Father William White (Father Bill White)
also seems to be one and the same as Father V. White csc
Father Vallery White
Priest Archdiocese of Edmonton, Alberta. Ordained 1954. GUILTY plea 1991
Seems he was initially ordained as a priest for the order known as the Congregation of the Holy Cross, also known as Brothers of the Holy Cross or Holy Cross Fathers (csc). In the early directories he is listed as V. White csc. In the 193-74 directory he is listed as “Valery White.” I believe it is him in 1980-82 in Lloydminister, Alberta as William White, and in ’85-’86 he is listed as such at St. Matthew’s in Edmonton with date of ordination 1954. From then to the present he is listed as William White. V. White aside I can find no other Father White ordained in 1954 who taught at a Catholic school in Welland Ontario. I am quite certain it is him.
Witness timelines below. Where was he in the early 70s? Why did he leave the Congregations of the Holy Cross to become incardinated in the Archdiocese of Edmonton Alberta? (Bishop Joseph MacNeil was Archbishop of Edmonton from 02 July 1973 to 07 June 1999.)
Why is he now listed as William White when he was initially listed as V. White or Vallery White? What is his full name?
21 April 2010: Scots hoops tradition is legendary
Unless otherwise indicated the following dates and information are drawn from available Canadian Catholic Church Directories (CCCD) of the same date, media (M) and personal contacts (PC).
2012: living at Villa Vianney – home for retired priests in Archdiocese of Edmonton (P)
2011: not listed (CCCD) but told that he lives at Villa Vianney in Edmonton Alberta, which is located at the Edmonton Pastoral Center and is between an onsite daycare (Primrose Place) and St. Kevin’s school (P)
1992 – 2010: address and phone number that of Archdiocese of Edmonton Diocesan Centre
1991: GUILTY plea (M) – suspended sentence and three years probation (M)
Pastor, St. Agnes Church, Edmonton, Alberta (CCCD)
November 1990: removed from duties at St. Agnes when investigation began (M)
1988: St. Agnes, Edmonton, Alberta (M)
1982-88: St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, Edmonton, Alberta (M)
1985-1986: Pastor, St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, Edmonton, Alberta (CCCD)
1980-1982: Pastor, St. Anthony’s, Lloydminster, Alberta http://www.lloydminster.net/churchrc.htm
1975-1977: Basketball coach at Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School, Sherwood Park, Alberta (see link above) I have been told that he was also Principal of the school. (How many years was he Principal and/or coaching at the school? Does anyone know?)
(At some point in time, according to media, he also served as an assistant coach of the boys and girls teams at Archbishop O’Leary Catholic high school. There is no indication of when.)
1973- 74: listed as “Vallery White”, with address in Sherwood Park, Alberta (265 First Street, Sherwood Park) (CCCD)
1971-1972: not listed in directory (CCCD)
1967-71: according to “Rick”, was Athletic Director at St.Thomas University in Fredericton and resided at Holy Cross House
1967, 1968-69: V. White csc ordained 1954 – Holy Cross Seminary, Welland, Ontario (Congregation of the Holy Cross) (Provincial of the Canadian English Province: Father Robert P. McInroy, St. Catharine’s Ontario) (CCCD)
1963-’66: eventually charged and (M) convicted for a series of “sexual touching” incidents at “a Catholic high school in Welland”
1959: Notre Dame College School, Welland, Ontario (listed as V. White csc, ordained 18 December 1954) (M) the school is administered by the Congregation of the Holy Cross.
18 December 1954: ORDAINED
July 19, 1991 00.39 EDT
The future of an Edmonton Roman Catholic priest guilty of indecent assault is now in the hands of Archbishop Joseph MacNeil and the archdiocese’s sexual abuse committee.
Rev. Bill White, formerly of St. Agnes Parish in Edmonton, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Ontario provincial court, according to a news release issued by the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.
The committee members will spend the next month investigating how or if White should be reprimanded.
“We could advise that he not be allowed to re-enter the church in any capacity, or, what’s more likely, that there be some form of reintegration,” committee chairman Fred Day said Wednesday.
But Day said there’s always the possibility White, who’s now in his early 60s, would resign before church officials have finished their deliberations.
The charge was laid in May over a series of what police called sexual touching incidents between 1963 and 1966 at a Catholic high school in Welland, 80 kilometres south of Toronto.
White was a teacher and basketball coach at the school and the victim, now 44 and living in British Columbia, was a student.
White received a suspended sentence with three years probation, the sentence recommended by both Crown and defence lawyers.
White was removed from his public duties at St. Agnes in November 1990 when the police investigation began.
Day said committee members will wrestle with questions such as what level of contact with the public White should have, including whether he should ever be allowed to be alone with teenaged boys.
MacNeil is out of the province until the end of the month and was not available for comment.
Catholics shocked as priest charged; `Exemplary’ cleric accused of sex offences
May 7, 1991
BOB GILMOUR Journal Staff Writer
Edmonton Roman Catholics have reacted with shock, anger, sadness and disappointment after an “exemplary” city priest was charged with two sex offences in Ontario.
Father William White, priest of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church at 10826 62nd Ave., has been charged by Ontario Provincial Police with gross indecency and sexual assault over alleged incidents with a male Catholic high school student in Welland, Ont., between 1963 and 1966.
The incidents are alleged to have occurred while White was a teacher and basketball coach at the high school in Welland, which is near Niagara Falls.
“My reaction is one of disbelief and shock,” Ted Jason, chairman of the St. Agnes parish council, said Monday.
He described White, priest of the south Edmonton parish from the summer of 1988 until last November when he was relieved of duties pending the outcome of the Ontario police probe, as an “exemplary” priest in his pastoral duties.
“I never met a finer priest or a finer man,” added Ken Graham, chairman of St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic parish at 13131 86th St., where White previously served from 1982 to 1988.
“We remember him very well. I think he’ll be vindicated. I don’t think the man is capable of doing anything of that nature. All the parishioners of St. Matthew’s are behind him 100 per cent.”
Graham said White, now in his early 60s, did a lot for schools in his area, especially in basketball. He was apparently an assistant coach of the boys and girls teams at Archbishop O’Leary Catholic high school.
“I was very disappointed,” Bob Dupuis, 64, a St. Agnes parishioner since 1954, said Monday of the filing of criminal charges against his priest.
“I felt let down we because didn’t expect something like this to happen. We’re all very sorry to hear this and we hope for the best and we’ll continue praying this will be dropped.
“This man was very good to us in the parish and he meant a lot to us while he was here and we didn’t think this would ever happen.”
“We feel quite bad about it,” added Eugene Holwen, a St. Agnes parishioner since 1956.
“I worked with him . . . He was a great guy to work with.”
Holwen thinks “most of the parishioners were upset” last November when White was relieved of his duties pending the results of the Ontario police investigation.
“We don’t think it (charges) should have been laid — it being so long ago. I think it should have been overlooked.”
Bill Hopchin, a member of the St. Agnes parish council, said he was angry the charges were laid 25 or 30 years after the alleged incidents. He said there should be a time limitation in laying charges.
“I think it’s kind of outrageous. I think it’s ridiculous.”
Added a woman member of the St. Agnes parish council: “I think it’s horrible. We’re all in shock.”
“To say it’s a disappointment is an understatement,” said Rev. John Hamilton, chancellor of the Edmonton archdiocese.
“There seems to be almost an element of unfairness. The name of the accused is published but not that of the complainant.”
He said White is staying in Edmonton with friends. “He’s bearing up as well as could be expected under the circumstances.
“But his good name is finished now, even if the charges are dropped, or dismissed, or he’s found not guilty. He’s still tainted.”