The Jesuit order released a list Friday morning of 42 priests and other members who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. 

Of those names, 19 had ties to the New Orleans area, and six had claims tied to their time at Jesuit High School. It's unclear whether most of the abuse claims of the other 12 occurred while they were stationed in New Orleans. 

Scroll below for names, bios and pastoral assignments for the 18 with New Orleans ties. 


Jesuits who were part of the New Orleans Province facing 1 claim of sexual abuse of a minor or a vulnerable adult. (4)

Jody Blanchard, SJ

Birth: 1953

Ordination: 1983

Status of Individual: Left Society of Jesus 1994

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1980s

Removed from Ministry: Left Society of Jesus 1994

Pastoral Assignments:

St. Charles Borromeo Church, Grand Coteau, La.

Tulane Catholic Center, New Orleans

Immaculate Conception Parish, Baton Rouge, La.

Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Houston

Details: He faced one credible claim of abuse, the Jesuits said.


Thomas J. Hidding, SJ

Birth: 1950

Ordination: 1986

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

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1980s

Removed from Ministry: 2002

Pastoral Assignments:

Jesuit High School, Tampa, Fla.

Jesuit College Preparatory School, Dallas

Holy Name of Jesus Parish, New Orleans

Loyola University, New Orleans

Sacred Heart Church, Tampa, Fla.

Immaculate Conception Parish, New Orleans

Gesù Parish, Miami

Details: He faced one credible claim of abuse, the Jesuits said. The New Orleans province in 2002 deemed credible an allegation of sexual abuse against Hidding from an incident at Jesuit High School in Tampa in the early 1980s, news account say. He served in the campus ministry of Loyola University in New Orleans from 1987-1992, then returned to New Orleans in 1997 to serve as associate pastor at Immaculate Conception Church until 1999.


Thomas J. Naughton, SJ

NOTE: This is Father Thomas Naughton of the former New Orleans Province, not Bro. Thomas Naughton of the former Missouri Province.

Birth: 1933

Ordination: 1965

Status of Individual: Left Society of Jesus 2009; deceased 2012

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1970s

Removed from Ministry: 2002

Pastoral Assignments:

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

Jesuit High School, El Paso, Texas

Jesuit High School, Tampa, Fla.

Jesuit College Preparatory School, Dallas

St. John's Co-Cathedral, Shreveport, La.

Manresa House of Retreats, Convent, La.

Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Houston

Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau, New Orleans

Montserrat Retreat House, Lake Dallas, Texas

St. Kilian Parish, Mission Viejo, Calif.

Details: In 2002, Naughton was stripped of his duties at St. Kilian Church in Mission Viejo, Calif., following accusations that he molested a boy in 1978, when he was president of Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas and the minor was a student, according to The Times-Picayune. It was the one credible claim of abuse received against him, the order said. He had previously run the Manresa Retreat House in Convent for several years and before that taught at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, The Times-Picayune said. Naughton had been president of Jesuit High in Tampa from 1969-1972. The Jesuit order cautioned people not to confuse him with a religious brother of the same name.


Elmo J. Rogero, SJ

Birth: 1908

Ordination: 1944

Status of Individual: Deceased 1959

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1950s

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

Pastoral Assignments:

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

Loyola University, New Orleans

Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala.

Immaculate Conception Church, New Orleans

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

Details: He faced one credible claim of abuse. Rogero served in parishes in New Orleans and Georgia before he became a student counselor at Jesuit High School in New Orleans.


Jesuits who were part of the New Orleans Province facing more than one claim of sexual abuse of a minor or a vulnerable adult. (8)

Claude P. Boudreaux, SJ

Birth: 1924

Ordination: 1955

Status of Individual: Deceased 2016

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s

Removed from Ministry: 2004

Pastoral Assignments:

Jesuit High School, Tampa, Fla.

St. Michael's College, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

St. Mary's Church, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala.

Jesuit High School, Shreveport, La.

