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Montana Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

Montana Priest Sex Abuse List: A list of Roman Catholic Priests & Clergy members of the Montana Diocese accused of sex abuse and/or sexual assault of minors.

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Merson Law has compiled a list of Roman Catholic Priests and Clergy members (the Montana priest sex abuse list) accused of sexual abuse and/or sexual assault of minors. The Sexual Assault team at Merson Law specializes in Catholic Clergy and Priest Sex Abuse and Sexual Assault cases.

This information found in this list is compiled from the Database of Publicly Accused Priests and does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty.

Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements.

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Montana Priest Sex Abuse List

Merson Law’s Montana Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Montana Catholic Church network. The names in this list are only those that have been found to be credible, however it is likely that there are names missing, due to the sheer number of accounts and the historical aversion to transparency by the Catholic Church.

This list is not endorsed by the Archdiocese, which has yet to release the names of priests found guilty through its own internal investigations.

Last NameFirst NameDioceseNotes
AscherBertholdGreat Falls-Billings, MTCapuchin Brother. Named publicly as accused by the Great Falls-Billings diocese on its list 8/21/18. Died in 5/67.
BennoSisterGreat Falls-Billings, MTSchool Sister of St. Francis (SSSF) of St. Joseph Convent. Named publicly as accused by the Great Falls-Billings diocese on its list 8/21/18.
BrownAnthony M.Great Falls-Billings, MTMonsignor. Priest of the Diocese of Helena. Named publicly as accused by the Great Falls-Billings diocese on its list 8/21/18. Worked in Great Falls at some point.
BrownJohn JosephGreat Falls-Billings, MTAs part of Section 13.1, Non-Monetary Commitments, of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Reorganization Plan (dated 7/18/11) the province 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, and who have not denied the allegation. Brown’s name is included on this list without any additional information on claims against him. Worked in San Francisco, Seattle, Boise City, Helena, and Great Falls dioceses primarily in Native American mission schools and parishes. Name disappeared from Catholic Directory after 1973. Per Jesuits West list 12/7/18, alleged abuse of a minor 1953-59, reported in 2009. Died 8/26/87. On Great Falls-Billings list 8/21/18.
BurkeMartinGreat Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/21/18.
CawleyWilliam M.Great Falls-Billings, MTHarrisburg PA priest working in Great Falls-Billings diocese. On Harrisburg diocese’s list released 8/1/18. Accused in a lawsuit filed in WY in 2012 of the sex abuse of a child in MT starting in the early 1970s. Taught at York Catholic High School in Harrisburg PA 1988-2012. On the Great Falls-Billings diocese’s list 8/21/18. Great Falls-Billings chancellor said in 3/19 that the allegation was not credible, per an independent investigation.
CharissmaSisterGreat Falls-Billings, MTSchool Sister of St. Francis (SSSF) of St. Joseph Convent. Named publicly as accused by the Great Falls-Billings diocese on its list 8/21/18.
ChristineSisterGreat Falls-Billings, MTSchool Sister of St. Francis (SSSF) of St. Joseph Convent. Named publicly as accused by the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings on its list 8/21/18.
CusterArnold L.Great Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the Great Falls-Billings diocese on its list 8/21/18. On the Jesuits West list 12/7/18. Died 3/2/69.
DrugganDennisGreat Falls-Billings, MTRemoved as president and rector of St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mt. Calvary, WI 7/12 after allegation received 6/12 that he had sexually assaulted a minor at St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, MT in mid to late 1980s. He was at the school 1984-91. Druggan denied the allegations. He worked with St. Lawrence since 1993. No criminal charges due to SOL. A second complaint received. Order found allegations credible and permanently removed his privileges. Prayer and penance suggested by Order. On Great Falls-Billings list 8/21/18.
GleasonJamesGreat Falls-Billings, MTCapuchin Brother.”Jim.” Named publicly as accused by the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings on its list 8/21/18. Per a 6/82 news article, Gleason was granted a sabbatical for studies.
GormanCharlesGreat Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/21/18. Ordained in his native Ireland, arrived in the Great Falls-Bilings diocese the same year, where he spent his career. Did some “circuit-riding” in AK, after which he visited often and worked as a fill-in priest.
