Tag: Diocese of Burlington

Fr. Edward Paquette – Diocese of Burlington

Father Edward Paquette 

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1957

Removed: 1963

Laicized: 2009 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1972-1974      Christ the King (Rutland, VT)
  • 1975-1976      St. Augustine (Montpelier, VT)
  • 1976-1978      Christ the King (Burlington, VT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Edward Paquette:

Father Edward Paquette was ordained for the Diocese of Fall River in Massachusetts. He served in Vermont for approximately 6 years. According to media reports, in 1963 his priestly faculties were removed for being a serial sexual abuser of boys. He was sent to treatment in Indiana, and worked in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. 

In 1972, he was accepted into the Diocese Burlington. Two years later in 1974, he was sent to treatment, and then again in 1978, when his faculties were removed. According to an internal memo the diocese “No longer could keep lid on things.” 

Just before more complaints led to the priest’s termination in 1978, then Bishop John Marshall wrote a colleague, “Despite the demands of two sets of irate parents that ‘something be done about this,’ Father Paquette’s pastor and I are determined to take the risk of leaving him in his present assignment,” “Our thinking is that, knowing the awareness of others concerning his problem, Father Paquette will have reason for ‘self-control.’”

Child sexual abuse allegations against Father Paquette were reported in Massachusetts, Indiana and Vermont, including the abuse of a hospitalized male teen who was a quadriplegic. 

In April 2006, the first Vermont lawsuit was settled for $965,000. In March 2007, Father Paquette was named in another suit. In May 2008, a jury awarded one plaintiff $8.7 million. Another lawsuit against him was settled in July 2008. Another suit was tried in August 2008, but was declared a mistrial. In December 2008, a claim was settled for $3.6 million. 

Father Paquette was laicized in January 2009. It was announced in May. 

In October 2009, a jury awarded $2.2 million to a plaintiff. In May 2010, nineteen of twenty-six  cases were settled, as well as three more which were on appeal. Father Paquette was living in Westfield Massachusetts, serving in the Diocese of Springfield at the time. 

In 2010, four more suits were filed. Eleven were settled in January 2013. 

In September 2018, Father Paquette‘s name appeared publicly in the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Prompted by an external review of their documents conducted by former FBI Assistant Director William Galvin, in January 2019, the Diocese of Fall River announced plans to release a list of credibly accused clergy. 

In January 2020, Father Paquette’s name was included in a list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors released by some of his victims’ attorney.

In August 2019, Father Paquette‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused.

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 Diocese of Burlington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Burlington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Burlington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Alfred Willis – Diocese of Burlington

Father Alfred Willis 

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1976

Removed: 1980

Laicized: 1985

Assigned as follows:

  • 1976-1979 St. Augustine (Montpelier, VT)
  • 1979-1980 St. Ann (Milton, VT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Alfred Willis:

Father Alfred Willis served in Vermont for approximately 5 years. According to media reports, in early 1978, St. Anthony parishioners reported to Bishop John Marshall that Father Willis was sexually abusing boys while at St. Anthony’s in Burlington, and continued to see some of the boys while serving at St. Augustine’s in Montpelier. 

Bishop Marshall ordered Father Willis to get counseling and visit with the parents of the children he molested. In 1979, he assigned Father Willis to St. Ann’s in Milton, but did not disclose about Father Willis’ past conduct and allegations of abuse.

In 1980, several St. Ann’s parishioners alleged that Father Willis had molested their sons. They reported that they had learned that he also molested boys while at St. Anthony’s in Burlington. Father Willis was placed on leave, and sent to Paracletes in New Mexico for treatment. The parents also told the Chittenden County State’s Attorney, who launched an investigation, but never prosecuted the priest. 

Father Willis was laicized in August 1985. 

From 2003 through 2019, at least seven civil lawsuits were filed, claiming child sexual abuse by Father Willis.

