Father William Hodgson Marshall csb (Hod Marshall)
Basilian priest. Ordained 1951. Laicized/defrocked sometime after his guilty pleas. (03 January 2014: “College Kicks Out Former Teacher” & related article)
Charged: May 2010 in Windsor, Ontario; September 2010 in Toronto, Ontario’ October 2010 in Sudbury, Ontario. February 2012 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
GUILTY 08 June 2011 in Windsor, Ontario on charges from Ontario : 17 charges related to sex abuse of 17 victims (16 male: 1 female) (there are conflicting accounts of the numbers, some have 16, others 17) Sentenced to two years in jail.
In July 2011 several men in Saskatoon came forward alleging sex abuse by Marshall as teens. 10 November 2011: Saskatoon police conducted an investigation and turned the file over to the Crown attorney in Regina Saskatchewan. 07 February 2012: charges were laid relating to indecent assault of two Saskatoon boys in 1959 and 1960
Parole hearing: Marshall has waived his right for further parole board review. He can refile if he chooses. As it stands 23 April 2012, he will be released 05 October 2012;
08 October 2012; 30 May 2012; 27 March 2012 probably in Kingston, Ontario?
Next court appearance on Saskatoon charges: 04 March 2013: 10 am, courtroom #10, to enter a guilty plea, Windsor, Ontario courthouse ;
31 October 2012: Windsor Ontario courthouse, t0 set date for deposition, ; 16 October 2012: 9:30 am, Windsor Ontario court house to “possibly” set a date for resolution; 04 September 2012: 09:30 am, courtroom #10, Windsor Ontario courthouse, “to take a plea” ?; 20 July 2012: 10:00 am, Windsor Ontario courthouse “to take a plea.” [set over to September]
31 October 2012: More Charges Laid (with VIDEO)
Click here to access 340 comments posted on this page between May 2010 and June 2011 There are further comments posted here:
21 May 2010: BLOG Serious case of cover-up and recycling ?
22 May 2010: Victim alleges abuse took place here and in the Soo (click here)
04 September 2012: BLOG This makes no sense
23 February 2012: BLOG “to enter a plea”
12 December 2012: BLOG In the refectory
Hod Marshall: Victim Impact Statements and Statements of Claim
Basilian Chart – showing dates and known whereabouts of the following four known or alleged Basilian molesters: Fathers William Hodgson Marshall,Robert Whyte, Leo Campbell and Kenneth O’Keefe
1974: Hod Marshall sermon at funeral of Father William Nigh 21 November 1974 (Notes on the Congregation of Priests of Saint Basil – Collected by Robert Joseph Scollard, CSB: 1952 – 1975)
1955 – Father Hod Marshall at Assumption College school in Windsor (yearbook picture with handwritten “Pray for me” and signature)
1955: Crusader Yearbook 1954-55 ( Hod Marshall with Bantam basketball team, and picture with adjacent signature and hand-written note “Pray for me” )
Nick-name while at St. Charles College, Sudbury was “Happy Hands Hod.” In Northern Ontario was dubbed “the basketball priest” because of his frequent attendance at basketball games.
08 June 2011: Pictures of Assumption College Catholic High School, Windsor, Ontario
GUILTY! x 16: Pictures
The following dates are drawn from the Canadian Catholic Church directories (CCCD) of that date, St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) yearbooks, media (M) information found online, and comments blogged on this site
(Cardinal George Flahiff was elected Superior of the Canadian Basilians in 1951. From 1954 to 1960 Flahiff served as Superior General of the Basilian congregation worldwide.
The current Bishop of London, Ontario, Ronald Peter Fabbro csb, was Superior of the Canadian Basilians from 1997-2002)
Basilian priest (Congregation of St. Basil
June 2013: Revocation of Ontario teacher’s license
October 2012: released from jail
February 2012: charged in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (M)
09 June 2011: sentenced to 2 years in jail (M)
08 June 2011: GUILTY plea in Windsor Ontario (M)
October 2010: charged in Sudbury, Ontario. (M)
September 2010: charged in Toronto, Ontario (M)
May 2010: charged in Windsor, Ontario (M)
2003-2010: address for Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre (CCCD)
2002: sued by man in Sudbury Ontario seeking counselling for abuse by Marshall which he alleges transpired in the 1960s. Awarded $10,000. (M)
2001: address 95 St. Joseph St., Toronto – address for Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre (CCCD)
2000: Toronto, Ontario (Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre) (CCCD)
1999: Basilian Newsletter 1999
“Project(s) Children’s Home of St. Lucia (St. Lucia)
“Amount awarded: 3,500.00
“endorsement: Fr. W. H. Marshall, CSB”
1998: Toronto, Ontario (Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre) (CCCD)
1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997: “Out of Canada” (seems he was doing “missionary” work in St. Lucia during these years) (CCCD)
According to Houston Chronicle Marshall moved to St. Lucia 1993 and retired in 1997. Where was he in 1991 and 1992? The CCCD indicates he was “out of Canada.”
