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Fr. Francis Gillespie – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. Francis Gillespie

Diocese of Charlotte

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Ordained: 1972

Removed: 2021

Assignment History: 

  • 1994-2001: Our Lady of the Assumption Church and School (Charlotte, NC)

  • 2002-2008: Diocese of Raleigh, NC

  • 2008-2021: Diocese of Charleston, SC

  • 2021: St. Mary’s (Laurinburg, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Gillespie

In October 2021, the Diocese of Charlotte reported Fr. Francis Gillespie to the police after he allegedly abused a minor at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish more than 20 years ago. Accordingly, the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus—which supervises Fr. Gillespie—removed the priest while they investigated the allegation.

According to sources, Fr. Gillespie was pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Church and School from 1994 to 2001. The incident allegedly occurred in the mid-to-late 1990s while the victim was a student, an article reads

Additional details about the nature of the abuse are not yet publicly available.

Fr. Gillespie’s Career and Assignment HistoryFr. Francis Gillespie Horowitz Law

Ordained in 1972, sources say Fr. Francis Gillespie has pastored for five years in the Savannah Diocese, seven years in the Charlotte Diocese, six years in the Raleigh Diocese, and three years in the Charleston Diocese. 

Additionally, reports say Fr. Gillespie taught Jesuit grade school for two years in Osorno, Chile, where he also coached basketball for the high school. 

At the time of his removal, Fr. Gillespie was serving in Laurinburg, North Carolina. 

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. 

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Fr. John Rutledge – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. John Rutledge (Vincentians)

Diocese of Charlotte 

John Rutledge Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Died: 1998

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Mary Catholic Church, formerly called Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church
    (Greensboro, N.C.)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. John Rutledge:

Fr. John Rutledge was ordained a Vincentians priest in 1951, and served in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in December 2018, the Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama, named him on its list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse for an allegation from Auburn, Alabama, in 1968. In the early 1970s, he served at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greensboro (called Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church until 1972). There are no documented abuse allegations during his ministry in the Diocese of Charlotte.

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

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Fr. William Tanguay – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. William Tanguay

Diocese of Charlotte 

William Tanguay Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Removed: 2002

Assigned as Follows:

  • Immaculate Conception Church, Cranston, 1969
  • Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, North Providence, 1969-1974
  • St. Michael Church, Providence, 1974-1983
  • Pastoral care of Hmong Refugees, Minneapolis, MN, 1983-1984
  • St. Michael Church, Providence, 1984- 1995
  • Hmong Ministry, Diocese of Charlotte, NC 1995-2002

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. William Tanguay:

Fr. William Tanguay was ordained a priest in 1969, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in June 2019, the Diocese of Providence publicly named him on its list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse, for allegations during his ministry in Rhode Island from 1965 to 1981. Tanguay served in Hmong ministry for seven years in the Diocese of Charlotte, with no documented allegations of abuse. He was removed from ministry in Charlotte in June 2002 by the Providence diocese. It is believed he is living outside the U.S. 

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

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Fr. Peter Richardson – Diocese of Charlotte 

Fr. Peter Richardson (Glenmary)

Diocese of Charlotte 

Peter Richardson Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1986

Left religious order: 2007

Died: 2014

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Mary, Mother of God Catholic Church (Sylva, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Peter Richardson:

Fr. Peter Richardson was ordained a priest of the Glenmary Home Missioners order in 1986, and served  served in Sylva, NC in the Diocese of Charlotte, for one year in the mid-1980s. He also worked in ministry churches in Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Texas and Tennessee. He was a member of the the order for over twenty-six years.

According to media reports, in October 2019, Fr. Richardson was publicly named on the Ohio-based Glenmary Home Missioners’ list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. The alleged abuse by Fr. Richardson occurred in 2005 in Kentucky. He was barred from public ministry in August after the accusation surfaced. He did not face charges because the statute of limitations had expired.

Fr. Richardson also was named as accused on on other lists including the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, Diocese of Nashville, Diocese of Jackson, Miss., and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. No abuse allegations have been documented in Charlotte. He died in 2014 at the age of 55.

