Father William Hodgson Marshall csb (Hod Marshall)
Basilian priest. Ordained 1951. Laicized/defrocked sometime after his June 2011 guilty pleas. Died 28 July 2014
Charged: May 2010 in Windsor, Ontario; September 2010 in Toronto, Ontario; October 2010 in Sudbury, Ontario and 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
April 2018: $2.5M settlement awarded victim in civil jury trial. According to information attained through evidence and testimony Hod Marshall was reported to his Basilian superiors six times, the earliest of those being in 1947- four years BEFORE his ordination to the priesthood. He was also sent off for “treatment” three times, ie 1978: Washington DC ( this may have been at St. Lukes’s Institute which is just outside Washington); June 1979: Southdown (Aurora Ontario), and; sometime 1996-sometime1997: St. Luke’s Institute , Maryland
(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)
25 October 2019: MacLeod v Marshall (Ontario Court of Appeal)
Ontario court of appeal upholds jury decisions re awards for punitive damages economic loss. As seen in their statement below, the Basilians appealed because they did not believe those awards were legally sound or justified:
22 May 2018: Latest Media Statement from the Basilian Fathers
25 May 2018: Saga of dead pedophile priest, principal continues
10 May 2018: Final settlement in historical sex abuse case
07 May 2018: Last Marshall litigant settles for $950 K
Due to the vast numbers of articles posted in various media over the years all, a number of previous links to media coverage had to be moved to another page:
Victim Impact Statements and Statements of Claim
08 December 2011: Jerry Boyle statement read at Windsor, Ontario Press Conference
17 November 2011: Jerry Boyle Statement of Claim
24 August 2011: A Papal Letter from Ken Hills
19 August 2011: John Doe Statement of Claim
08 August 2011: Ken Hills Statement of Claim
(The Basilian Fathers once staffed the now defunct Columbus Boy’s Camp in Orillia Ontario .
12 December 2012: BLOG In the refectory
(Information from the late 70s and mid 80s regarding Crawley Hall, when Fathers Leo Campbell and Hod Marshall taught at St. Mary’s College in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
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
26 April 2018: Questions to the jury (Roderick MacLeod and William Hodgson Marshall. The Basilian Fathers of Toronto, the Sudbury District School Board amd the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of the Diocese of Sault Ste Marie)
