Tag: Carmelites

Fr. Joseph O’Nolan – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Joseph O’Nolan

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • Summers 1972-1974:    St. Martin (Amityville, NY)
  • 1974:1976:                     St. Louis de Montfort (Sound Beach, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph O’Nolan:

Fr. Joseph O’Nolan of the Carmelite Order is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while O’Nolan worked at St. Martin Church in Amityville, NY, sometime between 1972-1974. The list also says that Fr. O’Nolan abused his victim(s) at his private residence in Amityville. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

It is important to note that the list, released in March 2021, is not exhaustive. “It is a list of all priests and deacons that the Diocese knows have been the subject of an adverse determination by the Diocesan Review Board of the Debtor that an allegation of clergy abuse against such priest was credible or against whom an allegation of clergy abuse was made through the Diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (“IRCP”) and the Debtor made a payment in settlement of such allegation through the IRCP.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Joseph Puthenkandam – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Joseph Puthenkandam

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Carmelites)

Joseph Puthenkandam Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph Puthenkandam:

Fr. Joseph Puthenkandam was a member of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in January 2013, his name was quietly added to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ “Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God” along with the names of twenty-three other predatory priests with credible evidence of sexual molestation.]

The Los Angeles Times reports that the 24 names were disclosed in a report posted on the archdiocese’s website along with 12,000 pages of internal records detailing how the church dealt with abuse claims. BishopAccountability.org, a non-profit group that researches and archives documents related to clergy sex abuse, originally uncovered the list and published the names of the suspected offenders.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. John Knoernschild – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father John Knoernschild

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Carmelites)

John Knoernschild Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1970

Retired: 2003

Died: 2010

Assignment History:

  • 1974-1985: Crespi Carmelite High School (Encino, CA)
  • 1986-1990: Carmel West Seminary (North Hollywood, CA)
  • 1991-1996: Crespi Carmelite Community (Encino, CA)
  • 1996:           Leaves Archdiocese
  • 1999-2003: Crespi Carmelite High School (Encino, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John Knoernschild:

Fr. John Knoernschild was ordained a Carmelite priest in 1970, who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he was accused by a former Crespi Carmelite High School student of sexually abusing him from 1977 to 1978. Fr. Knoernschild served as the principal of the school at the time of the abuse. No further details have been released.

Fr. Knoernschild was in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles before Orange was established in 1976. He left the Archdiocese in 1996, returned in 1998, and left again in 2003. He was officially removed from ministry after a lawsuit was filed by those abused by Carmelites which named Knoernschild as one of the abusers. That lawsuit concluded in a $10 million settlement in 2006.

Fr. Knoernschild died in 2010. His status as a priest, whereabouts, and whether he had access to children from 2003 until his death in 2010 is unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Br. Damien “Patrick” Chong – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Brother Damien “Patrick” Chong

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Carmelite)

Damien “Patrick” Chong Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1956

Died: 2014

Assignment History:

  • 1956-1958: Carmelite Brothers’ Formation Program (Akron, OH)
  • 1958-1961: Whitefriars Hall (Washington, DC)
  • 1961-1963: Unknown
  • 1964-1967: Crespi Carmelite High School (Encino, CA)
  • 1967-1974: Mount Carmel High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1974-1984: Unknown
  • 1984-1989: Crespi Carmelite High School (Encino, CA)
  • 1989-1991: Unknown
  • 1992-1997: St. Gelasius (Chicago, IL)
  • 1997-2014: St. Therese Carmelite Chapel in the Mall (Peabody, MA)
  • 1999-2014: Our Lady of the Scapular Carmelite Monastery (Peabody, MA)
  • 2014: Discalced Carmelite Monastery (Danvers, MA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Damien “Patrick” Chong:

Br. Damien (Patrick) Chong was a member of the Carmelite religious order. He was ordained a priest in 1956, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles. He worked in several other Dioceses across the country, including Cleveland, Washington DC, Chicago, and Boston.

According to media reports, in Br. Chong was accused by at least one person and was named in one civil lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused a boy from 1984 to 1986 while working at Crespi Carmelite High School. The victim claims that Br. Chong would give him alcohol and sexually abuse him after football practice at his home.

