Tag: Franciscan Friars

Br. Francis Rowles – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Brother Francis Rowles

Diocese of Rockville Centre/Franciscan

Francis Rowles Diocese of Rockville Centre Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Died: 2019

Assignment History:

  • Bishop Ford H.S. (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Our Lady of Angels School (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Saint Anthony’s High School (South Huntington, NY)
  • St. Joseph’s Church (Kings Park, NY)
  • Sts. Philip & James Church (St James, NY)
  • St. Anthony of Padua Church (East Northport, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Francis Rowles:

Br. Francis Rowles “Brother Fran” was a Franciscan Brother that worked in several parishes and schools in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and in the Archdiocese of New York. Rowles 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 at St. Joseph Church in Kings Park; Franciscan Friary in Kings Park; St. Anthony High School in South Huntington; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C.; and while in the Bahamas.

The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when the abuse took place or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Br. Rowles was last working at St. Anthony of Padua in East Northport until his death in 2019.

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. Louis Hamm – Diocese of St. Petersburg/Franciscan

Father Louis Hamm

Diocese of St. Petersburg/Franciscan

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Ordained: 1949

Died: 1988

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Louis Hamm:

Fr. Louis Hamm was a Franciscan priest from Germany. He arrived in the US in 1951 and worked for the Province in NC, GA, NJ, and RI. The 1986 volume of the Official Catholic Directory shows Hamm at the Franciscan Home for Retired Priests in St. Petersburg, FL.

Hamm was named publicly as accused by the FL Attorney General in its report released in 2020. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Hamm died in 1988 at the age of 86.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of St. Petersburg 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. Thomas Sykes – Diocese of Orlando

Father Thomas Sykes

Diocese of Orlando/Franciscan

Ordained: 1964

Removed: 1976

Laicized: Unknown

Died: 2002

Assignment History:

  • St. Teresa (Titusville, FL)
  • St. John Vianney (Orlando, FL)
  • Bishop Moore High School (Orlando, FL)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Sykes:

Father Thomas Sykes was a member of the Franciscan Friars. He is believed to be the “Fr. Thomas S.” cited in a December 1987 San Jose Mercury News article. According to media reports, in 1976, he was removed from ministry in the Diocese of Orlando after the parents of a 16-year-old boy reported that he had molested their son. 

In 1987, a man alleged that he and his brother had been sexually abused by Father Sykes when they were children. The man’s brother committed suicide. The surviving brother settled with the Diocese of Orlando in 1994.

Father Sykes was transferred to a parish in Richmond, and eventually laicized. He later married and moved to the Boston area. He testified in the Father Authenrieth case that the Diocese of Orlando refused to give him psychiatric treatment even though he “begged” for it from Bishop Grady. He died in 2002. 

In July 2011, the surviving brother filed another suit, for breach of contract. It said that in 1994 Diocese officials had agreed to pay for the victim’s psychological treatment for as long as needed, but discontinued payments in 2008, just as the victim developed ideas of suicide, alcohol abuse and other symptoms stemming from severe depression. 

“As kids, we both sought guidance and counsel from Father Sykes as our trusted priest, and instead, he sexually abused us,” the victim statement says. “My brother hanged himself from a tree in his front yard because he couldn’t cope with what Sykes did to us anymore.”

In February 2019, Father Sykes’ name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He is also listed on the Diocese of Orlando’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orlando 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. Robert Van Handel – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Father Robert Van Handel

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Franciscans

Robert Van Handel San Francisco

Ordained: 1975

Laicized: 1997

Assignment History:

  • 1975-1991: St. Anthony Seminary (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1991-1992: Franciscan Friars Provincial House, Oakland, CA
  • 1992: St. Luke Institute (Suitland, MD)
  • 1993-2020: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert Van Handel:

A Franciscan priest in California, Fr. Robert Van Handel, started a boys’ choir in Berkeley and later moved to Santa Barbara, where he taught at St. Anthony’s Seminary High School and founded the Santa Barbara Boys’ Choir. At these locations, Van Handel allegedly abused at least 25 boys from 1975 to 1992, including his own nephew.

The first allegation of child sexual abuse against Van Handel came in 1992 and resulted in him being removed from active ministry. He was then sent to St. Luke Institute, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse.

According to media reports, in 1994, Van Handel was criminally charged with sexually abusing students and sentenced to eight years in prison. He only served four years in prison and was on parole for four years. After his release in 1998, he moved to Santa Cruz, California, and is a registered sex offender.

