8 clergymen who worked in Baton Rouge area included on list of sex abusers from Archdiocese of New Orleans

Names of accused clergymen released

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Archdiocese of New Orleans has released the list of clergymen accused of sexually abusing minors. Eight men on the list of 57 worked in the Baton Rouge area.

The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge says they plan to compile and release their own, separate list of names accused of abuse as well. No timeline on when that list might be available has been released, but a spokesperson with the diocese, Dan Borne, says it’s “high priority.”

The diocese released the following statement on October 12:

“The Diocese of Baton Rouge, which was formed in 1961, will release the names of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. This is of the highest priority to us. We’re working on a process to research our files so that when we do publish the list it will be accurate and complete. Part of this process is to establish a timeline for the release of the list. As Bishop Duca said recently, we want to be ‘attentive to the issues of justice and show concern for victims in a way that is transparent, credible, honest and caring.’”

Those who are currently alive and have been accused and removed from the ministry include:

LAWRENCE HECKER

  • Date of Birth: 1931
  • Ordination: 1958
  • Estimated Time Frame of Abuse: late 1960s; 1970s
  • Allegation Received: 1996
  • Removed from Ministry: 2002
  • Pastoral Assignments
  • Christ the King, Terrytown
  • Holy Family, Luling
  • Holy Rosary, New Orleans
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, New Orleans
  • St. Anthony, Luling
  • St. Bernadette, Houma
  • St. Charles Borromeo, in residence
  • St. Frances Cabrini, New Orleans
  • St. Francis Xavier, Metairie
  • St. Joseph, Gretna
  • St. Louise de Marillac, Arabi
  • St. Mary, New Roads
  • St. Theresa of Child Jesus, New Orleans

GERARD HOWELL

  • Date of Birth: 1939
  • Ordination: 1964
  • Estimated Time Frame of Abuse: 1960s; 1970s
  • Allegation Received: 1978
  • Removed from Ministry: 1980
  • Pastoral Assignments
  • Holy Trinity, New Orleans
  • Mater Dolorosa, New Orleans
  • Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Westwego
  • Prince of Peace, Chalmette
  • St. Gerard, New Orleans
  • St. Henry, New Orleans
  • St. Lawrence the Martyr, Kenner
  • Sts. Peter and Paul, New Orleans
  • St. Pius X, Baton Rouge  

Those who are dead and admitted to or have been publicly accused of sexually abusing a minor include:

PIERRE CELESTIN CAMBIAIRE

  • Date of Birth: 1871
  • Ordination: 1898
  • Estimated Time Frame of Abuse: late 1910s
  • Allegation Received: 1917
  • Removed from Ministry: 1917
  • Date of Death: 1955
  • Pastoral Assignments
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cameron
  • St. George, Baton Rouge
  • St. Joseph, Grosse-Tete
  • St. Leon, Leonville

JOHN FRANKLIN

  • A Priest of the Diocese of Savannah, GA
  • Serving at the Archdiocese of New Orleans
  • Date of Birth: 1925
  • Ordination: 1956
  • Estimated Time Frame of Abuse: late 1950s
  • Allegation Received: 1959
  • Removed from Ministry: 1959
  • Date of Death: unknown
  • Pastoral Assignments
  • Ascension, Donaldsonville
  • St. Gabriel, New Orleans

MICHAEL HURLEY

  • Date of Birth: 1915
  • Ordination: 1943
  • Estimated Time Frame of Abuse: 1940s
  • Allegation Received: 1945
  • Left Archdiocese: 1955
  • Date of Death: 2005
  • Pastoral Assignments
  • Immaculate Conception Church, Marrero
  • St. Agnes, Baton Rouge
  • St. Francis de Sales, Houma
  • St. Maurice, New Orleans
  • Sts. Peter and Paul, New Orleans

RALPH LAWRENCE

  • Date of Birth: 1890
  • Ordination: 1916
  • Estimated Time Frame of Abuse: early 1930s
  • Allegation Received: 1935
  • Leave of absence: 1935
  • Date of Death: 1992
  • Pastoral Assignments
  • Mater Dolorosa, New Orleans
  • Our Lady of Good Harbor, Buras
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Winnfield
  • Sacred Heart Church, Rayville
  • St. Anthony, Baton Rouge

MALCOLM STRASSEL

  • Date of Birth: 1908
  • Ordination: 1934
  • Estimated Time Frame of Abuse: late 1960s; early 1970s
  • Allegation Received: 2006
  • Date of Death: 1987
  • Pastoral Assignments
  • Holy Rosary Church, St. Amant
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, New Orleans
  • Sacred Heart, LaCombe
  • St. Agnes, Baton Rouge
  • St. Charles Borromeo, Destrehan
  • St. Joseph, Gretna
  • St. Mary Pamela, Raceland

JOHN WEBER

  • Date of Birth: 1919
  • Ordination: 1945
  • Estimated Time Frame of Abuse: 1940s
  • Incardinated into Diocese of Baton Rouge: 1961
  • Allegation Received: 2005
  • Date of Death: 2000
  • Pastoral Assignments
  • Assumption Parish, Plattenville
  • Holy Trinity, New Orleans
  • St. Ann, Morganza
  • St. Eloi, Theriot
  • St. Rita, New Orleans

The Archbishop of New Orleans Gregory M. Aymond also released a letter offering his healing and compassion to the victims of sexual abuse.

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