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Fr. Leo Courcy Jr. – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Leo Courcy Jr.

Archdiocese of New York

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Ordained: 1962

Leaves of Absence/Sick Leave: 1965-1966, 1979-1980

Inpatient Evaluation/Treatment: 1967-1970

Removed: 1993

Laicized: 2009 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962 – 1965: St. Anthony (Burlington, VT)
  • 1965 -1967: Absent from Burlington Diocese on “Sick Leave”
  • 1966Don Bosco Home (Burlington, VT)
  • 1966St. Francis Xavier (Winooski, VT) 
  • 1966: St. Mark (Burlington, VT)
  • 1967 – 1970: Servants of the Paraclete (Santa Fe, NM) (inpatient treatment)
  • 1967 – 1969Holy Ghost (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1968 – 1969St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1969 – 1970St. Francis Xavier (Clayton, NM)  (during treatment)
  • 1970: Unidentified parish(Amarillo, Texas) (during treatment)
  • 1969/1970: St. Anthony (Questa, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1970: Clayton High School (Clayton, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1971: St. John Vianney (South Burlington, VT) 
  • 1971: St. Mary (Cambridge / Johnson, VT)
  • 1971: St. George (Ottawa, ONT Canada)
  • 1971-1979: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1973-1974: Ottawa Archdiocese, Director of Education
  • 1974: Our Lady of Visitation (South Gloucester, ONT Canada)
  • 1975: Bayonne, NJ (per his father’s obituary)
  • 1977: St. Mary of the Assumption (Deal, NJ)
  • 1977-1979: Various assignments in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1978-1979: Pensacola Catholic High School (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1979-1980: Leave of Absence
  • 1979: Chaplain, unknown Queens, NY High School
  • 1980-1984: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1984-1985: St. Frances de Chantal (Bronx, New York)
  • 1986-1989: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1988-1990: New York Archdiocese Parish Mission Team (Suffern, NY)
  • 1991-1992: St. Mary (Fishkill, NY)
  • 1992-1993: St. Augustine (New York, NY)
  • 1993-1997: Listed in Official Catholic Directory as “On Duty Outside Diocese”

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Courcy Jr.:

The saga of Fr. Leo Courcy is a complicated one and, after an extended investigation, we have done our best to reconstruct what we believe is his trial of abuse across America.  You may notice some assignments that are not listed and that is likely because there are big gaps in the publicly available information, particularly in the 1970s. For example, Courcy appears in a 1970 high school yearbook in New Mexico and then again in a 1978 yearbook in Pensacola, Florida.  His whereabouts during that time are not entirely clear but he may have worked at other parishes and high schools in Canada or New Jersey. It is documented that he served in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in the late 1970s in between his New Jersey and New York assignments.

Here is what we do know for certain: Father Leo Courcy Jr. worked in Vermont for only approximately 3½ years. He remained a priest of the Burlington Diocese even though he rarely worked there after 1967.  According to the Diocese of Burlington, Bishop Kenneth A. Angell revoked Courcy’s priestly faculties in February 1993, though the exact reason is not clear.  However, media reports show him celebrating a funeral mass in the New York area well after that date. 

The Beginning of the End for Fr. Courcy

Father Courcy was laicized in June 2009, according to the the Diocese of Burlington, while working in NYC.  It is not clear what prompted this action more than 15 years after the Diocese said Courcy was not able to work as a priest. 

There are numerous “red flags” in Courcy’s assignment history that would merit further investigation in a sex abuse lawsuit.  For example, Courcy has several leaves of absence, which may be indicative of temporary removals and quiet transfers following allegations of sexual abuse.  The assignment to the Servants of the Paraclete in 1967 very likely means that Courcy was the subject of at least one allegation of abuse around that time.  It could also mean that he was the subject of repeated allegations as of 1967, because, in our firm’s experience, shipping an accused priest to the Jemez Springs, New Mexico, treatment facility typically came only after repeated allegations and an inability to handle the matter quietly within the diocese. Of course, these questions would be answered with more certainty if either the Burlington Diocese or Archdiocese of Santa Fe provided a full and complete disclosure of Courcy’s history, rather than the limited ones they each published in response to public pressure.

In 1994, according to media reports, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Burlington Diocese and Archdiocese of Santa Fe alleging that Father Courcy and Father Joseph Anthony Gallegos sexually abused an altar boy in New Mexico after Courcy’s treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs. According to media reports, the lawsuit alleged that Courcy left treatment at the facility and returned to ministry against the advice of at least one psychologist. 

