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Fr. Patrick H. O’Liddy – Archdiocese of Denver

Father Patrick O’Liddy

Archdiocese of Denver 

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Ordained: 1990

Removed from ministry: 1999

Assigned as follows:

  • 1983-1987: St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO)
  • 1990-1995: Jesuitenkolleg (Innsbruck, Austria)
  • 1995-1996: Regis University (Denver, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Patrick O’Liddy:

Fr. Patrick O’Liddy joined the Jesuits in 1973. He was ordained a priest in 1990, who served in the Archdiocese of Denver. He was a former campus minister and liturgy scholar at Regis University. According to media reports, in 1999, while on leave from the Jesuits, Fr. O’Liddy plead guilty to a felony of attempted sexual assault involving a 14-year-old Colorado girl he met on the Internet. O’Liddy pretended to be a teenager when he began chatting with the girl online. He then sent the girl a picture of his genitals. The girl’s parents notified law enforcement.

Investigators, using the girl’s online identity, set up a meeting with O’Liddy at a local mall. When O’Liddy arrived, he was arrested. In August 2000, O’Liddy was sentenced to 10 years probation and 200 hours of community service. He is on the Colorado Sex Offender Registry.

Fr. Patrick O’Liddy was publicly named on the Jesuits Central and Southern Province “list of Jesuits with credible accusations of sexual abuse” in 2019.

His current whereabouts 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 Denver in Colorado.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Colorado, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Denver 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 Colorado and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. J. Bart Nadal – Archdiocese of Denver

Father J. Bart Nadal

Archdiocese of Denver 

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Ordained: 1947

Died: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1951: St. Cajetan (Denver, CO)
  • 1952-1954: St. Augustine (Antonito, CO)
  • 1955-1960: St. Joseph (Capulin, CO)
  • 1961-1966: St. Augustine (Antonito, CO)
  • 1967-1972: Seminary of St. Andrew Avelino (Denver, CO)
  • 1972-1973: St. Cajetan (Denver, CO)
  • 1974-1988: Holy Family (Fort Collins, CO)
  • 1991-1997: St. Andrew Seminary (Denver, CO)
  • 1998-2007: St. Andrew’s Theatine House (Denver, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. J. Bart Nadal:

Fr. J. Bart Nadal, a native of Spain, was ordained a priest of the Theatine Fathers in 1947. He moved to the U.S. in 1949, and served in multiple parishes in the Archdiocese of Denver. He held prominent positions, including rector of St. Andrew’s Seminary in Denver and collaborator for the Liturgical Congress of the Denver and Pueblo dioceses.

According to media reports, in 1989, while Nadal was assigned to Holy Family in Fort Collins, the District Attorney’s Office filed two counts of sexual assault on a child against him. The alleged abuse occurred on September 5, 1988, and involved two sisters who were 7 and 8 years old at the time of the incident. The younger of the two sisters accused Nadal of fondling her under her clothing when he drove her home in his truck from a fishing trip to Poudre Canyon. When the girl moved to the far side of the truck to escape Nadal, she claimed that he began to fondle her older sister.

Fr. Nadal was removed from his assignment at Holy Family and was later acquitted on both charges.

He died in 2015.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Denver in Colorado.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Colorado, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Denver 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 Colorado and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. Richard Kurtz – Archdiocese of Denver

Father Richard Kurtz

Archdiocese of Denver (Jesuit) 

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Ordained: 1977

Removed from ministry: 2001

Assigned as follows:

  • 1978-1983: University of Detroit Jesuit High School (Detroit, MI)
  • 1983-1984: Gesu Catholic School (University Heights, OH)
  • 1984-2001: University of Detroit Jesuit High School (Detroit, MI)
  • 2005-2007: Jesuit Community at Loyola University (Chicago, IL)
  • 2009-2011: Colombiere Center (Clarkston, MI)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Richard Kurtz:

Fr. Richard Kurtz was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1977, who served in the Archdiocese of Denver. According to media reports, in 2011, he was arrested in Chicago for sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy in Douglas County, CO during a trip to the Air Force Academy in 2001. At the time of the alleged abuse Fr. Kurtz was visiting Colorado and was working as a chemistry teacher at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School.

