The dioceses across the United States are all publishing names of priests deemed to have been credibly accused. Included on the list released by the The Diocese of Owensboro Kentucky is the name of a Father Gilbert Henninger. Henninger, born in 1907 and ordained in 1937, was a student in Ottawa from 1941 to 1943.
Where and what he was studying for those years is unknown. It could have been Ottawa University, or St, Paul’s University?
Here is the information provided on the Owensboro website:
- Diocese/Order: Owensboro
- DOB: 12-18-1907
Date of Ordination: 5-22-1937
Date of Death: 3-5-1990
- Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:
6/27/37 – 8/16/37: St. Peter, Stanley
8/16/37-9/4/37: St. Rose, Cloverport
1937-38: St. Francis de Sales, Paducah
1938-39: St. Paul, Owensboro and St. Joseph, Owensboro
1939-41: Chaplain at St. Francis Academy, Owensboro
1941-43: student in Ottawa, Canada
1943-62: Chaplain to Ursulines at Mt. St. Joseph
1962-82: St. Martin, Rome
- Clerical State: deceased 1990
- Allegation(s): Multiple allegations received after his death, but deemed substantiated.
Since there were multiple allegations against him then I think it is reasonable to beleive that chances are high that he was molesting while he was in Ottawa. I will therefore put his name on the list, but will link to this post rather than try to put together a page. I unfortunately just do not have any further information about this priest and/or his time in Ottawa.
[Do you suppose that in the interest of transparency we’ll ever see the day that Canadian bishops publish the names of clergy convicted and/or credibly accused?]
Enough for now,