HaligowskiJohnGreat Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/21/18.
HeretickJoseph S.Great Falls-Billings, MTA female plaintiff in a civil suit filed by 10 accusers 2/12 alleged abuse by Heretick in mid-1980s when he was assigned to St. Michael’s in Absarokee, MT and she was a minor. Also named by man who claimed abuse by Heretick and a Fr. Cawley 1974-1980 beginning when man was age 8. Sent to treatment 1980s; bishop alleged to have ignored recommendation that Heretick not be placed back in ministry. Heretick died 1/16/99. In 4/18 diocese agreed to settle 86 claims of abuse from 1940s-1990s, including those against Heretick, for $20M. Diocese filed for bankruptcy in 3/17, just before jury trials were to begin. Name on diocese’s list 8/21/18.
HettingerSigfriedaGreat Falls-Billings, MTSchool Sister of St. Francis (SSSF) of St. Joseph Convent. Named publicly as accused by the Great Falls-Billings diocese on its list 8/21/18. Professed final vows in 1955. Taught in IA, NE, MT, MN, WI and IL. Died 1/24/16.
HoffmannEmmettGreat Falls-Billings, MTNamed as abuser in 12/30/11 civil suit filed against Diocese and Order. Plaintiff (a member of Cheyenne tribe) alleged Hoffman molested and raped her between 1955 and 1962 when she was a minor and he was assigned to St. Labre Mission School in Ashland. He started at the school in 1954. The girl was a boarding student. He left the Capuchin order and became a Diocesan priest. He retired from the mission in 1993 and lived in a retirement community on the reservation until his death 2/1/13. Per a 2017 news report, 5 former St. Labre Indian School students accused Hoffman of having molested them between 1955 and 1984. On the diocese’s list 8/21/18 (as “Emmitt Hoffman.”)
HoganWilliam A.Great Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/21/18.
Janson (Jansen)LeoGreat Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/21/18. (Name misspelled Jansen). Died in 2006.
KendriganJohn PatrickGreat Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 8/21/18. Worked in Glendive, Jordan, Poplar and Great Falls. Died 12/10/67 at age 50.
KramerGiswaldaGreat Falls-Billings, MTFirst named publicly as accused by the Great Falls-Billings diocese on its list 8/21/18. No information about the allegation was provided. Born 3/25/1903; entered the School Sisters of St Francis (SSSF/OSF) of St Joseph Convent in 1921. Began teaching in Nebraska and was sent in 1933 with 5 other nuns to teach at the St Labre Mission on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. In 1936 she was sent as superior and principal of St Paul’s Mission School on the Fort Belknap Reservation. She brought the grammar school up to state standard and founded St Paul’s Mission High School. Adopted into the Gros Ventre tribe in 1951. MEd from Montana State University in 1955. Principal of the Year in 1987 (1 of 20 in the US). Died on 11/27/1988.
KrauthLothar KonradGreat Falls-Billings, MTFrom Germany, arrived in U.S. in 1978 to work in Great Falls-Billings diocese. Became U.S. citizen in 1986. Assigned 1989-2014 to Our Lady of Lourdes in Great Falls. Retired. Found by Great Falls police on 10/26/18 to have a large amount of child porn on his computer. Some images were of children as young as ages two or three years. Pled guilty in 4/19 to one count of receipt of child pornography.
LivixHarvey D.Great Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/21/18. Was College of Great Falls assistant to the president 1966-69. Left to pursue his doctorate in higher education and gerontology at Michigan State. Left priesthood. Married in 1970, settled with his wife in Arizona. Died 9/26/07.
MaleeKevin J.Great Falls-Billings, MTCriminally charged with two counts 11/87. Accused in a 1988 civil suit of assaulting a 15-year-old for two years at a rectory, church, family home and while on vacation with the teen’s family. Malee countersued. Helena Diocese had one archival file and the Great Falls Diocese has two secret archives files. In 1990 Judge denied Plaintiff’s request for discovery of these files. Malee ended up in San Diego. On diocese’s list 08/21/18.
MarySisterGreat Falls-Billings, MTSchool Sister of St. Francis (SSSF) of St. Joseph Convent. Named publicly as accused by the Great Falls-Billings diocese on its list 8/21/18.
