CJ Response to Marianist Release of Names

July 2, 2020 Update

Since last week’s Marianists release regarding the listing of brothers and priests who were found to have sexually abused a minor in the United States since 1950, we have been reassured by the Province that Francis Russell remains the lone individual with a credible claim reported while he was assigned to Chaminade.

On that list, Joseph Tedesco was one of six individuals not previously known to the school. In follow up, Tedesco was the interim parochial administrator at Emmanuel Catholic Church from September 2010 to July 2011 and presided at Chaminade Julienne all-school Masses from time to time. And, as a member of the Marianist community, it is likely that he was present on campus as a guest during his time in Dayton. One known occasion was when he was the presider at an event hosted by the Dayton Marianist Family Council on a Saturday in October 2015. His assignment as a member of the CJ faculty concluded prior to 1999 and he has not been in any active ministry at the school since.

We continue to be in contact with Province leadership on the next steps going forward. The published list, information, FAQ’s, and how to report abuse are available on the Marianists website at https://www.marianist.com/healing. Those with information that would assist the Province’s commitment to full disclosure are urged to contact their Pastoral Assistance Coordinator.

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June 24, 2020

Today, The Marianists, Province of the United States, published a list of all brothers and priests who were found to have sexually abused a minor in the United States since 1950. In this report that outlines their findings, thirteen brothers and priests on the list were assigned at Chaminade or Chaminade Julienne, all prior to 1999, including six Marianists not previously known to our school. The thirteen are: Paul Francis Xavier Boddy, Bernard Joseph Hartman, William Charles Hildebrand, John Joseph Keegan, Walter Anthony Klick, Robert Aloysius Lindemann, Frederick Francis Mathues, Julius F. May, Francis Paul Meder, Francis Anthony Russell, Lawrence William Sandman, Joseph Patrick Tedesco, and Daniel Albert Triulzi.

The last report by the Province to Chaminade Julienne was made in November 2019 when we were informed that Bro. Francis Russell was credibly accused of abuse, and one of the claims against him came from his assignment at Chaminade during the 1965-1966 school year. At that time, our community was informed and letters were sent by the Province to alumni who were students during that school year.  The Province has indicated that, at this time, Russell remains the only Marianist with a credible claim of abuse while assigned to the school.

With today’s disclosure, our hearts and minds turn again to those who have been victimized by trusted adults through the educational and pastoral ministries of the Catholic Church. We are angered and saddened for those children and their families who have deeply suffered. We continue to pray for them and all who continue to experience pain, betrayal and loss . . . and we pray that this evil will never happen again.  To this end, perhaps each of us can take time this week to recite the prayer for healing offered by the U.S. Catholic Bishops, which is reprinted below.

We recognize the necessity of the action that the Marianists have taken today, as a step toward healing, to provide full transparency and accountability for these sins of the past. We are grateful for their continued commitment to transparency and for the safeguards they have implemented over the last twenty years to protect those they serve. (Letter from Fr. Oscar Vasquez, SM, provincial, regarding today’s release of names.)

Chaminade Julienne follows strict protocols to help ensure a safe environment for our students — a priority of the school and our sacred duty. This rigorous background checks and continued child protection training required of all employees and volunteers who work and serve in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Should there ever be a report of misconduct, we will take immediate action in accord with our policies to protect our community and have civil authorities investigate the matter. Survivors of sexual abuse are encouraged to report it to civil authorities. Additional resources are available on our website on our Care & Safety page.

If you have any information about any of these Marianists or others that would assist the Province’s commitment to full disclosure, you are urged to contact their Pastoral Assistance Coordinator.  If you have any questions about our response or obligations, please email or call me at CJ.

We humbly ask for God’s healing and peace.

Dan Meixner '84, president

Prayer for Healing

God of endless love, ever caring, ever strong, always present, always just:
You gave your only Son to save us by the blood of his cross.

Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace, join to your own suffering the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.

Hear the cries of our brothers and sisters who have been gravely harmed, and the cries of those who love them.
Soothe their restless hearts with hope, steady their shaken spirits with faith.
Grant them justice for their cause, enlightened by your truth.

Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts, heal your people’s wounds and transform brokenness into wholeness.
Grant us the courage and wisdom, humility and grace, to act with justice.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors. Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace in justice.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayers for Healing Victims of Abuse
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

June 24, 2020

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