Fr. John J. Powell

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend IN

Professor of psychology and theology. Wrote self-help books popular with adolescent girls. Sued in 2003. Accused of abuse of 7 girls in the 1960s and 1970s. Settlement with 6 (2 suits) in 10/05. Named in another suit filed 10/06. A woman claimed he abused her in 1975 or 1976 when she was a Loyola University student. Civil suit filed 11/08 alleged that Powell fondled and abused a girl, age 16-17, at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, FL when he conducted a seminar there. Per the province’s list revised 1/21/20, abuse alleged to have occurred in 1963 while Powell was a visiting retreat director at St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame U. Died 9/24/09. On Detroit archdiocese’s list of credibly accused 6/10/19. On Ft. Wayne-South Bend’s list in 12/20.


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