McTagueThomasGreat Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/21/18. Native of Ireland. Brother of the Sacred Heart in Belgium beginning 1937, perpetual vows 1942. Left Sacred Heart Brothers in 1946 to study for priesthood at St.Thomas College in St. Paul, MN. Ordained for the Diocese of Great Falls. Parish priest. Died 4/27/08.
MikulichJosephGreat Falls-Billings, MTFrom Croatia. A woman from Great Falls reported in 1985 that Mikulich had sexually abused her from age 12-21 in 1the 1970s, when he would visit the family in Great Falls. Mikulich worked in the Archdiocese of Portland 1962-82, retired, and 1983-85 was at the Croatian Center in San Francisco, CA. He returned to Croatia in 1986. The archdiocese refused any assistance to the young woman and did not tell Mikulich (then age 87) of the allegations. He died in 2000 at age 101. On the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list 5/31/19.
MoreauClarenceGreat Falls-Billings, MTClarence Talks Different grew up on Fort Belknap Reservation. Changed name to Clarence Moreau when became Jesuit brother serving on reservation. In 2009, one man alleged abuse at age 11 in early 1960s. He said Moreau would take him and other youths to movies and on overnight trips and give them alcohol and cigarettes. Moreau committed suicide 3/21/71 at age 36. As of 4/11, Diocese has denied that he was a Jesuit brother or that he completed training in any order. Named in amended suit filed 6/12. Named in a 2017 suit against the diocese as having sexually abused 4 children at St. Paul in Hays 1959-1971.
MorganKirk C.Great Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/21/18.
NevilleEmmettGreat Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the Great Falls-Billings diocese on its list 8/21/18.
O’ReillyUnknownGreat Falls-Billings, MTOne male plaintiff in a civil suit filed by 10 accusers 2/12 has alleged abuse by O’Reilly when he was attending St. Xavier’s Mission and Bellarmine Prep School and plaintiff was a minor. No further information known.
PapesJoseph T.Great Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/21/18. Died 10/26/06 in Michigan. Per his obituary, Papes was ordained for the Diocese of Great Falls where he worked in parishes as an assistant and pastor. At some point he returned to his native Michigan, working in the Diocese of Lansing.
PulvermacherCarlGreat Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings on its list 8/21/18.Died 5/29/06.
ReginaSisterGreat Falls-Billings, MTSchool Sister of St. Francis (SSSF) of St. Joseph Convent. Named publicly as accused by the Great Falls-Billings diocese on its list 8/21/18.
ReillyJamesGreat Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the Great Falls-Billings diocese on its list 8/21/18.
ReneBr.Great Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the Great Falls-Billings diocese on its list 8/21/18.
ReynoldsJamesGreat Falls-Billings, MTOne female plaintiff in a civil suit filed by 10 accusers in 2/12 alleged abuse by Robinson when she was a minor and he was assigned to Wolf Point, MT. On diocese’s list 8/21/18.
RobinsonEdmund J.Great Falls-Billings, MTAt least one of the plaintiffs in a civil suit filed by 10 accusers in 2/12 alleged abuse by Robinson when he was assigned to St. Paul’s Mission in Hays, MT. Also accused of abuse of at least one girl in 1963 at St. Ignatius Mission in the Helena diocese. Last known to have lived at Regis Community in Spokane, WA. Died 5/22/14. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. By 2017 Robinson had been accused in lawsuits of the sexual abuse, including rape, of 9 children – boys and girls – on Indian reservations in the 1950s and 1960s. On the Great Falls-Billings diocese’s list 8/21/18. On the Jesuit West list 121/7/18.
RyanJohn I.Great Falls-Billings, MTNamed in a lawsuit against the diocese in 2017 as sexual abusing minors 1955-1966 at St. Paul Mission in Hays, on the Fort Belknap Indian reservation. On the Great Falls-Billings diocese’s list 8/21/18. On the Jesuits West list 12/7/18. Died 8/3/86.
SabelBarbaraGreat Falls-Billings, MTSister of St. Francis of Oldenburg, IN. Died 7/20/80. Named publicly as accused by the Great Falls-Billings diocese on its list 8/21/18.
