Another busy day yesterday.
A few updates:
(1) Father Lussier going to trial
Father Lucien Lussier (Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall) is scheduled to go to trial 12 January 2010. His most recent court date was 29 June 2010.
Until now all proceedings have been conducted at the Alexandria courthouse. The trial will proceed at the courthouse in Cornwall, Ontario.
Oh my. There is confusion ++ re O’Keefe’s cv.
Read the following:
12 August 2010: Basilian priest charged with abusing Ottawa student in 1972
Note the dates in the last para of the article. As I noted at the top of the article, I believe there is an error – St. Joseph’s, Toronto should be St. Joseph’s, Ottawa.
I have been on a wild goose chase on this particular issue all day yesterday. According to a 03 September 2006 article in the BC Catholic, O’Keefe taught Archbishop Miller in Grade 9 at St. Michael’s Catholic High School in Ottawa. The time frame would have been the early 60s.
I had never heard of a St. Michael’s Catholic school in Ottawa and set out to find out more about it.
Well, there never was a St. Michael’s Catholic School in Ottawa. There was, however, St. Joseph’s Catholic School.
I know that Father O’Keefe definitely taught at St. Joseph’s in the late 60s and possibly early 70s. But what of the early 60s? Where did this St. Michael’s fit in?
I thought perhaps there was a typo with the city name. Perhaps it was St. Michael’s College School in Toronto? I checked through numerous St. Michael’s College School yearbooks – no Father O’Keefe teaching in or around those years.
Then I happened on this article in the Register.
Now O’Keefe is shown as teaching at St. Joseph’s High School in TORONTO from 1959-1977!!!
I know for a fact that Father O’Keefe was teaching at St. Joe’s in the late 60s and possibly early 70s. I am now quite certain therefore that there have been two typos in two different articles and that O’Keefe was in fact at St. Joe’s in Ottawa from 1959-1977. I will double check this today.
And there’s another bit of confusion…
The 1971-1974 Canadian Catholic Church Directories list O’Keefe at St. Joseph’s, and, if I am correct, the Basilians say he was there from 59-77.
Media reports, however, have said or implied that alleged abuse transpired in 1972 while O’Keefe was teaching at St. Pius X. Initially I though perhaps the CCCDs were in error. Now I do believe the error lies elsewhere. Either the media has the date wrong or it has the school wrong. As I said, I will get this sorted out today. It’s now getting to be too big a mess to leave as is. Once it’s all sorted out I will update the page.
(3) O’Keefe is a St. Andrew’s West boy
As mentioned in other blogs, Father Kenneth O’Keefe is indeed from “Cornwall.” In fact O’Keefe was born and bred in the small community of St. Andrew’s West which lies a hop-skip-and-jump north of Cornwall.
“Alleged” molester and ex-seminarian-turned-probation-officer Ken Seguin was also from St. Andrews West. Seguin committed suicide in 1993.
True, Seguin was born in 1944, and O’Keefe was born around 1930, but, being part of the small close-knit community which St. Andrews is there is little doubt they would have known each other, at the very least as casual acquaintances.
Actually, by the mid 60s when Seguin was studying for the priesthood at Ottawa’s Saint Paul University O’Keefe was teaching at the Basilian-run St. Joseph’s Catholic School.
Downtown Ottawa to St. Andrew’s West is no more than a 50 minute drive by car.
When O’Keefe was travelling home on weekends and holidays to visit his family in St. Andrew’s West did he ever share the trip with Seguin? It’s highly possible, is it not? I can’t help but wonder what Father O’Keefe might know of the tormented Ken Seguin?
I wonder too how often Father O’Keefe said Mass at the historic St. Andrew’s Church? (1860) Pre-Vatican II he would have been able to assist in the sanctuary only at a Solemn High Mass, or, given the opportunity, he would have been able to say a Mass on his own – either weekdays or Sunday morning.
After Vatican II, and with the advent of the Novus Ordo Mass, Father O’Keefe would have been able to concelebrate when he was home for a visit .
He would have been able to assist with confessions both pre and post Vatican II.
It is rather uncanny isn’t it? There is something a little unsettling, at least for me personally, in finding that a priest with no apparent Cornwall connections was actually born and bred in St. Andrew’s.
For those who don’t already know, Helen Dunlop hails from St. Andrews West. Yes. Helen and her many brothers and sisters were born and bred in St. Andrew’s.
Another reminder that sometimes it truly is a small small world.
More on all of this as I sift through my mind, documents and dates.
(4) The Basilian Farm
In late 2005 O’Keefe joined a small contingent of his Basilian confreres at the Henry Carr Farm in Beeton Ontario. (Scroll to page 37)
Beeton lies just North of Toronto. The Henry Carr farm is actually closer to Bond Head.
O’Keefe is apparently back at the Cardinal Flahiff Centre in Toronto. I would hope that is the case. It would seem that the farm is closely affiliated with the Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary Schoolin Bondhead. The Basilians at the farm conduct regular retreats for the students from Father Henry Carr. I read elsewhere that, in addition to filling in at local parishes, the Basilians at the farm also conduct Masses and hear confessions at the school
Children will be back to school in a few weeks.
(5) Bernard Sauve charged
More news from Cornwall: Bernard Sauve has been charged with the sexual assault of a 22-year-old male.
12 August 2010: Cornwall man faces sexual assault charges
Those familiar with the Cornwall sex abuse scandal and cover-up may recall that Sauve managed to wriggle out of his previous sex-related criminal charges. Those charges – one each of gross indecency and indecent assault – related to allegations of sex abuse of underage boys.
Regarding the latter charges, believe it or not, it took five years from the time the first complainant went to police to the 2001 “trial” which in actuality turned into a non-trial!
At the non-trial Sauve showed up with a medical doctor, and, believe it or not, Crown attorney Curt Flanagan actually argued that it was not in the public interest to proceed with the charges. The charges were withdrawn. The whole thing was a mess from start to finish.
The long and short: Suave “walked.” That was the end of that.
I recapped part of that particular Cornwall horror story under a 14 May 2008 blog entitled Sorry, pathetic. Disgraceful, wretched lot
And, here we are nine years later. Sauve charged – again. True the allegations haven’t been proven in court, but it sounds as though the 69-year-old entrepreneur is in reasonably good health. I suppose, like our recent weather, that could change.
And yes, if that name rings a bell, Curt Flanagan is the same Crown who decided it would not be in the public interest to pursue the death threats against Perry Dunlop. He is also the Crown who ensured that alleged paedophile and former Crown attorney Malcolm MacDonald got an absolute discharge for obstructing justice with the illegal gagging of David Silmser. http://www.theinquiry.ca/wordpress/2010/07/01/small-small-small-world/ (scroll down)
(6) Extradition questions
I have a reply from Justice Canada to my questions regarding the extradition process and fugitive from justice Father Eric Dejaeger. It’s too late to cover that now – I will leave it for tomorrow.
Enough for now,
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