Sacred Heart Parish, El Paso, Texas

Jesuit College Preparatory School, Dallas

Curia of the Society of Jesus, Rome, Italy

Jesuit House of Studies, New Orleans

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

Details: Boudreaux faced more than one claim of sexual abuse, the Jesuit order said. He was removed from ministry in 2005 after the order received what it deemed to be a credible report of sexual abuse of a minor more than three decades earlier, according to The Times-Picayune. The Jesuits released few other details, citing the victim’s right to privacy. Boudreaux, a native of Houma, was sent for medical treatment. Afterward, he lived at the Ignatius Residence in New Orleans, according to his obituary. When that home closed in 2013, he relocated to the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

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Charles G. Coyle, SJ

Birth: 1932

Ordination: 1965

Status of Individual: Left Society of Jesus 2004; deceased 2015

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s-70s

Removed from Ministry: 2002

Pastoral Assignments:

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

Jesuit College Preparatory School, Dallas

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

Jesuit High School, Shreveport, La.

Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala.

Woodstock College, Woodstock, Md.

Newton High, Newton, Mass.

Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Houston

Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala.

Holy Cross High, New Orleans

Tulane University, New Orleans

Ignatius House Retreat Center, Atlanta, Ga.

Montserrat Retreat House, Lake Dallas, Texas

Pastoral Ministry, New Orleans

Details: Coyle faced multiple abuse claims, the Jesuit order said. He was removed from ministry after being accused in a 2002 lawsuit of abusing two boys in the 1970s at Newton South High School outside Boston. A later lawsuit accused Coyle of sexually abusing a boy while Coyle was a seminarian in Baltimore, according to The Times-Picayune. He was living in New Orleans at the time the allegations were made but wasn’t attached to a parish.


Edward D. DeRussy, SJ

Birth: 1926

Ordination: 1957

Status of Individual: Deceased 2001

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1970s

Removed from Ministry: Restricted from ministry with minors 1991

Pastoral Assignments:

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

Jesuit High School, Tampa, Fla.

Jesuit High School, El Paso, Texas

Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala.

Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Houston

Sacred Heart Church, Tampa, Fla.

St. Joseph Church, Zephyrhills, Fla.

St. Benedict Church, Crystal River, Fla.

Ignatius Residence, New Orleans

St. John's Hospital, Nassau Bay, Texas

Details: DeRussy faced multiple claims, the Jesuit order said. According to Jesuit High School in New Orleans, he was teaching English and Latin there at the time the alleged abuse took place.


Donald Dickerson, SJ

Birth: 1936

Ordination: 1980

Status of Individual: Left Society of Jesus 1986; deceased 2018

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1970s-80s

Removed from Ministry: 1986

Pastoral Assignments:

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

Jesuit College Preparatory, Dallas

St. John Berchmans Parish, Shreveport, La.

Loyola University, New Orleans

Details: A lawsuit was settled in 2009 that accused Dickerson of abusing Jesuit High School students in the 1970s while he was a seminarian. Dickerson was at Jesuit High from 1973 to 1975. A separate suit filed in 2010 accused Dickerson of rape in 1982 at St. John Berchmans in Shreveport. He had previously worked at Jesuit Prep in Dallas.


Francis M. Landwermeyer, SJ

Birth: 1934

Ordination: 1966

Status of Individual: Left Society of Jesus and priesthood, 2011; deceased 2018

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s-70s

Removed from Ministry: 2010

Pastoral Assignments:

Jesuit College Preparatory School, Dallas

Jesuit High School, Shreveport, La.

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

Jesuit High School, Tampa, Fla.

Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisc.

Loyola University, New Orleans

Mercy Cross High School, Biloxi, Miss.

St. Thomas the Apostle, Charleston Heights, S.C.

Nouvel Central Catholic High, Saginaw, Michigan

Cardinal Newman High School, Columbia, S.C.

Central Catholic High, San Antonio

Antonian High School, San Antonio

St. Cecilia, San Antonio

Details: A Dallas native, he faced multiple claims of abuse, the Jesuit order said. Jesuit High School in New Orleans said at least one of the alleged instances of abuse took place while he taught there while studying to become a priest in 1961-62. Landwermeyer was on the faculty of St. John’s High School in Shreveport when it opened in 1959. He apparently was working at Marquette University in 1976, then was principal at Jesuit High in Tampa. He left there in 1980 for Loyola University in New Orleans. He later became a priest at a church in South Carolina. Landwermeyer died in September at age 84.


Austin N. Park, SJ

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 were received

Pastoral Assignments:

Jesuit High School, Shreveport, La.

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and Shrine, San Antonio

Colegio San Ignacio, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

Jesuit High School, El Paso, Texas

Gesù Parish, Miami, Fla.