The Society of Jesus Chicago-Detroit Province first learned about the allegation in April of 2001. They immediately removed Kurtz from his teaching position at University of Detroit Jesuit High School and removed him from public ministry. It is unclear why Kurtz’s arrest came 10 years after the Jesuits received the allegation. Fr. Richard Kurtz plead guilty in 2012 and received a 10-year-to-life term of supervised probation in confinement in Missouri.

In 2014, Fr. Richard Kurtz was reportedly charged with production, transport, and possession of child pornography. After Kurtz was arrested in 2011, two Jesuit priests discovered evidence of possible child pornography crimes in Kurtz’s belongings in Chicago and at Kurtz’s former residence in Clarkston, MI. The Jesuits gave the evidence to the FBI. The FBI’s investigation revealed over 2,300 images of child pornography on computers, floppy discs, and printed pictures. Investigators also discovered that Kurtz secretly videotaped University of Detroit Jesuit High School hockey players changing after games during the 1998-1999 season. In 2015, Kurtz was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Fr. Richard Kurtz was publicly named on the 2018 Jesuits Midwest Province list of Jesuits with established allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The list notes allegations of child sexual abuse in 1970, 1987-1989, and 2001 against Fr. Kurtz. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Jesuits.

The Archdiocese of Detroit named Fr. Kurtz on its 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of abuse.

Fr. Richard Kurtz is currently incarcerated at a federal prison in Seagoville, TX.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Denver in Colorado.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Colorado, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Denver 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 Colorado and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Marshall Gourley – Archdiocese of Denver

Father Marshall Gourley

Archdiocese of Denver 

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Ordained: 1982

Placed on leave: 1997

Assigned as follows:

  • 1983-1997: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Denver, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Marshall Gourley:

Fr. Marshall Gourley was ordained a priest of Theatine Order in 1982, who served in the Archdiocese of Denver. Gourley received local and national attention in the late 1980s-early 1990s for his gun buyback program and for fasting to protest gang violence.

According to media reports, in 1997, a man filed a $20 million suit against Fr. Gourley and the Archdiocese of Denver alleging that he had been sexually abused by Gourley over 100 times between 1981-1984. The alleged victim was 17 years old when the abuse began and was seeing Fr. Gourley for counseling. Details regarding the nature of the alleged abuse and where it occurred were not made available. The victim’s attorneys asked to be removed from the case in February of 1998. A judge dismissed the case in July of 1998 ruling that the victim waited too long to file. In 1999, a judge upheld the dismissal of the case.

Marshall Gourley left the Theatine Order in 2002. His current whereabouts 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 Denver in Colorado.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Colorado, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Denver 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 Colorado and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Bennett “Ben” Colucci – Archdiocese of Denver

Father Bennett “Ben” Colucci

Archdiocese of Denver 

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Ordained: 1957

Retired: 2005

Died: 2020

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957-1958: St. Francis Capuchin College (Washington D.C.)
  • 1958-1959: St. Augustine Monastery (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1959-1963: St. Michael (Utuado, Puerto Rico)
  • 1963-1967: Santa Cruz (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico)
  • 1967-1970: Inglesia San Joaquim (Adjuntas, Puerto Rico)
  • 1970-1974: Annunciation (Denver, CO)
  • 1970-1993: Marycrest High School (Denver, CO)
  • 1977-1980: Holy Cross Friary (Denver, CO)
  • 1982-1983: Santa Clara Friary (Denver, CO)
  • 1983-1986: Holy Cross Friary (Denver, CO)
  • 1986-1993: Annunciation Friary (Denver, CO0
  • 1986-1993: Samaritan House (Denver, CO)
  • 1994-2005: St. Joseph (Hays, KS)
  • 2005-2007: (Retired) St. Joseph Friary (Hays, KS)
  • 2007-2017: (Retired) St. Fidelis (Victoria, KS)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Bennett “Ben” Colucci:

Fr. Bennett Colucci joined the Franciscan Capuchin Order in 1951. He was ordained a priest in 1957, who served in multiple parishes in the Archdiocese of Denver, as well as in churches and schools in Puerto Rico, Colorado, and Kansas.

