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Fr. Norman Rogge – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Norman Rogge

Diocese of Alexandria

Fr. Norman Rogge Horowitz Law Ordained: 1956

Convicted: 1967; 1985

Removed: 2002

Death: 2009

Assignment History:

  • 1956-1957: St. Mary’s College (Saint Mary’s, Kansas)
  • 1957-1958: St. Robert’s Hall (Pomfret, Connecticut)
  • 1958-1960: Jesuit High School (Dallas, Texas)
  • 1960-1979: Sacred Heart (Tampa, Florida)
  • 1960-1979: Juvenile Detention Home (Tampa, Florida)
  • 1979-1981: St. Ignatius (Mobile, Alabama)
  • 1981-1982: Jesuit Theological Union (Berkeley, California)
  • 1982-1985: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Campti, Louisiana)
  • 1982-1985: St. Joseph’s Chapel (Trichel) (Natchitoches, Louisiana)
  • 1982-1985: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Black Lake, Louisiana)
  • 1982-1985: St. Patrick’s (Montgomery, Louisiana)
  • 1988-1989: Ignatius Residence (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • 1989-2002: St. Charles College (Grand Coteau, Louisiana)
  • 1998-2002: St. Charles Borromeo (Grand Coteau, Louisiana)
  • 1998-2002: Christ the King (Bellevue, Louisiana)

Summary of the Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Norman Rogge

In December 2018, the Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province named Fr. Norman Rogge on its list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The province based the list on completed investigations.

The Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province did not provide any additional details about the nature and scope of the allegations against Fr. Rogge. However, it is known that Fr. Rogge has allegedly abused numerous children and was convicted twice for child abuse.

Fr. Norman Rogge’s 1985 Allegation and Conviction

While the diocese did not provide more information about the nature and scope of the 1985 allegation in Fr. Rogge’s file, Fr. Rogge was convicted of lewdness with a minor that year.

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News clipping about Fr. Norman Rogge’s arrest in 1985.

While visiting Tampa in July 1984, Fr. Rogge and two other men took an eleven-year-old boy to a country cabin for a weekend. Police reports say the men walked around the cabin naked and performed inappropriate acts in the child’s presence. One of the men, a convicted child molester, allegedly threatened to kill the child if he told anyone about his experience.

Fr. Rogge—identified as Anthony J. Rogge, a.k.a. Norman J. Rogge, in police reports—was later arrested and charged with the Sexual Battery of a Minor. Records indicate Fr. Rogge pleaded nolo contendere or no contest, which means Fr. Rogge accepted the punishment of a guilty plea without admitting guilt. The court sentenced him to probation and confinement at Servants of Paraclete in New Mexico. Once Fr. Rogge completed probation, the conviction was removed from his record.

Altogether, it is unclear if this is the same allegation the Diocese of Alexandria referenced in its 2019 list. However, the Permanent Review Board, which evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual misconduct involving minors, investigated the allegation and determined it was credible.

1967 Conviction and Subsequent Allegations

1985 was not Fr. Norman Rogge’s first conviction. Police records indicate that two decades prior, he was convicted of molesting a fourteen-year-old boy in Tampa.

In 1967, Fr. Rogge served as a counselor in a juvenile group home when he groped the child’s genitals at a movie theatre. Police reports also reveal that Fr. Rogge admitted to asking a male minor for oral sex. Much like the outcome of his 1985 conviction, the court placed Fr. Rogge on probation and sent him to a treatment center. His criminal record was also cleared after his probation ended.

While some of Fr. Rogge’s abuses are documented in police reports and court documents, sources indicate more allegations exist outside of official documentation. In 2002, a former resident of the juvenile group home where Fr. Rogge worked said Fr. Rogge repeatedly fondled him in 1963. Multiple residents of the group home told investigators that Fr. Rogge touched them inappropriately during nude swimming lessons near a cottage Rogge owned.

Fr. Rogge’s Continued Career and Assignment History

Despite two probation sentences and two known visits to treatment centers, Fr. Norman Rogge was in ministry for nearly 50 years. Ordained in 1956, Fr. Rogge worked in parishes, schools, and youth detention centers throughout the South.

Shortly after his ordination, Fr. Rogge was assigned to the Jesuit High School in Dallas, Texas. Sources say that Jesuit High School had about 590-613 male students at the time. After his conviction in 1967, he was sent to St. Ignatius in Mobile, Alabama. According to BishopAccountability.com, St. Ignatius had nearly 500 students.

