, NYSource:
Newsday 06.28.02
Assignments: Assignment Record and Other Info
NewmanRobert Victor1981PAccusedSons of CharityArchdiocese learned in 1987 that Newman had admitted sexually abusing several minors in 1970s-1980s and then told Order. Order removed him from his assignment where he had been working since 1982. Police investigated in 1987 but no charges filed. Newman was working in Hartford CT diocese in 2002 when he was placed on leave because the past allegation was found during review of Baltimore priest files. Newman had been at the parish since 1990.Baltimore, MDSource:
Associated Press 07.06.02; Baltimore Sun 07.07.02; Hartford Courant 07.08.02; Baltimore Sun 07.09.02; Archdiocese of Baltimore 09.25.02
John Ambrose1932PAccusedSociety of the Precious BloodName included on Gallup diocese's 12/15/14 list of credibly accused. Assigned to Winslow AZ 1955-1957; Springerville AZ 1957-1959. Died 9/22/66, Detroit MI.Gallup, NMSource:
findagrave; Diocese of Gallup Downloaded 02.28.15; Arizona Journal 11.21.15
Diocese of Gallup Downloaded 02.28.15
NguyenDominc1995PAccusedDiocesanSent from Orange diocese to Idaho in 2002 after he had an affair with an adult female. Was returned in 2003 to Orange diocese after repairman found child porn on his computer at the church in Idaho. Orange immediately placed him on leave. Idaho authorities later determined there was not sufficient evidence of a criminal act. Status per Orange website in 8/16 was "voluntary permanent leave".Orange, CASource:
OC Register 07.29.03; LA Times 07.30.03; LA Times 07.30.03; LA Times 09.16.03; OC Register 05.29.05; OC Weekly 12.14.05; Diocese of Orange 08.12.16
NguyenJoseph aka "Edward" PSuedDiocesanCivil suit filed 9/06 alleged Nguyen abused one girl from 1994-1999. 2nd suit alleged abuse from 1997-1999. Nguyen was removed from his assignment as a chaplain at St. Peter Villa, a nursing and rehabilitation center in Memphis, in 9/06 after 1st suit filed. 3rd suit filed 11/06 alleged Nguyen abused a girl from 1997-1999 after death of her brother. All 3 suits settled 6/07. Diocese continued investigation while Nguyen remained on leave.Memphis, TNSource:
Commercial Appeal 4.8.10; Daily News 4.8.10; Cincinnati Post 09.14.06; Jackson Sun 09.14.06; Commercial Appeal 09.15.06; Jackson Sun 09.15.06; NewsChannel5 09.29.06; Tennessean 09.29.06; WREG 11.14.06; Commercial Appeal 11.15.06; Eyewitness News 06.15.07; Jackson Sun 06.15.07; Commercial Appeal 06.18.07; Daily News 06.20.07; Commercial Appeal 08.18.07
NguyenPaul1980 ?PAccusedDiocesanNguyen resigned as pastor of church in 09/93 following accusations of sexual misconduct with minor in 01/93. He was placed on administrative leave but then left the Diocese and went to Oslo Norway. He was never charged by police or disciplined by Diocese. Police began an investigation but it was soon dropped. One article says Nguyen was not a formal member of the diocese but belonged to a Catholic Diocese in Norway.San Bernardino, CASource:
Press-Enterprise (CA) 04.23.93; Press-Enterprise 04.24.93; Press Enterprise 01.06.94; Press Enterprise 04.27.02
NgwumohaikeAnthony1969PAccusedDiocesanPersonnel files on Ngwumohaike and 2 other priests released 1/04 and contained allegations of abuse. All three priests remained in active service because the allegations were either anonymous or withdrawn per church spokesman. He was Priest and Chairman of the General Council of the Nigerian Catholic Community in Boston per website accessed 5/18/04. Name not found on website 8/2/07. Working in Okporo, Orlu diocese, in Nigeria in 2010.Boston, MASource:
Pastoral Ministry of Priests 2010, Diocese of Orlu - Nigeria; Boston Herald 01.15.04
Assignments: Assignment Record
NhiTran Dinh1971PAccusedDiocesanA native of Vietnam, Nhi came to the U.S. in 1975 and had worked in the Arlington Diocese since that time. He was placed on leave 5/06 after allegations he abused 2 girls between 1975-1980. Diocese says allegations "credible."Arlington, VASource:
WVEC (Virginia) AP 05.10.06; Richmond Times Dispatch 05.11.06; Washington Post 05.11.06; Washington Post 12.02.10
Catholic Herald (Virginia) 5.11.06
NicewiczEdward1962PConvictedDiocesanNicewicz was assigned as chaplain at state prison in Gardner, MA when he was accused in 1985 of child rape and molestation involving 2 girls, ages 11 and 12, from Sutton. Received a jail sentence in 1986.Worcester, MASource:
United Press International 05.12.86; Telegram & Gazette 11.01.86; Telegram & Gazette 01.26.02; Telegram & Gazette 08.28.03
Richard W.1958PAccusedDiocesanIn 2002 2 boys claimed abuse by Nichols at West Allys in 1970s. Parents went to pastor in 1981 who suggested the youths write letter to archbishop. At least one did. Diocese offered counseling but allowed Nichols to continue as a priest. He worked as apriest psychologist and victim counselor. He engaged in oral sex with a minor in 1978. Complaint filed in 1983 and in 1985 he surrendered his license to practice psychology. Also barred from priestly duties then. Died in 1996 at age 63.Milwaukee, WISource:
Archdiocese of Milwaukee List of Clergy Offenders 3.3.12; Correction in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 6.8.09; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 6.7.09; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 04.13.02; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 05.19.02; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 07.10.03; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 01.21.04; Statement by Archdiocese of Milwaukee 07.09.04; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 07.10.04; SNAP Wisconsin 12.13.12
Assignments: Assignment Record; Archdiocese of Milwaukee Assignment Record
Stephen J.1986PAccusedDiocesanNichols charged 9/06 with sexually molesting a teenager. Complaint made to Diocese in 2005 and it conducted its own investigation for 4 months before telling police. Atty General's office investigated. Nichols placed on leave. He claimed that the victim was the aggressor in the incident. Criminal trial set for 5/07 but he pleaded guilty 5/1/07 and was sentenced to 30 days jail & 2 yrs probation. Remains on leave 2/08.Burlington, VTSource:
Burlington Free Press 2.9.08; Burlington Free Press 5.1.07; Burlington Free Press 9.9.06; Rutland Herald 2.4.07; St. Albans Messenger 3.9.07; WCAX 9.9.06; Burlington Free Press 09.11.06; WCAX 09.11.06; Burlington Free Press 09.12.06; Rutland Herald 09.12.06; Sun Journal 09.12.06; Burlington Free Press 04.27.07; Rutland Herald 04.27.07; WCAX 04.30.07
NicholsonJohn1948PSettledDiocesanOne suit settled 1995 after man claimed he was abuse by Nicholson when he was a boy. At least 11 known victims. Died 12/6/88. A man filed suit against Diocese 4/03 alleging abuse which began in 1965 when he was 12. Suit settled 9/06 for $250K. In 6/13, a man named Nicholson as abuser in 1st civil suit filed in St. Louis Co. under new MN law suspending civil SOL for people who allege they were sexually abused as children. Named on 12/31/13 Duluth list of priests with credible allegations.Duluth, MNSource:
Wall Street Journal; Star Tribune 04.13.02; Duluth News Tribune 04.05.03; Duluth News Tribune 11.18.03; Duluth News Tribune 02.11.06; Duluth News Tribune 09.15.06; Duluth News Tribune 06.26.13; Northlands News Center 06.26.13; Petition in Doe 5 v Diocese of Duluth St Louis Co MN 06.26.13; Star Tribune 06.27.13; Star Tribune 06.28.13; Anderson & Associates Press Release 06.30.13; Diocese of Duluth List of Clergy With Credible Claims 12.31.13; Diocese of Duluth Statement by Bishop Sirba 12.31.13; Duluth News Tribune 12.31.13; Legal Examiner 12.31.13; Northlands News Center 12.31.13; SNAP Statement 12.31.13; Star Tribune 12.31.13; Anderson & Assoc Media Advisory 01.01.14; Duluth News Tribune 01.01.14; Northlands News Center 01.22.14; Jeff Anderson & Associates Media Statement 09.10.14; Northlands News Center 09.11.14; Pioneer Press 09.11.14; Diocese of Duluth Statement 12.07.15; Duluth News Tribune 12.07.15; Star Tribune, 12.07.15; Wall Street Journal 12.07.15; Wall Street Journal 12.11.15
