Local Associate Pastor Removed from Duties after Misconduct Allegation

Dallas Morning News
September 1, 2005

The Rev. Daniel A. Triulzi of Denton, a member of the Catholic Society of Mary and an associate pastor of St. Mark Catholic Church in Denton, has been removed from his duties at the church after a recent allegation of sexual misconduct that reportedly happened in the mid-1990s in St. Louis, according to a press release issued Wednesday from the Marianist Province of the United States.

Triulzi may not function publicly as a priest, pending the outcome of the investigation of this misconduct allegation, the press release said.

Triulzi could not be reached for comment Wednesday, nor could officials of the Fort Worth Catholic Diocese.

The allegation was made by an unnamed graduate of Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis. Triulzi taught at Chaminade from 1995 to 2001.

The Rev. Stephen Glodek, provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, said in the news release that the action was taken in accordance with the province's sexual misconduct policy.

According to the province's records, there has never been a previous allegation of sexual misconduct against Triulzi, Glodek said in the release.

Triulzi also taught at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth from the fall of 1983 through the spring of 1987.

A lawsuit was filed Friday by lawyers for an unnamed plaintiff against Triulzi, the Society of Mary and Chaminade College Preparatory Inc.

The suit was filed in Circuit Court in St. Louis. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff is now an adult male in Indiana.

The lawsuit alleges that Triulzi fondled the defendant when he was a minor at the school.

The lawsuit alleges that Catholic officials failed to inform the plaintiff, his family and other families at the school of "Triulzi's propensity to sexually assault juvenile boys."

The press release said that the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth is "dedicated to the healing of all victims of sexual misconduct, especially anyone abused by a priest, religious, or lay church employee."

Anyone who has suffered such abuse is asked to call Judy Locke, diocesan victims' assistance coordinator, on the hotline at 817-560-2452 ext. 900 or 817-560-2452 ext. 201.


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