Sources say Fr. Rogge then left Alabama and moved to Florida. In Florida, records show Fr. Rogge worked at least high schools—one being Sacred Heart that had anywhere from 400-600 students. Shortly after his conviction in 1985, Fr. Rogge worked at St. Charles Borromeo, which had over 300 students.

The Diocese of Lafayette removed Fr. Rogge in 2002 after journalists highlighted his criminal record and assignment history. After his removal, Fr. Rogge lived at Ignatius Residence until his death in February 2009.

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Fr. Norman Rogge – Diocese of St. Petersburg

Father Norman Rogge

Diocese of St. Petersburg

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Ordained: 1956

Removed: 2002

Died: 2009

Assignment History:

  • 1956-1957: St. Mary’s College (St. Mary’s, KS)
  • 1957-1958: St. Robert’s Hall (Pomfret, CT)
  • 1958-1960: Jesuit High School of Dallas (Dallas, TX)
  • 1960-1979: Sacred Heart (Tampa, FL)
  • 1960-1979: Juvenile Detention Home (Tampa, FL)
  • 1979-1981: St. Ignatius (Mobile, AL)
  • 1981-1982: Jesuit Theological Union (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1982-1985: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Campti, LA)
  • 1982-1985: St. Joseph’s (Trichel, LA)
  • 1982-1985: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Black Lake, LA)
  • 1982-1985: St. Patrick’s (Montgomery, LA)
  • 1985-1988: Unknown
  • 1988-1989: Ignatius Residence (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1989-2002: St. Charles College (Grand Coteau, LA)
  • 1998-2002: St. Charles Borromeo (Grand Coteau, LA)
  • 1998-2002: Christ the King (Bellevue, LA)
  • 2002-2009: Ignatius Residence (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Norman Rogge:

Fr. Norman J. Rogge was a Jesuit priest who worked in various parishes throughout Kansas, Connecticut, Texas, Florida, Alabama, California, and Louisiana. Fr. Rogge has been convicted twice for child sexual abuse in 1967 and 1985.

In 1967, Fr. Rogge was accused of groping a 14-year-old at a movie. According to news reports, the victim lived at a group home Rogge had access to. Other residents there also complained of inappropriate touching during swimming lessons at Rogge’s lake house. A police report indicated he also admitted to asking a boy for oral sex.  Rogge pleaded guilty to charges relating to child molestation and received three years’ probation.

After this conviction, Rogge was given probation and was required to undergo psychiatric counseling.  He stayed in Tampa, in ministry, until he was transferred to the Mobile Diocese in 1979.

In 1984, Rogge was in Tampa for a visit and spent a weekend at a cabin with two other men and an 11-year-old boy. One of the men was a convicted child molester. All three men were associated with an organization formed to search for missing children, a newspaper reported.

A police report alleges that the men walked around all weekend naked and masturbated in front of the child. In connection with this investigation, Fr. Rogge pleaded no contest to a lewdness charge in 1985 and was placed on probation again. He reportedly was required to go to a Catholic treatment facility in New Mexico. For both convictions, his criminal record was wiped clean of the child molestation charges upon completing probation, and after both convictions, he was allowed to continue working as a priest.

Since then, numerous survivors have come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Fr. Rogge, with the earliest allegation in 1963. In 2002, a team of journalists exposed Fr. Rogge’s sexually abusive past that resulted in him being sent to a Jesuit retirement community in New Orleans.

Rogge is named on the Jesuits’ December 2018 list of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a child. He also was on the list released by the Archdiocese of Mobile in 2018.

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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Eleven Jesuits Accused of Sexual Abuse Have Florida Connections

The Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province has released the names of forty two Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.  The list includes eleven Jesuits with ties to the State of Florida. 

The Jesuits are also known as the Society of Jesuits.  They have more than 16,000 priests and brothers worldwide and are the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church.

The Jesuits’ list contains the names of Jesuits who are or were members of the U.S. Central and Southern (UCS) Province and its predecessor entities: the New Orleans Province, the Missouri Province, or the Independent Region of Puerto Rico of the Society of Jesus.   The following is the complete list of credibly accused Jesuits:

  • Michael O. Barry, SJ
  • Charles Bartles, SJ
  • Jody Blanchard, SJ 
  • Claude P. Boudreaux, SJ
  • John Campbell, SJ
  • Cornelius J. Carr, SJ (New York Province which is now part of USA Northeast Province)
  • Mark A. Clark, SJ
  • Francis X. Cleary SJ
  • James A. Condon, SJ (Chicago Province which is now part of USA Midwest Province)
  • Charles G. Coyle, SJ
  • Edward D. DeRussy, SJ
  • Donald Dickerson, SJ
  • Burton J. Fraser, SJ (Wisconsin Province which is now part of USA Midwest Province)
  • Chester E. Gaiter, SJ
  • Thomas J. Hatrel, SJ
  • Thomas J. Hidding, SJ
  • John W. Hough, SJ
  • Francis J. Kegel, SJ
  • Dennis P. Kirchoff, SJ
  • Bernard P. Knoth, SJ (Chicago Province which is now part of USA Midwest Province)
  • Philip D. Kraus, SJ
  • Francis M. Landwermeyer, SJ
  • Gerhardt B. Lehmkuhl, SJ
  • Alfonso Madrid, SJ (Province of Mexico)
  • Eugene A. Maio, SJ
  • Vincent R. Malatesta, SJ    
  • James L. McShane, SJ
  • Edward P. Murphy, SJ
  • Thomas J. Naughton, SJ (Priest of the New Orleans Province, NOT Brother Thomas Naughton of the Missouri Province)
  • Patrick H. O’Liddy, SJ
  • Vincent A. Orlando, SJ
  • Claude L. Ory, SJ (Brother, formerly in New Orleans Province, now Maryland Province)
  • Austin N. Park SJ
  • J. Donald Pearce, SJ
  • George M. Pieper, SJ
  • Paul C. Pilgram, SJ
  • Elmo J. Rogero, SJ
  • Norman J. Rogge, SJ
  • Anthony J. Short, SJ
  • Arthur O. Verdieck, SJ
  • Richard H. Witzofsky, SJ (Brother)
  • Benjamin Wren, SJ

The following individuals had an assignment at a parish or school in the State of Florida:

Thomas J. Hidding, SJ served at Gesu Parish in Miami and Jesuit High School in Tampa.  

Birth: 1950

Ordination: 1986

Status of Individual: Left Society of Jesus 2003; Deceased 2005

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1980s

Removed from Ministry: 2002

Vincent A. Orlando, SJ – worked at Jesuit High School in Tampa.

Birth: 1941

Ordination: 1974

Status of Individual: Removed from ministry and lives under supervision

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1980s 

Removed from Ministry: 2002 

Claude P. Boudreaux, SJ – worked at Jesuit High School in Tampa, FL 

Birth: 1924

Ordination: 1955

Status of Individual: Deceased 2016 

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s 

Removed from Ministry: 2004 

Edward D. DeRussy, SJ – worked at Jesuit High School in Tampa; served in Sacred Heart Church in Tampa; St. Joseph Church in Zephyrhills; and St. Benedict Church in Zephyrhills, Florida.

Ordination: 1957

Status of Individual: Deceased 2001 

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1970s

Removed from Ministry: Restricted from ministry with minors 1991 

Austin N. Park, SJ – worked at Gesu Parish in Miami and Sacred Heart Schurch in Tampa

Birth: 1918

Ordination: 1955

Status of Individual: Deceased 2013 

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s 

Removed from Ministry: N/A – already out of ministry due to dementia when allegations received

Francis M. Landwermeyer, SJ – worked at Jesuit High School in Tampa

Birth: 1934

Ordination: 1966

Status of Individual: Left Society of Jesus and Priesthood, 2011; Deceased 2018

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s, 1970s 

Removed from Ministry: 2010

 J. Donald Pearce, SJ – worked at Gesu Parish in Miami

Birth: 1925

Ordination: 1959

Status of Individual: Deceased 2016

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s

Removed from Ministry: Retired from Ministry in 2003 due to poor health

Norman J. Rogge, SJ – worked at Jesuit High School in Tampa and Sacred Heart Church in Tampa

Birth: 1925

Ordination: 1956

Status of Individual: Deceased 2009 

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s, 1970s 

Removed from Ministry: 2002

Cornelius J. Carr, SJ  – worked at St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica in St. Augustine and Christ the King Church in Jacksonville)

Birth: 1920 

Ordination: 1951

Status of Individual: Deceased 2013

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1970s, 1990s

Removed from Ministry: 2005 (by the New York Province due to allegations they received)

Thomas J. Hatrel, SJ – worked at Jesuit High School in Tampa

Birth: 1922

Ordination: 1952

Status of Individual: Deceased 1988

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1980s while applied to the Oregon Province

Removed from Ministry: N/A – deceased when allegation received

Charles Bartles, SJ  –  worked at St. Ann Church Churh in West Palm Beach and Jesuit High School in Tampa

Birth: 1936 

Ordination: 1965

Status of Individual: Deceased 1993

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1970s or 1980s

Removed from Ministry: N/A – deceased when listed

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