Wain, Martin A. (Monsignor Martin Wain)

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American priest, diocese of ordination unknown.  Ordained 1981.

1990:  Guilty plea to charges related to sexual assault of teenage boy. Sentenced to 18 months prison and three years probation

In the early 80s served in New Hampshire Monastery (Hundred Acre Monastery), a retreat house in the town of New Boston, NH – Wain was allegedly the #2 priest with a Trappist by name of Paul Fitzgerald as #1.  Also at the monastery during Wain’s time there was a priest from Pittsburgh, PA by name of C. Richard Ginder.   Ginder, a former columnist for Our Sunday Visitor and founder and editor of The Priest (a journal for Catholic clergy) and the Catholic Choirmaster, was a self-proclaimed homosexual: he was charged and convicted in 1969 for possession of photos of himself engaged in sex with adolescent boys.  In short order he was out of jail and on 10 years probation.  In 1976, after publication of Binding With Briars, he was stripped of his priestly faculties.  In 1978 Ginder was charged and convicted for sodomizing two 16-year-old boys.  Ginder’s criminal record was kept under wraps by the Pittsburgh Diocese until it was forced to open its files.  He died in a car accident in 1984 at the age of 70.

Wain was at St. Paul’s University, Ottawa in the Fall of 1983.  It seems that at that time he had connections to the Peterborough Diocese. The 1985-86 CCCD shows him as incardinated in the Peterborough Diocese, however in 1988 he is also listed in the American Official Catholic Directory as Chancellor of the Peterborough Diocese.

(When a search warrant was issued for Msgr. Wain’s arrest the word is that he had been hidden out by James Doyle, then Bishop of Peterborough.)

Wain had/has an apartment in Ottawa, Ontario.  After Doyle’s retirement he moved in with Wain.  (One day while Wain was out Doyle allegedly had a heart attack, fell into the whirlpool, and was later found by Wain, floating in the whirlpool, dead. )

Wain continued to function as a canon lawyer after his conviction.

Had and may still have a cottage in New Hampshire, possibly at Newfound Lake, Bristol, NH.  Not listed in Canadian Catholic Church Directory in 2015 and 2016.

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September 2011:  Bilocation? where exactly was he?

September 2011:  Emails between self and the Chancellor of the Peterborough Diocese regarding Monsignor Martin Wain

2006:  “Bishop Wright and the Ginder Affair”

1982 83 Ontario Catholic Yearbook highlighted (Father Martin A. Wain listed as Vice Chancellor Director of the Regional Marriage Tribunal)

1982The Official Catholic Directory 1982 (Father Martin Wain listed at Hundred Acres Monastery in New Hampshire.  Listed at the monastery at the same time are its Trappist founder Father Paul Fitzgerald ocso, and convicted molester from Pittsburgh, PA, Father Richard Ginder)

07 April 1966: Three Trappist Priests Establish New Monastery

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The following information is drawn from Canadian Catholic Directories(CCCD) which I have on hand, media (M), the American Catholic Directory (ACD) and personal knowledge (P)

2016, 2015:  Not listed in directory index

 2011, 2010, 2008, 2006:  listed in index, name only – no address (CCCD)

2004, 2005: address on Chapel St., Ottawa, Ontario (CCCD)

2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991:  address for Peterborough Diocesan Centre (CCCD)

2003, 2002: Peterborough Diocese tribunal (CCCD)

1995:  address in CCCD is Diocesan Centre in Peterborough, but in fact living at address on Donald St., Ottawa, Ontario.  Wain, however, travelled back and forth to Peterborough regularly.  While in Peterborough he would stay at the Bishop’s Palace (same address as Diocesan Centre)

1990: Guilty plea to charges related to sexual assault of teenage boy. Sentenced to 18 months prison and three years probation.  Ordered to get psychiatric counselling. (M)

1990:  address Peterborough Diocesan Centre. Phone number different (705-745-1545) (CCCD)

July 1989: Surrendered to police (M)

listed in the 1985,’86, ’88, ’89 American directories with address at New Hampshire Monastery, New Boston, NH and, under Retereat Houses in Manchester Diocese,  at the Monastery (Hundred Acres) with Father Paul Fitgerald .  (ACD)

22 June 1989:  warrant issued for Wain’s arrest (M)

11 October 1987:  Concelebrated at the funeral Mass of Rev. Czeslaw Szymanski at Holy Trinity Polish Church, Lowell, MA (Archdiocese of Boston) (M)

Chancellor Diocese of Peterborough

1985-1986: Pastor, St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Lakefield, Ontario (CCCD)

Vice-Chancellor Peterborough diocese (CCCD)

1985-86:  Pastor, St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Lakefield, Ontario (CCCD) shown as incardinated in Diocese of Peterborough.  According to Bishop Doyle, Wain became pastor of St. Paul’s in 1985 (M)