As part of one agreement in 2004, the diocese acknowledged it knew Father Willis had faced sexual misconduct charges as early as seminary. Despite this, it repeatedly transferred him without telling parishioners of his problematic history, even when it asked the Vatican to defrock him after determining he was guilty of child abuse.

In August 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He is believed to be living in Virginia. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Burlington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Burlington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Burlington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Leo Courcy Jr. – Diocese of Burlington

Father Leo Courcy Jr.

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1962

Removed: 1993

Laicized: 2009 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962 – 02/1965           St. Anthony (Burlington, VT)
  • 02/1965 – 02/1966      Leave of absence
  • 02/1966 – 09/1966      Don Bosco Home (Burlington, VT)
  • 09/1 – 09/10/1966       St. Francis Xavier (Winooski, VT) 
  • 09/11 – 12/1966          St. Mark (Burlington, VT)
  • 01/1967 – 06/1970      Servants of the Paraclete (Santa Fe, NM) 
  • 06/1970 – 12/1970      (Amarillo, Texas) 
  • 01/1971- 03/1971      St. John Vianney (South Burlington, VT) 
  • 03/1971 – 05/1971      St. Mary (Cambridge / Johnson, VT)
  • 05/1971 – (unknown)  Ottawa Archdiocese 
  • 1967 – 1968                Holy Ghost (Albuquerque, NM) 
  • 1968 – 1969                St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque, NM) 
  • 1969 – 1970                St. Francis Xavier (Clayton, NM) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Courcy Jr.:

Father Leo Courcy Jr. served in Vermont for approximately 3½ years. According to media reports, Bishop Kenneth A. Angell revoked his public priestly faculties in February 1993

In 1994, a civil lawsuit was filed alleging that Father Courcy and Father Joseph Anthony Gallegos sexually abused an altar boy in New Mexico, after Courcy’s first trip to the Servants of the Paraclete treatment facility in Jemez Springs. The Servants ran a facility in Jemez Springs that rehabilitated sexually abusive priests from other dioceses.

Father Courcy was laicized in June 2009.

In September 2017, Father Courcy‘s was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexully abused an altar boy in 1969 while serving as a priest at St. Anthony’s in Questa. That same month, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors, as well as on its revised list in March 2019. 

In May 2019, Father Courcy was named in a lawsuit against the Servants of the Paraclete, alleging that he sexually abused two boys during an overnight stay at the rectory of St. Anthony’s in Questa in 1969. According to the suit, one boy was raped and the other molested. The Servants had sent Father Courcy to St. Anthony’s as a supply priest four days after his arrival for his second round of treatment for child sexual abuse. 

In August 2019, Father Courcy‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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 Diocese of Burlington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Burlington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Burlington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Stephen Nichols – Diocese of Burlington

Father Stephen Nichols 

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1986

Resigned: 2007

Laicized: 2015 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1986-1989      Christ the King (Rutland, VT) 
  • 1989-1991      St. John the Evangelist (St. Johnsbury, VT)
  • 1991-1993      St. Mary (St. Albans, VT)
  • 1993-1996      Sacred Heart (Troy, VT)
  • 1996-2000      Sacred Heart, (Troy, VT); St. Ignatius (Lowell, VT)
  • 2000-2007      St. Elizabeth, Lyndon State College (Lyndonville, VT); Our Lady Queen of Peace, (Danville, VT) 
  • 2003-2007      St. James the Greater Parish (Island Pond, VT); St. Bernard mission (Norton, VT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Stephen Nichols:

Father Stephen Nichols served as a priest in Vermont for approximately 21 years. According to media reports, in April 2005, an 18-year-old boy reported an incident to Vermont State Police that Father Nichols took him to a Quebec pool hall and then allegedly molested him in Richford, while he was drunk. The Diocese of Burlington learned about the incident through an anonymous tip in August 2005, and hired a private investigator to look into it. Four months later, the case was turned over to the Attorney General’s Office.

In April 2006, Father Nichols was placed on leave of absence. In September 2006, he was charged with sexually molesting the teen. He claimed that the young man had a troubled past and was the aggressor in the incident. 

