Rev. George Joseph Schumacher    

Summary of Case :  In 1983 a 13-year-old boy reported to police that Schumacher sexually abused him after giving him alcohol during a campout. The boy was a resident of Campbell Lodge Boys Home, where Schumacher was Director. Schumacher was removed for an indeterminate period of time. By 1986 he was back at Campbell Lodge and later, in 1995, he was given a parish assignment. He was permanently removed from ministry in January 2003 based on the new Bishops' Charter, due to the 1983 allegations. Schumacher's name was included on the diocese's July 2020 list of those with substantiated allegations.

Ordained: 1965


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Covington bishop was William Theodore Mulloy (1944-1959), followed by Richard Henry Ackerman, C.S.Sp. (1960-1978)

1965         Although later Directories note Schumacher to have been ordained in 1957, he is not indexed prior to the 1966 Directory.



1971 Christ the King Lexington KY 3/3 Parish had a school with 305-168 boys and 323-216 girls.
1965    Lexington Catholic High School  Lexington  KY  faculty  


Ackerman was succeeded by William Anthony Hughes (1979-1995)

1980 St. Paul's Florence KY

4/4, 3/3

In residence.

Parish had a school with 280-399 students.
1971    Covington Catholic High School  Park Hills  KY  faculty   
1980 1981 St. Joseph's Cold Spring KY


In residence.

Parish had a school with 351 students.
1981 1995 Campbell Lodge Boys' Home

Cold Spring

In 1983 a 13-year-old Campbell Lodge resident accused Schumacher of plying him with alcohol and molesting him during a campout. The accusation was was filed with the Boone County Police Department on May 28 of that year. (Cincinnati Enquirer
October 9, 2003)

KY Director

Campbell Lodge was a residential facility for pre-adolescent and adolescent boys. There were 40-25 boys residing at the facility during Shumacher's tenure.

Schumacher was removed, then reportedly "returned to the boys home by 1986". The Directories list him as there consistently during these years. (Cincinnati Enquirer, October 9, 2003)

1992    St. Catherine of Siena  Ft. Thomas  KY  mass supply   


Replacing Hughes as bishop was Robert William Muench (1996-2001), followed by Roger Joseph Foys (2002- )

2003 St. Joseph's Warsaw KY 1/1  
1995 2003 St. Edward's Owenton KY  

This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Warsaw.

The 2001-2003 Directories show that the parish had a religious education program with 70 students.

Schumacher was permanently suspended from ministry in January 2003, based on the new Bishops' Charter, due to the 1983 allegations. His name was included on the diocese's July 2020 list of those with substantiated allegations.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1966-2003)

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This assignment record was last updated on March 11, 2021.