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

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Fr. James O’Neill – Diocese of Charlotte 

Fr. James O’Neill (Oblates)

Diocese of Charlotte 

James O'Neill  Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1967

Removed: 2002

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1968-1973:  (Alexandria, VA)
  • 1973-1986: Salesianum School (Wilmington, DE)
  • 1986-1990: Archbishop Wood High School (Warminster, PA)
  • 1991-2002: St. Paul the Apostle (Greensboro, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. James O’Neill:

Fr. James O’Neill was ordained a priest in 1967, and served in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in 2002, Delaware’s Attorney General received an allegation against O’Neill of sexual abuse of a minor from 1976 to 1985, while he was principal of the Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware. When the Diocese of Charlotte was alerted in April of that year, the priest was removed as pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Greensboro, where he had been assigned by his supervising order. According to court documents, O’Neill admitted the abuse.

In 2019, Fr. O’Neill was residing at a supervised Oblates-owned facility in Maryland. There are no abuse allegations documented from his ministry here in the 1990s and early 2000s. His name has been included on multiple lists of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse including: OSFS Wilmington-Philadelphia Province and the Diocese of Arlington.

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

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Fr. Harold McGovern – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. Harold McGovern (Oblates)

Diocese of Charlotte 

Harold McGovern Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1970

Removed: 2008

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1959: Novitiate (Childs, MD)
  • 1961: De Sales Hall (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1962: Salesianum School (Wilmington
  • 1964: North Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1967: De Sales Hall (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1971: Holy Infant Parish (Durham, NC)
  • 1972: Father Judge High School (Philadelphia
  • 1979: Bishop McGuiness High School (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • 1980: Holy Cross Parish (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1988: Mission Training Program (Uruguay and Mexico)
  • 1990: Holy Child Parish (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2001: St. Mary and Edward Parish (Roxboro, NC)
  • 2006: Missions in Ecuador
  • 2008: Removed from ministry

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Harold McGovern:

Fr. Harold McGovern was ordained an Oblates priest in 1970, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in 2008, he was permanently removed from ministry by his supervising religious order, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales’ Wilmington-Philadelphia Province, after a claim of child sexual abuse from the 1960s in Delaware was substantiated. In 2019, he was residing at a supervised Oblates-owned facility in Washington, D.C. There are no credible abuse allegations documented against him during his ministry in the 1980s in the Diocese of Charlotte. 

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

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Fr. Harold Johnson – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. Harold Johnson

Diocese of Charlotte

Harold Johnson Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1949 

Died: 2009

Assigned as Follows:

  • 05/16/49 – 02/17/57:  Sacred Heart Parish (Weymouth, MA)
  • 09/08/55 – 02/17/57:  Director of Vocations Deanery (Quincy, MA)
  • 02/18/57 – 10/14/59:  Lend Lease Diocese of North Carolina
  • 10/15/59 – 09/19/67:  Assistant St Kevin Parish (Dorchester, MA)
  • 09/20/67 – 04/09/73:  Assistant St Joseph (Amesbury, MA)
  • 04/10/73 – 12/10/73:  Administrator Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (Jamaica Plain, MA)
  • 12/11/73 – 09/30/80:  Pastor Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (Jamaica Plain, MA)
  • 10/01/80 – 10/31/86:  Pastor St Rose of Lima Parish (Rochester, MA)
  • 11/01/86 – 06/07/92:  Parochial Vicar St James Parish (Medford, MA)
  • 06/08/92 – 01/31/93:  Health Leave

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Harold Johnson:

Father Harold Johnson was ordained a priest in 1949. He worked for most of his career in Boston, but spent three years working at St. Patrick’s in the Diocese of Charlotte. From February 1957 to October 1959, Father Johnson worked at St. Patrick in Charlotte, which was under the jurisdiction of the Raleigh Diocese. The Charlotte Diocese wasn’t formed until 1972.

According to media reports, Father Johnson’s name was included on a 2011 list released by the Boston Archdiocese of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. His name is currently NOT on the Charlotte or Raleigh lists despite the public documents that show he likely abused children before and after his time in Charlotte. There is no known documentation that the priest abused minors during his assignment in Charlotte.

In 1992, a man alleged in a letter to Cardinal Bernard Law of the Boston Archdiocese that he was abused by Father Johnson. That abuse would have been in the 1950s during Johnson’s time at Sacred Heart Parish in Weymouth, Massachusetts. The priest was sent to St. Luke Institute in Maryland for treatment, where he reportedly admitted to more abuse.

The Diocese of Charlotte has said its list could be amended if new information came to light.

Full statement from the Charlotte Diocese:

“The late Harold J. Johnson was a priest of the Boston Archdiocese who appears to have served in the city of Charlotte under the supervision of the Diocese of Raleigh in the late 1950s – 15 years before the Diocese of Charlotte was formed. The Diocese of Charlotte has no records on Johnson. We appreciate Terry McKiernan from Bishop Accountability for bringing Johnson’s name to light and are in the process of gathering information from Raleigh and Boston to determine whether he should be referenced on our website.”