Christ the King Church, Grand Coteau, La.

Sacred Heart Church, Tampa, Fla.

Immaculate Conception Parish, New Orleans

St. Joseph Church, Houston

St. Mary's Church, Greenville, S.C.

Our Lady of the Rosary, Greenville, S.C.

Sacred Heart Parish, El Paso, Texas

Oakdale Facility, Oakdale, La.

St. Philip Neri, Kinder, La.

St. Charles College, Grand Coteau, La.

Details: He was the subject of multiple claims of abuse, the Jesuit order said.


J. Donald Pearce, SJ

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

Pastoral Assignments:

Jesuit High School, Shreveport, La.

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala.

Loyola University, New Orleans

Corpus Christi Minor Seminary, Corpus Christi, Texas

Gesù Parish, Miami

Holy Name of Jesus Parish, New Orleans

Details: Pearce faced multiple claims of abuse, the Jesuit order said. According to the order, the abuse took place during a decade that he largely spent at Jesuit High School in New Orleans in various capacities, including Spanish teacher, disciplinarian and president. He retired to a Jesuit residence in 2004.


Norman J. Rogge, SJ

Birth: 1925

Ordination: 1956

Status of Individual: Deceased 2009

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s-70s

Removed from Ministry: 2002

Pastoral Assignments:

Jesuit High School, Tampa, Fla.

Jesuit College Preparatory School, Dallas

Sacred Heart Church, Tampa, Fla.

St. Charles Parish, Grand Coteau, La.

St. Ignatius Church, Mobile, Ala.

St. Patrick Church, Montgomery, La.

Immaculate Conception Parish, New Orleans

St. Charles College, Grand Coteau, La.

Details: Rogge was arrested in Florida in 1985, accused of sexual misconduct with an 11-year-old Tampa boy at a vacation spot the previous year while he served as pastor of a Catholic church in Montgomery, La. He pleaded no contest and wound up at a Catholic treatment facility in New Mexico, according to a 2002 news story that said Rogge had also been accused of groping a young teen and “fondling others during nude swimming lessons.” Rogge had earlier pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, in 1967. He remained a priest, going on to serve at Christ the King Church in Opelousas and St. Charles Borromeo in Grand Coteau, before the Diocese of Lafayette ousted him in 2002.


Jesuits facing a single allegation who worked in New Orleans at time when removed from ministry (1)

Bernard P. Knoth, SJ

Birth: 1948

Ordination: 1977

Status of Individual: Left Society of Jesus and priesthood 2009

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1980s

Removed from Ministry: 2003, by the Chicago Province

Pastoral Assignments in this province:

Loyola University, New Orleans (President)

Details: Knoth was removed from ministry and resigned as president of Loyola in 2003 after being accused of sexually abusing a student at Brebeuf Jesuit Prep in Indianapolis in 1986. He has long denied wrongdoing and later entered private business in Florida. It’s the lone allegation against him, the Jesuit order said. The order and archdioceses in Indianapolis and New Orleans all have included him on their lists of credibly accused clergy.


Jesuits with ties to New Orleans who are facing more than one allegation. (3)

Cornelius J. Carr, SJ

(Former New York Province, now U.S Northeast Province)

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)

Pastoral Assignment under this province:

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

Carr also worked at the following locations (Although they are in the area covered by the New Orleans Province, he was under the jurisdiction of the province of which he was a member, now known as the USA Northeast Province, Society of Jesus):

St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica, St. Augustine, Fla.

Christ the King Church, Jacksonville, Fla.

Details: Carr faced multiple claims of abuse, the Jesuit order said. At Jesuit High in New Orleans, where he worked from 1976 to 1980, he was accused of walking in while janitor Peter Modica was raping an adolescent boy, then joining in the abuse by masturbating. Order officials later paid a $450,000 settlement after the alleged victim, Richard Windmann, confronted them in 2012. Jesuit’s president at the time was audio recorded describing Windmann’s claim as credible. Carr spent his last days at a Jesuit residence hall at Fordham University in Bronx, N.Y. Fordham officials later apologized, saying they weren’t aware of Carr’s past when he lived there, close to both the university and a nearby high school.