In September 2017, Father Courcy 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, New Mexico. That same month, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In May 2019, Father Courcy was named in another lawsuit against the Servants of the Paraclete, alleging that Courcy sexually abused two boys during an overnight stay at the rectory of St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico, in 1969. According to the suit, one boy was raped and the other molested. According to the lawsuit, the Servants of the Paraclete 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.  While the Diocese included certain information about Courcy’s background in its disclosure, we have found that much of it is inaccurate and overall it is totally incomplete.  

Courcy is now in his 80s and believed to be living in the Syracuse, New York, area.  To our knowledge, he has never been criminally charged for his sexual misconduct and is not a registered sex offender.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Michael Wever – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Michael Wever

Diocese of Pensacola-TallahasseeMichael Wever Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 1983

Assignment History:

  • 1978-1981: Sacred Heart Cathedral (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 1981: Co-Cathedral (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 1982: St. Stephen the Protomartyr Mission (Woodville, FL)
  • 1982: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Crawfordville, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Michael Wever:

Fr. Michael Wever is named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee’s 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Wever status as a priest, whereabouts, and assignments, after he permanently withdrew in 1983, 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 Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Arthur Terminiello – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Arthur Terminiello

Diocese of Pensacola-TallahasseeArthur Terminiello Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1939

Died: 1962

Assignment History:

  • 1947-1953: St. Stephen (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1953-1962: St. Anne (Pensacola, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Arthur Terminiello:

Fr. Arthur Terminiello was arrested in 1946 for giving an anti-Semitic speech that broke into riots. In 1949, the Supreme Court overturned on First Amendment grounds a disorderly conduct conviction against a suspended Catholic priest for making inflammatory public comments. He resumed his duties at St. Stephen in Pensacola.

Fr. Terminiello is named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Terminiello died in 1962.

 Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Louis Reczek – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Louis Reczek

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Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 1974

Died: 1986

Assignment History:

  • 1971-1972: Holy Cross (Chattahoochee, FL)
  • 1971-1972: St. Ann (Marianna, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Louis Reczek:

Fr. Louis Reczek was a priest of LaSalette Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas Missionaries. He worked in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in the 1970s.

Fr. Reczek is named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Reczek’s status as a priest, whereabouts, and assignments, until he was permanently removed by the Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas Missionaries in 1974, are unknown. Reczek died in 1986.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Timothy Pathe – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Timothy Pathe

Diocese of Pensacola-TallahasseeTimothy Pathe Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1962

Retired: 1975

Died: 1977

Assignment History:

  • 1962-1967: St. John the Evangelist (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1968-1974: Sacred Heart Hospital (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1975-1977: Retired in Residence, Nativity (Pensacola, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Timothy Pathe:

Fr. Timothy Pathe was ordained in the Archdiocese of Mobile in 1962 and worked in the Diocese of St. Augustine and Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.

Fr. Pathe is named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Pathe’s status as a priest, whereabouts, and assignments until his retirement in 1975 are unknown.  Fr. Pathe died in 1977.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Sebastian Naslund – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Sebastian Naslund

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

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Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 1997

Assignment History:

  • 1977-1979: Tyndal Air Force Base (Panama City, FL)
  • 1982-1983: Eglin Air Force Base (Fort Walton Beach, FL)
  • 1990: Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More and FAMU (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 1997: St. Eugene (Tallahassee, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Sebastian Naslund:

Fr. Sebastian Naslund is named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Naslund’s status as a priest, whereabouts, and assignments until his removal in 1997 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 Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. David McCreanor – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father David McCreanor

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

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Ordained: 1975

Removed: 1997

Assignment History:

  • Christ the King Parish (Jacksonville, FL)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Seminary (Boynton Beach, FL)
  • 1975-1976: St. Mary (Ft. Walton Beach, FL)
  • 1976-1977: St. John (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1977-1979: Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 1979-1997: Good Shepherd (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 1979-1997: St. Louis (Tallahassee, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father David McCreanor:

Fr. David McCreanor is from Ireland and he was ordained for the Diocese of St. Augustine in 1975. 

In 1997, McCreanor was accused by three sisters of seducing them in the 1980s when they were teenagers. The sisters claimed they came forward to his current diocese at least a year prior to the time they went public. 

According to media reports, the women allege that McCreanor had sex with two of the sisters when they separately sought counseling decades ago. The third sister said she was propositioned by McCreanor when she sought counseling a few years after her sisters.

McCreanor was not removed from his parish until the news was public. According to the diocese, at least five more women have come forward to claim that he had made sexual advances towards them. However, McCreanor denied all allegations, and no charges were filed. 

In 2020, McCreanor was included on a list of priests in the Diocese of St. Augustine who was named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. The abuse is said to have occurred between 1973-1975. He is also named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee’s 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors. 

