Saginaw Diocese Says Ex-nouvel Principal Had Credible Sex Abuse of Minors Allegations

By Bob Johnson
March 13, 2019

Saginaw Township Police raid the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw's Diocesan Center, 5800 Weiss Rd. in Saginaw Township on March 22, 2018.

The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw said it has learned of new allegations against a deceased former priest accused of sexually abusing minors.

According to a statement released by the diocese on Wednesday, March 13, Francis M. Landwermeyer, a former Jesuit priest who served as principal of Nouvel Catholic Central High School from 1985-88, was “credibly accused of multiple allegations” of sexual abuse.

Landwermeyer was removed from ministry in 2010 and left the Jesuit order and priesthood in 2011. He died in 2018.

“The diocese was unaware of this information until today,” the release stated.

The diocese said that it is not aware of any abuse that took place during Landwermeyer’s time at Nouvel and has no further details at the present time. Landwermeyer’s name will be added to the diocese website of names of clergy accused of sexual abuse of a minor, according to the diocese.

The diocese encourages anyone who has an allegation or information regarding sexual abuse by a priest, including Landwermeyer or other church personnel, to contact the Attorney General’s office at 844-324-3374.

The diocese statement regarding Landwermeyer followed a one-man protest Wednesday outside the diocese’s main office. The man said he was a Catholic sex-abuse survivor from Missouri and part of a survivor’s group known as SNAP.








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