Diocese of Gallup Releases New List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Abuse of Minors in other Dioceses

An announcement from Bishop James S. Wall regarding the new list:

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

When I became the Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup, I committed to ensuring that the children in this Diocese and in the Parishes, Missions or Schools that operate within the Diocese were protected. The Diocese published names of those working within the Diocese against whom there were credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.

We have now officially undertaken the task of publishing the names of priests and church workers who have served in our diocese, but who have had credible allegations of abuse made against them during their assignments outside of the Diocese of Gallup. These names will be posted below the list of church workers who have been credibly accused of abuse from their time serving within the Diocese of Gallup.

I have sent letters to each Parish, Mission or School within the territory of the Diocese of Gallup, including those where each of the priests or others served, advising them that we have now extended the parameters of our credibly accused list.

The publication of these additional names does not mean that our vigilance and continued investigation ends here. The investigations remain ongoing. Although the newly listed Church workers have not been accused of abuse of a minor while they served within our Diocese, if anyone is aware of an incident of abuse, we urge them to contact the proper law enforcement authorities. We also welcome you to contact the victims assistance coordinator at the Diocese, at 505-906-7357.

I wish to also thank survivors of abuse for their bravery and dedication to driving reform in the Church. I cannot undo the violation of your trust and innocence, but your voices have been instrumental as we continue to work to root out abuse. I again reaffirm my commitment to protect our children and to continue to assist those who have been harmed.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Bishop James S. Wall”

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Queridas hermanas y hermanos en Cristo,

Cuando fui consagrado obispo de Gallup, asumí el compromiso de asegurar que los niños en esta Diócesis y en las Parroquias, Misiones o Escuelas que trabajen en la Diócesis fueran protegidos. La Diócesis publicó los nombres de aquellos quien han trabajado dentro de la diócesis quienes tenían acusaciones creíbles de abuso sexual de un menor en su contra.

Ahora hemos iniciado oficialmente la tarea de publicar los nombres de sacerdotes y trabadores de la Iglesia quienes hayan trabajado en nuestra diócesis, pero que han tenido acusaciones de abuso hechos en su contra mientras fueron asignados afuera de la Diócesis de Gallup. Estos nombres serán publicados debajo de la lista de trabajadores de la Iglesia quienes hayan sido acusados de abuso creíblemente durante su tiempo sirviendo en la Diócesis de Gallup.

He enviado cartas a cada Parroquia, Misión o Escuela dentro del territorio de la Diócesis de Gallup, incluyendo aquellos donde cada uno de los sacerdotes u otros hayan servido, advirtiéndoles que hemos extendido los parámetros de la lista de los acusados creíblemente.

La publicación de estos nombres adicionales no significa que nuestra vigilancia e investigación constante termine aquí. Las investigaciones continuarán. A pesar de que los recientemente alistados trabadores de la Iglesia no hayan sido acusados de abuso de menores mientras servían en nuestra Diócesis, si alguien tiene conocimiento de algún incidente de abuso, los pedimos con urgencia a contactar con las autoridades de la ley (aquí la lista). También los invitamos a contactar la Coordinadora de Asistencia para los Victimas de Abuso en la diócesis al número 505-906-7357.

Quiero también agradecer a los sobrevivientes de abuso por su valentía y dedicación en animar reforma dentro de la Iglesia. No puedo deshacer la violación de vuestra confianza e inocencia, pero vuestras voces han sido útiles mientras desterramos todo abuso. De nuevo, afirmo mi compromiso de proteger nuestros niños y continuar a asistir a los que hayan sido heridos.

Sinceramente tuyo en Cristo,

Obispo James S. Wall

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The following is a list of clergy who once served in the Diocese of Gallup and have allegations against them from their time in another Diocese for abuse of minors. The Diocese of Gallup does not have enough information to determine the credibility of these accusations, but in the interest of transparency, we are listing the names here. Where possible, the outside citation has been given.

Fr. Eugene Bowski, listed by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston as credibly accused

Assignments in the Diocese of Gallup:
St. Mary’s Farmington, NM (09/01/1995 – 07/1996)
Our Lady of Fatima, Chinle, AZ (07/1996 – 01/1997)
Immaculate Conception Parish, Cuba, NM (02/21/1997 – 01/31/2002)
Immaculate Conception School, Cuba, NM (11/05/1997 – 2000 school year)
Lives at St. Teresa Parish in Grants, NM (06/01/2002 – 10/20/2002)
Then lives in Albuquerque (no assignment in the Diocese of Gallup) until 2009. We are aware of two assignments while in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe: St. Bernadette Parish in 2003 and a service as a chaplain at UNM Hospital
St. Patrick, Chichiltah and Good Shepherd, Pinehaven, NM (02/06/09 – 06/2014)
San Lorenzo, Ramah NM (06/07/2010 – 06/2014)

Fr. Laurence Florez (deceased), listed by the Diocese of Phoenix as credibly accused

Assignments in the Diocese of Gallup:
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Flagstaff AZ (1959 – 1960)
Santo Niño and missions, Aragon NM (06/1961 – 06/1962)
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Holbrook AZ (1963 – 1964)
St. Mary, Kingman AZ (1965)
St. John Vianney, Sedona AZ (1966 – 1969)
Then transferred to newly-formed Phoenix diocese

Fr. Dennis Fountain, OFM (deceased), listed by the Diocese of Las Cruces as credibly accused

Assignments in the Diocese of Gallup:
St. Michael’s Mission, St. Michaels AZ (07/1981 – 06/1982)
St. Joseph, Laguna NM (06/1982-06/1983)
St. Michael’s Mission, St. Michaels AZ and
Ft. Defiance, AZ (04/1988 – 01/1990)

Fr. Harry Morgan (deceased), listed by the Diocese of Phoenix as credibly accused

Assignments in the Diocese of Gallup:
St. Joseph, Winslow AZ (1954)
St. John the Baptist, St. Johns AZ (06/1955 – 06/1958)
St. Pius X, Flagstaff AZ (1959 – 1963)
St. Joseph, Williams AZ (1964 – 1969)
Then remained in newly-formed Phoenix diocese

Fr. Justin Weger, OSC (deceased), listed by the Crosier Fathers as credibly accused

Assignments in the Diocese of Gallup:
Served for approximately one month in August of 1974 in the Diocese of Gallup:
Our Lady of Sorrows, Seboyeta, NM, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Holbrook, AZ, and Cristo Rey Seminary in Gallup (which is now closed)

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