NicholsonPatrick L.1969PSuedDiocesanNicholson, a chaplain assigned to Air Force Academy, was accused of pressing a female freshman at Air Force Academy in 1984 into an improper sexual relationship after she had gone to him for counseling. The relationship resumed briefly in 1999. Woman told military investigators of the relationship in 1999 and he was discharged from Air Force in 2000. Another woman came forward in 2003 to allege abuse by Nicholson when she was 15 in 1970s. Previously part of Mobile AL diocese.Mobile, ALSource:
Denver Post 5.2.00; Tucson Citizen 5.8.00; Denver Post 04.20.00; Denver Post 04.21.00; Rocky Mountain News 04.21.00; Denver Post 06.14.00; Denver Post 08.12.00; Denver Post 10.28.00; Mobile Register 02.15.03; Associated Press 07.15.03; Mobile Register 08.11.03; Montgomery Advertiser 08.12.03; Associated Press 10.08.03; Mobile Register 02.17.04
John P.1966PAccusedDiocesanDied 10/09/08. $75K Settlement announced 5/15/13 re one man's claims that Nickas abused him on several occasions between 1970 and 1972 at St. Rocco's Church in Newark. Also gave the boy alcohol. Second man made separate allegation that he was molested as a child while staying at Newark homeless shelter founded by Nickas. Review board found both allegations not credible. Atty has asked that 2nd man's claims be re-investigated after the 1st settlement.Newark, NJSource:
FindAGrave 10.09.08; Star-Ledger 10.18.08; Star-Ledger 05.15.13; The Record 05.16.13; SNAP Statement 09.06.13
Assignments: Assignment Record
James R.1970PSettledSS.CC.Congregation of Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary priest. Assigned to Los Angeles CA archdiocese, Winona MN and Fall River MA dioceses, Diocese of Nassau, Bahamas. Went on to Damien Ministries in Washington DC. Died 1/20/08. In 4/12 attorney Mitch Garabedian announced settlement of at least one claim regarding Nickel. Two more lawsuits filed 12/31/14 alleging sexual abuse of boys in Fall River diocese, one in 1970s, the other 1980s. Diocese settled for 880k in 4/17 with 8 men claiming abuse as boys by Nickel. Nickel would take altar boys on trips; abuse said to have occurred on Cape Cod, and on trips to Bahamas, IL, NY, Washington DC, RI and NH.Fall River, MASource:
The Anchor--Diocese of Fall River 06.22.78; SouthCoastToday 11.20.99; Metro Weekly 01.30.08; Boston Globe 04.11.12; Coshocton Tribune 04.11.12; SNAP Statement 09.28.12; Jeff Anderson & Assoicates 11.05.14; Cape Cod Times 01.22.15; South Coast Today 01.22.15; Boston Globe 04.10.17; Cape Cod Times 04.11.17; Cape Cod Chronicle 04.12.17
Assignments: Assignment Record
David J. BConvictedLittle Brothers of the Good ShepherdKnown as "Brother Dave" while ministering in Milwaukee in 1980s, Nickerson confessed in 2007 to abuse of a 9 or 10 yr old boy in mid-1980s at St. Vincent De Paul school. This was only after another "Brother Dave" (David Sanders) had been arrested, convicted at trial, and sentenced to 15 yr sentence as of Jan. 2007. Real Brother Dave was arrested 6/08 in MO and was being returned to WI. In treatment at RECON in MO as of 7/08. Sentenced to 5 yrs prisonMilwaukee, WISource:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 7.1.08; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 07.17.07; Wisconsin State Journal 01.28.08; SNAP letter to Archbishop Dolan 06.30.08; SNAP Press Release 06.30.08; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 07.10.08; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 01.20.10
Assignments: Assignment Record
NickseJose Pablo1973PSuedDiocesanNickse, originally from Cuba, had worked in Florida for at least 20 years. He was placed on leave in June, 2002 after lawsuit claimed he and Fr. Castellanos abused a 15 yr old youth in 1982. Addl complaints and/or suits filed. Some settled in 2004. Nickse died of heart attack in Dec. 2002 before allegations completely investigated.Miami, FLSource:
Miami Herald 06.05.02; Miami Herald 06.06.02; Sun-Sentinel 06.29.02; Miami Herald 07.03.02; Sun-Sentinel 07.12.02; Sun-Sentinel 12.26.02; Sun-Sentinel 12.28.02; Sun-Sentinel 02.04.03; Miami Herald 12.15.03; Miami Herald 09.22.04; Miami Herald 10.18.06
Richard PSuedDiocesanWoman filed suit in 2004 alleging that Niebrugge had abused her for many years, beginning when she was 10, and that he had fathered her child which was born in 1978. Woman had been taken from an abusive family and lived with Niebrugge for many years in various rectories. Niebrugge died in 1983. Suit dismissed on limitations and dismissal upheld by 5th Dist. Appellate Court 8/06.Springfield, ILSource:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 9.6.04; State Journal-Register 2.3.04; Belleville News-Democrat 01.28.04; St. Louis Post-Dispatch 01.28.04; State Journal-Register 01.31.04; State Journal-Register 07.22.04; Madison County Record 08.22.06; Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 08.30.06
NienaberLeonard B.1934PConvictedDiocesanIndicted in 1993 at age 86. Convicted in 1994 on 10 counts of sexual abuse on as many as 18 minors. Sentenced to 10 yrs (probated) and admittance to St. Jean Vianney Renewal Center, run by Servants of the Paraclete in Dittmer, Mo. 17 women and 1 man filed suit 2002 & 2003. 20 of 24 claims in 12/03 settlement with Covington Diocese were Nienaber victims. 97 and still living at center 12/03. Ordered by Diocese to remain there even after his 10 yr sentence was over. Died 11/06 at age 99.Lexington, KYSource:
Courier Journal 4.8.93; Lexington Herald Leader 3.4.06; St. Louis Post Dispatch 3.3.02; Lexington Herald Leader 08.10.02; Courier Journal 08.17.02; Courier-Journal 08.24.02; Courier-Journal 04.23.03; Courier-Journal 10.12.03; Courier-Journal 12.10.03; Cincinnati Enquirer 11.27.06
John C. 1974PAccusedDiocesanNienstedt was accused in 2013 of touching a boy's buttocks during a photo session after a confirmation in 2009. County attorney found "insufficient evidence" of abuse in 3/14. Nienstedt returned to full duty as archbishop. Internal investigation of alleged misconduct toward adults revealed 7/14. It reportedly found Nienstedt made "sexual advances" toward two priests. Nienstedt kept findings secret and, per MPR report, authorized new investigation by 2nd law firm. Resigned 6/15, per 401.2, soon after archdiocese was charged criminally for contributing to child sex abuse. Documents released 7/16 show allegations of Nienstedt's "promiscuous gay lifestyle", and alleged Vatican cover-up. Nienstedt denied the allegations. In 2016 working at Napa Institute in CA.St. Paul-Minneapolis, MNSource:
Minnesota Public Radio 06.19.13; Minnesota Public Radio 12.17.13; Star Tribune 12.17.13; Star Tribune 03.11.14; Commonweal Magazine 07.01.14; Star Tribune 06.15.15; Fox 9 07.20.16; Houston Chronicle 07.20.16; New York Times 07.20.16; Pioneer Press 07.20.16; CBS Minnesota 07.21.16; Minnesota Public Radio 07.21.16; National Catholic Reporter 07.21.16; Pioneer Press 07.21.16; Star Tribune 07.21.16; Minnesota Public Radio 07.29.16; Catholic Spirit 08.02.16; National Catholic Reporter 08.03.16; Pioneer Press 08.04.16; Fox 9 08.23.16; Press Democrat 08.27.16; Canonical Consultation 08.28.16; FOX 9, 09.27.16; Star Tribune 09.29.16; Fox 9 04.25.17
Robert Daniel.1955PSuedDiocesanSued 12/03 re abuse in 1963-1965. Sued 2005 abuse of an 11 yr old boy at Boys Town of the Desert. Spent time at Paraclete center in Jemez Springs in 1956. Convicted of tax evasion in 1968 and spent 97 days in jail. Reassigned to St. Anne's Church in San Diego (poorest parish in Diocese) from 1971 - 2001 when he retired. Died 3/19/06. No other charges reported. See Personnel File released 10/24/10.San Diego, CASource:
Las Vegas Sun 5.2.02; Redlands Daily Facts 1.9.69; Charleston Daily News 10.10.68; Cedar Rapids Gazette 10.12.68; News and Tribune 10.13.68;


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