Ernest Justin Hill, S.T.—Assignment
Summary of Case: Suspended by his order in 1994 for refusing to undergo psychological testing. Accused in 1999 of sexual abuse in Maine in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Hill became an S.T. brother in 1944 and an S.T. priest in 1951.
Born: Approximately 1922
Ordained: 6/5/51; became brother 1944
Incardinated: Priest of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Trinity; listed in the Natchez MS, Paterson NJ, Richmond VA, Oklahoma City and Tulsa OK, Covington KY, Boston MA, and Portland ME dioceses.
|1951||1952||St. Ann's||Carthage||MS||1/1. Pastor.||In Natchez diocese (all of MS). Parish school had 73 children.|
|1951||1952||St. Joachim (colored)||Carthage||MS||1/1. Pastor.||Mission of St. Ann's in Carthage. See historical note.|
|1952||1954||Annunciation||Kiln||MS||2/2. The pastor was Rev. Charles Tague, S.T.|
|1952||1954||Our Lady of the Pines||Catahoula||MS||2/2.||Mission of Annunciation church.|
|1952||1954||St. Joseph's||Fenton||MS||2/2.||Mission of Annunciation church.|
|1952||1954||St. Louis of France||Rocky Hill||MS||2/2.||Mission of Annunciation church.|
|1952||1954||Infant Jesus||White Cypress||MS||2/2.||Mission of Annunciation church.|
|1954||1956||Holy Ghost Missionary Cenacle and Shrine of St. Joseph||Stirling||NJ||3/4.||In Paterson diocese.|
|1956||1958||St. Elizabeth's||Colonial Beach||VA||2/3. Pastor was Rev. Boniface Cunningham, S.T. Staffed by S.T. order priests.||In Richmond diocese.|
|1956||1958||St. Paul's||Hague||VA||2/3.||Mission of St. Elizabeth's.|
|1956||1958||St. Francis||Kilmarnock||VA||2/3.||Mission of St. Elizabeth's.|
|1956||1958||St. Anthony's||King George||VA||2/3.||Mission of St. Elizabeth's.|
|1956||1958||St. Timothy's||Tapahannock||VA||2/3.||Mission of St. Elizabeth's. Two other unnamed mission churches are listed, in Dahlgren and Ophelia.|
|1958||1962||Sacred Heart||Hitchcock||OK||1/1. Pastor.||In Oklahoma City and Tulsa diocese.|
|1958||1962||St. Joseph's||Loyal||OK||1/1. Pastor.||Mission of Sacred Heart church.|
|1958||1961||St. Eugene's||Canton||OK||1/1. Pastor.||Mission of Sacred Heart church.|
|1962||1965||St. Ann Mission||Manchester||KY||1/1, then 2/2, apparently in residence. In the 1965 Directory, Hill is not listed in this parish, but is indexed here. The pastor in that Directory was Rev. Walter O'Donnell, S.T.||In Covington diocese. Parish school had 17 boys and 10 girls.|
|1965||1971||Holy Trinity Missionary Cenacle||Silver Spring||MD||8/14. Motherhouse of the order. Custodian general was Very Rev. Gerard P. Fredericks, S.T.||In Washington archdiocese. Listed for the first year, but afterward, only indexed to Box 30, Silver Spring MD.|
|1965?||?||St. Patrick's||Stoneham||MA||Assignment not listed in the Directory, but a St. Patrick's parishioner states that Hill worked in the parish.|
|1971||1978||Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House||Washington||DC||In Washington archdiocese. Indexed by address, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd., but apparently not listed.|
• Accused in 1999 of sexual abuse at this or another Portland diocese parish. See newspaper account.
|ME||1/1. Administrator.||In Portland ME diocese. So indexed and listed in the 1979 Directory.|
|1978||1979||Sacred Heart||Soldier Pond||ME||1/1. Administrator.||Mission of St. Joseph's.|
|1/79||1/80||St. Mary Star of the Sea||Stonington||ME||Filled in, according to newspaper account.|
|2/80||12/80||Authorized by Portland ME diocese to preach retreats.||See newspaper account.|
|2/80||2/81||Other parishes in Portland ME diocese.||Filled in, according to newspaper account.|
|Not indexed in the 1980-93 Directories.|
|1993||1994||Holy Trinity Mission Seminary||Silver Spring||MD||7/14.||So indexed and listed in 1994 Directory.|
|1994||Suspended for not agreeing to a psychological evaluation.||• An allegation likely prompted the order to demand that Hill be evaluated.|
|1999?||2001?||Mary Farm, Inc.||Grand Isle||ME||Founder. See press release by associate and reference to Grand Isle in newspaper account.||Not indexed in 1995-2005 Directories.|
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: Kenedy & Sons, 1952-2005). See also Priest Suspended by Catholic Order: Retired Madawaska Cleric Denies Misconduct, by Beurmond Banville, Bangor Daily News (8/8/02); and Public Alerted to Suspended Priest, by Gregory D. Kesich, Portland Press Herald (8/9/02)
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This assignment record collates Hill's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with allegations reported in the media. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegations we report. We remind our readers that in the U.S. judicial system, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty.
A Note on Nomenclature: We use the term "assignment record," instead of the more common "service record," because "service" is not an appropriate word for the activities of an abusive priest. Dioceses are often less than forthcoming about the activities of retired priests, but when we can determine those activities, we list them in these assignment records, particularly if they involve ministry. Retired priests remain under obedience to their bishop, and even the activities of laicized priests should be a concern to the diocese.
This assignment record was last updated on 5/27/06.