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A new trial date has been set for previously convicted child molester Father Gary Hoskins:

 21-24 March 2017: TRIAL, Corner Brook, NFLD Superior Court (81 Mt. Bernard Avenue.)

There is also another court date set for motions prior to trial:

30 November 2016: motions, Corner Brook, NFLD Superior Court (81 Mt. Bernard Avenue.)

Father Hoskins , who, despite his 1987 conviction, is  still a priest with the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador (formerly the Diocese of  Saint George’s, Newfoundland ), has been working as a social worker  in  Missassuagua, Ontario since 1995.  A reminder too that after his short spell in jail and time in Southdown, and prior to his employ as a social worker, Father Hoskins was given safe haven in the Archdiocese of Toronto Ontario by Cardinal Emmett Carter.  Carter saw fit to recycle Hoskins to St. Anne’s in Brampton, Ontario.  He served as a priest to unsuspecting and no doubt trusting  parishioners at St. Anne’s  until his past caught up with him when when a visitor from Newfoundland spotted him in the sanctuary.  When shocked  parishioners heard the news, he denied.

Please keep the Father Hoskins victims and complainants in your prayers.

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The next court date for former fugitive from justice Frank Selas/”Mr. Wonderful” is:

07 October 2016:  09:00 am, “contradictory hearing,”  Rapides Parish courthouse (701 Murray St, Alexandria, LA 71301, United States)

I’m not sure what the contradictory hearing is about – did find two articles online which may be of some help -see here, and here .  If any of you Americans can shed more light on this please do :).

A reminder that Selas, who changed his name to Szeles during his years as a fugitive, is a former lay teacher at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo Japan.  SMIS is operated by the Canadian branch of the Brothers of Christian Instruction.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

 

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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More bits and pieces

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As promised, an update on the Father Amer Saka charges.

Father Saka, a priest with the Chaldean Catholic Church in Canada in London Ontario, allegedly gambled away refugee funds.   On 13 July 2016 Father Saka was charged  with fraud over $5,000 and possessing proceeds of property or thing exceeding $5,000.  Police will say only that the total sum of money ‘lost’ was in excess of $500,000.

The next court date for Father Saka is:

20 October 2016:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” London Ontario courthouse (80 Dundas St.)

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An update on Father Yvon Arsenault

Father Arsenault, a priest with the Archdiocese of Moncton, New Brunswick, ordained  1968, was very quietly removed from his parish in August 2012.  Eventually  charges were laid, in Both Moncton and the Miramichi.  A trial date was set in Moncton.  A tentative trial date was set in the Miramichi.

There has been a change in the Moncton trial dates. The 29-day trial  is now scheduled to start 24 October 2016 running through to 01 December 2016:

24 October – 01 December 2016: 09:30 am, TRIAL Moncton Courthouse Moncton NB (45 Assumption Blvd)

The Miramichi N.B. trial dates tentatively booked for 21-24 February 2017 still stand as tentative. I will continue to check periodically to see if those change.

Please keep the many complainants in your prayers.

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Can anyone provide further information on Jose Hernandez’ years at St Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Brantford Ontario?  This is Jose Hernandez, the music teacher referenced in the article below who was recently charged in Ottawa Ontario.   I have been told that for a number of years in perhaps the 90s he ran both the children and adult choirs and played at five Masses on the weekends at St. Pius X.  I believe he was there at the same time as Father Fran Manno cr, a Ressurectionist priest who left the priesthood?

I will be adding Jose Hernandez’ name to the list of Non-Clerical Catholic charged, sued or accused.  Anyone help anyone can provide by way of background would be very helpful.

Third sex assault charge for former Ottawa music teacher

Ottawa police say there are more potential victims.

Jose Hernandez, 70, faces two previous sexual assault charges following allegations he inappropriately touched two of his students while teaching at a private music studio in Ottawa. Tony Caldwell / Tony Caldwell

A former Ottawa music teacher faces an additional sexual assault charge after police investigated new allegations against the man, who now lives in Brantford.