According to the Toronto Star he left to do missionary work in St. Lucia after 1989 and, in 1996 left St. Lucia and headed for the Saint Luke Institute, Maryland.
(20 June 2011: I have been informed that Hod Marshall helped to establish the Holy Family Children’s Home in Ciceron which served boys and girls from newborn to age 14. I have also been told he served as pastor at St. Benedict’s Church in Ciceron and in that capacity would have paid regular visits to the Ciceron school.)
According to the Toronto Globe and Mail (23 Sept. ’10) a complaint was received about Marshall in 1996 and he was recalled – he was sent for ‘treatment’ to the Saint Luke Institute in Maryland (we now know that Hod was pulled from St.Lucia and sent to St. Luke’s after a victim contacted the Basilians: when Hod Marshall was confronted he did not deny the allegations. The victim did not want to go to police at that time. )
1989 -1996: according to Toronto Star he left Windsor in 1989 to do missionary work in St. Lucia. He left St. Lucia in 1996
1988: address 1100 Huron Church rd., Windsor – address for Assumption College School (CCCD)
1985-89: Principal of the Holy Names High School, Windsor, Ontario (according to Windsor Star, was in the area in 1985. Initially taught at the site of the former St. Hubert elementary where the Holy Names students were housed until their new school was ready)
Member of Knights of Columbus. From Course Calendar Holy Names High School 2010-2011
HOW WE BECAME KNIGHTS
Our founding principal, Fr. Hod Marshall, was a member/brother of the Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council 4386 in South Windsor. He attended monthly meetings at the K of C and constantly reminded the members of the importance of Catholic Education. Fr. Hod had a vision of establishing a Catholic High school in South Windsor. In 1985 when Holy Names High School opened at the former St. Huberts School on California Ave., the K of C presented Fr. Hod Marshall and students with a cheque for the purchase of their first set of basketball jerseys. Fr. Marshall then announced that all teams and clubs would be known as the Holy Names Knights.
1978-85: Principal at St. Mary’s College, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (Toronto Star and CCCD)
1985-86: address for St. Mary’s College, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (CCCD)
(strangely the 1980 Ontario Catholic Directory lists his address as 258 Pine St., Sudbury – the address of St. Charles College.)
1971-78: Principal at St. Charles, Sudbury, Ontario (Toronto Star and CCCD)
1973-74: Principal St Charles College, Ontario (CCCD)
1971-72: not listed in CCCD
(according to one source was transferred abruptly around 1979 or 1980 after report of a “fondling” incident at St. Charles College: http://www.theinquiry.ca/wordpress/charged/marshall-william-hodgson/comment-page-1/#comment-63668)
1970-71: studying in Ottawa. (studying what?) (Toronto Star)
1961-1970: St. Charles College, Sudbury, Ontario (CCCD and Toronto Star)
August 1959-August 1961: teaching at St. Paul’s High School, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (M)
charges laid in relation allegations of sex abuse during his time in Saskatoon (M)
1959, 1960 & 1961: address listed as St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (CCCD) (He must have been living in residence at St. Thomas More College while teaching at St. Paul’s HS. We have been told that his letters of those years were on te college letterhead)
1958: St. Michael’s College yearbook. Listed as Math and Religion teacher, coach of Bantam All Stars and coach of the Blue Stars Ontario Catholic basketball champions
1956-1957 school year: according to the Houston Chronicle, taught Math and coached basketball at St. Thomas High School, Houston, Texas.
According to Windsor Star coached basketball at Assumption College in Windsor for two years.
As noted above, the 1955, 1956 & 1957 CCCDs show him at Assumption College in Windsor .