In May 2007, Father Nichols pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of engaging in a lewd act, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years probation. He was also ordered to get sex offender treatment. 

Father Nichols resigned as pastor in June 2007, and was laicized in January 2015 by Pope Francis. 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 Diocese of Burlington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Burlington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Burlington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Andrew Quillen (a/k/a Br. Mark L. Quillen) – Diocese of Burlington

Father Andrew Quillen (a/k/a Brother Mark L. Quillen)

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1990

Removed: 2003

Assigned as follows:

  • 1990-1994      St. Michael (Brattleboro, VT)
  • 1994                St. Lawrence (Essex Junction, VT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Andrew Quillen (a/k/a Br. Mark L. Quillen):

Father Andrew Quillen (a/k/a Br. Mark L. Quillen) was a member of the Franciscan Brothers of Christ the King. In 1990, he was ordained for the Benedictines and changed his name to Father Andrew Quillen. He served in Vermont for approximately 4 years. 

According to media reports, in 1977, a man alleged that Brother Quillen and another religious brother sexually abused him when he was a minor seminary student. 

“Even when I was being abused I was praying the Hail Mary, I’d be praying the Our Father that it would stop,” the man said.

He said he told Bishop O’Keefe in 1977, but no action was taken. 

In 2001, Brother Quillen’s name appeared publicly on the the Diocese of Davenport’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In 2003, the Benedictines sent him for treatment, and then put him on a “safety plan.” He lived at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, Massachusetts without faculties. 

In August 2007, Brother Quillen’s name also appeared on the Diocese of Davenport’s Creditors Committee website which lists clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In July 2008, it also appeared on the Diocese of Davenport’s list, noting one minor accuser and one adult accuser. In October 2018, the Diocese updated its list to include his new name, Father Andrew Quillen.

In August 2019, his name appeared as Mark L. Quillen on the Diocese of Burlington’s list. There were no accusations against him during his four years in Vermont in the early 1990s.

He currently  lives at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, Massachusetts and had his faculties to perform public ministry removed in the Archdiocese of Boston when the Archdiocese became aware of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa from the 1970’s.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Burlington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Burlington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Burlington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John “Jack” Kenney – Diocese of Burlington

Father John “Jack” Kenney 

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1957

Removed: 2006 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957-1962      St. Charles (Bellows Falls, VT)  
  • 1962-1965      St. Joseph (Burlington, VT)
  • 1965-1966      St. James (Island Pond, VT)
  • 1966-1992      Released for U.S. Air Force service 
  • 1992-1994      U.S. Army 
  • 1994                St. Jude (Hinesburg, VT)
  • 1994-1996      St. Lawrence (Essex Junction, VT)
  • 1996-1997      Blessed Sacrament (Stowe, VT)
  •  2002                St. Peter (Vergennes, VT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John “Jack” Kenney:

Father John “Jack” Kenney served as a priest in Vermont for approximately 12 years. According to media reports, in 2006, he was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a teenage boy while assigned to St. Joseph’s Cathedral from 1962 to 1965. The case was settled, and he was removed from ministry. 

In August 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In August 2019, he was 91 years olds and living in West Glover.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Burlington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Burlington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Burlington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. James F. Foley – Diocese of Burlington

Father James F. Foley 

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1949

Died: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1949                St. Anthony (White River Junction, VT)
  • 1949-1953       St. Augustine (Montpelier, VT)
  • 1953-1954       St. Raphael (Poultney, VT)
  • 1954-1960      St. Mark (Burlington, VT)
  • 1960-1966      St. Patrick (Fairfield, VT)
  • 1966-1970      St. Isadore (Montgomery Center, VT)
  • 1970-1974      “On Loan” to St. Bernard’s Seminary of Theology (Rochester, NY)
  • 1974-1975      St. Anthony, (White River Junction, VT)
  • 1975               St. John the Evangelist (Northfield, VT); St. Cecilia (Washington, DC)
  • 1975-1977      St. Paul (Orwell,  VT)
  • 1977-1979      St. Augustine (Montpelier,  VT)
  • 1979-1984      St. Joseph Home for the Aged (Burlington, VT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James F. Foley:

Father James F. Foley served as a priest in Vermont for approximately 30 years. He retired in 1984, and died in November 2002. 

