To The St. Michael’s College School Community,
On behalf of St. Michael’s College School, I would like to communicate with our school community regarding the August 9th Toronto Star article about a Basilian priest, Fr. Marshall, who is facing criminal charges for molesting four boys in Windsor, Ontario approximately 20 years ago. Fr. Marshall was part of the St. Michael’s teaching staff from 1952-54 and from 1957-58. In addition last week there was a story about another Basilian priest who was recently charged with a single count offense dating from the early 1970’s.
This is very disturbing news for the Basilian Fathers. As always our concern is first and foremost with the victims of abuse whom we need to support with our prayers and with whatever other resources are appropriate.
We also want to reaffirm the commitment of St. Michael’s College School to ensuring a safe and positive learning and work environment for all members of its community, students, staff, volunteers, parents and alumni. To this end, policies, guidelines and procedures have been established, particularly to protect our students against all forms of harassment and sexual exploitation. Please be assured that St. Michael’s has communicated these policies to all of its employees and volunteers and will follow the policies and procedures established in these documents.
Updated versions of the St. Michael’s policies on Child Protection and Harassment were approved by the Board of the school at its meeting this past June and are available on the school website.
Fr. Joe Redican CSB