Jose Hernandez, 70, faces two previous sexual assault charges following allegations he inappropriately touched two of his students while teaching at a private music studio in Ottawa. The Ottawa police’s sexual assault and child abuse section says Hernandez now faces a third charge after a third victim was identified.

The investigation looked into allegations against the accused between 2010 and 2016. The first complaint was laid in May, which led investigators to identify a second victim. Hernandez was charged with one count of sexual assault on July 19 and a second count on Aug. 16.

Police have not identified the music studio. Hernandez is to appear in court on Oct. 25.

Meanwhile, investigators say they are concerned there may be more potential victims.

“The Ottawa Police will respect a victim’s wishes to pursue or not pursue the matter before the courts,” said Staff Sgt. Angela McDade in  statement. “The reporting of these incidents by victims to police is key for investigators to identify suspects and determine crime trends.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944 or phone Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll-free at 1-800-222-8477.

jlaucius@postmedia.com

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Please note the following:

September 2016: Healing Gardens Program:  Reclaiming the Sacred 

This was sent to me while I was on vacation – just got it posted today, but, happily for those who may be interested,  there is still time  🙂

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This is a bt of a departure for me, but I beleive I should address it…

A concerned parent contacted me with news that an Australian cyclist who was charged and acquitted in Pennsylvania in 2008 is now living in St. Catharine’s Ontario and coaching a cycling team called NCCH.  Here are two articles regarding the charge and acquittal.  There are other articles online. Google “Rick Lee.”

The bottom line is the 51-year-old married coach had sex with an 15-year-old girl, a minor.  True, she lied and told him she was 18.  But, who would want this man around their teenage daughters?

I post this only because of the very real concern that parents in St. Catharine’s do not know this man’s background.  Please pass on the word.

Here are two articles:

Cycling coach Rick Lee rape charges dropped

smh.com.au

November 7, 2008 – 2:10PM

Chris Thomson

Rick Lee, the WA junior cycling coach and former national youth coach charged with raping a girl in the US state of Pennsylvania, has had all charges against him dropped, according to a cycling associate.

“As we speak, he’s being released from jail now,” Amanda O’Connor said this morning.

“The family heard from Rick’s brother about 20 minutes ago and he’s currently on his way to collect Rick.”

Ms O’Connor is a keen cyclist who was formerly coached by Lee. She is the spokesperson for the Midland Cycle Club, of which he is a member.

Lee, 51, had faced a suite of rape charges in Lehigh Township, Pennsylvania, after turning himself into police there on July 16.

Ms O’Connor said Lee had been released at 10.20am Perth time, after a delay had frustrated his rumoured release at 6am.

“Unless there is a further delay, he should be a free man about now-ish,” Ms O’Connor said.

“The District Attorney has dropped all charges and there will be no conviction recorded against his name whatsoever.

Lee had been charged with rape, statutory rape, burglary, trespass, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and indecent exposure. The charges carried penalties of up to 20 years jail.

Ms O’Connor said Lee had initially agreed to plea to a lesser charge offered to him by District Attorney John Morganelli.

But she said a review of outstanding forensic evidence by Mr Morganelli’s office led the DA to drop all charges.

For the past four months, Lee had been languishing on remand in Northampton County Prison, after bail of $US125,000 was set.

“We’ve been kept a little bit in the dark with what has happened with his legal team,” Ms O’Connor said.

“But Rick’s family is rapt at the result and that he’ll soon be on his way home.”

At the time of his arrest, Lee was in Pennsylvania coaching a visiting 10-strong Australian junior cycling team, including two members from Western Australia.

The 15-year-old girl at the centre of the allegations claimed Lee wore a condom while raping her.

An affidavit, signed by investigation leader Detective Robert Hawke, said the girl told police Lee confronted her in her family house after she collected a newspaper from the front yard.