Alfonso Madrid, SJ

(Province of Mexico)

Birth: 1915

Ordination: 1950

Status of Individual: Deceased 1982

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1960s, 1970s

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

Pastoral Assignments in this province:

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

San Felipe Church, Albuquerque, N.M.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Antonio

Sacred Heart Parish, El Paso, Texas

Note: The Province of Mexico staffed St. Ignatius Parish in El Paso, Texas; Madrid worked there under the Province of Mexico.

Details: According to the Jesuit order, he faced multiple claims of abuse.


Claude L. Ory, SJ (Brother)

(Former New Orleans Province, now Maryland Province)

Birth: 1938

Ordination: N/A (Jesuit brother)

Status of Individual: Member of Maryland Province; removed from ministry and lives under supervision

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1970s

Removed from Ministry: 2007

Pastoral Assignments:

Spring Hill College / Jesuit House of Studies, Mobile, Ala.

Jesuit High School, El Paso, Texas

St. John's Parish, Shreveport, La.

Loyola University, New Orleans

Jesuit College Preparatory School, Dallas

Ignatius House Retreat Center, Atlanta

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

Ignatius House Retreat Center, Atlanta

Loyola College, Baltimore

Details: Ory was accused in 2007 of repeatedly sexually molesting an underage boy while working at Jesuit in New Orleans between 1974 and 1977, a case that was ultimately settled. He also faced repeated sexual abuse allegations at Jesuit in Dallas, where he moved after his time in New Orleans, and was fired. After time in Mobile, Ory ended up at Loyola College in Baltimore and was removed when the Dallas-related allegations surfaced in 2007. He appears to be living at a Jesuit residence in Baltimore.


Jesuits with ties to New Orleans named as suspected abusers by other provinces, regions, archdioceses or dioceses (3)

Charles Bartles, SJ

Birth: 1936

Ordination: 1965

Status of Individual: Deceased 1993

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1970s or 1980s

Removed from Ministry: N/A – deceased when listed

Pastoral Assignments:

Jesuit High School, Shreveport, La.

Jesuit High School, Tampa, Fla.

Campion College, Kingston, Jamaica

Marist High School, Atlanta

Alaska Mission (Oregon Province)

Immaculate Conception Church, Bethel, Alaska

St. Ann Church, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Instituto Souza, Campinas, Brazil

Details: One person accused Bartles, a Shreveport native, of sexual abuse in a claim brought against the Diocese of Fairbanks in Alaska, according to diocese bankruptcy filings. The details of the accusation have not been made public. According to his 1993 obituary, Bartles was the associate pastor of St. Ann Church in New Orleans and the organizer of local alcohol treatment programs, in addition to missionary work he did in Alaska’s bush country.

(A Times-Picayune obituary describes him as a New Orleans resident who organized programs to treat alcohol addiction in the city while being an associate pastor at St. Ann Church. He was accused in a claim brought against the Diocese of Fairbanks in Alaska, according to documents filed in a 2010 bankruptcy organization.)


Thomas J. Hatrel, S.J.

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

Pastoral Assignments:

Jesuit High School, New Orleans

Jesuit High School, Tampa, Fla.

Immaculate Conception Grade School, Fairbanks, Alaska

St. Ignatius Church, Alakanuck, Alaska

Details: A 2007 lawsuit accused Hatrel of committing abuse while assigned to Alaska beginning in 1979.


Benjamin Wren, SJ

Birth: 1931

Ordination: 1961

Status of Individual: Left Society of Jesus 1996; Deceased 2006

Estimated Timeframe of Abuse: 1970s-1980s

Removed from Ministry: N/A – no longer a Jesuit, deceased when allegation received Pastoral Assignments:

Jesuit High School, Dallas

Jesuit High School, El Paso, Texas

Loyola University, New Orleans

Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Loyola University, New Orleans

Community of John the Evangelist, New Orleans

Details: Wren spent 35 years teaching Asian History and Zen classes at Loyola University in New Orleans. He left the priesthood to marry in 1996. After he died in 2006, he was accused in a lawsuit of raping the granddaughter of a co-worker on Loyola’s campus on hundreds of occasions over seven years beginning in 1978, when the girl was 5. The man nicknamed “Zen Ben Wren” allegedly threatened the victim with physical and spiritual harm if she reported him to anyone. Loyola and church officials settled the case in July for what was described as a “significant” amount.

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