Br. Paschal James Brisson

Order: OSB
Status: Settled

Died: 01/5/1980
Diocese: Diocese of Saint Cloud MN

Brisson is one of 10 individuals included in settlement by St. John’s Abbey of Collegeville announced on 3/28/11. All of the accused taught at St. John’s Prep or were assigned to parishes in St. Cloud. As part of settlement, Abbey committed to name 17 accused priests in a letter to the St. John’s community, including 8 of the 10 Benedictines included in the settlement. The two not named in Abbot Klassen’s letter were Brisson and Fr Pirmin Wendt. Brisson was reported as having ‘left the abbey.’ Behind the Pine Curtain reports that he worked in the Bahamas and Puerto Rico and that the alleged abuse occurred in Humacao, Puerto Rico, in the late 1970s. Brisson died in 1980.

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