Episcopal Vicar for diocese (CCCD)

Notarius with Marriage Tribunal (CCCD)

lived at Bishop Doyle’s ‘palace’ prior to his assignment at St. Paul’s (M) Wain was sexually abusing his victim in the bishops’ palace (M)

The 1985 American Official Catholic directory  shows him at the New Hampshire Monastery, New Boston, NH and incardinated in Diocese of Manchester, NH (ACD) 1985 Official Catholic Directory (pages giving Wain’s address at the New Hampshire Monastery and also showing him at or affiliated with the Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario)

March 1984:  started sexually abusing a 13-year-old Peterborough boy.  The abuse continued for four years (M)

Fall 1983-Spring 1984: St. Paul University, Ottawa.  According to Bishop Doyle Wain did not assist at any Ottawa parishes during his time in Ottawa. (M) The sex abuse of a 13-year-old boy started in the Spring of 1984 when the boy spent a few days with Wain in Wain’s quarters at St. Paul University, Ottawa (M)

1983-84, 1982-83: address in index that of Peterborough Diocesan Centre (OCY)

 Vice-Chancellor, Peterborough Diocese (OCY)

Director of the marriage tribunal (OCY)

1982:   Hundred Acre Monastery, New Boston, New Hampshire .  Also listed in administrative positions at the monastery were Fathers Fitzgerald and Richard Ginder (ACD) Ginder was a self-professed homosexual and convicted molester.  He was also convicted for possessing child pornography.

05 June 1981:  ORDAINED to the priesthood (P)

chaplain at St. Peter’s Catholic High School, Peterborough, Ontario ? (p)

20 December 1980:  Ordained to the Diaconate – incardinated in Diocese of Peterborough, Ontario (P)

began his “vocational discernment” in the United States (P).  It is unknown at this time where.  It is also unknown what seminary – if any? – he attended in Canada

 

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19 October 1990: Wain back living in rectory (newspaper not identified)

13 February 1990:  Priest jailed for sexual assaults

16 January 1990: Financial settelement announced (second part of article only – newspaper not identified)

January 1990:  Priest admits sex assault on teen boy

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Priest gets 18 months for assaults on teenager

Montreal Gazette

14 February 1990

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – A Roman Catholic priest who led a young teenager to drugs and pornography was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for sexually assaulting the boy over a four-year period.

Rev. Martin Wain, 46, former pastor at St. Paul’s Church in nearby Lakefield, was also placed on probation for three years and ordered to get psychiatric counselling.

Wain, a former St. Peter’s high school chaplain, pleaded guilty last month to sexually assaulting the boy from March 1984, when he was 13, to May 1988.

The youth’s mother often wiped tears from her face during proceedings and at one point left the courtroom with her husband. “This incident has had a major effect on the victim and his family,” said provincial court Judge R.B. Batten.

Batten said the priest had breeched the trust of the boy, his parents and the Catholic community.

Court heard Wain provided the money and encouragement for the boy to become involved in drugs and pornographic films.

“The accused alienated the youth from his parents, introduced him to illegal substances and used the relationship to gratify his own sexual preferences,” said Crown attorney Harry Carleton.

Court heard the boy is undergoing expensive psychiatric treatement. The Peterborough Roman Catholic diocese and the victim’s family have reached a financial settlement, but details have not been released.

Defence lawyer Paul French said Wain admitted to having a sexual relationship with the boy, but said it didn’t involve violence or threats.

A psychiatrist’s report said Wain had a childlike way of describing conflicts between his personal life and the priesthood and his relationship with the victim was similar to one between two adolescents.

“The doctor believed Wain didn’t genuinely understand the effects of his behavior on the victim,” French said.

But the judge said he rejected the notion “that somehow the accused is a victim in this case.”

French said his client has not yet decided whether to appeal.

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Priest jailed for sexual assaults

Former school chaplain ‘robbed boy of his adolescence’

Toronto Star

13 February 1990

By John Driscoll -Special to the Star

PETERBOROUGH – A Roman Catholic priest who “robbed a boy of his adolescence,” according to a crown attorney, was jailed for 18 months yesterday.

The sentence on Martin Wain, 45, a former monsignor, high school chaplain and parish priest, is to be followed by three years probation.

Wain had pleaded guilty in an earlier court appearance to sexually assaulting a teenage boy over a four-year period.

Wain’s lawyer referred to medical testimony that the priest had “child-like sexual attitudes,” and said the relationship was like one between two teenagers.

Major effect

But Provincial Court Judge R.B. Batten said in passing sentence, “This incident has had a major effect on the victim and his family.

“I reject the suggestion that the victim and his family have any guilt whatsoever in this matter, or that somehow the accused is a victim in this case.”

Court was told the youth, now 19, will have to undergo psychiatric treatment for several years.

