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Diocese of Corpus Christi releases names of local clergy accused of abuse

Posted: 2:30 PM, Jan 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-01 19:08:27-05

UPDATED: The Diocese of Corpus Christi released the following names who have been credibly accused of abusing minors.

The local list includes 26 names, some of then dating as far back as 1950. The diocese of Texas decided to release names going back to 1950, but the Corpus Christi diocese went back 107 years.

The names below are on the list released Thursday by the diocese.

RELIGIOUS ORDER CLERICS & EXTERN CLERICS
(Clerics not from the Diocese of Corpus Christi)

Bishop Joseph V. Sullivan

Date of Birth:
8/15/1919
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/1/1946 (Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph)
Episcopal ordination: 4/3/1967 (Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph; Diocese of Baton Rouge)
Extern cleric who visited the Diocese of Corpus Christi
Current Status:
Deceased 9/4/1982

Rev. Russell Gerard Appleby, MSF

Date of Birth:
10/3/1934
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 3/26/1966 (Missionaries of the Holy Family)
Current Status:
Removed from ministry in Diocese of Corpus Christi, September 1983

Rev. Robert J. Bedrosian, MSF

Date of Birth:
7/7/1937
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination:3/26/1965 (Missionaries of the Holy Family)
Current Status:
Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1979
Left Missionaries of the Holy Family order 1982

Rev. John M. Fiala, SOLT

Date of Birth:
10/14/1960
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/2/1984 (Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity)
Current Status:
Criminal conviction (I): 5/17/12
Criminal conviction (II): 12/2/2014
Deceased 2017

Rev. Edward J. Horan, SOLT

Date of Birth:
3/1/1918
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/27/1987 (Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity)
Current Status:
Retired 1996
Deceased 1997

Rev. Patrick Koch, SJ

Date of Birth:
11/8/1927
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/12/1957 (Society of Jesus)
Current Status:
Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1966
Deceased 9/9/2006

Rev. Eusebio (“Chevy”) Pantoja, CMF

Date of Birth:
Unknown
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 1968 (Claretian Missionaries)
Current Status:
Removed from ministry in Diocese of Corpus Christi 1980
Expelled from Claretian Order 1980

Rev. Alfredo Prado, OMI

Date of Birth:
1930
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 1958 (Oblate of Mary Immaculate)
Current Status:
Suspended 1991

Rev. Christopher Joseph Springer, CSSR

Date of Birth:
11/7/1925
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/26/1952 (Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer)
Current Status:
Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1971

CLERICS FROM OR INCARDINATED INTO THE DIOCESE OF CORPUS CHRISTI

Rev. Jerome Caponi

Date of Birth:
9/15/1925
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/11/1960 (Order of St. Benedict)
Incardinated into Diocese of Corpus Christi 1971
Excardinated from Diocese of Corpus Christi 1982
Current Status:
Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1982
Deceased 2/27/2009

Msgr. Hugh Clarke

Date of Birth:
12/30/1924
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 7/16/ 1950 (Dublin, Ireland)
Incardinated into Diocese of Corpus Christi 8/15/1975
Current Status:
Retired 1997
Deceased 12/16/2002

Rev. William Daly

Date of Birth:
4/21/1924
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/17/1957 (Ordained in Dublin, Ireland for the Diocese of Corpus Christi)
Current Status:
Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1971
Deceased 11/9/1982

Rev. Domingo De Llano

Date of Birth:
10/19/1939
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 5/28/1966 (Ordained in Laredo, TX for the Diocese of Corpus Christi)
Current Status:
Retired 1999
Deceased 5/4/2013

Rev. Steven T. Dougherty

Date of Birth:
10/11/1956
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/14/2003 (Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity)
Incardinated into Diocese of Corpus Christi 7/8/2008
Current Status:
Removed from ministry 12/16/2011
Criminal conviction: 2/28/2018

Rev. John J. Feminelli

Date of Birth:
10/12/1946
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/6/1987 (Corpus Christi, TX)
Current Status:
Retired 4/16/2007

Rev. Adelhard M. Francois

Date of Birth:
Unknown
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 2/24/1935, Wuerzburg, Bavaria (Mariannhill Missionary Society)
Incardinated into Diocese of Corpus Christi: 1/14/1950
Current Status:
Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1959

Rev. J. Frank Gomez

Date of Birth:
10/28/1928
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 5/27/1961 (Corpus Christi, TX)
Excardinated from Diocese of Corpus Christi 1965
Current Status:
Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1965

Rev. Clement Hageman

Date of Birth:
Unknown
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/10/1930, St. Meinrad, IN
Current Status:
Removed from ministry in Diocese of Corpus Christi April 1939
Deceased 7/2/1975

Msgr. Michael Heras

Date of Birth:
6/7/1958
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/15/1984 (Corpus Christi, TX)
Current Status:
Removed from ministry 6/24/2014

Rev. Jesus Garcia Hernando

Date of Birth:
10/7/1960
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/22/1984, Burgos, Spain
Incardinated into Diocese of Corpus Christi: 1/10/1994
Excardinated from Diocese of Corpus Christi: 2/11/2000
Current Status:
Removed from ministry 9/15/1994

Rev. Flover Antonio Osorio Herrera

Date of Birth:
10/7/1954
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 3/19/1985 (Diocese of Villavicencio, Meta, Columbia)
Incardinated into Diocese of Corpus Christi 12/4/2003
Current Status:
Removed from ministry 10/29/2007

Rev. Peter J. Hughes

Date of Birth:
Unknown
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/10/1956 (Ordained in Carlow, Ireland for the Diocese of Corpus Christi)
Current Status:
Left Diocese of Corpus Christi 1963
Deceased 12/7/1990

Msgr. William J. Kelly

Date of Birth:
10/11/1916
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/24/1944 (Ordained in Dublin, Ireland for the Diocese of Corpus Christi)
Current Status:
Deceased 3/12/1983

Msgr. William C. Kinlough

Date of Birth:
8/29/1918
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 6/20/1943 (Ordained in Ireland for the Diocese of Corpus Christi)
Current Status:
Retired 1999
Deceased 9/29/2000

Rev. Msgr. Thomas Meany

Date of Birth:
5/12/1928
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 5/31/1955 (Corpus Christi, TX)
Current Status:
Retired 2004
Deceased 7/20/2008

Rev. Robert Trevino

Date of Birth:11/10/1958
Ordination & Prior Status:
Ordination: 12/28/1985 (Corpus Christi, TX)
Current Status: Removed from ministry 1995
Laicized 12/6/2012

There are an estimated 8.5 million Catholics and 1,320 Catholic parishes in the state of Texas.

 

The Diocese of Corpus Christi said it will release the names of clergy who have been accused of abusing minors today.

Back in October, Bishop Michael Mulvey said this action is being taken in response to what he described as the “division and suffering” caused by abuse.

The list will contain the names of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse dating back to 1950.

The list will also include 14 other dioceses around Texas. We are told it will be published sometime Thursday.

Stay with KRIS 6 News for updates on this story throughout the day.