Altoona Johnstown Diocese Priest Assignments Cincinnati
Rev. Benoit Alloggia, OSB – Saint Mary Parish, Pocahontas/Saint Michael Parish, Salisbury (Sacramental Minister)
Very Rev. Jude Brady, OSB – Saint Benedict Parish, Carrolltown
Rev. Ananias Buccicone, OSB – Queen of Peace Parish, Patton
Rev. Andrew Draper, TOR – Saint John Vianney, Mundy’s Corner
Rev. Leon Hont, OSB – Immaculate Conception Parish/New Germany/Saint John Parish, Summerhill
Rev. Bernard Karmanocky, OFM – Saint Anne Parish, Johnstown/Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, Johnstown
Rev. Karl Kolodziejski, OFM Conv. – Holy Family Parish, Hooversville
Rev. Christopher Lemme, TOR – Saint Augustine Parish, St. Augustine/Saint Monica Parish, Chest Springs
Rev. Nathan Munsch, OSB – Saint Mary Parish, Pocahontas/Saint Michael Parish, Salisbury (Sacramental Minister)
Rev. Alfred Patterson, OSB – Saint Nicholas Parish, Nicktown
Rev. Kevin Queally, TOR – Our Lady of the Alleghenies, Lilly
Rev. Thaddeus Rettger, OSB – Saint Bernard Parish, Hastings
Rev. William Santre, TOR – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Altoona (In Residence)
Rev. Frank Scornaienchi, TOR – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Altoona
Rev. Stephen Shin, OFM Cap. – Saint Gregory Parish, MacDonaldton/Saints Philip and James Parish, Meyersdale
Rev. Terrence Smith, TOR – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Altoona (In Residence)
Rev. Roderick Soha, TOR – Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, Windber/Saints Cyril and Methodius Parish, Windber/Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Windber
Very Rev. Anthony Francis Spilka, OFM Conv. – Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Johnstown
Rev. Thomas Stabile, TOR – Holy Family Parish, Portage
Rev. Antony Sudherson, HGN – Our Lady of Victory Parish, State College
Rev. Carl Vacek, TOR – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Altoona (Parochial Vicar)
Rev. John Voytek, OFM Conv. – All Saints Parish, Boswell/Saint Anne Parish, Davidsville
Deacon Charles Ahearn – Saint Mary Parish, Hollidaysburg
Deacon Samuel Albarano, Jr. – Our Lady of the Alleghenies Parish, Lilly
Deacon Michael Anna – Saint Bernard Parish, Hastings
Deacon Thomas Beavers – Saint John the Baptist Parish, New Baltimore
Deacon Bruce Becker — Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Johnstown (Senior Deacon)
Deacon Thomas Boldin – Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Bellefonte
Deacon Thomas Buige – Saint John Vianney Parish, Mundys Corner
Deacon Samuel Cammarata – Resurrection Parish, Johnstown
Deacon John Concannon — Saint John Gualbert Cathedral (Senior Deacon)
Deacon Michael Condor, Jr. – Holy Name Parish, Ebensburg
Deacon Joseph Dalla Valle – Saint Patrick Parish, Johnstown (Senior Deacon)
Deacon Donald Gibboney – Most Holy Trinity Parish, Huntingdon
Deacon Philip Gibson – Holy Spirit Parish, Lock Haven (Senior Deacon)
Deacon Gary Gill – Prince of Peace Parish in Northern Cambria
Deacon Richard Golden – Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel, Loretto
Deacon David Hornick
Deacon Laszlo Ivanits – Penn State Catholic Campus Ministry (Senior Deacon)
Deacon Thaddeus Janisko – Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Windber
Deacon James Janosik – Saint Mary Parish, Nanty Glo
Deacon Ronald Kolonich – Saint Peter Parish, Somerset
Deacon David Lapinski – Our Lady of Victory Parish, State College
Deacon Scott Little – Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, Johnstown
Deacon Steve Luke – Saint Augustine Parish, St. Augustine/Saint Monica Parish, Chest Springs
Deacon Thomas McFee – Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, Altoona
Deacon Gene Neral – Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Altoona (Senior Deacon)
Deacon Kevin Nester – Administrator of Saint Joseph Parish, Williamsburg
Deacon Michael Ondik – Good Shepherd Parish, Port Matilda (Senior Deacon)
Deacon Jack Orlandi – Good Shepherd Parish, Port Matilda
Deacon Thomas Papinchak – Saints Cyril & Methodius Parish, Windber (Senior Deacon)
Deacon Jay Pyle – All Saints Parish, Boswell (Senior Deacon)
Deacon Michael Russo – Saint Benedict Parish, Johnstown
Deacon John Szwarc (Senior Deacon)
Deacon William Underhill – Administrator of Saint Mary Parish, Pocahontas/Saint Michael Parish, Salisbury
