Fr. Thomas J. Ward

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Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph MO

Suspended in 1993 or early 1994 for nine months. Reinstated. When he was reassigned in 1994, the bishop wrote to parishioners that Ward’s evaluation “gave no reason to believe that the allegations might be true.” A 1994 civil suit alleged Ward abused a boy for 10 years, beginning when the boy was 14. Suit settled 1999 for $20K. “Retired” in 1996; continued to be active part-time. Claims settled 8/08 as part of $10M settlement involving 12 priests. Died 11/4/12. On the diocese’s list 9/5/19, with multiple substantiated allegations noted.


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