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Rev. Bruce (Luverne) Wollmering, O.S.B.
November 2, 1940 - February 4, 2009
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Allegations of Abuse and/or Misconduct
During the 1969-1970 school year, Fr. Bruce Wollmering molested a 14 year old Prep School student. Wollmering had inappropriate contact with at least three more students in the 70's and continued this behavior, despite his role as head of the St. John's University Psychology Department, until he was forced to resign in 2004 as part of an agreement made after a student accused Wollmering of sexual harassment in 2003. In 2001, Wollmering admitted that he was in love with one of his students.
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Miscellaneous Notes
Father Bruce began his professional career at Saint John's Preparatory School as a Latin teacher, prefect, and cross-country/track coach from 1967 to 1969. He served as the Business and Placement Director and counselor at Saint John's Preparatory School and University from 1970 to 1972. He was consulting counselor at the prep school from 1970 to 1975. For six months in 1972 he served as substitute novice master in the abbey. From 1973 to 1975 he lived as a prefect on the fourth floor of St. Benet Hall in the university. Father Bruce was a faculty resident in St. Thomas Hall from 1978 to 1980.

The bulk of Father Bruce's professional life was devoted to teaching psychology and working as a counselor. He was a member of the counseling services team at Saint John's University from 1978 to 1980. During this time he also served on the faculty as adjunct professor of psychology. He was assistant professor of psychology from 1980 to 1988 when he achieved tenure as associate professor of psychology.

Father Bruce was delighted by the opportunity to spend his sabbatical at the Carl G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, from 1990 to 1991. His doctoral thesis had focused on dreams, a key element of Jungian psychotherapy. From 1994 to 2003 he was chair of the Department of Psychology at Saint John's University. Father Bruce conducted more than 50 workshops and seminars in psychology that dealt with subjects such as dream analysis, therapeutic hypnosis, human sexuality, and healthy spirituality. (2009)

Born: Available but not Published
Hometown: Available but not Published
Professed: July 11, 1961
Ordained: June 3, 1967
Died: February 4, 2009
First Year Listed in Ordo at St. John's: 1962
Last Year Listed in Ordo at St. John's: 2009

Possible names for Rev. Bruce (Luverne) Wollmering, O.S.B.:
Fr. Bruce Wollmering, Father Bruce Wollmering
Fr. Luverne Wollmering, Father Luverne Wollmering
Fr. Bluebird

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