November 30, 2020

Complete list of Mississippi Catholic clergy accused of sexual abuse

The Catholic Diocese of Jackson released a full list of all priests and other clergy who were credible accused of sexual abuse. The full list is below.

Diocesan Priests:

Thomas Boyce
Born: 1941 Ordained: 1966
Current Status: Removed 2002; Deceased 2002
Assignments: St. Mary, Batesville; St. Jude, Pearl; All Saints, Belzoni; St. Michael, Vicksburg; St. Peter, Jackson; St. Alphonsus, Ocean Springs
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1972-1973 – Jackson
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2002

George Broussard
Born: 1935 Ordained: 1966
Current Status: Left Ministry 1975; Deceased 2007
Assignments: St. Clare, Waveland; St. Peter, Jackson; Diocesan Chancellor; St. John, Gulfport
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1969-1974 – multiple locations
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2002

Paul Canonici
Born: 1927 Ordained: 1957
Current Status: Retired 1998; removed from ministry – 2002
Assignments: St. Joseph School, Jackson/Madison; St. Francis, Madison; Superintendent of Education; St. Joseph, Starkville; St. Joseph, Gluckstadt
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1983 – Madison area
Date(s) abuse was reported: 1997

Nelius Downing
Born: 1883 Ordained: 1914
Current Status: Deceased prior to accusation
Assignments: Sacred Heart, Canton; St. Patrick, Meridian; St. Mary, Natchez; Our Lady of the Gulf, Bay St. Louis; St. Elizabeth, Clarksdale; St. Michael, Biloxi;
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1939 – Meridian
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2002

Bernard Haddican
Born: 1933 Ordained: 1960
Current Status: Retired 1991; Deceased 1996
Assignments: Sacred Heart, Rosedale; Our Lady of Victories, Cleveland; St. Elizabeth, Clarksdale; St. Michael, Vicksburg; St. Mary, Shelby; St. John, Oxford; St. Joseph, Greenville; St. Richard, Jackson; Sacred Heart, Hattiesburg; Our Lady of the Gulf, Bay St. Louis; St. Mary, Natchez
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1964-84 – multiple locations
Date(s) abuse was reported: 1998/2002

Kenneth Harris
Born: 1912 Ordained: 1940
Current Status: Excardinated to Steubenville Diocese 1955; Deceased prior to accusation 1964
Assignments: St. Joseph, Greenville; St. James, Leland; St. Bernardine, San Berardino, CA; St. Mary, Natchez, Sacred Heart, Hattiesburg; St. Paul, Vicksburg; St. Teresa, Chatawa
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1951 – Steubenville, Ohio
Date(s) abuse was reported: 1998/2003

Michael Irwin
Born: 1943 Ordained: 1970
Current Status: Deceased prior to accusation 1993
Assignments: St. Mary, Natchez; St. Paul, Vicksburg
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1975 – Vicksburg
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2005

James Kircher
Born: 1931 Ordained: 1963
Current Status: Removed from ministry 1987; Deceased 2007
Assignments: St. Benedict/ Immaculate Conception, Indianola; Sacred Heart, Canton; St. Mary, Shelby; St. Therese, Jackson; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lumberton (Seneca); Immaculate Heart of Mary, Greenwood; St. Paul, Vicksburg
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1978-82 – multiple locations
Date(s) abuse was reported: 1986/2002

John Leonard
Born: 1920 Ordained: 1948
Current Status: Deceased prior to accusation 2003
Assignments: St. Paul, Vicksburg; St. Francis, Shaw; St. Mary, Batesville; St. John, Sardis; Our Lady of Victories, Cleveland; All Saints, Belzoni; St. Mary, Yazoo City; Our Lady of the Gulf, Bay St. Louis
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1952-56 – Bay St. Louis
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2004

Paul Madden
Born: 1946 Ordained: 1970
Current Status: Retired; Incardinated in diocese in Peru
Assignments: Society of St. James, Peru; St. John, Crystal Springs; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Saltillo, Mexico; St. Mary, Natchez; Holy Family, Jackson; St. Alphonsus, Ocean Springs
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1973 – Ireland
Date(s) abuse was reported: 1993

