Woman Files Another Suit against Religious Order

July 27, 2004

Louisville, Ky. -- A woman who claims she was sexually abused at an orphanage in Anchorage has filed a lawsuit against the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

Nine others have filed suit against the Nelson County-based charity. Six women and one man sued two weeks ago, accusing the order of negligence for abuse they say they suffered from a priest and three nuns at the St. Thomas St. Vincent Orphanage. Two other women joined that lawsuit last week.

The new plaintiff, Barbara Moseley, claims she was abused in the 1960s and 1970s at the orphanage by Monsignor Herman J. Lammers and five nuns - Sisters Mary Ann Powers, Jean Gish, Joseph Anthony, Charles, Arthur.

Her attorney, Victor Tackett, filed the lawsuit Monday in Jefferson Circuit Court.

Lammers, a now-deceased chaplain, has been accused of abuse by seven other women in a lawsuit. On Monday, two more women joined that lawsuit.

Deborah Ferguson and Monica Aubrey were added as plaintiffs in the suit against the religious order.

They claim Powers and Sister Mary Camilla Donahue sexually abused them while they were at the St. Thomas-St. Vincent Orphanage in the 1950s and 1960s.

Two women had named Lammers in a suit against the Archdiocese of Louisville and were among 243 plaintiffs who shared a $25.7 million settlement last year.

Barbara Qualls, spokeswoman for the Sisters of Charity, said the order is reviewing the suit.


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