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Five Former Jesuits Who Worked In Houston Accused Of Sexual Abuse

Four of them worked at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and one was assigned to St. Joseph Church.

Four of the Jesuit priests who have been accused worked at Houston’s Strake Jesuit College Preparatory at some point during their pastoral assignments.

Five former Jesuit priests who worked in the Houston area have been credibly accused of sexual abuse with a minor, the U.S. Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus announced Friday.

The Catholic religious order has published a list of names of Jesuits with “credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor,” according to a news release.

The five former Jesuits who worked in Houston and have been credibly accused are: Jody Blanchard, Thomas J. Naughton, Vincent A. Orlando, Edward D. DeRussy, and Austin N. Park.

Four of them, Blanchard; Naughton; Orlando; and DeRussy, worked at Houston’s Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston. Park worked at Houston’s St. Joseph Church.

Blanchard, who has been accused one time, left the Society of Jesus in 1994.

Naughton, who also was accused one time, left the order in 2009 and died in 2012.

Orlando was also accused one time. He was removed from ministry and lives under supervision.

DeRussy, who was accused more than one time, has been removed from ministry.

Park was also accused more than one time and was removed from ministry.

Father Ronald Mercier, the provincial superior for the Central and Southern United States, said in a statement that “the storm that the Church experiences today calls forth from us an unprecedented and yet needed response.”

The list was compiled after an internal review of Jesuit personnel files.

Province leaders have hired an outside agency, Kinsale Management Consulting, to review nearly 3,000 personnel files of Jesuits who are or were members of the U.S. Central and Southern Province or its predecessors as of January 1, 1955.

If Kinsale discovers any additional men with credible accusations, their names will be added to the list. That review will happen in Spring 2019.

The province urges anyone who experienced sexual abuse as a minor to report the offense to the law enforcement or child protective services in the locale where the abuse happened.

Survivors are also encouraged to advise the Jesuits by calling Carol Zarinelli Brescia, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She can be reached confidentially by phone at 314-915-7168 or email at ucsoutreach@jesuits.org.

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