SavagePatrick F.Great Falls-Billings, MTNamed publicly as accused by the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings on its list 8/21/18. On the Jesuits West list 12/7/18. Died 9/15/65.
SimoneauFrederick E.Great Falls-Billings, MTNamed in a lawsuit against the diocese in 2017 by five plaintiffs as having repeatedly abused them as children during 1955-1974 at St. Paul Mission in Hays, on the Fort Belknap Indian reservation. Born 1/21/1908. Died 4/24/84. Buried in Mt. St. Michael Cemetery in Spokane WA. On the Great Falls-Billings diocese’s list 8/21/18. On the Jesuits West list 12/7/18.
SzuderaTheodore “Ted” F.Great Falls-Billings, MTOne of the plaintiffs in a civil suit filed by 10 accusers 2/12 has alleged that Szudera abused him in 1978 and 1979 while Szudera was a priest in Livingston. Accuser says he reported the abuse in 2006 but nothing was done. Independent investigator foundaccusation unfounded. At one time, Szudera was a member of the diocese’s independent review board Szudera remained an active priest until he took leave as of 1/1/12.
VonnieSisterGreat Falls-Billings, MTSchool Sister of St. Francis (SSSF) of St. Joseph Convent. Named publicly as accused by the Great Falls-Billings diocese on its list 8/21/18.
ZarekAndrew J.Great Falls-Billings, MTMonsignor. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 8/21/18. Retired 1982. Died 12/30/88.
BalfeJoseph A.Helena, MTDied 9/29/65.. Accused of abuse of students at St. Ignatius Mission Boarding School on Flathead Indian Reservation in late 1950s-early 1960s. One man said he arrived early for Mass only to find Balfe standing naked in the sacristy. Another said that Balfe asked him during confession what bed he slept in. Balfe is named in 5 complaints in 9/11 civil suit against Ursuline Order and Helena Diocese filed by 45 people against 4 nuns, 6 priests and 1 brother.
BarryJamesHelena, MTAmended civil suit filed 10/11 refers to Barry as a “credibly accused” sexual abuser. There are 117 plaintiffs in the amended suit. No further information provided. Died 9/8/80. Diocese originally claimed he was Jesuit priest, not Diocesan. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement.
BullmanRudolph “Rudy” CarlHelena, MTBullman, a retired millworker, became a priest at age 55. Diocese announced in 3/12 that he had been arrested and placed on leave in Dec. 2011 without privileges after investigation found images of nude, underage boys on his computer & game console. Healso admitted that porn occasionally appeared on his computer after searches of other sites but he denied downloading porn. Pled not guilty at arraignment 4/19/12. Plea agreement reached 1/13 will give him 3 yrs deferred adjudication.
ButoriHarryHelena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list, posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Died 4/14/05.
CamelliaMotherHelena, MTOne woman alleged abuse by Mother Camellia, Mother Henrietta, and Sister John at St. Ignatius Mission on Flathead Indian Reservation. Allegations are included in 9/11 civil suit against Ursuline Order and Helena Diocese filed by 45 people against multiple nuns, 6 priests and 2 brother.
Cecelia (Cecilia)MotherHelena, MTThree allegations of abuse by Mother Cecelia (also referred to as Sister Cecilia) at St. Ignatius Mission on Flathead Indian Reservation are included in 9/11 civil suit against Ursuline Order and Helena Diocese filed by 45 people against 4 nuns, 6 priests and 1 brother.
DelaneJohnHelena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list, posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Died 1/30/71.
DelaneyUnknownHelena, MTAt lease one allegations of abuse by “Father Delaney” (no first name) at St. Ignatius Mission on Flathead Indian Reservation is included in 9/11 civil suit against Ursuline Order and Helena Diocese filed by 45 people against multiple nuns, 6 priests and2 brothers.
DimierM.A. (Augustine)Helena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Assigned to St. Ignatius Mission Parish, St. Ignatius MT 1930­-50. Born 1864 in Savoy France. Died 6/14/50.
