Diocese of Lake Charles releases list of credibly accused clergy

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The Diocese of Lake Charles released a list of clergy who had credible accusations of sexual misconduct with a minor made against them on Thursday.

Clerics of the Diocese of Lake Charles includes:

1) Juan Alers Diocesan Priest Born: 1943 Ordained: 1969 for the Archdiocese of San Juan in Puerto Rico First Affiliated with the Diocese of Lake Charles: 1987

Assignments in the Diocese of Lake Charles: Parochial Vicar, Our Lady Help of Christians, Jennings Pastor, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Oakdale Chaplain, Torrance County Detention Center, New Mexico

Accusation: Sexual Misconduct with minors. Location of Misconduct: Puerto Rico Date of Misconduct: 1980-1985 Date Allegations Received by the Diocese of Lake Charles: 1997 Number of Victims: More than one Response from the Diocese of Lake Charles: Removal from Ministry in 2002 Current Status: Deceased (2011)

2) Mark Broussard Diocesan Priest Born: 1956 Ordained: 1986 for the Diocese of Lake Charles

Assignments in the Diocese of Lake Charles: Parochial Vicar, Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles In residence, Saint Henry, Lake Charles Chaplain, Memorial Hospital, Lake Charles Pastor, Saint Eugene, Grand Chenier

Accusation: Sexual Misconduct with Minors. Locations of Misconduct: Our Lady Help of Christians, Jennings Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles Saint Henry, Lake Charles Date of Misconduct: ca. 1980-1991 Date Allegations received by the Diocese of Lake Charles: 1994 2009 Number of Victims: More than one 2 Response from the Diocese of Lake Charles: Removal from Ministry in 1994 Current Status: Laicized (defrocked) (2013) Incarcerated (2016)

3) Gerard (Gerald) Smit Diocesan Priest Date of Birth: 1924 Date of Ordination: 1950 for the Diocese of Nijmejen, Holland First Affiliated with the Diocese of Lafayette beginning in 1958 and then with the Diocese of Lake Charles in 1980.

Assignments in the Diocese of Lake Charles (and Lafayette): Parochial Vicar, Saint Joseph, Iota Parochial Vicar, Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles Parochial Vicar, Saint Ann, Youngsville Temporary Administrator, Our Lady of the Assumption, Bosco Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Chataignier Parochial Vicar, Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles Administrator, Saint John Berchman, Cankton Pastor, Saint John Berchman, Cankton Pastor, Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Arthur Pastor, Saint Raphael, Iowa

Accusation: Sexual Misconduct with Minors. Locations of Misconduct: Youngsville Cankton Date of Misconduct: 1950s, 1960s Date Allegations received by the Diocese of Lake Charles: 2002 2010 Number of Victims: More than one Response from the Diocese of Lake Charles: Prohibited from all ministry and presenting himself as a priest in 2002. Since Misconduct took place in the Diocese of Lafayette, investigation turned over to the Diocese of Lafayette in 2002. Current Status: Sentenced to a Life of Prayer and Penance in 2013, and residing in Pennsylvania 3

4) Charles Soileau Diocesan Priest Date of Birth: 1928 Date of Ordination: 1957 for the Diocese of Lafayette First Affiliated with the Diocese of Lake Charles: 1980

Assignments in the Diocese of Lake Charles (and Lafayette): Parochial Vicar, Saint Peter, New Iberia Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Lourdes, Erath Pastor, Saint Eugene, Grand Chenier Pastor, Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Arthur Pastor, Saint Anthony, Eunice Pastor, Sacred Heart, Oakdale Pastor, Saint Lawrence, Hathaway Pastor, Saint Joseph, Vinton

Accusation: Sexual Misconduct with a Minor Locations of Misconduct: Houston, Texas Vinton, Louisiana Date of Misconduct: 1995 Date Allegation received by the Diocese of Lake Charles: 1999 Number of Victims: One Response from the Diocese of Lake Charles: Removed from Ministry in 1999 Current Status: Deceased (2011)

Clerics and religious who were serving in the Diocese of Lake Charles at the time of the allegation and the diocese was notified of the accusation. The investigation and final disposition of the allegation was the responsibility of the religious order or diocese.

1) Kerry Guillory, OFM Conv. Conventual Friars (Franciscans)

Assignments in the Diocese of Lake Charles: Pastoral Assistant, Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Accusation: Sexual Misconduct with Minors. Location of Misconduct: Jennings Date of Misconduct: 1983 Date Allegations received by the Diocese of Lake Charles: 1986 2015 Number of Victims: More than one Response from the Diocese of Lake Charles: Prohibited from ministry in the Diocese of Lake Charles in 1986. The case was then referred to the Conventual Franciscan Province on Our Lady of Consolation, Mount St. Francis, Indiana. Current Status: Prohibited from Ministry Refer to the Conventual Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation, Mount St. Francis, Indiana for more information.

2) Brennan Harris, OFM Conv. Conventual Friar (Franciscans)

Assignments in the Diocese of Lake Charles: Principal of Saint Maria Goretti High School, Lake Arthur

Accusation: Sexual Misconduct with Minors. Locations of Misconduct: Lake Arthur, Louisiana Port Arthur, Texas Date of Misconduct: 1983-1987 Date Allegations received by the Diocese of Lake Charles: 1991 1995 Number of Victims: More than one Response from the Diocese of Lake Charles: Since he had left the Diocese of Lake Charles before the allegations were received, the Conventual Friars Province of Our Lady of Consolation were informed of the accusations. 5 Current Status: Deceased (1993) Refer to the Conventual Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation, Mount St. Francis, Indiana for more information.

