1 former NE Kansas priest on list Jesuit list of accused abusers

Courtesy: MGN Online
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Catholic Jesuit province that covers 13 states in the Midwest and South says it has found "credible allegations" of sexual abuse involving 42 priests and other ministry leaders, including one who once taught at St. Mary’s College, in St. Marys, Kansas.

Fraser J. Burton also was assigned to Rockhurst High School, in Kansas City, Missouri, according to the list released by the province. Burton died in 1971 and the single allegation against him came following his death.

In all, eight men, including Burton, with ties to Kansas or Kansas City schools were on the list, most of whom have either died or left the society. Two of them, however, are still members of the province, but are not active in the ministry and live in supervised housing.

For most of them, they had multiple assignments in other states as well.

Other Kansas priests on the list, their Kansas assignments, and current status:

  • John W. Hough - Kapaun High School (Wichita, Kan.); one allegation; left Society and priesthood in 1977
  • Francis J. Kegel - Rockhurst High School (Kansas City, Mo.); one allegation; left Society in 1953, died in 2009
  • Dennis P. Kirchoff - Rockhurst High School; one allegation; left Society in 1995
  • Philip D. Kraus - St. Francis Xavier Parish (Kansas City, Mo.), Rockhurst High School; one allegation; removed from ministry in 2003 and lives under supervision
  • Chester E. Gaiter - Rockhurst High School; multiple allegations; died in 2010
  • George M. Peiper - Kapaun High School; multiple allegations; died in 1998
  • Paul C. Pilgrim - Rockhurst High School; multiple allegations; removed from ministry in 2003 and lives under supervision

The full list, which includes abuse allegations dating back to 1955, includes mostly priests but also brothers who serve some ministry functions but who are not ordained, and "scholastics," which are men in training to become priests.

Jesuits West, which covers 10 western states, announced Friday that its internal investigation determined there were credible abuse allegations against 111 priests , brothers or priests in training who were connected to the province dating back to 1950.

A province that covers several Midwestern states, the Midwest Province, will announce a similar list Dec. 17.