Fr. John C. Forrester

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Davenport IA

Included on the on the Davenport diocese’s 7/08 list of credibly accused, noting allegations against him involving three minor males beginning 1955. Several 2002 and 2003 suits in Seattle claimed Forrester abused boys in mid-1970s on church outings and overnight trips. Worked in Seattle archdiocese 1971 until removed in 1979. Died in 2002. Seven plaintiffs participated in $2.6M settlement in 2005 involving St. Benedict’s Abbey, Kansas City KS archdiocese. Settlement 11/06 of Seattle claims. New suit 12/10. Name included on Seattle archdiocese’s list 1/15/16. Another settlement announced by Seattle archdiocese 11/18. Settlement of a case 6/19 for $225K with Seattle archdiocese, St. Benedict Abbey and the American Cassinese Congregation.


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