3) Gregory Mosca, OSB Olivetan Benedictines

Assignments in the Diocese of Lake Charles: Pastor, Saint Henry, Lake Charles

Accusation: Sexual Misconduct with Minors. Locations of Misconduct: Saint Henry, Lake Charles Houston, Texas Date of Misconduct: 1980-1982 Date Allegations received by the Diocese of Lake Charles: 1986 1993 Number of Victims: More than one Response from the Diocese of Lake Charles: Removed from Ministry in 1986. Current Status: Deceased (2018) Refer to the Olivetan Benedictines of the Abbey of Santa Maria di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Italy for more information.

4) Simon Palathingal, SBD Religious Congregation of the Salesians, Bangalore Province Date of Birth: 1942

Assignments in the Diocese of Lake Charles: Parochial Vicar, Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles

Accusation: Sexual Misconduct with Minors. Location of Misconduct: Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Lake Charles Date of Misconduct: 2000 Date Allegations was received by the Diocese of Lake Charles: 2000 2002 Number of Victims: More than one Response from the Diocese of Lake Charles: Prohibited from performing ministry in the Diocese of Lake Charles Informed the Salesian Provincial of the Accusation in 2001. 6 Current Status: Incarcerated in Wisconsin (2004) Refer to the Salesian Province, Bangalore Province in India for more information.

5) Valerie Pullman Diocese of Lafayette

Assignments in the Diocese of Lake Charles: In Residence, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Lake Charles

Accusation: Sexual Misconduct with a Minor. Location of Misconduct: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Lake Charles Date of Misconduct: 1987 Date Allegation received by the Diocese of Lake Charles: 1999 Number of Victims: One Response from the Diocese of Lake Charles: Returned to the Diocese of Lafayette in 1987 before the accusation was received. Current Status: Deceased (2017) Refer to the Diocese of Lafayette for more information. 

Cleric who served in the area before Lake Charles became a diocese, and against whom the Diocese of Lake Charles received an accusation.

1) Richard Chachere Diocesan Priest of the Diocese of Lafayette

Assignments in the Lake Charles Area: Parochial Vicar, Our Lady Queen of Heaven

Accusation: Sexual Misconduct of a minor. Location of Misconduct: Our Lady Queen of Heaven School Date of Misconduct: ca. 1964 Date Allegation received by the Diocese of Lake Charles: 2009 Number of Victims: One Response from the Diocese of Lake Charles: The Diocese of Lake Charles referred the case to the Diocese of Lafayette. Current Status: Deceased Refer to the Diocese of Lafayette for more information.

Religious who served in the Diocese of Lake Charles, who appear on other lists of known Perpetrators, and for whom the Diocese of Lake Charles has no knowledge of an accusation of misconduct.

1) Austin Park, SJ Jesuits US Central and Southern Province

Assignments in the Diocese of Lake Charles: In Residence, Saint Philip Neri, Kinder Current Status: Deceased (2013) Refer to the Jesuits US Central and Southern Province for more information. (Published December 2018)

2) Louis Perrault, CSSp Holy Ghost Fathers

Assignments in the Diocese of Lake Charles: Pastor, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Lake Charles Current Status: Deceased Refer to the Diocese of San Bernardino in California for more information. (Published October 2018) Refer to the Congregation of the Holy Spirit Province of the United States for more information.

Bishop Glen Provost released this statement in regards to the list: 

My dear Faithful of the Diocese of Lake Charles,

With this letter, I am publishing the list of clergy who have served in the Diocese of Lake Charles since its establishment in 1980 and against whom credible accusations of sexual misconduct with a minor have been made. In doing so, my heart is heavy as I realize that each detail represents serious harm done to an innocent victim and the breaking of a sacred trust between clergy and laity. As I have stated numerous times before but wish to repeat again, our concern remains for the victims of sexual abuse. We encourage anyone aware of such abuse to make it known to the civil authorities and our Victims Assistance Coordinator or the Vicar General of the Diocese (337-439-7400). We have reached out to the victims in the past and will continue to do so in the future. A prefatory comment on the list is needed. First, because until 1980 the five civil parishes of the Diocese of Lake Charles were part of the Diocese of Lafayette and under the supervision of ecclesiastical authorities in Lafayette, any allegation received by the Diocese of Lake Charles regarding conduct prior to 1980 was referred to the Diocese of Lafayette. Because of this, there may be overlapping of this list and any list issued by the Diocese of Lafayette. Second, the standard operating procedure of the Diocese of Lake Charles has been to keep current with its obligations under the law to address each such report. The Diocese of Lake Charles cooperates fully with the civil authorities and have remained in regular correspondence with them in matters dealing with criminality. Third, since the issuance of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002, the Diocese of Lake Charles has followed the mandated protocols for reporting to civil authorities and addressing allegations. Fourth, to insure transparency our files and archives were opened to an ad hoc Review Board comprised of a retired judge, a retired sheriff, and an attorney who were tasked with compiling a list. Applicable law determined inclusion on the list. The ad hoc Review Board was provided resources necessary to complete their work, including consultation with a canon lawyer. The ad hoc Review Board forwarded their findings to me. I have adopted their list for publication. I wish to express my sincere appreciation to them all for their difficult work, expertise, and dedicated service. As noted in the report of the ad hoc Review Board and confirmed by my own investigation, I can state that there is no one in ministry in the Diocese of Lake Charles against whom any complaint of sexual misconduct with a minor exists today. May the victims of sexual abuse receive healing to bring them peace of mind and tranquility of soul. May our Heavenly Father have mercy on us. May He also guide us through a deeper appreciation for the chastity and purity that should govern our lives.

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