Br. Chong left Los Angeles in 1989 and relocated to a parish in Chicago. Br. Chong was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2013 list of priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. He died in 2014 while living in Boston.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Br. Lawrence Brown – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Brother Lawrence Brown

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Carmelite)

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Ordained: Unknown

Died: 1980

Assignment History:

  • 1950-1974: Mt. Carmel High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1975-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Lawrence Brown:

Br. Lawrence Brown was a member of the Carmelite religious order, and served in the Diocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he was named in a civil lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused a minor from 1955 to 1959 while working at Mt. Carmel High School in Los Angeles.

Br. Brown was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2005 list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. In November 2006, the Carmelites and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles reached a $10 million settlement with seven people claiming child sexual abuse.

Br. Brown died in 1980.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Robert Boley – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Robert Boley

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Carmelite)

Robert Boley Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1975

Assignment History:

  • 1976: Mount Carmel High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1976-1988: Mount Carmel Priory (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1979-1988: St. Raphael’s (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1989: Unknown
  • 1990-1994: Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Louisville, KY)
  • 1995-1999: Carmelite Fathers Provincial House (Darien, IL)
  • 2000-2002: St. Cecilia’s Church (Englewood, NJ)
  • 2003-2006: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (Darien, IL)
  • 2007-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert Boley:

Fr. Robert Boley was a member of the Carmelite religious order, and ordained a priest in 1975. He served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in 2006, he was named in a civil lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused a young girl while serving at a Los Angeles parish in the 1980s. According to the court files, Boley was at Our Lady of Mount Carmel when the lawsuit was filed. He left the parish after church officials learned of the suit. Fr. Boley’s alleged abuse was part of the massive $660 million settlement by the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 2007.

As of 2007, it was believed that Fr. Boley was residing at the Carmelite House in Joliet, Illinois, working in their archives. Fr. Boley’s current whereabouts, status as a priest, and whether he has access to children are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. John Knoernschild – Diocese of Orange

Father John Knoernschild

Diocese of Orange (Carmelite)

John Knoernschild Diocese of Orange Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1970

Retired: 2003

Died: 2010

Assignment History:

  • 1974-1985: Crespi Carmelite High School (Encino, CA)
  • 1986-1990: Carmel West Seminary (North Hollywood, CA)
  • 1991-1996: Crespi Carmelite Community (Encino, CA)
  • 1996: Leaves Archdiocese
  • 1999-2003: Crespi Carmelite High School (Encino, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John Knoernschild:

Fr. John Knoernschild  was ordained a priest in 1970, who served in the Diocese of Orange. According to media reports, he was accused by a former Crespi Carmelite High School student of sexually abusing him from 1977-78. Fr. Knoernschild served as the principal of the school at time of the abuse. No further details have been released.

Fr. Knoernschild was in the LA Archdiocese before Orange was established in 1976. He left the archdiocese in 1996, returned in 1998, and left again in 2003. He was officially removed from ministry after a lawsuit was filed by those abused by Carmelites which named Knoernschild as one of the abusers. That lawsuit concluded in a $10 million settlement in 2006.

Fr. Knoernschild died in 2010. His status as a priest, whereabouts, and whether he had access to children from 2003 until his death in 2010 is unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orange in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Orange now have legal options due to a temporary change in California law, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. George Boxelaar – Archdiocese of New York

Father George Boxelaar

Archdiocese of New York/CarmelitesGeorge Boxelaar Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1953

Retired: 1985

Died: 1990

Assignment History:

  • 1954-1956: St. Michael’s Priory (Mantzville, PA)
  • 1956-1957: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Middletown, NY)
  • 1956-1957: Missions of Our Lady of Mt. Caramel: Assumption (Bloomingburg, NY)
  • 1956-1957: St. Paul’s (Bullville, NY)
  • 1956-1957: Holy Name (Otisville, NY)
  • 1956-1957: Holy Cross (S. Centreville, NY)
  • 1956-1957: Our Lady of the Scapular (Unionville, NY)
  • 1956-1957: Stations of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (New Hampton, NY)
  • 1956-1957: Middletown State Hospital (Middletown, NY)
  • 1956-1957: State School Annex (New Hampton, NY)
  • 1962-1985: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Middletown, NY)
  • 1962-1971: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Assumption (Bloomingburg, NY)
  • 1971-1974: Otisville Training School (Otisville, NY)
  • 1974-1976: Otisville Drug Rehabilitation Center (Otisville, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father George Boxelaar:

A native of Holland and ordained for the Carmelite Order, Fr. George Boxelaar was involved in several sexual abuse allegations throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

According to media reports, in 1973, a 7-year-old boy told his father that Boxelaar forced his hand down the boy’s pants during confession at Holy Cross Church in Wawayanda. The boy’s father reportedly confronted Boxelaar, who denied misconduct. The boy’s mother contacted a lawyer and other mothers with children at the school, to which said Boxelaar had also molested their boys, but they wanted to keep it quiet. The boy’s family decided not to press charges so that their son would not have to testify.

In 1981, another mother complained to the church about Boxelaar and again in 1985. Boxelaar threatened her with excommunication if she “created a scandal”. Along with other parents of boys allegedly molested by the priest, the mother went to state police. When the parents were told their sons would have to testify, they decided not to press charges.

Boxelaar was quietly sent back to his native Holland to “retire”. In 2002, after news reports of Boxelaar’s abuse of little boys, at least 25 more men came forward to say that they, too, were sexually abused as children by the priest. Carmelite Provincial, Rev. Michael Driscoll, acknowledged that the Order had received one complaint about Boxelaar in the 1970s, and five in the 1980s.

Boxelaar died in 1990.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of New York. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of New York now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. Timothy Johnson – Diocese of Allentown

Father Timothy Johnson

Diocese of Allentown (Carmelite)Timothy Johnson Diocese of Allentown Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1983

Retired: 2007

Died: 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974-1976: Nativity High School (Pottsville, PA)
  • 1976-1979: St. John College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1979-1981: Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1988-1991: Transfiguration Church (Tarrytown, NY)
  • 1992-2006: St. Jude Catholic Church (Boca Raton, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Timothy Johnson:

Fr. Timothy Johnson was ordained a Carmelite priest in 1983, who served in the Diocese of Allentown. According to media reports, in 2018, he was named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury report. It noted he was accused physically abusing a minor student in 1976 after the student was sexually assaulted by another priest, Fr. David Connell. The victim reported that the abuse occurred while he was attending Nativity High School in Pottsville, PA.

The victim claims in the Grand Jury Report released in 2018 that when he told Fr. Johnson he was going to report the abuse to the police, Johnson severely beat the victim with a large leather belt and said to him that if he did go through with the report, he would beat him even worse. The abuse was initially reported to the Provincial of the Carmelites in October 2007, but nothing was ever done.

Fr. Johnson left the Diocese of Allentown in 1976 and eventually settled in Florida. He died in 2016 at the age of 80.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Allentown. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

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Fr. David Connell – Diocese of Allentown

Father David Connell

Diocese of Allentown (Carmelite)

David Connell Diocese of Allentown Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Died: 1995

Assignment History:

  • 1973-1976: Nativity High School (Pottsville, PA)
  • 1976-1987: Antonian College Preparatory High School (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1988-1995: St. Thomas More Church (San Antonio, TX)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. David Connell:

Fr. David Connell was ordained a Carmelite priest in 1969, who served in the Diocese of Allentown. He worked at Antonian College Prep and St. Thomas More parish until he died in 1995. According to media reports, in 2018, he was named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury report. It noted that he drugged and abused a minor at Nativity High School in Pottsville, PA, while he was serving as chairman of the Science Department in 1976.

The victim stated both he and his brother were repeatedly sexually abused when they were living at the Order’s priory after their house burned down.  This allegation was first made in 2007 to a Carmelite provincial, but the victim claims he was beaten by other church leaders, Fr. Jim Gross and Fr. Timothy Johnson, when he insisted on reporting the abuse to the police 40 years prior.

After reviewing the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report in 2018, the Archdiocese of San Antonio publicly named Connell on its list of credibly accused priests and two San Antonio accusers have since come forward with claims against Fr. Connell.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Allentown. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

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