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Catholic Order Quietly Releases Names of 21 Oregon Clergy Credibly Accused of Abuse

Our friends at SNAP notified us of this important news.

Last Friday, the Catholic religious order known as the Franciscans posted information on their website showing the names of 50 clergy members who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children.  More than 20 of these individuals lived or worked in the state of Oregon.

Of these 21 clergy members, 12 lived in Portland, 8 lived in Salem, 4 lived in Tigard, and 2 lived in Troutdale.

The Oregon list (compiled by SNAP) is as follows:


Portland, OR

–Josef Prochnow, from 1993-1995

–Philip Colloty, at St. Clare’s from 1953-1957

–Berard Connolly, at Ascension from 1958-1964

–Joseph Mikulich, from 1962-1982

–Claude Riffel, at Ascension from 1968-1969

–Remy Rudin, at Ascension from 1972-1975

–Ramon Verela, at Ascension from 1972-1976

–John Bradley, at St. Clare’s from 1967-1974

–Francis Ford, at Ascension from 1960-1963

–Gus Krumm, from 1998-2002

–Gary Pacheco, at Ascension from 1974-1975

–Robert Peguero, from 1991-1992


Salem, OR

–Remy Rudin, from 1961-1972 (“residence”)

–Louis Wayne Ladenburger, from 1967-1968 (unspecified)


Serra Catholic High School (Salem, OR)

–Melvin Bucher, from 1964-1968

–David (“Laurian”) Carrier (“Carriere”), from 1966-1967

–Adrian Furman (dates not available)

–Rayner Harrington, from 1968 – 1969

–Claude Riffel, from 1955-1958

–Charles (“Jude”) Ruetten, from 1959-1960


St. Anthony’s, Tigard, OR

–Melvin Bucher, from 1968-1970 and 1988-1994

–Stephen Kain, from 1978 – 1982

–Rayner Harrington, from 1961 – 1967

–Conan Lee, from 1958-1962


St. Francis Seminary, Troutdale, OR

–Melvin Bucher, from 1963-1964

–Mario Cimmarrusti, from 1958 – 1965

Read the full SNAP Media Release.

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