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"Credibly Accused" Priests, Brothers List Includes Local Names

Glenmary Home Missioners, based in Fairfield, Ohio, released a list of men credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult, and the list included one name connected to the Diocese of Covington.

The Catholic organization said the list followed a year-long forensic review commissioned by Glenmary to promote transparency and to bring about healing for victims, a news release said.

In all, eleven men's names appeared on the list, seven of whom were priests, and four who were Catholic brothers.

"Glenmary has become painfully aware that in the past we have failed to protect minors and vulnerable adults. In addition, we have realized how often our response to victims has been inadequate. We deeply regret these failures. We continue to seek your forgiveness for our mistakes. We are committed to healing and justice for all those involved," said Father Dan Dorsey, president of Glenmary Home Missioners, in a letter post online with the list, which can be viewed in its entirety here.

"In a spirit of accountability and transparency we are publishing a list of all Glenmarians against whom there are credible allegations of abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult.  It is our hope that publishing these names will be a step in the healing process for the victims."

Glenmary defines a credible allegation as a preponderance of evidence that the allegation is more likely true than not after investigation. Credibility can also be established by conviction in a court, or by the admission of the truth by the accused, the organization said.

Glenmary said that it would continue to adjust its list as investigations are ongoing.

"Glenmary is committed to preventing future abuse and addressing any allegations swiftly and justly," Dorsey said.

THE LIST

Al Behm (Brother)
Born: 1938  Joined Glenmary:1960
Status: Left society in 1993.
Dioceses served: Bridgeport (CT), Charlotte (NC), Cincinnati (OH), Covington (KY), Lexington (KY), Nashville (TN), New Orleans (LA), San Francisco (CA), Savannah (GA)

Bill Early (Brother)
Born: 1936  Joined Glenmary: 1958
Status: Deceased. Left society in 1993
Dioceses served: Atlanta (GA), Chicago (IL), Cincinnati (OH), Lexington (KY), Nashville (TN), Oakland (CA), San Francisco (CA), Savannah (GA), Washington (DC)

Adelbert (Del) Holmes (Priest)
Born: 1925  Joined Glenmary: 1959
Status: Deceased
Dioceses served: Charlotte (NC), Cincinnati (OH), Little Rock (AR), Owensboro (KY), Richmond (VA), Savannah (GA)

Francis Masserella (Priest)
Born: 1915  Joined Glenmary: 1941
Status: Deceased. Left society in 1945
Dioceses served: Columbus (OH)

Robert Poandl (Priest)
Born: 1941  Joined Glenmary: 1962
Status: Deceased
Dioceses served: Atlanta (GA), Birmingham (AL), Cincinnati (OH), Harrisburg (PA), Newark (NJ), New Orleans (LA), Owensboro (KY), Savannah (GA), Tulsa (OK), Tyler (TX)

Peter Richardson (Priest)
Born: 1958  Joined Glenmary: 1981
Status: Deceased. Left society in 2007
Dioceses served: Cincinnati (OH), Jackson (MS), Lexington (KY), Nashville (TN).

Ed Smith (Priest)
Born: 1916  Joined Glenmary: 1943
Status: Deceased
Dioceses served: Bogota (Colombia), Charlotte (NC), Cincinnati (OH), Richmond (VA), Savannah (GA)

Gino Vertassich (Brother)
Born: 1937  Joined Glenmary: 1960
Status: Deceased. Left society in 1975
Dioceses served: Atlanta (GA), Charlotte (NC), Cincinnati (OH), Savannah (GA)

Bill Wright (Brother)
Born: 1952  Joined Glenmary: 1978
Status: Deceased. Left society in 2006
Dioceses served: Jackson (MS), Little Rock (AR), Nashville (TN), Owensboro

Benedict Wolf (Priest)
Born: 1916  Joined Glenmary: 1941
Status: Deceased. Left society in 1975
Dioceses served: Altoona-Johnstown (PA), Cincinnati (OH), Owensboro (KY), Washington (DC)

Tony Jablonowski (Priest)
Born: 1937  Joined Glenmary: N/A*
Status: Laicized in 2006
Dioceses served with Glenmary: Atlanta (GA), Charlotte (NC)
*Glenmary found information pertaining to the criminal conviction of Jablonowski, who served as a priest “on loan” with Glenmary from 1976 to 1980. The charges against Jablonowski were related to his assignment in the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming, after he had left Glenmary.

-Staff report