List of Friars* of the Province of St. Joseph with Confirmed Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors or Vulnerable Adults
Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph
June 20, 2013
*Friars are listed by the titles (Fr., Br.) and names by which they are/were commonly known. Those listed as deceased are only those whose deaths the Province has been able to confirm. This list will be reviewed and revised by the Province as necessary to ensure its accuracy.
(Fr.) Arthur Cooney (Fr.) Joseph Smetana
(Fr.) Dennis Druggan° (Br.) Francis Mary Sparacino
(Fr.) Leopold Gleissner (Fr.) James Wolf
(Fr.) Mel Hermanns
2°The finding regarding D. Druggan was made upon a preliminary investigation by the Province (2013).
He has maintained his innocence and has exercised his right to appeal his case to the Holy See
(Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith). The appeal is pending.
Deceased Members Former Member (Deceased)
(Fr.) Benedict Adams (2002) (Fr.) Jude Hahn (2008)
(Fr.) Baldwin Beyer (1999)
(Fr.) James Buser (1979)
(Fr.) Clarence Grosser (1989)***
(Fr.) James LaReau (1987)
(Fr.) Gale Leifeld (1994)
(Br.) Matthew Migan (1958)***
(Fr.) Austin Schlaefer (1992)
(Fr.) Wendelin Shafer (2005)
(Fr.) Hilary Zach (1997)
***Transferred to Province of St. Mary (NY) in 1952.
(Br.) Thomas Gardipee
(Br.) Leonard Gibeault
(Fr.) Donald (John Baptist) Kurcz
(Fr.) Robert Spader
(Fr.) Kenneth Stewart