I have added the name of Brother John Paradis fic with and a link to page with further information to the Accused page.
Those who have followed the unfolding sex abuse scandal of the Brothers of Christian Instruction and St. Mary’s International School in Japan will have noticed the comment posted 07 February 2014 by “deapks” on the St. Mary’s International School Labor Dispute website Forum. deapks said that he and a female teacher caught “Brother John” engaging in sexual activity with a St. Mary’s student. That was in the late 60s. He doesn’t recall the brothers last name, but adds: “I think he was on the top shelf of the bros, one of a few with his own office.”
Who is Brother John?
Sorting this out became a little convoluted. The bottom line is that Brother John is Brother John Paradis, who is Brother Paul-Emile Paradis, who, in the mid 80s and on was known to students at SMIS simply as Brother Paul
Brother John Paradis is still alive and living in a Brothers of Christian Instruction facility on the banks of the St. Lawrence in La Prairie, Quebec, Canada. La Prairie, a suburb of Montreal, is also home to the College Jean de la Mennais, a private school once operated by the Brothers. I think but am not 100% certain that some of the brothers still teach at the school.
So, the Brother Paul-Emile Paradis in this December 2003 group photo is Brother John.
Group picture of Brothers of Christian Instruction after a retreat at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo (Brother Lawrence Lambert is Brother Guy Lambert. This is Page 8 from April 2010 edition of LaMennais magazine)
Note that the text accompanying text places Brother Paul-Emile Paradis at La Prairie.
Now check this 2010 Annual List of Personnel. Brothers Martial and Paul-Emile Paradis are the only Paradis in La Prairie:
I have been told by contacts that Brother Paradis, who was once Headmaster and/or Principal at SMC back in the 60s returned to teach at SMIS in the mid 80s and was known to the students as Brother Paul. I was also told that “Brother Paul” is alive and living in La Prairie.
I have no idea where Brother John was prior to this ‘return’ to SMIS, nor do I know when or why he left. If anyone can fill in these gaps please get in touch with me. Was he perhaps reported, and, like Brother Lawrence Lambert, slipped out of circulation for a spell? I just do not know. Was he perhaps sent off to one of the multitude of other schools operated by the Brothers world-wide?
(The 2010 report is a few years out of date but still invaluable to those seeking addresses and contact information for various Brothers and superiors within the order. I did try to find a more current report but so far without success – I am yet again hampered by inability to read or speak French 🙁 If anyone has a more recent report please send it my way)
There’s Brother Paul-Emile Paradis fic (John/Paul Paradis)
and there’s Brother Benoit Lessard fic (Daniel Lessard)
and there’s Brother Guy Lambert fic (Lawrence Lambert)
That’s three. Three of them. Three real/suspect/alleged – whatever you want to call them child molesters. Three all there at the same time. Those poor little boys.
I get chills. I really and truly get chills.
In that vein, I have a little video clip I plan to post . I will do so later. For now I just wanted to let people know who and where Brother John is.
Has there been a cover-up and/or tolerance of child sexual abuse at St. Mary’s? Did any superiors know about Brother Lawrence back in the mid 60s? What about Brother Lessard? And, yes, what about Brother John?
And what abot the stories of boys trying to and sexually abusing their fellow students? What if anything did the administration know of this in the 80s? And, what was or was not done?
Were there more than these three? It’s highly possible is it not?
Were there decent Brothers over the years? I’m sure there absolutely were, but I do not include in that number those Brothers who knew and cover-ed up, – and in so doing willfully placed those boys at risk.
I have deep concerned for the many victims who must be out there, and who have, as victims are prone to do, remained silent. Most believe that they are the only one. Most fear that they will not be believed. And, in this instance, I am sure many fear the wrath of those alumni who have greater concern for the reputation of the school than for the plight of a victim, and ditto that for the deception which may have been wrought in covering up these despicable crimes.
I have concerns for parents and families who to this day do not know what happened to their “Johnny” while he was away at school – they know he changed, but have no idea why.
I encourage those who have been sexually abused by any of these brothers to speak up, There is freedom in putting the shame and blame smack dab where it belongs – on the shoulders of your molester.
Enough for now,