Deacon George Wachter – Ministry at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg
Deacon James Woomer, Sr. – Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Altoona
Deacon Chip Young – Holy Spirit Parish, Lock Haven
Assignment Record– Rev. Earl C. Bierman
Summary of Case: Earl Bierman was a priest of the diocese of Covington KY who, by some estimates, sexually abused hundreds of boys. Known to be scholarly, he taught at the high school and university levels. He also served as a high school guidance counselor. By the time he arrived in 1968 at Covington Latin School, which admitted academically advanced boys as young as age 11, the diocese knew he had abused at least fifty boys. The diocese first received complaints about Bierman in 1961, after which he was sent to the Servants of the Paraclete in the Santa Fe NM diocese for treatment. While there, was allowed to assist at an Albuquerque parish and was Dean of Students at a Santa Fe minor seminary. In the early 1990s a former student of the minor seminary accused Bierman of having sexually abused him as a boy. Bierman returned to the Covington diocese in 1965. He is said to have been one of many there who were part of a ring of priests who held parties in which they brought boys as their dates. One Bierman victim said he was physically and sexually abused by the priest for five years, beginning when he was 13 years-old, and that he was Bierman's "sex slave." During 1975-76 Bierman was assigned to the Altoona-Johnstown PA diocese at St. Francis Seminary as a faculty member, Spiritual Director, and Assistant Director of Field Education. That stint ended when Covington bishop Ackerman suspended him; Bierman spent a few months to the House of Affirmation in MA for treatment, then returned to Covington where, despite admitting involvement with boys, he was allowed to stay in ministry. In 1986 he was sent to Suitland MD for more treatment after three people threatened to go to the press about his abuse of two boys. In July 1992 he was again suspended; in November he was arrested on charges of sodomy against a 15-year-old boy in 1974. He was allowed to live at the diocese's Catholic Center until February 1993, when he was arrested and sent to jail for threatening to kill a newspaper reporter who was a former student. Bierman was convicted in 1993 to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to 28 counts of sodomy and other crimes against children. He died in the state penitentiary in 2005.
Covington bishop was William Theodore Mulloy (1944-1959).
|1959||St. Francis de Sales||Newport||KY|
Bierman worked under Rev. John A. Bankemper.
|St. Francis de Sales' had a school with 108-123 boys and 114-120 girls.|
Bierman worked under Msgr. Leo F. Wilson.
St. Leo's had a school with 28 boys and 27 girls.
Mulloy was replaced as bishop by Richard Henry Ackerman (1960-1978).
Newport Catholic High School
• Bierman admitted to "sexual involvement" with three Newport Catholic students, who reported him to Bishop Ackerman.
Principal was Rev. John V. Hegenauer and Assisant Principal was Rev. Joseph W. Minogue.
Newport Catholic had 486 students, all male.
Court documents in the 1990s revealed that Rev. Robert Klein, a teacher at Newport Catholic, knew of 40 different students who said they were molested by up to 6 different priests. Klein reported to Bishop Ackerman only that Bierman was molesting students.
Klein was suspended in 2002 for molesting boys.
Servants of the Paraclete
Bierman was sent by Bishop Ackerman to the Albuquerque diocese after allegations of his abuse of boys at Newport Catholic High School surfaced in 1961. He received treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete center for clergy sex offenders. Ackerman wrote to Bierman that "Very few priests know of your trouble and those that do will not reveal their thoughts to others."
Hundreds of New Mexico children were sexually abused by priests who had been treated and released by the Servants of the Paraclete
Santa Fe arch bishop was Edwin Vincent Byrne (1943-1963).
Our Lady of Fatima
Bierman is listed last in the 1962 Directory after Msgr. Joseph Charewicz and Rev. Robert L. Plush. He is indexed but not listed at this parish in the 1963 Directory. Third priest listed for 1962-1963 is Rev. Wenzel L. Birzer.