Robert Olivier
Born: 1930 Ordained: 1957
Current Status: removed from ministry 2006
Assignments:St. Joseph, Gluckstadt; St. Peter, Jackson; St. Therese, Jackson; St. Joseph, Greenville; Sacred Heart, Hattiesburg
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1957-59 – Hattiesburg
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2006

Francis Reid
Born: 1925 Ordained: 1948
Current Status: Left ministry in 1970s; Deceased 1993
Assignments: St. Peter, Jackson; St. Joseph, Greenville; Assistant Chancellor; St. Jude, Pearl; St. James, Leland
Date(s) of alleged abuse:1963-65 – Leland
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2014

Kevin Reid
Born: 1934 Ordained: 1958
Current Status: Left ministry in 1976; Deceased
Assignments: Holy Trinity, Columbia; Our Lady of Fatima, Biloxi; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Greenwood; Our Lady of the Gulf, Bay St. Louis
Date(s) of alleged abuse:1961-66 – Bay St. Louis
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2002

Ivan Siekman
Born: 1946 Ordained: 1975
Current Status: Left ministry 1990; Faculties removed 2003
Assignments: Sacred Heart, Biloxi
Date(s) of alleged abuse:1972-73 – Bay St. Louis
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2003

Jack Smith
Born: 1941 Ordained: 1970
Current Status: Deceased prior to accusations
Assignments: St. Michael, Vicksburg; Our Lady of the Gulf, Bay St. Louis; St. Joseph, Starkville; St. Alphonsus, Ocean Springs; St. Joseph, Greenville
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1972 – 1980 multiple sites
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2003

James Taylor
Born: 1927 Ordained: 1954
Current Status: Retired prior to accusation; Deceased
Assignments: St. Mary, Woolmarket; St. Peter, Bassfield; Immaculate Conception, Laurel; St. Michael, Forest; St. Joseph, Woodville; St. Joseph, Greenville; St. Therese, Jackson; St. Paul, Vicksburg; Our Lady of the Gulf, Bay St. Louis; St. Mary, Yazoo City; Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Biloxi; St. Mary, Jackson
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1962 – Woodville
Date(s) abuse was reported: 1998

Thomas Williams
Born: 1913 Ordained: 1940
Current Status: Deceased prior to accusation 1983
Assignments: Our Lady of Fatima, Biloxi; St. John, Gulfport; St. Francis, Brookhaven; St. Paul, Pass Christian; St. Mary, Natchez; St. Paul, Vicksburg
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1958 – Gulfport
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2002/2012

Extern Priests:

Daniel O’Hanlon
Diocese of Springfield, Ill.
Born: 1897 Ordained: 1923
Current Status: Deceased prior to accusation 1969
Assignments: St. Michael, Biloxi; St. Charles Borromeo, Picayune; St. Mary, Jackson
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1966-67 – Biloxi
Date(s) abuse was reported: 1993/2002

 

Permanent Deacons:

Richard Caldwell
Born: 1957 Ordained: 2016
Current Status: removed from ministry 2018
Assignments: St. Mary, Vicksburg
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1981 – Vicksburg
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2018

 

Religious Order members accused in Diocese of Jackson:

Cuthbert Bender
Order of St. Benedict
Born: 1913 Ordained: 1938
Current Status: Deceased prior to accusation 1968
Assignments: Annunciation, Columbus; St. James, Tupelo; St. Francis, Aberdeen; St. Teresa, Chatawa
Date(s) of alleged abuse: late 1950s – Aberdeen area
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2008

Tim Crowley
Congregation of the Holy Spirit
Born: 1917 Ordained: 1939
Current Status: Deceased prior to accusation
Assignments: St. Paul, Vicksburg; St. Teresa, Chatawa
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1968 – Chatawa
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2018

Thomas Dullard
Order of St. Augustine
Born: 1939 Ordained: 1965
Current Status: removed from ministry 1974; deceased
Assignments: Christ the King, Jackson; St. Joseph School, Jackson
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1973 – Jackson
Date(s) abuse was reported: 1973

