Sentencing hearing for Father Levi Noel tomorrow morning at the Tracadie-Sheila courthouse, Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick.
I don’t have the start time – it is probably 9:30 or 10 am. Noel is already serving 8 years for a prior conviction.
Please as always try to get there if you can. Keep the victims in you prayers. And, as always, please pass on any news with a comment or link to media coverage.
I added the Obituary for Monsignor James Conrad and updated the page with new dates and information.
Conrad, who was charged and convicted for stroking a man’s leg in a washroom, had his conviction overturned on appeal. It’s a case which has always puzzled me. At trial six police officers were in attendance in support of Conrad, A probation officer – a Catholic from Bracebridge- played a role in Conrad’s defence. The judge, Douglas Bice, questioned the presence of the six officers in the courtroom and suggested their very presence might be a form of intimidation.
Anyway, the case was appealed. Justice H.D.P. Logan ordered the conviction quashed.
I now realize that Conrad was a late vocation to the priesthood. Born in 1936 he was ordained in 1979. I wonder what he was doing before he decided to enter the priesthood?
I also see that despite having the conviction quashed Conrad did not return to parish ministry in the Peterborough Diocese. He did however , head down to Venice,Florida where he assisted at a parish. Why, I wonder, did he leave the country?
After his time in Venice Florida Conrad returned to the Peterborough Diocese, but not as a parish priest. Bishop Doyle appointed Conrad to serve as Financial Administrator of the Diocese.
Bishop Doyle sent Conrad in to presumably soothe the troubled masses at St. Mary’s in Grafton, this after a parish audit showed that their former priest, Father Mark Buckley, had been playing around with parish dollars.
Conrad did the job well. He flatly refused to discuss finances with disconcerted parishioners.
There’s something rumbling in the back of my mind about Conrad at a nursing home or some such thing. Can anyone help me on that? Was it a nursing home? Or senior citizens home?
As you know I have also recently been doing some research on convicted molesters from the Peterborough Diocese: Monsignor Martin Wain and the Russell brothers – Father William Russell and Frank Russell, a teacher.
Wain, ordained in 1981, plead guilty in 1990 to charges related to sex abuse of a young boy. The abuse began around 1984 and continued for several years.
I posted some information just days ago regarding the curious goings on with convicted molester Monsignor Martin Wain. He was simultaneously listed in American Church directories at a New Hampshire monastery and in Canadian directories in the Peterborough diocese. That aside Wain did spend time as a Chaplain at St. Peter’s High School in Peterborough. He also served at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Lakefield from 1985 until the time of his arrest. Some of the abuse transpired at the rectory in Lakefield.
Father William Russell, ordained in 1979, was convicted in 2002 for sexually abusing a boy between 1974 and 1976. Although Russell was not yet a priest, some of the abuse occurred at the Lakefield rectory where he later served as a priest after ordination.
In the Fall of 1982 he established “St. Peter’s Alumni and Friends” for St. Peter’s High School, Peterborough, Ontario
Russell left Peterborough for Toronto in the late 80s. In Toronto he apparently worked for the Roman Catholic School Board. It appears he also worked with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
I noticed today that this past Sunday he was on the list for prayers for the sick at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church in Peterborough.
Frank Russell is Father William Russell’s brother. Russell, who taught at St. Paul’s school in Lakefield, Ontario, was convicted around the mid 90’s for sex abuse a relative and four students at St. Paul’s school in Lakefield, Ontario between 1973 and 1981. Ontario Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) Union funds were used to send Frank Russell on a little trip before he was sentenced. Who pulled the strings for the finances is unknown.
My information on Frank Russell is very limited at this time. I am working at getting more. I have no idea where he is now.
There was also Father Patrick Herlihey, a teacher (1976) turned priest (1981), who was convicted in 2001. Herlihey, who spent time serving as Chaplain at Bowmanville High School, was convicted in 2001 for sexually abusing a boy between 1983 and 1985 ( while Herlihey served at St. Francis of Assisi in Newcastle. He was acquitted in 2002 on sex abuse charges which also related to his time at St. Francis of Assissi.
Herlihey surfaced at Immaculata High School in Ottawa in the mid 80’s.
Herlihey is now laicized. According to a blogger he is now working as a handyman in the Kawartha Lakes area.
And, there Father Douglas Stamp, a Redmptorist priest who served at St. Alphonsus Church in Peterborough from 1979-1983. Stamp was convicted in 1997 – for sexually abusing two boys at St. Aphonsus.
And, then here’s Father Mark Buckley. Ordained in 1988 Buckley personal bankruptcy in 1997. Frequented gay bars and clubs – well know in the gay and lesbian community in Peterborough area. Borrowed over $200,000 from a widow. The money was never repaid. The widow is now deceased. Charges laid in relation to funds missing from St. Mary’s Church in Grafton. After the furor over finances studied at OECTA to get teacher’s quals and then, despite a warrant out for his arrest, headed off to Calgary to teach in Catholic schools and serve in parishes as a priest. The charges were withdrawn s few years later when Bishop Doyle told authorities he had given Buckley permission to use parish funds. Buckley is currently principal at a public high school in Calgary, Alberta, His name is still listed in Catholic directories meaning he is still a priest.
Finally there is Father Czeslaw Szymanski, a Polish priest serving in the Boston Archdiocese who seemed to be in the process of relocating to the Peterborough Diocese when he was killed in a 1987 car accident. A lawsuit launched in 2010 by three men alleges child sex abuse by Szymanski at a parish inLowell,MA. Father Martin Wain, then Chancellor of the Peterborough Diocese, concelebrated at the funeral Mass.
Sorry, there’s one more.
Oblate priest and convicted molester Father Ed MacNeil OMI was convicted in 1996 for sexually abusing several boys in the late 60s. After charges were laid MacNeil was assigned to serve as Chaplain at the Sisters of Joseph Motherhouse in Peterborough. He has had faculties from the Peterborough Diocese for years. He was recently discovered ministering with the Kateri Native Ministry in Ottawa,Ontario.
Those are the ones which come to mind and which I can publicly identify to date.
Now I am really and truly wondering what the heck was going on in Peterborough? Any ideas?
Any information on any or all of the above would be greatly appreciated
Enough for now,