DimmickUnknownHelena, MTAt lease one allegations of abuse by “Father Dimmick” (no first name) at St. Ignatius Mission on Flathead Indian Reservation is included in 9/11 civil suit against Ursuline Order and Helena Diocese filed by 45 people against multiple nuns, 6 priests and2 brothers.
FergusonGeorgeHelena, MTNamed as abuser of one youth when the boy attended St. Anthony’s Parish in Missoula. No date for abuse is given. Claim is included in amended civil suit filed 9/29/11 against the Helena Diocese and Urseline Order of Nuns by multiple plaintiffs. DIed 6/12/86. Diocese originally claimed he was Jesuit, not diocesan, priest. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement.
GallantReneHelena, MTBr. Charlie, a Jesuit working in Montana, has been accused of abuse of at least 28 individuals. These claims were included in massive Jesuit $166M settlement in 2011 with over 500 plaintiffs. He was named as one of the top 10 most prolific abusers in the settlement. Multiple plaintiffs allege abuse by him at St. Ignatius Mission on Flathead Indian Reservation in 9/11 civil suit against Ursuline Order and Helena Diocese filed by 45 people against 4 nuns, 6 priests and 1 brother. Died 7/23/75. ncluded on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement.
GeisLouis J.Helena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Died 7/8/94.
GillenA. M .D.Helena, MTOrdained in Canada. In Helena diocese 1950-65. Accused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Died 7/30/87.
HarringtonDaniel B.Helena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Died 11/23/97.
HarrisBernard A.Helena, MTA/K/A Father Harry. Accused in 1/06 suit of raping 4 of 8 siblings in 1968-72 in OR. Brother of Rev. James Harris, also accused of abusing same family. B. Harris was incardinated in Helena MT at time of alleged abuse, teaching at Loyola HS in Missoula and working at St. Francis Xavier parish there. Died 9/7/72. In 3/11 20 claims settled as part of Jesuit settlement. Named as abuser of at least one native American child at St. Ignatius Mission in MT in 9/11 civil suit. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor. Worked at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma 1949-52.
HartmanRobert J.Helena, MTAccused of sexually abusing at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non- monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Died 8/12/96.
HenriettaMotherHelena, MTOne woman alleged abuse by Mother Henrietta, Mother Camellia and Sister John at St. Ignatius Mission on Flathead Indian Reservation. Allegations are included in 9/11 civil suit against Ursuline Order and Helena Diocese filed by 45 people against multiple nuns, 6 priests and 2 brother.
HillenDaniel B.Helena, MTAccused of sexually abusing at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Assignments included St. Patrick’s, Butte: 1970­-71; St. Ann’s, Butte: 1971­-74; Graduate studies 1974 and 1977­-79; Carroll College 1974­-2002; leave to begin art studio 2002. Died 7/19/03.
JoanSisterHelena, MTAllegations of abuse by Sister Joan at St. Ignatius Mission on Flathead Indian Reservation are included in 9/11 civil suit against Helena Diocese and Ursuline Order filed by 45 people against 4 nuns, 6 priests and 1 brother.
KerriganJohn PHelena, MTAccused of sexually abusing at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non- monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Died 7/21/84.
KirchenPaulHelena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Assigned to Carroll College 1929­-1980; retired to residence at Carroll College 7/1/80. Died 4/19/89. On Diocese of Great Falls-Billings list 8/21/18. (Name misspelled Kurchen.)
LawrenceSisterHelena, MTOne of several individuals with credible allegations of abuse named in one of two lawsuits filed in 2011 against the two Montana Dioceses. She is accused of abuse at St. Ignatius Mission.
LowneyEmmett FHelena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list, posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non-monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Assignments included St. Paul’s, Anaconda 1949­-51; St. Peter’s, Anaconda 1951­-54; Chancery and Sacred Heart Mission, Wolf Creek 1954­-56; St. John’s, Butte 1956­-57; St. Catherine, Boulder: 1957­-64; St. Michael’s, Drummond 1964­-67; Retreat House, Deer Lodge 1967­-68; St. Mary’s Mission, Stevensville 1968­-69; leave to Michigan 1969. Died 7/31/75.