Joseph Guidry
Society of the Divine Word
Born: 1926 Ordained: 1963
Current Status: removed from ministry 2004
Assignments: Sacred Heart, Greenville; St. Gabriel, Mound Bayou
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1980 – Greenville
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2004

Patrick Lee
Society of the Divine Word
Born: 1935 Ordained: 1967
Current Status: removed from ministry 1988
Assignments: St. Mary, Vicksburg; Immaculate Conception, Clarksdale; Sacred Heart, Greenville
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1988 – Vicksburg
Date(s) abuse was reported: 1988

Vincent MacDonald
Priests of the Sacred Heart
Born: 1931 Ordained: 1958
Current Status: removed from ministry 2002; deceased 2017
Assignments: Sacred Heart, Walls
Date(s) of alleged abuse: Early 1970s – Walls
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2002

Peter Richardson
Glenmary
Born: 1958 Ordained: 1986
Current Status: removed from Ministry 2010; Deceased 2014
Assignments: St. Francis, Aberdeen
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1987-90 – Aberdeen
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2014

Gerald Swift
Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity
Born: 1916 Ordained: 1946
Current Status: Deceased 2007
Assignments: Immaculate Conception, Camden; Annunciation, Kiln; Sacred Heart, Louisville
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1978 – Kosciusko
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2002

Vance Thorne
Society of the Divine Word
Born: 1921 Ordained: 1954
Current Status: removed from diocesan ministry 1987; Deceased 2004
Assignments: Holy Ghost, Jackson; St. Mary, Vicksburg
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1986
Date(s) abuse was reported: 1986

Brother Don Lucas
Order of Friars Minor
Born: N/A
Current Status: Deceased
Assignments: St. Francis, Greenwood
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1998 – Greenwood
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2018

Brother Paul West
Order of Friars Minor
Born: N/A
Current Status: removed from ministry; left the religious life
Assignments: St. Francis, Greenwood
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1993-98 – Greenwood
Date(s) abuse was reported: 1998/2018

 

Religious Order members accused elsewhere who served in Diocese of Jackson:

Ernest Hill
Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity
Born: 1922 Ordained: 1951
Current Status: suspended 1994; Deceased 2003
Assignments: Immaculate Conception, Camden; Annunciation, Kiln
Date(s) of alleged abuse:1992 – Indiana
Date(s) abuse was reported: 1994

Aedan Manning
Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity
Born: 1937 Ordained: 1963
Current Status: retired 2002; Deceased 2008
Assignments: St. John, Crystal Springs; St. Richard, Jackson; Diocesan Tribunal, Judicial Vicar; Diocesan Director of Permanent Diaconate
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1967 – New Jersey
Date(s) abuse was reported: 1991

Robert Poandl
Glenmary
Born: 1941 Ordained: 1968
Current Status: removed from ministry 2010; Deceased – 2019
Assignments: St. Francis, Aberdeen
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1991 – West Virginia
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2010

James Stein
Premonstratensians (Norbertines)
Born: 1950 Ordained: 1986
Current Status: removed from ministry 2003
Assignments: St, Joseph School, Madison; St. Moses the Black Priory, Raymond
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1988
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2003

Vincent Watches
Society of the Divine Word
Born: 1919 Ordained: 1946
Current Status: Deceased 1995
Assignments: Holy Ghost, Jackson
Date(s) of alleged abuse: N/A – See Catholic Diocese of Austin’s list of accused clergy
Date(s) abuse was reported: N/A

 

Extern Priests accused elsewhere who served in the Diocese of Jackson:

Arnulfo Arandia
Ecuador
Born: 1956 Ordained: 1980
Current Status: Faculties removed 2002
Assignments: Diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1988 – Dade County, Florida
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2002

William Wiebler
Diocese of Davenport, Iowa
Born: 1928 Ordained: 1955
Current Status: Deceased 2006
Assignments: Worked for Sacred Heart League, Walls
Date(s) of alleged abuse: 1970s & 80s – Iowa
Date(s) abuse was reported: 2006