As of 2019, McCreanor lived in north Florida. 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 Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Edward W. Jungquist – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Edward W. Jungquist

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Ordained: 1980

Leave of absence: 1990 – 1992

Assignment History:

  • 1980 – 1981: St. Paul’s (Erie, PA)
  • 1981 – 1982: Beloved Disciple (Grove City, PA)
  • 1982 – 1984: St. Stephen’s (Oil City, PA)
  • 1984 – 1989: St. Titus (Titusville, PA)
  • 1989 – 1990: Nativity of Our Lord (Pensacola, FL)

Summary of Allegations Against Father Edward W. Jungquist:

Father Edward W. Jungquist served the Diocese of Erie after his ordination in 1980. Between this time and 1984 Jungquist assisted in parishes across Pennsylvania including Erie, Grove City, and Oil City. The father also took on a five-year commitment to a congregation in Titusville. Jungquist left the Diocese in 1989 to serve in Pensacola, Florida. After this time, church documents hold no record of further assignments for Jungquist. The last known documentation of his whereabouts spotted Jungquist on a Leave of Absence in 1990.

In 1998, Jungquist was the subject of controversy when he authored a letter to the editor of a Tucson newspaper criticizing Pope John Paul II for “cracking down” on dissenters in the Church who advocated for changes, including eliminating the vow of chastity and ordaining women to the priesthood.  According to one educated parishioner who responded to the letter with a criticism of Jungquist, he was not listed in the 1998 edition of the Official Catholic Directory, which is supposed to list all active and retired clergy in the country. A call to the Tucson chancery by the parishioner also revealed that there was no priest in the Diocese of Tucson by that name.  These are certainly red flags that his removal from ministry was not voluntary, and they merit additional investigation.

Ironically, in 2001, he wrote another letter to the editor of the same Tucson newspaper calling for the criminal prosecution of the bishops who covered up allegations of child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston and nationally.

Jungquist was not identified as an accused priest in the 2018 grand jury report.  He was first identified as an accused priest in the Diocese of Erie’s April 2018 list of credibly accused priests.  The Diocese of Erie provided no information about the allegation(s) against Jungquist.

The exact details of his alleged misconduct have not been released.  According to the Diocese of Erie’s statement regarding priests identified on its list, “Every person named on this list was credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children.  Such actions could include the use of child pornography, furnishing pornography to minors, corruption of minors, violating a child-protection policy, failure to prevent abuse that they knew to be happening, and — in some cases — direct physical sexual abuse or sexual assault of minors.  Allegations were corroborated by secular legal proceedings, canon law proceedings, self-admission by the individual, or threshold evidence.”

Initially, the Diocese of Erie told media and the public that Junquist was deceased when it released its list of credibly accused priests in 2018.  However, in April 2019, the Diocese of Erie amended that information.  According to the Diocese of Erie’s April 2019 statement to media, “Fr. Edward W. Jungquist was thought to be deceased. He is now listed as  “whereabouts unknown,” and is forbidden to function as a priest.”  It is not clear that was due to allegations of sexual abuse (unlikely since it claims it had no allegations until after his death) or because of his criticism of Pope John Paul II and philosophical differences about celibacy.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Edward Jones – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Edward Jones

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

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Ordained: 2003

Removed: 2004

Assignment History:

  • 2003-2007: Blessed Sacrament (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 2007-2010: St. Thomas More (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 2010-2018: Elizabeth Ann Seton (Crawfordville, FL)
  • 2010-2018: St. Stephen Protomartyr (Woodville, FL)
  • 2011-2018: Sacred Heart (Lanark, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Edward Jones:

Fr. Edward Jones of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee was removed from ministry at two Big Bend churches after he was accused of inappropriate contact with an underage girl in 2004. Fr. Jones was serving at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tallahassee when the victim was studying to convert to Catholicism.

According to Diocese records released as part of the Democrat’s records request, the victim first emailed the church on August 13, 2018, about the incident, 14 years earlier. She was undergoing spiritual counseling with Jones, meeting every couple of weeks. One evening in the fall of 2004, Jones escorted her into the room where they usually sat across from each other. This time he said they should sit together so he could try a “new direction of guidance for spiritual direction and intimacy in God’s healing.” They sat on a sofa, and he put his head in her lap, then had her put her head in his lap. The victim realized that he was getting sexually aroused. She immediately got up and left. When questioned, Fr. Jones, who took full responsibility for his actions. He was removed from ministry and any future ministry as a priest. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Todd Hevia – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Todd Hevia

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Todd Hevia

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 1997

Assignment History:

  • 1977-1981: Sacred Heart Cathedral (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1982-1997: St. Rose of Lima (Milton, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Todd Hevia:

 Fr. Todd Hevia was named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Hevia was permanently removed in 1997.

 Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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