Parish had a grade school with 707-635 students.
The 1962 Directory lists Bierman as On Sick Leave and the 1963 Directory lists him as On Duty Outside the Diocese.
James Peter Davis replaced Byrne (1964-1974).
|1965||Immaculate Heart Seminary (Minor)|
• An Albuquerque man claimed in the early 1990s that he had been sexually abused by Bierman at the minor seminary 30 years previously.
• In a suit filed in May 2016, a man claimed Bierman sexually abused him 1963-64, when the man was 15 years-old.
|NM||Dean||This was a school for high school aged boys considering the priesthood. There were 75-95 seminarians during this time period.|
Pastor was Rev. Henry A. Busemeyer. Second priest 1965-1967 was Robert A. Wendelin, replaced 1967-1968 by Rev. David M. Macpherson.
|St. Patrick's had a grade school with 136-125 boys and 94-105 girls, and a high school with 52-144 boys and 65-61 girls.|
|Covington Latin School|
• One of Bierman's victims, a Covington Latin student in the early to mid-1970s, filed a criminal complaint with the KY State Police in 1992. This led to at least 61 more people coming forward with accusations Bierman. Witnesses in a 1995 civil trial testified that the diocese knew
|teacher, counselor||Covington Latin was an accelerated college preparatory school for boys.|
Bierman is listed third under Msgr. Charles A. Towell and Rev. John J. Wordeman. Listed fourth is Rev. Donald J. Moeller.
|St. Agnes had a school with 436 boys and 396 girls.|
• Msgr. Grosser testified in the 1990s that he saw boys go with Bierman to his suite at Blessed Sacrament to stay the night. Grosser did not report the incidents.
2/5, 2/4, 3/4
Pastor 1969-1971 was Msgr. Leo J. Streck, replaced by Msgr. Elmer J. Grosser 1971-1974. Bierman was third priest after Rev. Joseph H. Broering 1973-1974. Broering is listed fourth 1969-1973. Listed third 1969-1970 was Rev. Joseph N. Boschert, then Rev. Robert L. Gruber 1970-1971, Rev. Maurice F. De Lange 1971-1973. De Lange was the fourth priest 1973-1974.
|Blessed Sacrament had a school with 722-629 students.|
Mt. St. Martin's School
• Accused in the 1990s of having molested teenage boys at this school.
|KY||teacher||This assignment is per news reports.|
|1974||1975||Mt. St. Martin Institute for Retired Women||Newport||KY||Chaplain||Listed in the Directory as a "Home for Women."|
Altoona-Johnstown bishop was James John Hogan (1966-1986).
|1976||St. Francis Seminary|
|PA||Spiritual Director; Assistant Director of Field Education; faculty member|
Bierman is indexed twice in the Directory, as "Serving Outside Diocese," and at St. Francis Seminary. News reports state he was on faculty at St. Francis until 1978.
He was suspended during this time for sexual abuse of students at Covington Latin School in KY.
|Spring 1977||House of Affirmation||MA||patient||The House of Affirmation was a treatment center for priests with psychological and psychosexual problems. Bierman is said to have gone "on his own" and was there for several months.|
William Anthony Hughes replaced Ackerman as Covington bishop (1979-1995).
Mother of God
• Upon returning to the Covington diocese, Bierman admitted to "relationships" with two adolescent boys. One victim reported in the 1990s that Bierman sexually and physically abused him from 1977-1982, beginning when he was 13 years- old. This victim is said to have been Bierman's "sex slave."
Pastor was Rev. William H. Mertes, and Assistant Pastor was Rev. David H. Roeding. Bierman and Rev. Daniel J. Saner are listed as in residence.
• In 1993 Bierman pleaded guilty to molestation, including of boys at St. Patrick's.
Pastor was Rev. Cyril V. Eviston. Third priest was John P. Noe.
|St. Patrick's had a high school with 88 students.|
• Reported to have sexually abused boys while at St. Barbara's.
Pastor was Rev. Robert C. Rosing.
|1980s||Thomas More College||Crestview Hills||KY||Theology teacher|
|1980s||Xavier University||Cincinnati||OH||Philosophy teacher|
|February 1986||St. Bernadine Clinic||Suiteland||MD||Bierman was examined at this clinic after three people threatened to go to the press with allegations that Bierman had sexually abused two teenage boys.|
|June 13, 1986||December 14, 1986|
St. Luke Institute
Bierman is not indexed in the 1987 Directory. News reports place him at St. Luke's during this time.