The girl had alleged Lee forced her upstairs, ripped her clothes off, pinned her down and raped her.

Lee coached the Australian Youth Olympic team in 2005 and was assistant manager of the Australian Youth Olympic team in 2003.

His wife Debbie and CyclingWA have been contacted for comment.

WAtoday.com.au with 6PR Morning Program

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Australian cycling coach Rick Lee eager to move on after false rape charges

lehighvalley.com

on November 07, 2008 at 1:26 PM, updated November 07, 2008 at 4:10 PM

By JD Malone | The Express-Times 

Cycling coach Rick Lee, center, surrounded by his attorneys, Steve Mills, left, and Chris Shipman, right, during a news conference this afternoon.

An Australian cycling coach who spent nearly four months in prison after being falsely accused of rape said today he’s eager to get on with his life.

“I do accept some responsibility for an error in my decision-making,” said Rick Lee, 51, during a news conference outside the Courtyard by Marriott in Bethlehem Township, Pa., a day after being released from jail.

Lee said the incident that led to his July 16 arrest and imprisonment has been enormously damaging to his marriage, his coaching career, his sponsors and personal friendships.

“I’m not sure what the future holds,” said Lee, of Forrestfield, Australia.

Lee was in the United States coaching an elite Australian junior cycling team on a nationwide tour when he arranged a rendezvous with a girl in Lehigh Township. They met through the adult dating Web site plentyoffish.com.

At the time, the cycling team was in Trexlertown, Lehigh County.

The girl was 15 and initially told authorities Lee entered her home and attacked her while she was home alone.

The girl on Oct. 31 recanted her story, telling prosecutors that she invited Lee into her home and had consensual sex with him. She told authorities she no longer wanted to pursue the case.

Lee said he remained hopeful all along despite spending time at Northampton County Prison.

“It was a bit overwhelming but I felt the truth would come out,” he said.

Of the rendezvous that led to the charges, Lee called his actions “immoral” and said “I’m not proud of that.”

The girl on Oct. 31 told prosecutors that she invited Lee into her home and had consensual sex with him. She told authorities she no longer wanted to pursue the case.

District Attorney John Morganelli said despite the girl’s age, he could not proceed with a statutory rape charge because the girl in e-mails obtained by police told Lee she was 18.

Lee had claimed all along he met the girl on the adult dating Web site and believed she was an 18-year-old nurse who attended Penn State University.

He planned to return to Australia within the next few days after collecting personal belongings and cycling equipment here. Besides a wife, he has a 16-year-old daughter.

Lee was noncommittal when asked if he planned any civil lawsuit against the teen for lying.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “At this stage, all I’m worrying about is going home.”

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

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A new name added

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A new name has been added to the Accused list…

Father Javier De Los Angeles Cortazar, a priest formerly with the Archdiocese of e of Monterrey, Mexico and, as of August 2014, now a priest incardinated in the Diocese of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, is scheduled to go to trial next April 2017.  De Los Angeles Cortaza, born in late 1968 and ordained in 1996, is charged with sexual assaulting a fellow priest in Saskatchewan in 2014.

I have as yet been unable to find out when the charges were laid, but do know from the following that 18 August 2014 he was incardinated in the Diocese of Pronce Albert (  Diocese of Prince Albert Bishop letter re incaridnation of Father Javier De Los Angeles Cortazar)

Was he charged before or after he was received into the diocese?

And, why has this been hush hush?  Has anyone heard anything about these charges before now?

Further to that, scroll down the page and read the media coverage.  Why has the bishop not suspended Father De Los Angeles Cortazar?  True enough, the trial is pending, but the RCMP did find sufficient evidence to lay charges, did they not?  Why then has this priest been permitted to continue to function as a parish priest?  Is it not better to err on the side of caution?

Anyway, the trial date is set:

17-21 April 2017:  TRIAL, Meadow Lake Saskatchewan Court house (207-3rd Ave. E., Meadow Lake, Sask) – Court of Queen’s Bench courtroom.