As a condition of his probation, Wain must submit to treatment as recommended by the Clark Institute and must not be involved in any community or professional activity with children under the age of 16 unless accompanied by an adult over the age of 21.

The assaults, which began in 1984 when the youth was 13 years old, were carried out in a private apartment at the diocesan bishop’s home, in Wain’s Lakefield residence and at a cottage owned by Wain in New Hampshire.

Watched movies

The court had heard testimony that Wain gave the youth money for marijuana and liquor and that they watched pornographic movies and masturbated each other.

During the period of the assaults, the boy became alienated from his family and involved in drugs.

The boy finally reported the relationship to his parents and used a hidden tape recorder to record a conversation with Wain.

Wain was removed from his clerical duties when his superiors were informed and the victim and his family have received a financial settlement from the Peterborough diocese.

“The accused alienated the youth from his parents, introduced him to illegal substances and used the relationship to gratify his own sexual preferences,” said crown attorney Harry Carleton.

“His actions were a breach of trust in its most extreme form. The sentence must reflect society’s abhorrence of this kind of conduct.”

Carleton said he had no confidence that Wain would receive any treatment if sentenced to more than two years in a federal penitentiary.

“I am much more confident he will receive treatment, even while serving his sentence, in a provincial institution,” he said.

 

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Canadian Press

February 13, 1990  08.55 EST

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. (CP)

A Roman Catholic priest who led a young teenager to drugs and pornography was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for sexually assaulting the boy over a four-year period.

Rev. Martin Wain, 46, former pastor at St. Paul’s Church in nearby Lakefield, was also placed on probation for three years and ordered to get psychiatric counselling.

Wain, a former St. Peter’s high school chaplan, pleaded guilty last month to sexually assaulting the boy from March 1984, when he was 13, to May 1988.

The youth’s mother often wiped tears from her face during proceedings and at one point left the courtroom with her husband.

“This incident has had a major effect on the victim and his family,” said provincial court Judge R.B. Batten.

Batten said the priest had breeched the trust of the boy, his parents and the Catholic community.

Court heard Wain provided the money and encouragement for the boy to become involved in drugs and pornographic films.

“The accused alienated the youth from his parents, introduced him to illegal substances and used the relationship to gratify his own sexual preferences,” said Crown attorney Harry Carleton.

Court heard the boy is undergoing expensive psychiatric treatement. The Peterborough Roman Catholic diocese and the victim’s family have reached a financial settlement, but details have not been released.

Defence lawyer Paul French said Wain admitted to having sexual relationship with the boy, but said it didn’t involve violence or threats.

A psychiatrist’s report said Wain had a child-like way of describing conflicts between his personal life and the priesthood and his relationship with the victim was similar to one between two adolescents.

“The doctor believed Wain didn’t genuinely understand the effects of his behavior on the victim,” French said.

But the judge said he rejected the notion “that somehow the accused is a victim in this case.”

French said his client has not yet decided whether to appeal.

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Canadian Press

January 15, 1990  21.57 EST

AP Note

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. (CP)

A Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty Monday to sexually assaulting a teenager over a four-year period kept the boy quiet by threatening to destroy his family.

Rev. Martin Wain, 45, a church monsignor and former pastor at St. Paul’s Church in nearby Lakefield, Ont., told the boy he was having an affair with the boy’s mother, provincial court court was told.

Crown attorney Harry Carleton said the boy was told by Wain that he and his mother wanted to get rid of his father so Wain could quit the priesthood and get married.

Wain also told the boy he had power to get his father fired from his job, and claimed the boy’s family owed $30,000 to the church.

The priest is to be sentenced Feb. 12.

The assaults began in March 1984 when the boy was 14 and occurred on a regular basis until May 1988.

Carleton said Wain befriended the victim’s family and took the boy on outings, taught him to waterski and to drive his jeep.

WENT ON TRIP

The first assault happened when the boy accompanied Wain to Ottawa where the priest was taking university classes. On the third night of the visit they watched a pornographic film the priest had rented and Wain put his hand down the boy’s pyjamas, said Carleton.

Other assaults took place at the Peterborough diocese bishop’s house, at Wain’s residence in Lakefield, on a fishing trip, at a Montreal motel and at a cottage Wain owns in New Hampshire.

Later in the relationship, Wain bought the boy numerous gifts and made a $500 deposit on a car for him, despite objections from the boy’s parents.

On weekends when Wain was in Peterborough, he gave the boy money to buy drugs and beer. They would get “stoned” while watching pornographic movies — usually at the Bishop’s house — and then fondle each other, Carleton told the court.

During the assaults, the boy became confused, abusive at home, his school grades dropped, he used drugs and he became alienated from his family, especially his mother.

Carleton said the mother confronted Wain with her suspicions, but he denied them and talked about the church’s position on homosexuality.

