Fr. Pius Brazauskas

Ordained: 1930
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Portland OR

Lithuanian. Arrived in U.S. 1940s. In 1949 assisted at a St. Louis parish, transferred in late 1950s to Eugene OR where he was hospital chaplain until early 1970s. Per news, a 1950s news story said Brazauskas had a special rapport with children, always had candy and bubblegum for them and was nicknamed “Dr. Bubblegum.” Moved to North Bend OR 1972, worked at Holy Redeemer parish and St. Cathierine’s Residence Nursing Home. Artist with religious paintings displayed around the world, per obit. Retired 1980. Died 1990. In 1/18, three men filed suit vs the archdiocese alleging Brazauskas sexually abused them as children in the 1980s, when the priest was assigned to Holy Redeemer parish in North Bend. The boys were between 5 and 12 years old when Brazauskas allegedly french kissed them, groped their genitals and pressed his erect penis against them. Five more men joined the suit, some alleging abuse, some up to age 16, in the 1970s; settlement of nearly $4M in 7/19.

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