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Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas does not tolerate sexual abuse, sexual activity, hazing or bullying, whether perpetrated by adults or students. The School takes its role of partnering with parents very seriously, and as such, is vitally concerned about the safety and well-being of our students, as well as the protection of the faculty, staff and guests who participate in the many activities that we sponsor.

Jesuit Dallas is a member of the Jesuit Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus. If you believe that you, or someone you know has been abused by a Jesuit, you are urged to contact the police as well as report to the Province.

Please direct all other concerns pertaining to the safety of our community to the Office of the President.

A Letter From The President - 1/31/19

January 31, 2019 

Dear friends of Jesuit Dallas,

The Diocese of Dallas has released its list of clergy who were credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor during the past 60 years. A link to that list can be found at the bottom of this letter. Just as we were saddened for the victims and repulsed as a community by the findings of the Jesuit Provincial office in December of last year, we are once again filled with pain as we contemplate such behavior and the victims who suffered and may still suffer.

I need to note for our community the additional names included on the list from the Diocese of Dallas but not contained on the list from the Provincial.

It is with great dismay to see the appearance on the list of Father Patrick H. Koch, S.J. A 1944 graduate of Jesuit, Fr. Koch later served as principal (1972-79), president (1979-80), and director of alumni (1980-86). He remained a part of the Jesuit community until his death in 2006. Please know that our administration will seek spiritual guidance as we further consider the School's response to this news.

The Diocesan report also includes the name of Fr. Ben Smylie, S.J., who was assigned to Jesuit in the 1980s.

In addition, the Maryland Province has released a list which states that an allegation was made against Fr. Robert B. Cullen, S.J., who was assigned to Jesuit Dallas for one year in 1960, while a list released by the Midwest Province includes Fr. Thomas R. Haller, S.J., who worked at Jesuit Dallas in the 1980s. With respect to Fr. Cullen, the Maryland Province reports that the alleged conduct was estimated to have occurred in the Maryland Province in the 1960s-1980s.  With respect to Fr. Haller, the Midwest Province states that the allegations relate to actions that occurred in the 1950s and/or 1960s in Wisconsin and Nebraska. Both men are deceased.

As I have stated previously, the health and well-being of all victims of sexual misconduct is our highest priority. We have significant protections in place to safeguard our students and to provide a means to investigate any reports of misconduct. Our staff, faculty and students are thoroughly versed in these processes that support a safe environment for every individual who steps on our campus.

Please know that I remain steadfast in my commitment to work with the proper authorities to protect our former and current students from any wrongdoing, and will make myself available to discuss any questions or concerns.

If anyone in our community has ever experienced abuse by any priest or layperson, I urge you to contact the police. Additionally, please don't hesitate to contact me directly (972-387-8700 x324; mearsing@jesuitcp.org) or by reporting to the Province (314-361-7765; UCSOutreach@jesuits.org). If you have any questions about the most recent allegations, please contact the Diocese of Dallas.

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Michael A. Earsing
President

Diocese of Dallas Report
 

A Letter From The President - 12/7/18

December 7, 2018

Dear friends of Jesuit Dallas,

I write this to you with an overwhelming sense of personal anguish and revulsion. 

As expected, the Jesuits’ Central and Southern Province today released a preliminary list of Jesuits and former Jesuits against whom there were credible allegations of abuse of a minor since 1955. I am saddened to report that the list contains 11 names with some connection to our School, mostly in the 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s.

The list includes four past members of the Jesuit Dallas community who were the subject of credible accusations of inappropriate conduct with a minor during their tenure here. They are: 

  • Don Dickerson (1980-81)
  • Thomas Naughton (1973-79)
  • Claude Ory (1966-67; 1987-94)
  • Vincent Malatesta (1981-85)

There are seven others who were accused of misconduct with a minor elsewhere, but who had been assigned for a certain period of time by the New Orleans Province Office to Jesuit Dallas:

  • Claude Boudreaux (1967-73)
  • Charles Coyle (1959-60)
  • Tom Hidding (1982-83)
  • Francis Landwermeyer (1958-59; 1960-61)
  • Vincent Orlando (1968-71; 1975-79)
  • Norman Rogge (1958-60)
  • Benjamin Wren (1955-58; 1962-63)

First, please join me in prayers for the health and well-being of all victims of sexual misconduct and abuse, be they students here or elsewhere.  Having said that, I am painfully aware that prayers are not enough and that is why we fully support the Province’s commitment to transparency and reform.  Enhanced screening and background checks have been in place for several years and the Province is now accredited by Presidium Inc., an independent firm that advises organizations working to prevent sexual abuse. 

Again, these allegations involve heinous acts committed many years ago.  I personally know of no credible reports of sexual misconduct with a minor occurring here in more than 20 years. I invite you to review our specific Safe Environment zero tolerance policy at https://www.jesuitdallas.org/about/safe-environment.

We pledge to continue providing a safe environment for every student.  That includes consistent and constant vigilance, prompt investigation and reporting.  Therefore, if anyone in our community has experienced abuse by any priest or layperson, please do not hesitate to contact me directly (972-387-8700 x324; mearsing@jesuitcp.org) or by reaching out to the Province (314-361-7765; UCSOutreach@jesuits.org).

Finally, please know that I am committed to doing everything possible to cooperate with this ongoing investigation. The independent agency retained to review all Provincial personnel files is expected to complete its full report for release in the Spring of 2019. In the meantime, please review the letter from the Provincial and feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Michael A. Earsing

A Letter From The President - 11/26/18

Dear friends of Jesuit Dallas, 

I am writing to update you on Church efforts to identify past religious leaders who have betrayed our trust by engaging in criminal and morally repugnant sexual conduct with minors. We pledge at Jesuit Dallas to continue to do all that we can to provide an environment that ensures the safety and well-being of each student entrusted to our care.

The Jesuit’s U.S. Central and Southern Province has retained a private investigative firm to audit all personnel files for members of the Society of Jesus going back to 1960. The audit will result in a list of Jesuits and former Jesuits in the U.S. Central and Southern Province against whom there are or have been credible allegations of abuse of a minor. For more information, please consult this announcement by the Province.

If you or anyone in our community has experienced abuse at the hands of a Jesuit priest or religious, or if you know of any other such inappropriate conduct, please do not hesitate to contact me (mearsing@jesuitcp.org/ 972-387-8700 x324) or the Province (USCOutreach@jesuits.org/ 314-361-7765).

Our prayers are with those who have been affected by abuse. 

Michael A. Earsing