Prior to Monday’s conviction, the family received a financial settlement from the Peterborough diocese, but Bishop James Doyle wouldn’t reveal the amount.

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Priest remanded in sex case

Toronto Star

14 August 1989

PETERBOROUGH (Special) – A Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a boy over a five-year period has been remanded to Jan. 15 for a preliminary hearing.

Martin Wain, 45, a former pastor in Lakefield, is charged with sexually assaulting a boy from 1983 to 1988 in the Lakefield, Peterborough and Ottawa areas. The youth, now 18, cannot be identified.

Provincial Court Judge L.T.G. Collins, a Lakefield resident, disqualified himself Friday from presiding over the preliminary hearing.

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Canadian Press

June 23, 1989  12.50 EDT

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. (CP)

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a boy over a five-year period in the Peterborough and Ottawa areas, police said today.

A warrant was issued for Rev. Martin Wain on Thursday, said Staff Insp. George Loyst.

He said police received a complaint from an 18-year-old Peterborough youth, who said he was assaulted between March 1983 and May 1988.

Wain, 45, is travelling in the United States but is expected to return to Peterborough, Loyst said.

Wain, who was ordained in 1981, became pastor of St. Paul’s Church in nearby Lakefield in 1985, said Bishop James Doyle.

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Priest to appear in court on charges of assaulting boy

The Ottawa Citizen

04 July 1989

A Roman Catholic priest has been ordered to appear in provincial court in Peterborough Aug. 11 on a charge of sexually assaulting a boy over a five-year period, including one incident in Ottawa.

Rev. Martin Wain, 45, surrendered to Peterborough police Friday after a warrant for his arrest was issued June 22, while he was travelling in the United States.

Police acted on a complaint from an 18-year-old Peterborough youth, who claimed he was assaulted between March 1983 and May 1988.

Wain, formerly the pastor of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in nearby Lakefield, now lives at the rectory of the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains in Peterborough.

Peterborough Bishop James Doyle said in June that Wain studied at Ottawa’s St. Paul University from the fall of 1983 to the spring of 1984. But Wain did not work in any Ottawa area churches, he said.

Wain was released on bail after arraignment in provincial court.

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Priest given date in court

Windsor Star

04 July 1989

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. (CP) – A Roman Catholic priest has been ordered to appear in provincial court Aug. 11 on a charge of sexually assaulting a boy over a five-year period in the Peterborough and Ottawa areas.

Rev. Martin Wain, 45, surrendered to city police last Friday after a warrant was issued June 22 for his arrest while he was travelling in the United States. Police received a complaint from an 18-year-old Peterborough youth, who claimed he was assaulted between March 1983 and May 1988.

Wain, formerly the pastor of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in nearby Lakefield, now lives at the rectory of the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains in Peterborough.

He was released on bail after he was arraigned Friday in provincial court.

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POLICE: PRIEST SOUGHT: Youth reports sex assaults

The Ottawa Citizen

24 June 1989

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Roman Catholic priest from Peterborough charged with sexually assaulting a boy, including one incident in Ottawa, police said Friday.

The warrant was issued for Rev. Martin Wain, 45, on Thursday after police received a complaint from an 18-year-old Peterborough resident. The teenager said he was assaulted by a priest between March 1983 and May 1988, said Staff Insp. George Loyst.

Peterborough Bishop James Doyle said Friday that Wain studied at Ottawa’s St. Paul University, on Main Street, from the fall of 1983 until the following spring. He said Wain did not work at any Ottawa area churches.

Wain is now travelling in the United States but is expected to return to Peterborough, Loyst said.

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Funeral services for Rev. Czeslaw Szymanski

Lowell Sun

14 October 1987

The funeral service of Rev. Czeslaw Szymanski, assistant at the Holy Trinity Polish Church for the past six years, took place Sunday October 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Cardinal Law, Archbishop of Boston, presided and spoke at the Vesper service which was conducted by Msgr. John Abucewicz, pastor. assisted by Rev. Louis Bilicky and Rev. Fabian Czarnecki, O.F.M.

•On Monday. October 12, Most Rev. Albert Hughes, Regional Bishop of Lowell, celebrated the Mass of the Resurrection with Msgr. John Abucewicz, who preached the homily, and Msgr. Wain, Chancellor of the Diocesse of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada as designated concelebrants.

Also concelebrating were the following: Msgr. Stanislaus Sypek, Rev. Francis Strykowski, Rev. James Radochia, Rev. Ferdinand Slejzer, Rev. P. Narewski, Rev. •Kazimiez Zastawany, Rev. Joseph Lukas. Rev. F. Bigowski, Rev. Armand Morissette, Rev. J. Kuchel and Rev. Fabian Czarnecki.

Officers of the Holy Name Society acted as pallbearers and the Knights of Columbus acted as Honor Guard.

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