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.
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)
|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||
|Parish had a school with 351 students.|
|1981||1995||Campbell Lodge Boys' Home||
• 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
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- )
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.
Source: 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.