Stepinac High School priest who moved around New York, country is accused of abusing boy

By Frank Esposito
Westchester Journal News
January 30, 2020

The main entrance of Archbishop Stepinac High School

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Ex-Stepinac priest moved around to Indiana, New York, Maryland, Nebraska and Minnesota over 40 years

A former student at Archbishop Stepinac High School accused a priest there of sexually abusing him in the late 1960s, the latest case of hundreds filed in New York under the state's new law.

Donald Brundage of Westchester County accused John Vincent, a priest who worked for the Archdiocese and the school from 1966 to 1972, in a new lawsuit.

In a Manhattan court filing on Monday, Brundage claimed that when he was 15 or 16 years old, Vincent sat on his lap, touched him and made "sexual contact" in front of other students, according to the suit.

Vincent had no legal claims of abuse against him prior to this filing.

In addition to the accusations, the suit details Vincent's frequent reassignments in New York and other states, according to the suit.

Vincent's religious order — the Crosier Fathers and Brothers — had facilities both inside New York and around the country. 

Here's where he's been:

  • 1961 to 1964: Our Lady of the Lake Seminary — Syracuse, Indiana
  • 1965: Sacred Heart — Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1966 to 1972: Archbishop Stepinac High School, — White Plains
  • 1973: Immaculate Conception Church — Woodbourne, New York
  • 1974 to 1975: Crosier Fathers — New Rochelle
  • 1976 to 1981: St. Andrew — New York City
  • 1982: Our Lady of Mercy Hospital — Dyer, Indiana.
  • 1983: St. Catherine — Hammond, Indiana
  • 1984: St. Michael Church — Schererville, Indiana
  • 1987 to 1993: Holy Cross Manor — Beallsville, Maryland.
  • 1995 to 2000: Crosier Monaster, Crosier Renewal Center — Hastings, Nebraska.
  • 2001 to 2009: Crosier Community of Phoenix — Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 2011 to 2017: Onamia Crosier Priory — Onamia, Minnesota.

This was one of the last cases filed in 2019 under the Child Victims Act, a law that allows people to sue for abuse regardless of the statute of limitations. Legal filings under the law started in August and the window to file a suit will remain open until August 2020. 

Since the window opened, more than 1,400 cases have been filed.


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