A sexual autobiography written by Van Handel for a therapist was released describing the sexual events throughout his life, including his abuse of children. In the document, he claims that he was sexually abused as a student at St. Anthony’s in the 1960s. He states, “There is something about me that is happier when accompanied by a small boy…Perhaps besides the sexual element, the child in me wants a playmate”.

Van Handel was laicized in 1997. He was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors and the Diocese of Oakland list, and the St. Barbara Province Franciscans’ list in 2019.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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. Tom Thing – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Brother Tom Thing

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Franciscans

Tom Thing Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 2004

Assignment History:

  • 1974-1978: St. Anthony Seminary School (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • St. Christopher (Las Vegas, NV)
  • 1982-1983: Invested/Simple Vows
  • 1983: St. Paul of the Shipwreck (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1985: 7th Street Formation House
  • 1990: St. Francis (Provo, UT)
  • 1994: Old Mission San Luis Rey (Oceanside, CA)
  • 1995: Leave of absence
  • 1996-2001: University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • 2001: Health sabbatical
  • 2003: Old Mission San Luis Rey (Oceanside, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Tom Thing:

Br. Tom Thing was a member of the Franciscan Friars of California. Allegations of child sexual abuse by Thing surfaced when he was a pre-novitiate candidate at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara, California. Thing was then transferred to the Diocese of Las Vegas, where allegations of abuse surfaced again when Thing worked at St. Christopher’s Elementary School in North Las Vegas in the 1980s.

At least one survivor has come forward with allegations of child sexual abuse during this time. In 2003, he returned to Old Mission San Luis Ray where he was paired with a guardian to monitor his behavior. In 2004, Thing was officially released from the Order.

In 2011, a civil suit was filed against Thing in Las Vegas, alleging that he sexually abused a 7th-grade boy at St. Christopher Elementary School. From 2010 to 2011, it was reported that Thing was the director of student life at Rosemead Buddhist University. While at Rosemead Buddhist University, Thing allegedly had a relationship with a younger student.

Thing was named in civil lawsuits filed in 1995, 2004, and 2011. Thing has been living in Whittier, California, since 2017. He is listed on the Diocese of Las Vegas list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor, as well as on the Diocese of Oakland 2019 list, in addition to the Province of Saint Barbara’s list.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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. Josef Prochnow – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Brother Josef Prochnow

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Franciscans

Josef Prochnow Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1963

Assignment History:

  • 1964-1965: St. Mary’s (Stockton, CA)
  • 1965-1971: Our Lady of the Rosary (Union City, CA)
  • 1972-1978: St. Anthony’s Seraphic Seminary (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1979: St. Joseph’s (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1980-1988: Los Angeles, CA
  • 1988-1991: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland, CA)
  • 1991-1993: 3rd World Mission Experience (Guatemala)
  • 1993-1995: Portland, OR
  • 1995-1996: Immaculate Conception (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1996-1997: St. Anthony’s (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1997-2000: Berkeley, CA
  • 05/2000-07/2000: St. Joseph’s (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 2000-2004: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland, CA)
  • 2004-2007: San Damiano (Danville, CA)
  • 03/2005-05/2000: San Francisco, CA
  • 2007-2019: San Damiano (Danville, CA)
  • 2019-present: Elder Care Facility in CA

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Josef Prochnow:

Br. Josef Prochnow was a Franciscan priest in the Archdiocese of San Francisco who was accused of child sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. Prochnow was named in a 2008 civil lawsuit filed against the Franciscan Friars and Old Mission Santa Barbara.

The May 2019 Santa Barbara Province Franciscans’ list notes revealed allegations that Prochnow sexually assaulted a minor between 1972 and 1975. The alleged abuse was reported to church officials in 1993. Church documents reveal additional sexual abuse allegations involving Prochnow that occurred during the 1970s and 1980s. Prochnow was also included on the Diocese of Oakland list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

In 2020, Prochnow was named on the Diocese of Stockton list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

It was last reported that Prochnow was living in an ElderCare facility in California.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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. Joaquin Moreno – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Brother Joaquin Moreno

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Franciscans

Joaquin Moreno Horowitz LawOrdained: 1981

Left Order: 2008

Assignment History:

  • 1981-1982: Our Lady of Guadalupe (San Jose, CA)
  • 1982-1991: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland, CA)
  • 1991-1992: St. Mary’s (Stockton, CA)
  • 1992-1994: Our Lady of Guadalupe (St Paula, CA)
  • 1994-2005: St. Boniface (San Francisco, CA)
  • 2006-2007: Berkeley, CA
  • 2008: Left the Order

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Joaquin Moreno:

Br. Joaquin Moreno was named publicly as accused by the Franciscans’ Santa Barbara Province list in 2019. Notes of the allegation stated that Moreno sexually abused a minor in 1996 while he was assigned in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Moreno’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown. 