Time permitting I will try to get and post the date the charges were laid.  I am curious.

Also, if anyone knows when Father De Los Angeles Cortazar arrived in the Prince Albert Diocese woud you please post or pass along that info.  And, if you also happen know what took him from Mexico to Prince Albert Saskatchewan please pass that info along too 🙂

As always, please keep the complainant in your prayers.

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Father Gary Hoskins, previously convicted priest turned social worker (but still a priest) had a court date in Corner Brooke, Newfoundland this morning (20 September 2016).  The Crownw was to make an argument to  present similar fact evidence.  I see no coverage as yet of the outcome.  If you spot  anything please pass it along.

And, yes, please keep Hoskin’s victims and the complainant in your prayers

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The next court date for ex-priest and previously convicted child molester Donald Grecco is:

31 October 2016:  10 am, Pre-trial (NOT open to public),  Robert S. K. Welch St Catharine’s courthouse, St. Catharine’s, Ontario (59 Church St.)

Please keep Grecco’s many victims and the complainants in your prayers.

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The next court date for former youth volunteer with Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan Youth Ministry Nathan Labatt is

06 October 2016:  09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #1, Regina courthouse (1815 Smith St.

Please keep the complainants in your prayers.

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Yes. we’re back!  We had a wonderful week visiting family and soaking in the beautiful scenery of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton.  We took a run around the Cabot Trail.  It had been decades since we last drove the trail – so glad we decided to do it again.  We had both forgotten how truly beautiful Cape Breton is.  We even branched off the trail and took that little jog on up to Meat Cove –  a first for us and worth every mile and minute 🙂

Now back to catching up on court dates 🙂

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Away again!

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Well, I’m barely back and unpacked and on my way again!  We’re heading to Nova Scotia this morning for a long long overdue visit with family.  We will be gone for about a week – should be back next Sunday or Monday.

Sorry everyone, but it’s been a strange summers.  It’s been wonderful,  but, for us, very unusual.   Anyway, the car is packed, and,in a couple of hours,  away we go again 🙂

I will keep tabs on comments while away.  I ask again that you post links to articles of interest.

All being well we will take a quick run  around the beautiful Cabot Trail while in Cape Breton 🙂

A reminder that   the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has started its hearings into the case of Father John Joseph Farrell today (12 September 2016).  The hearings are live-streamed so those who are interested and can endure the time change can follow along.   This ‘case’ is listed on the commission website as Case Study 44.  Information for accessing the Webcast can be found by clicking this link.  The hearings will be conducted in Sydney Australia.  Google “time in Sydney Australia” and you will be able to sort out when you can pick it up in your area.

I will try to follow via media coverage – will post articles if and when I can.  If I am unable to post an article I will post an external link.  If you come across anything reports please pass on a link 🙂

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Has anyone seen or heard anything on the Frank Selas /”Mr. Wonder” charges?   As I think I mentioned before, the system in Rapides Parish, Louisiana  is quite different than here in Canada – subsequent court dates are not set  at each court date so it’s a case of checking every so often to find out what is happening.  If there is no news when I get back I try again.

Please keep all those complainants who have waited so long to see juristic done in your prayers.

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An update now on courtdates here in Canada:

(1)  Nathan Labatt

Nathan Labatt is a former youth volunteer with Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan Youth Ministry.  He also volunteered with the Ukrainian Catholic Church, assisted at camps, is a former Boy Scout leader, and attended various youth camps and retreats throughout Saskatchewan.

Labatt is facing sex/porn charges in Humboldt, Kamsack and Regina Saskatchewan, the most recent of those being the Regina charges (July 2016)

Labatt’s next court date on the Regina charges is:

Tuesday 13 September 2016:  09:30 am, 13 September 2016

If anyone can get there to finfd out what s happening please do.  And, yes,  please keep the complainants in your prayers.

