Rev. George T. Hovanec
Summary of Case: In April 2002 woman wrote to Bishop Pilla to report that she had been sexually abused by Hovanec 47 years earlier, when she was in seventh grade. The woman stated that Hovanec touched and patted her in a very sexually inappropriate way before inviting her to the basement to count Sunday envelopes. She fled. Hovanec died Feb. 20, 1965.
Cleveland bishop was Joseph Schrembs (1921-1945)
|1931||St. Mary's (Slovenian)||Cleveland (Collinwood)||OH||
|Parish had a school with 420 students.|
|1931||1932||Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Slovak)||Cleveland||OH||2/2||Parish had a school with 835 students.|
|1932||1936||St. John the Baptist's (Slovak)||Akron||OH||2/2||Parish had a school with 203-162 students.|
|1936||1937||St. Mathias (Slovak)||Youngstown||OH||2/2||Parish had a school with 452 students.|
|Parish had a school with 342-268 students.|
|1943||1945||St. Anthony of Padua||Fairport Harbor||OH||2/2||Parish had a school with 175-161 students.|
Edward Francis Hoban replaced Schrembs as bishop (1945-1966)
|1949||1951||St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception||Wooster||OH||2/2||Parish had a school with 167-164 students.|
|1951||1954||SS. Cyril and Methodius (Slovak)||
• In 2002 a woman reported to the diocese that Hovanec had molested her 47 years earlier, when she was a seventh grader at SS. Cyril and Methodius. (Akron Beacon Journal
|OH||2/2||Parish had a school with 355-404 students.|
|1954||1957||St. Vincent de Paul||Elyria||OH||2/2||Parish had a school with 211-287 students.|
|1957||1959||Children's Village of St. Vincent de Paul/Parmadale||Cleveland||OH||In residence.||Parmadale was an orphanage with 198-189 boys and 126-117 girls.|
|1959||1961||Villa Sancta Anna Home for Aged||Beachwood Village||OH||Chaplain|
||Hovanek died Feb. 20, 1965|
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1930-1966)
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