LoyolaMotherHelena, MTMother Loyola, who worked at St. Ignatius Mission Boarding School, was accused of abusing at least 24 of the over 500 claimants included in massive $166M settlement with Jesuits in 2011. Abuse occurred in 1950s and early 1960s. She was supervisor of theboys’ dorm and would take individual boys back to her room at night for sex. It is believed her last name was Menager. She is deceased. Named in large lawsuit filed 10/11 by multiple plaintiffs.
MarionSisterHelena, MTTwo allegations of abuse by Sister Marion at St. Ignatius Mission on Flathead Indian Reservation are included in 9/11 civil suit against Ursuline Order and Helena Diocese filed by 45 people against 4 nuns, 6 priests and 1 brother.
McCarthyBernard JHelena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Assignments included Cathedral, Helena 1947­-49; St. Patrick, Butte 1949­-52 & 1971­-78; Sacred Heart, Ronan 1957­-68; St. Lawrence, Walkerville 1968­-71; St. Michael, Conrad 1979­-86; Risen Christ, Kalispell 1986­-89; Catholic Community North, Butte 1989­-90; St. James Community Hospital, Butte 1990­-92; Retired 1992.Died 9/16/03.
McCormickJames W.Helena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non-monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Assignments included Carroll College 1924­-26 and 1927-­51; St. Lawrence Parish, Walkerville: 1926­-27 and 1951­-56; Immaculate Conception Parish, Butte 1956-­67. Died 6/14/67.
O’DonnellRobert JHelena, MTAccused in 3/13/13 civil suit of ‘multiple instances of unpermitted, harmful and offensive sexual conduct’ with a teenage boy in about 1974, when O’Donnell was co-pastor of the Cathedral of St Helena, where he was named coordinator in 1977. Chancellor of Helena diocese from 1981 to 1985, when he was put on leave. Arrived in Hawaii 6/86, working in a Honolulu parish and at St Anthony’s in Kailua. Incardinated in Hololulu diocese in 1989. Came to Holy Trinity in Honolulu in 1989 and became pastor there in 1992. Died 7/29/95. Buried with credibly accused priest Msgr William D Spain in Kaneohe HI.
ObersinnerJosephHelena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non-monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Retired to Spokane’s Jesuit community at Gonzaga University.
OkornDusan AnthonyHelena, MTAccused of sexually abusing at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list, posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Died 1/10/10.
PhilipsenMartin H.Helena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list, posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Died 8/21/88. On the St Norbert Abbey in WI list 7/19/19. Multiple allegations noted.
PritzlPeter P.Helena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list, posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Died 10/03/93. On the St. Norbert Abbey in WI list 7/19/19. Multiple allegations noted.
SeorisoBrotherHelena, MTOne woman alleged abuse by Br. Seoriso on multiple occasions at St. Ignatius Mission on Flathead Indian Reservation. Allegations are included in 9/11 civil suit against Ursuline Order and Helena Diocese filed by 45 people against multiple nuns, 6 priests and 2 brothers.
SmartWilson F.Helena, MTDiocese knew of attraction to boys by 1959. Received treatment in 1959 and 1969. Admitted molesting more than 30 boys from 1957-1978. 1990 civil suit alleged Smart abused Plaintiff in 1967 when he was 12 and that abuse continued until 1975. Settled in 1993, possibly for $1.7M. Named in at least 3 other suits which later settled. In 1993 Bishop admitted removing 2 letters from file which documented abuse. Named as abuser in amended suit 10/11. Died 9/10/06. Included on the Helena diocese’s list posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement.
SpraycarLeonard J.Helena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list, posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Died 3/31/84.
StimatzPatrick N.Helena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list, posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Died 5/4/86.
SullivanUnknownHelena, MTAt least one allegation of abuse by “Fr. Sullivan” (no first name given) at St. Ignatius Mission on Flathead Indian Reservation is included in 9/11 civil suit against Ursuline Order and Helena Diocese filed by 45 people against 4 nuns, 6 priests and 1 brother.
TaelmanLouis J.Helena, MTAccused of sexual abuse of at least one minor. Included on the Helena diocese’s list, posted to its website 4/29/15 in compliance with the non monetary terms of the 3/5/15 bankruptcy settlement. Died 12/24/61.

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