(2)  Donald Grecco  (Ex-priest, Diocese of St. Catharine’s Ontario)

Previously charged and convicted ex-priest Donald Grecco faced new charges in October 2015.

I have been trying for the past week  to get an update on the next Grecco court date.  As I have said before, sometimes getting dates is a problem.   Usually not, but sometimes…:(   This one has been a problem. All extensions constantly going to answering machines Two messages left – no call back.  If anyone can get to the courthouse in person to find out would you please give it a try?

Please keep Donald Grecco’s many victims in your prayers.

(3)   Richard Parenteau (Ex-priest, Diocese of  St. Jean, Quebec, now Saint-Jean-Longueil).

Ordained 21 May 1960, Parenteau left the priesthood in 1970.  He was charged September 2008.

According to claire bouchard,  on 30 August 2016 he was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

If anyone can find any media coverage – French or English – related to the conviction and sentencing would you please send or post a link.

Please keep his victims in your prayers.

(4)  Father Amer Saka

Father Amer Saka, a priest with Chaldean Catholic Church in Canada (in communion with Rome, was charged 13 July 2016 with fraud over $5,000 and possessing proceeds of property or thing exceeding $5,000.  Police will say only that the total sum of money ‘lost’ was in excess of $500,000.  There are allegations that Saka, who was participating in the Canadian government’s refugee-sponsorship program through the Hamilton Roman Catholic Diocese, gambled away funds intended for refugess.

Saka had a court date in in London, Ontario 08 September 2016.  When I return next week I will get and post his next court date.

Enough for now.

Sylvia

 

 

 

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Such gracious hosts!

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For the benefit of  those who have followed Sylvia’s Site for the past 9 or 10 years, my husband and I recently  spent several wonderful days in Duncan B.C. with two particularly dear and special friends to us all, Perry and Helen Dunlop.

Such gracious hosts!

They are both doing well.  Helen works as the Aboriginal Health Liason Nurse for Cowichan and surrounding area.  Perry has built up and runs a successful home renovations business.  All three girls have graduated from university.  Lovely girls.  A credit to their parents.

The days whipped by all too fast.  We toured the market.  We took a run over to Port Renfrew to dip our toes in the Pacific.  We toured Duncan and surrounding area.  Without doubt the highlight of the trip for my husband  was the run  out with Perry to pull in the crab traps.  We had fresh crab for supper.  Never in my life have I tasted crab meat so sweet and tender.  Delicious!

Those who know her know that Helen is one  great cook!!  Breakfasts.  Lunches.  Suppers.  Delicious.  And, not only was there fresh crab to feast upon, there were shrimp.   Lots of shrimp.  Fat, juicy. tender shrimp!  Yummy!  And, yes, ‘caught’ by Perry!)     And then of course there were nibblers with crab dip.

You would love their home (it truly is a home, not just a house).  What a job Perry has done in renovations.  It is beautiful.  Perry has been picking away at rooms and additions over the past 15 years, and what a job he has done.  Really and truly beautiful.  Everything is done to perfection.  Beautiful.  Perry is a man of many talents.  When he sets out to do something he’s going to do it properly.

Then there is the view.  If you could just see the magnificent view from Perry and Helen’s home in Duncan you’d know what I mean.  It truly is a view to die for.      We idled away many an hour chatting – morning and evening – on the large covered  deck with the breathtaking view of the lake and mountains.

So serene.   So peaceful.  Sheer tranquillity.

And, yes. There would be no visit with Perry without some guitar strumming.  A concert.  We had our own little concert.  A lot of fun.

Is “Cornwall” behind them?  No.    The pain is still there. It’s unspoken, but it’s there.    It will never be truly behind them.  Never.  It is a part and parcel of their lives, of who they are now, and, of course, of where they are.  Had it not been for Cornwall Perry and Helen and the girls would never have wound up in Duncan BC.  And, equally true is the fact that had it not been for Cornwall Perry would never be running a home renovations business.  Perry’s career was law enforcement.  He loved it.  He truly loved being a police officer.  Thanks to the molesters of Cornwall and their their lawyers and enablers who relentlessly villified Perry in his battle to expose the truth and protect children,  that came to grinding halt.

