Tag: Marists

Br. Bernard Thomas Pleimann – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Brother Bernard Thomas Pleimann

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Marists)

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Ordained: 1940

Removed: 1973

Died: 1986

Assignment History:

  • 1960-1961: Junipero Serra High School (Gardenia, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Bernard Thomas Pleimann:

Br. Bernard Pleimann (Ploughman) was ordained a Marianist priest in 1940. He spent much of his early career teaching in Hawaii before transferring to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in 2004, a report was made to the Archdiocese alleging that Br. Pleimann sexually abused a child in 1963, while he worked at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California.

Br. Pleimann’s personnel file was released by the order in 2013. It revealed that he took perpetual vows in 1940 and requested dispensation from the priesthood, but was denied the first time. He was subsequently dispensed from his vows in 1973 while teaching in Japan. He has been named in at least one civil lawsuit.

Br. Pleimann died in June 1986. He was named publicly on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2004 list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.

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Fr. Vincent O’Connell – Diocese of Fresno

Father Vincent O’Connell

Diocese of Fresno (Marist)

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Ordained: 1939

Died: 1999

Assignment History:

  • 1940:                 Unknown
  • 1941-1951:       Notre Dame Seminary (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1952-1958:       Church of St. Louis (St. Paul, MN)
  • 1959:                 Chanel High School (Bedford, OH)
  • 1960-1962:       The Marist College (Washington, DC)
  • 1963-1967:       Notre Dame Seminary (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1966-1967:       St. Joseph Manor (Bettendorf, IA)
  • 1968:                 Holy Innocents (Neptune, NJ)
  • 1969:                 Marist Provincial House (Washington, DC)
  • 1970:                 Immaculata Seminary (Lafayette, LA)
  • 1971-1976:       480 Northfield Rd. (Bedford, OH)
  • 1977-1981:       Holy Name of Mary (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1982-1992:       Marist Collegiate Community (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1993-1994:       Unknown
  • 1995-1998:       Marist Provincial House (Washington DC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Vincent O’Connell:

Fr. Vincent O’Connell, a native of Ireland, was ordained a priest a priest of the Society of Mary in 1939, who served in the Diocese of Fresno. According to media reports, in 2003, after reading a magazine story on priest sexual abuse, a survivor came forward to accuse Fr. O’Connell of child sexual abuse in 1970 while he was working at St. Anthony of Padua in Fresno, California.

The female survivor was 16 years old at the time of the abuse and alleges she reported the rape to a parish deacon and priest in her local diocese. Her father died suddenly, and Fr. O’Connell spent a lot of time with her family before the abuse occurred. In 2012, the same woman filed a separate suit against the Archdiocese of San Francisco for not doing anything when she told of the abuse in 2003.

Fr. O’Connell returned to Dublin Ireland, where he lived until his death in 1999, in a home for retired priests of the Holy Ghost Fathers.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Fresno 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 Fresno now have legal options due to a temporary change in California law, 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. Timothy Brady – Archdiocese of New York

Brother Timothy Brady

Archdiocese of New York/Marists

Timothy Brady Horowitz LawJoined: 1964

Removed: 1988

Assignment History:

  • 1984-1987: Mount St. Michael Academy (Bronx, NY)
  • 1993-2005: Marist High School (Chicago, IL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother Timothy Brady:

In 1988, Br. Timothy Brady, a Marist brother, was arrested, charged, and sentenced to prison for the alleged sexual abuse of three minor boys at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, New York, in 1987. Brady was the acting principal of the parochial preparatory school at the time of the alleged abuse. Brady allegedly left the school at the end of the 1987 school year and was sent to a Marist retreat in Arizona.

According to media reports, the alleged abuse was reported by school staff members who say a few lay teachers complained that they thought something was going on. The Sexually Exploited Child task force, an operation coordinated by the FBI and New York Police Department, determined that two priests had sexually molested three 14-year-old boys.

Brady became a Marist Brother in 1964. As of 2010, Brady was still listed as a Marist Brother on the Order’s website. His whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown. He was last known to be residing in Arizona.

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

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