St. Luke's is a mental health treatment center for priests and Catholic men and women religious. Clergy who sexually abused children were commonly sent to St. Luke's for treatment.
|1987||1992||Good Shepherd Pelletier Hall|
This was a convent/residence for sisters
Bierman was suspended from active ministry July 1, 1992.
|February 1993||The Catholic Center|
Per news reports, Bierman was retired and living here when a criminal complaint was filed against him in November 1992.
Bierman was arrested in November 1992 on charges of sodomy against a 15-year-old boy in 1974. He was arrested again in February 1993 at the Catholic Center for threatening to kill a newspaper reporter, who was also a former student. This time Bierman was held in jail.
Robert WIlliam Muench replaced Hughes as bishop Covington bishop (1996-2001).
|Kentucky State Reformatory|
The 1994 Directory does not index Bierman. He does appear in 1995-1997 Directories as "retired," and the 1998-2002 Directories as "retired" and "leave of absence." He no longer appears after 2002.
Bierman was sentenced in 1993 to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to 28 counts of sodomy and other crimes against children.
Bierman died in prison June 13, 2005.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1958-2002).
•Priest Named in Sexual Abuse Case; Diocese Offers Counseling, By Smita Madan Paul, Cincinnati Enquirer , December 12, 1992
•New Mexico Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse and Descriptions of the Charges against Them, Associated Press [Albuquerque NM], January 2, 1993
•Priest Jailed; Accused of Threats against Reporter, By Brenda J. Breaux, Cincinnati Enquirer , February 23, 1993
•Arrested Priest's Record Confidential, Bishop Says, By Brenda J. Breaux, The Cincinnati Enquirer, February 27, 1993
•3 to Testify in Priest Sex-Abuse Case, Courier-Journal, April 1, 1993
•Priest Pleads Guilty to Abusing Teen Boys, By Brenda J. Breaux, Cincinnati Enquirer, May 5, 1993
•Priest's Sentencing Delayed, United Press International 1993, June 24, 1993
•Ground Zero for Molestation in the Catholic Church, By Dan Moffett, Palm Beach Post, June 28, 1998
•Priest Sentenced for Molestation, Times-Picayune, July 3, 1993
•Priest Had Sleep Overs, Cincinnati Enquirer, November 10, 1995
•Jury Awards $ 750,000 in Suit against Diocese, By Jeffery Kurz, Cincinnati Enquirer, November 22, 1995
•Headline: Catholic Orders Settle Abuse Suits, Santa Fe New Mexican , January 11, 1996
•Porn, Drugs and the Devil in a Cincinnati Seminary, By Gregory Flannery, Cincinnati CityBeat, August 15, 2002
•Diocese's 'Archive' of Victims Sought, By Cindy Schroeder, The Cincinnati Enquirer [Cincinnati OH], Downloaded February 28, 2003
•Priest, Teacher Suspended, By Jim Hannah email@example.com, The Cincinnati Enquirer [Kentucky], September 20, 2003
•$5.2m Church Deal May Be Just Beginning, By Kevin Eigelbach, The Cincinnati Post [Kentucky], Downloaded October 13, 2003
•Lawsuit: Molester Investigated Abuse, By Paul A. Long , The Kentucky Post [Covington KY], Downloaded December 24, 2003
•Rebuilding Trust, Part 2, By Scott Westcott , GoErie.com [Pennsylvania], Downloaded June 30, 2003
•Disgraced Priest Dead at 73, By Paul A. Long , Kentucky Post [Kentucky] , June 14, 2005
•Trauma of Abuse by Priests Lingers, By Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press, carried in Lexington Herald-Leader [Louisville KY]
June 16, 2005
•Bierman in Denial until the End, By Cindy Schroeder, Cincinnati Enquirer [Ohio], June 19, 2005
•Sins of the Father, One Man's Struggle to Survive a Priest's Abuse, By Gregory Flannery, Cincinnati CityBeat, July 20, 2005
•In Support of SB575, By David Lorenz, Testimony before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Subcommittee, Annapolis MD, March 1, 2007
• 3 File Sexual Abuse Lawsuits against Archdiocese of Santa Fe, By Olivier Uyttebrouck, Albuquerque Journal, May 12, 2016
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