But, they were thrown lemonades, and they made lemonade.  Perry and Helen moved on with their lives and did what had to be done to try to raise their girls in a ‘normal’ environment.   It wasn’t always possible, but they did their best to shield the girls from the hatred and filth.  And, as I said before, those girls are a credit to them them.  Lovely girls, Marlee and Monica are away, one in China  teaching and the other in the North nursing.  We had time with Heather.  Such a sweetheart.  So proud of her Dad.   She’s just back from helping out at a hospital in Uganada – has a degree in kinesiology – plans to go back to university in a year to pursue a degree in nursing.  A smart girl (they all are).  A thinker.  Outgoing.  Kind.  We so thoroughly enjoyed her company.  The girls are, as we often say “well raised.”

There really wasn’t much talk about “Cornwall.”    It’s not the sort of memory lane one opts to go down by choice.  No weeping and wailing.  It’s all about making that lemonade!

I still believe that the day will come when Perry is very publicly vindicated.  I’m not so sure that I will be around to see it happen, but I firmly believe that it will happen.  The day will come when guilt torments a few of the minds and souls  of those who lied and/or  covered up.  The day will come when the many victims who have remained silent will speak.  The day will come when some of those who have been blissfully ignorant  of the Cornwall sex abuse scandal and cover-up start to talk abut what they saw, and heard and know.

On that note, will sign off.  I just wanted to let you all know what a wonderful visit we had with Perry and Helen and bring you up to date a little on their lives.

Thank you Perry and Helen.  For everything.  Love you both.  Such a privilege and honour to know you both.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

 

 

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We’re home for a spell.  Had a truly wonderful holiday.  Getting squared away and caught up  on some court dates.  Will start blogging tomorrow .

Sylvia

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Off to visit…

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Jessica Berldin had a court date in Ottawa yesterday (Monday 22 August 2016.  If anyone has news of the outcome, or sees any media coverage, please pass it along.

Please keep the complainant in your prayers.

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Nathan Labbat has a court date in Regina this morning on the new Regina charges.

23 August 2016: 09:30 am, “to be spoken to,” courtroom #1, Regina courthouse (1815 Smith St.

I am hoping that some of you from Regina will be able to attend.  There may not be much to hear or see, but I think that surely  there will be some reference made by his lawyer to the charges his client is facing in other jurisdictions?

If anyone attends, or see or hears any media coverage, please pass along the news and/or the link.

As always, please keep the complainants in your prayers/

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Well. another mini flood in the basement last week 🙁  Something went amiss with the pressure pump which pumps water up from the well and through the house – water spraying all over creation!  The good news with this is that I was home and happened upon  the disaster before the basement was turned into a swimming pool!  I nearly went out in the morning, thankfully stayed put!!!

So, another disaster zone in the basement, and computer and software gremlins keeping me on the go for hours and days on end.  But, good times too in the midst of it all.  Silver linings 🙂 We celebrated a big anniversary – so very very much to be thankful for 🙂

This morning – in just a few hours in fact – we’re off for a visit with friends and family on the West coast.   I will moderate comments while away but will probably not get much, if any,  posting of articles done.  I ask all of you to please keep each other up to date with links to media of interest,  and to offer support and words of encouragement to those who are going through difficult times.

Enough for now.

Sylvia

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What was he doing at St. Joe’s?

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Things have changed since I last ordered transcripts.  No matter, I finally got it all sorted out and have placed an order for portions of the transcripts of the Father Robyn Gwyn sex abuse trial.  There was testimony which I missed and/or testimony which I want to get verbatim rather than rely on memory.  It will probably take a little while 🙁  But, it’s done 🙂

There are portions of the testimony which I can and will still cover without the transripts.  I am quite certain that I have enough in my notes and memory to do so, so, now that I know where I stand, I will do so 🙂

One thing which has really been playing on my mind is the testimony of Bonnie Henderson, a retired teacher and former teacher of Danny, who told the court that the first time she met Father Gwyn was “about” 15 years ago at a Mass at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Ottawa.  According to Ms. Henderson, Father Gwyn was there “greeting people.”