According to media reports, Fr. Colucci was removed from ministry in Denver in 1993 following reports of misconduct. He was then transferred to Kansas. Additionally, in 2015, a Colorado woman reported an allegation of child sexual abuse by against the priest in the 1980’s, to the Capuchin Order and law enforcement. The alleged victim was a 17-year-old student at Marycrest High School at the time of the reported abuse. The order’s review board found the allegations credible.

The Capuchin Order included Fr. Colucci’s name on its 2019 list of “members found to have had credible allegations of sexually inappropriate/criminal behaviors against minors or vulnerable adults.”

The Diocese of Salina publicly named Colucci on its 2019 list of clergy with “substantiated allegations of clergy sexual abuse of a minor.” The list notes one allegation of child sexual abuse in 1970s and 1980s against Fr. Colucci. Details regarding the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse were not released by the diocese.

Fr. Bennett Colucci died in 2020.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Denver in Colorado.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Colorado, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Denver 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 Colorado and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Wilfred Carignan – Archdiocese of Denver

Father Wilfred Carignan

Archdiocese of Denver (Trappist Seminarian)

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Ordained: N/A

Assigned as follows:

  • 1996-2001: St. Benedict’s Monastery (Old Snowmass, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Wilfred Carignan:

Wilfred Carignan was a Trappist seminarian at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Old Snowmass, CO. Carignan was not accepted as a monk, and instead worked as a beekeeper for the monastery in the Archdiocese of Denver. He was known as “Bill the Beekeeper.”

According to media reports, in 2008, Wilfred Carignan was convicted on two counts of sexual assault and sentenced to two separate sentences of six and eight years to life. Carignan is accused of molesting boys between 8-18 years old in Hotchkiss, CO. The victims worked at the Happy Hermit, a store owned and operated by Carignan.

Wilfred Carignan was arrested in 2011 after an allegation of child sexual abuse in 2000 against Carignan was reported in August 2010. The alleged victim was a 6th or 7th grade male student who was being tutored at Carignan’s house near St. Benedict’s Monastery. At the time of the alleged abuse, Carignan was working as the monastery’s beekeeper.

Wilfred Carignan is a registered sex offender living in Boerne, TX.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Denver in Colorado.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Colorado, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Denver 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 Colorado and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Michael O’Brien – Archdiocese of Denver

Father Michael O’Brien

Archdiocese of Denver

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Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 2021

Assignment History

  • 2002-2011: St. Mary Catholic Church (Aspen, CO)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Michael O’Brien

In September 2021, the Archdiocese of Denver announced that it placed Fr. Michael O’Brien on administrative leave after he was accused of sexually abusing a male minor between 2004 and 2008.

According to the Aspen Police Department, an initial report included “dozens” of allegations of sexual abuse over four years. The diocese reported the allegation to the Aspen Police Department after it was reported on September 20.

Although it is still in the early stages, the Aspen Police Department says an investigation has begun and that they have an “open and active case.”

Further details about the nature of the abuse are not available. According to a spokesperson for the archdiocese, it will not publish more details about the allegation, citing privacy reasons. Accordingly, a complete record of Fr. O’Brien’s assignment history is not available.

What’s Known About Fr. Michael O’Brien’s Career

According to sources, Fr. Michael O’Brien was pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen for eight years. In 2011, Fr. O’Brien left St. Mary and took a six-month sabbatical in Lakewood to “address[] some health issues,” an announcement in the Aspen Times reads.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria may 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 Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.