Father Robert Whyte csb was on staff with Marshall at Assumption in 1957
1956: St. Michael’s college yearbook – the Tower. Picture shows him speaking at the dedication of the Shrine to Our Lady of Grace http://www.archive.org/stream/stmcstower1956testuoft#page/106/mode/2up/search/marshall
(Marshall is referenced as “of Assumption College.” A reminder here that Marshall was possibly travelling back and forth to Toronto throughout the years and, although serving elsewhere, in this case Assumption in Windsor, was perhaps occasionally – or frequently? – involved in St. Michael’s College School special events, i.e., the dedication of the shrine)
1955, 1956 & 1957: Assumption College, Windsor, Ontario. (CCCD)
Mid 50s: sometime in the mid 50s spent a few months living in the rectory at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Amherstbourg, Ontario – allegedly suffering form nervous exhaustion
1950 – 1954: Toronto’s St. Michael’s College School yearbooks. Teaching Math. Coaching football and/or basketball teams. (yearbooks & CCCDs)
Around this time was also teaching basketball to Catholic parochial students in Toronto
1950 & 1951 Father Robert Whyte CSB was also on staff
1942: Graduated from St. Michael’s College High School in Toronto. Listed in Thurible as “Hodgson Marsahll.” There is no sign of him in pre-1942 Thuribles so he must have attended SMCHS only for Grade 13.
raised in Westmount, Montreal, Quebec. I have been told that he attended a Christian Brothers School believed to be called D’Arcy McGee. There was a D’Arcy McGee high school in the heart of Montreal which was once operated by the Christian Brothers. It was the first English Catholic high school in Montreal. It closed in 1992
Former Ontario priest, 87, charged with sexual abuse
20 May 2010
By Frances Willick, Windsor Star
WINDSOR, Ont. — A Basilian priest and former Windsor, Ont., high school principal who is now in his late-80s, has been charged with sexually abusing a child in an allegation that dates back to the 1980s.
Rev. William Hodgson (Hod) Marshall, 87, appeared in court Wednesday to face a charge of sexual abuse for incidents that occurred while he was working at a Windsor school from 1981 to 1985.
It is unclear which school Marshall was serving during the years the alleged incidents took place, and it is unknown whether his alleged victim was a student.
Windsor police said the investigation started “a while back,” but police were unable to share details of the case Thursday night.
A statement from the religious order expressed sympathy for any victims of sexual abuse.
“The Basilian Fathers are deeply concerned and regretful that one of their members is alleged to have abused a minor,” reads a statement issued by the General Council of the Congregation of Priests of St. Basil. “Our hearts and minds turn immediately to the victim who has come forward.”
By 1993, he had retired from the school system and had moved to St. Lucia to carry out missionary work.
He didn’t lose his connection with Windsor after moving south, though. The priest spearheaded projects that brought students to the Caribbean island to build homes and to help with the construction of schools and daycares.
Marshall retired from the public ministry in 1997 and moved to a residence for Basilian priests in Toronto.
While working in northern Ontario, “Father Hod” became known as the “basketball priest” for his dedicated attendance at games.
“Anything I can get students interested in, I will,” he told The Windsor Star in 1985. “And I attend everything I can. I like to get in there and see the kids, see them doing something worthwhile and developing their talents.”
Neither Marshall nor representatives of the Catholic school board could be reached for comment Thursday evening.
7:42 AM on May 21, 2010
I hope it was just the Star getting it wrong and not the police. He wasn’t even in Windsor from 1981-1985. He was busy abusing boys in Sault St. Marie. He came to Windsor for the ’85-’86 school year. That was when he started abusing in Windsor – not 1981-1985. Before the Sault he was abusing in Sudbury.
Moved to St. Lucia for missionary work did he?? That wasn’t all he was doing down there. He got kicked out of the country for a REASON and never EVER returned even once for a visit.
Just one question? Did he plead guilty.
2:53 AM on May 21, 2010
Yeah, go for the big girls like the rest of us.
2:06 AM on May 21, 2010
How awful that there seems to be no end to the parade of vermin pedophiles hiding behind the robe. When will it ever end?
“I like to get in there and see the kids, see them doing something worthwhile and developing their talents.”
Kind of makes your skin crawl doesn’t it?
12:53 AM on May 21, 2010
Yes the church is loaded with these guys, they intended to join to access to those defenseless children. Hope they rot in h ll . if theres one.
Cult like group thiose basilians .