According to media reports, in August 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Burlington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Burlington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Burlington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John “Jack” Kenney – Diocese of Burlington

Father John “Jack” Kenney 

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1957

Removed: 2006 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957-1962      St. Charles (Bellows Falls, VT)  
  • 1962-1965      St. Joseph (Burlington, VT)
  • 1965-1966      St. James (Island Pond, VT)
  • 1966-1992      Released for U.S. Air Force service 
  • 1992-1994      U.S. Army 
  • 1994                St. Jude (Hinesburg, VT)
  • 1994-1996      St. Lawrence (Essex Junction, VT)
  • 1996-1997      Blessed Sacrament (Stowe, VT)
  •  2002               St. Peter (Vergennes, VT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John “Jack” Kenney:

Father John “Jack” Kenney served as a priest in Vermont for approximately 12 years. According to media reports, in 2006, he was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a teenage boy while assigned to St. Joseph’s Cathedral from 1962 to 1965. The case was settled, and he was removed from ministry. 

In August 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In August 2019, he was 91 years olds and living in West Glover.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Burlington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Burlington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Burlington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John Lanoue – Diocese of Burlington

Father John Lanoue 

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1940

Died: 1980

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Michael’s College

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Lanoue:

Father John Lanoue taught history at St. Michael’s College until 1975, and also assisted at a local church. He died in June 1980. According to media reports, in August 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Edmundites’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted an allegation received in 1996, of abuse in Vermont in 1954. 

A lawsuit was filed in 1997, alleging that in 1955, Father Lanoue abused a boy who attended Holy Family parish in Essex Junction. The boy’s father reportedly confronted him in the presence of St. Michael’s college president, Father Francis Moriarity. Father Lanoue admitted the abuse, but no action was taken.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Burlington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Burlington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Burlington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Msgr. Edward Foster – Diocese of Burlington

Monsignor Edward Foster 

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1951

Died: 2000

Assigned as follows:

  • 1951-1955      Cathedral (Burlington, VT)
  • 1955-1958      St. Joseph Orphanage (Burlington, VT)
  • 1958-1963      Cathedral (Burlington, VT)
  • 1963-1967      St. Francis Cabrini (West Pawlet, VT); St. Anne (Middletown Springs, VT)
  • 1967-1986      Assistant National Secretary Catholic Near East Welfare Association (NYC, NY)
  • 1986-1990      Deputy Director of External Affairs for Catholic Relief Services 
  • 1990-1991      Director of Development for the Diocese (Burlington, VT); Executive Director for The Center for Applied Research in the Apostola (Washington, D.C)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Edward Foster:

Monsignor Edward Foster worked at St. Joseph Orphanage as a seminarian in the late 1940s. He served as a priest in Vermont for approximately 17 years. In May 1994, his priestly faculties were revoked. He retired one month later in June 1994, and died in April 2000.

In the early 2000s, a judge ordered the Diocese of Burlington to release personnel files for dozens of priests who had been accused of sexual misconduct. According to media reports, those files revealed that Monsignor Foster had recently been sent to the St. Luke Institute in Maryland, where many priests accused of sexual abuse were treated. 

A St. Luke Institute report said Monsignor Foster had “severe sexual issues” and decades of behavior “unbecoming to a priest.” It advised that he should have no unsupervised contact with minors. Bishop Angell, who had previously testified that it was “unthinkable” that a priest would assault a child, oversaw Monsignor Foster’s case.

In August 2019, Monsignor Foster’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. One of his alleged victims said he kept the secret that he was repeatedly abused by Monsignor Foster starting in eighth grade for more than 50 years.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Burlington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Burlington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Burlington now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.