Moreno is also listed on the Diocese of Oakland 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. In addition, he was also named on the Diocese of Stockton list of clergy who served in the Diocese of Stockton and faced allegations elsewhere.

Moreno left the order in 2008 and was laicized in 2010.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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. Joseph Mikulich – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Father Joseph Mikulich

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Franciscans

Joseph Mikulich Horowitz LawOrdained: 1922

Retired: 1982

Died: 2000

Assignment History:

  • 1922-1961: Croatia
  • 1962-1982: St. Stanislaus (North Portland, OR)
  • 1982: Retired
  • 1988-2000: Assumption of Mary (San Jose, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph Mikulich:

Originating from Croatia, Fr. Joseph Mikulich was a priest of the Franciscan Order that worked in the Archdioceses of Portland and San Francisco. According to media reports, in 1985, a woman from Great Falls, Montana, reported that Mikulich sexually abused her from 1972-1978, when she was aged 12-21. The Archdiocese of Portland refused any assistance to the young woman and did not tell Mikulich (then age 87) of the allegation.

Mikulich retired in 1982 and moved back to Croatia for a short time before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. He is listed on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

He died in 2000 at age 101.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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. Bede McKinnon – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Brother Bede McKinnon

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Franciscans

Bede McKinnon Horowitz LawOrdained: 1966

Died: 1998

Assignment History:

  • 1961-1963: St. Boniface (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1963-1964: Old Mission (San Miguel, CA)
  • 1964-1982: St. Elizabeth’s (Oakland, CA)
  • 1982-1983: Serra Retreat (Malibu, CA)
  • 1983-1985: Franciscan Renewal Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • 1985-1991: St. Francis Retreat (San Juan Bautista, CA)
  • 1991-1992: Old Mission San Luis Rey (Oceanside, CA)
  • 1992: St. Francis Retreat (San Juan Bautista, CA)
  • 1992-1994: Old Mission San Luis Rey (Oceanside CA)
  • 1994: Franciscan Renewal Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • 1994-1997: Old Mission San Luis Rey (Oceanside, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Bede McKinnon:

Br. Bede McKinnon was a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of Santa Barbara. He was included in the Franciscan Friars Province of Santa Barbara’s List of Franciscan Friars from the St. Barbara Province with Credible Claims of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. According to this list, a report was made in 2010, alleging that McKinnon sexually abused a minor from 1978 to 1979, while serving at St. Elizabeth’s in Oakland, CA.

McKinnon is also listed on the Diocese of Oakland’s 2019 list of credibly accused clergy of child sexual abuse.

McKinnon died in 1998.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco 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 San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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. Thomas Condon – Diocese of Monterey

Father Thomas Condon

Diocese of Monterey/ Franciscan Friars

Fr. Thomas Condon Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1942

Died: 1983

Assignment History:

  • The Mission Band
  • Guardian at Graymoor
  • Director of St. Christopher’s Inn
  • Guardian at Atonement Seminary (Washington, D.C.)
  • Member of the General Council
  • Guardian at Montour Falls (NY)
  • Director of the Ave Maria Hour
  • Vicar of Graymoor and Procurator
  • Friary Councilor at Graymoor

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Thomas Condon:

Fr. Thomas Condon was named publicly as one of many clergymen accused of sexual misconduct by the   Monterey Diocese’s list in 2019.

Very little is known of Condon’s activities within the church, as the Diocese of Monterey has not released any information about the years Fr. Thomas Condon was assigned to the parishes. In addition, information about the age/gender of his alleged victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Condon’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

According to news reports, a claim was received in 2003 against Fr. Condon of sexual abuse that took place in 1959. Where Condon was assigned to at the time of the abuse is unknown.

Fr. Thomas Condon died in 1983 at the age of 72.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Monterey 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 Monterey now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Diocese of Monterey, 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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