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
26 April 2018: BLOG A time to rejoice, and time to weep
20 February 2018: BLOG Basilians in the news
07 December 2017: BLOG Several things of note
08 November 2016: BLOG For now, the following…
13 July 2016: BLOG What a sham
22 January 2015: BLOG A lot going on
13 January 2015: London diocese priest disputing charges
06 August 2014: BLOG Clerical molesters and confreres dead
07 January 2014: BLOG Back to work
17 October 2013: BLOG Who is paying?
06 March 2013: BLOG And now this
04 March 2013: BLOG There will be kudos
26 February 2013: BLOG Happy Hands …..Hanna????
20 February 2013: BLOG Basilian priest-teacher suspended in Houston – Canadian connections
22 January 2013: BLOG And there you go…
31 October 2012: BLOG Legal charade
30 October 2012: BLOG Another name on the list
30 Oct0ber 2012: BLOG Court in Windsor
23 October 2012: BLOG Catch up
16 October 2012: BLOG No “guilty” plea yet from “Happy Hands”
15 Oct0ber 2012: BLOG Tomorrow it is
10 October 2012: BLOG Disclosure issues
04 September 2012: BLOG Possibly?
04 September 2012: BLOG This makes no sense
03 September 2012: BLOG It will get done
29 August 2012: BLOG More on Mount Cashel scandal
19 August 2012: BLOG Poor health?
20 July 2012: BLOG Pass on info
21 June 2012: BLOG Another victim
07 June 2012: BLOG Child offender?
29 May 2012: BLOG Clerical thief receives stiffer sentence than clerical molester
11 May 2012 BLOG Plea bargains
30 March 2012: BLOG Dutch brother was “creepy”
29 March 2012: BLOG It seems appropriate
05 March 2012: BLOG Is it purely by chance?
04 March 2012: BLOG Tears
23 February 2012: BLOG “to enter a plea”
15 February 2012: BLOG Can’t get over it
10 February 2012: BLOG Three years
07 February 2012: BLOG Charges from the West
11 December 2011: BLOG In the refectory
09 December 2011: BLOG No easy way
08 December 2011: BLOG Merge charges?
07 December 2011: BLOG Press Conference
03 December 2011: BLOG So much pain
28 October 2011: BLOG On to trial
25 August 2011: BLOG Where are they now?
11 August 2011: BLOG Quick notes
08 July 2011: Can he check himself out?
16 July 2011: BLOG “It’s never too late”
09 July 2011: BLOG We learn from each and every one of you
08 July 2011: BLOG Can he check himself out?
07 July 2011: BLOG Interesting
07 July 2011: BLOG What will it take?
24 June 2011: BLOG 1942 grad
20 June 2011: BLOG Important
16 June 2011: BLOG Quite interesting
15 June 2011: BLOG Bits and pieces
12 June 2011: BLOG Pictures
10 June 2011: BLOG Video clips
09 June 2011: BLOG Sea of suffering
07 June 2011: BLOG Court
06 June 2011: BLOG Scrambling
01 June 2011: BLOG Problem resolved
31 May 2011: BLOG If trends continue
06 May 2011: BLOG The Bishop is “saddened”
05 May 2011: BLOG Verdict due
05 May 2011: BLOG Do we have a problem, or do we have a problem?
03 May 201: BLOG Not cheap
28 April 2011: BLOG Ready to go
20 April 2011: BLOG Final step
31 March 2011: BLOG A lark!
31 March 2011: BLOG That would make sense
22 March 2011: BLOG Was an internal investigation conducted?
22 March 2011: BLOG Dotting the “i”s
11 March 2011: BLOG Is this for real?
09 March 2011; BLOG Can anyone clarify
08 March 2011: BLOG USP bursary for convicted clerical molester
24 February 2011: BLOG Update
18 February 2011: BLOG Ridiculous?
08 February 2011: BLOG Busy day in courtrooms
02 February 2011: BLOG Productive day
14 January 2011: Have they no shame?
13 January 2011: BLOG “a real curve”
11 January 2011: BLOG Please attend
02 December 2010: BLOG Why the silence?
28 November 2010: BLOG Bothered
24 November 2010: BLOG Court
22 November 2010: BLOG Busy week in courts
15 November 2010: BLOG Uncanny?
01 November 2010: BLOG Court time is expensive
28 October 2010: BLOG What’s wrong with us?
26 October 2010: BLOG Update
22 October 2010: BLOG Crazy!!
21 October 2010: BLOG Who knew who?
15 October 2010: BLOG Unsettling
23 September 2010: BLOG Hurling insults?
23 September 2010: BLOG Abysmal
09 September 2010: BLOG Disappointed but not surprised
01 September 2010: BLOG It begs the question
12 August 2010: BLOG I cringe at the thought
10 August 2010: BLOG Deja vu
09 August 2010: BLOG Tomorrow
06 August 2010: BLOG What happened to the charges?
28 July 2010: BLOG Delay. Delay. Delay.
27 July 2010: BLOG Court date
23 July 2010: BLOG The camp
20 July 2010: BLOG The hunter
19 July 2010: BLOG Out of the ordinary
16 July 2010: BLOG Foolish
14 July 2010: BLOG Any news?
12 July 2010: BLOG Back on Interpol
06 July 2010: BLOG New info
02 July 2010: BLOG Further charges pending?
01 July 2010: BLOG Small small world
28 June 2011: BLOG Keep your voices
27 June 2011: BLOG Interesting
25 June 2010: BLOG Hard to deal with
20 June 2011: BLOG Important
20 June 2010: BLOG Justice on this earth
18 June 2010: BLOG The masses are not amused
17 June 2010: BLOG Hard one to figure out
15 June 2011: BLOG Bit and Pieces
12 June 2010: BLOG Strange?
09 June 2011: BLOG Sea of Suffering
08 June 2010: BLOG Watching the sorry saga unfold
07June 2010: BLOG Setting up computer
21 May 2010: BLOG Serious case of coverup and recycling
23 May 2010: BLOG Look who’s on the Basilian’s sexual misconduct review board
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
28 July 2014: Died
June 2013: Revocation of Ontario teacher’s license (03 January 2014: “College Kicks Out Former Teacher” & related article)
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)
1989 -1996: according to Toronto Star he left Windsor in 1989 to do missionary work in St. Lucia. He left St. Lucia in 1996
1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997: “Out of Canada” (seems he was doing “missionary” work in St. Lucia during these years) (CCCD)
sometime 1996-sometime 1997: St. Luke’s Institute , Maryland (Evidence at civil trial 2018)
According to Houston Chronicle Marshall moved to St. Lucia 1993 and retired in 1997, however he was in St. Lucia from ’89 until he was reported in ’96 and sent off to St. Luke’s Institute for “treatment.” The CCCD indicates he was “out of Canada.”
(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. )
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.)
June 1979: ‘Treatment’ at Southdown (Aurora, Ontario)
1978: A weekend of ‘treatment’ in Washington DC ( this may have been at St. Lukes’s Institute which is just outside Washington?)
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 the 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.
1956-1957: Teaching Math and coaching basketball at St. Thomas High School (Houston Texas) yearbook pictures:
According to Windsor Star coached basketball at Assumption College in Windsor for two years.
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)
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 from 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 Marshall.” 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 .
Court dates and parole hearings
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]