What in the name of goodness was Father Gywn doing at the Oblate-administered St. Joseph’s in Ottawa?  I wonder if she had her dates right?  Was it actually 2001?  No matter, that’s where Ms. Henderson met Father Gwyn.  Whatever the reason,  he was at St. Joe’s.  And he was greeting people.

If anyone knows what took Father Gwyn to St. Joe’s please let me know. I truly am curious.  (I believe that’s when Father Chris Rushton omi was the Provincial?  )

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Hot hot hot days.  And humid.  The air conditioner is straggling to stay on top of things.  Trudy struggling.  I pity and often think of those without air these days.  It must be sheer torture.

Meanwhile Windows Live Mail is no longer supported by Microsoft, so that is causing major headaches with emails from Sylvia’s Site. I’ve been working at it and will eventually have it resolved, – but, oh my… what a nuisance for some who’s as technologically challenged as I!

And encountering other software issues 🙁

Oh joy!!!!

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Aside technological  headaches there is lots going on, I am just not in a position to make comment .  Some day, by the grace of God, everything will be out in the public domain!

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Interesting

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There is much to say about Day Three of the Father Robyn Gwyn sex abuse trial in Kingston, Ontario yesterday.  It will take a while.  I am working on it 🙂  For now, a quick mention of the fact that Robyn Gwyn, a late vocation to the priesthood, attended Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., from 1984 until 1987.

There are a number of men with “late vocations” to the priesthood who attend Holy Apostles.  They have some sort of program geared for men with “late vocations.”   But, the seminary also takes in young men pursuing the priesthood, and the college itself is a liberal arts degree-granting college.

But,  here’s an interesting thing.  There are two men on the list of Accused on Sylvia’s Site who attended the college, both were ” late vocations”:

(1)  Father Stephen Amesse

Amesse was ordained in 1999.  His sex abuse trial is scheduled for 19 January 2017

(2)  Father Joe LeClair

Father LeClair was ordained in 1986.  He has been convicted for fraud and theft and spent a year in jail.  More recently, he entered a guilty plea to charges related to impaired driving.

There’s one other priest I know of who attended the seminary, and who was also  a “late vocation:  Father John Corapi. 

Corapi, a priest with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) and once popular Catholic evangelist who had a regular program on  with the EWTN,  was a  ‘late’ vocation to the priesthood.   The last I heard of Corapi was he was leaving the priesthood, and this after  allegations of affairs with women and drug use.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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Trial wraps up

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The Father Robyn Gwyn sex abuse trial wrapped up yesterday afternoon.

04 August 2016:  Sexual touching’ is ‘issue’ in trial

Justice Wolfram Tausendfreund will render his verdict 29 September 2016 at 1o am.  The judge ruled that Father Gwyn can now return to Nova Scotia  and does NOT have to return to Kingston for the verdict.  Gwyn lives in the Berwick area of the Annapolis Valley.

I will post my comments on yesterday’s events a little later.  For now, for those who  wondered about Father’s hasty departure from the Kingston Archdiocese in the Spring of 2004, yes, he had been reported.  In fact, the archdiocese had been told by a family member that Father Gwyn had sexually abused a young boy.  ( “Rev. Robin F.Q.J. Gwyn retires as Pastor of the parish of St. Mary, Carleton Place, and is on indefinite leave from active ministry [effective 3 May 2004]). “  It was on the heels of this that Gwyn was assessed by an Ottawa psychiatrist  and  disclosed that he, Gwyn,  had sexually molested a number of boys age 14 to 16.

As always. please keep the complainant in your prayers.

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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