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

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Fr. John Gallagher – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. John Gallagher 

Diocese of Charlotte (Oratorians)

John Gallagher  Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1953

Died: 2007 

Assigned as Follows:

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church  (Monroe, N.C.)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. John Gallagher:

Fr. John Gallagher was ordained a priest Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in 1953, and served in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in 2019, as part of the Diocese of Charlotte’s file review, an independent investigator found credible an allegation from September of 1971 that Gallagher had inappropriately touched a teenaged girl at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Monroe.

A “supply” priest assigned by the Oratorian religious order based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Fr. Gallagher was filling in for one weekend during the pastor’s absence. The alleged abuse was reported immediately to another priest, who alerted the Diocese of Raleigh, which oversaw the Catholic Church across North Carolina at the time. The teenager’s family declined to press charges, according to diocesan files. Fr. Gallagher’s supervising religious order restricted his ministry in response. He died in 1976.

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

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Fr. Richard Evrit – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. Richard Evrit

Diocese of Charlotte

Richard Evrit Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1973

Died: 2019

Assigned as Follows:

  • Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Mission (now Church) (Marion, N.C.)
  • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church (Morganton, N.C.)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Richard Evrit:

Father Richard Evrit was ordained a priest in 1973, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Charlotte in the late 1980s. According to media reports, in October 2018, Father Evrit was named on the Diocese of Youngstown’s list of clergy for credible allegations of sexual abuse from the early 1970s in Ohio. He was placed on indefinite medical leave in 1989. No local allegations of abuse were
documented there.

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

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Father Paul Wilderotter

What’s Going on With Fr. Paul Wilderotter?

We can’t help but wonder what’s going on with Fr. Paul Wilderotter?

He’s been “on leave” since 1984.

He’s lived in at least four states.

He’s had at least 20 addresses.

He apparently travels a lot.

He often talks at churches.

He’s evidently now with a non-profit (or was in recent years).

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2000-06-11-0006080612-story.html

And he is (or apparently until recently) just down the road from us in Pompano Beach at a non-profit called Food for the Poor.

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2000-06-11-0006080612-story.html

The sheer number of times he’s moved, especially across state lines, is unusual.

Consider this too: He worked with a notorious credibly accused predator priest named Fr. Richard Farwell. (Both were in the Charlotte diocese.)

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Charlotte/2019_12_29_Charlotte_Credibly_Accused_Clergy_Details.pdf#page=7

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news13/2011_03_07_Websiteof_FrJoseph_Farwell_AND_Kelleher_1.htm

Fr. Richard Farwell was put on leave in 1985, moved to a different diocese (Raleigh), sent to a church-run ‘treatment’ center (the House of Affirmation in Massachusetts), was indicted in 2002 for child sex crimes and pled ‘no contest’ to ‘contributing to the delinquency of a minor’ in 2004.

In recent years, like Fr. Wilderotter, Fr. Farwell has also worked at Food for the Poor.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news13/2011_03_07_Websiteof_FrJoseph_Farwell_AND_Kelleher_1.htm

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2004_07_12/2004_11_04_AP_CharlotteDiocese.htm

And Fr. Farwell is on the Charlotte diocese’s ‘credibly accused’ list.

Now back to Fr. Wilderotter. Obviously, many priests are sent to different assignments for perfectly legitimate reasons. But Fr. Wilderotter has had a wider range of assignments than the overwhelming majority of Catholic clergy.

And he’s a diocesan priest, not a religious order one. Religious order priests are the ones most often sent across state lines. Most diocesan priests stay in one diocese for most or all of their careers.

And in fairness, obviously no conclusions can be drawn from the fact that two priests shared one non-church employer.

But here we have two clerics from the same relatively small diocese crossing state lines to work for the same relatively small charity.

So on one hand, no one should make assumptions here. But on the other hand, Fr. Wilderotter has had a very unusual journey as a priest.

Here, specifically, is where Fr. Wilderotter has lived:

NJ: Elizabeth, Elizabethport, Maplewood, Hillside

NC: Charlotte, Forest City, Hendersonville,

SC: Greenville, Piedmont

FL: Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach

(NOTE: Fr. Wilderotter has moved back and forth between some of these cities several times.)

As always, we urge you to call law enforcement if you have any knowledge, suspicions or experiences with clergy misconduct.