Alum: No Support for Saint John’s

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We have stopped giving to St. John’s because of the ongoing abuse scandal there. I realize that the administration has claimed that everything has been handled but that is not the case.

From: [Name/Email Withheld] Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:59 PM
To: ‘Cummings, Michael’
Subject: RE: Saint John’s Needs Your Support

Michael,

We have stopped giving to St. John’s because of the ongoing abuse scandal there. I realize that the administration has claimed that everything has been handled but that is not the case.

Despite the claim of transparency the cover-up continues as more news continues to come out about cases that St. John’s new about but did not disclose.

You may have been told differently in order to protect the university and monastery’s finances, including fund drives which you are involved with. My family has been affected directly by this scandal so I have a personal perspective. I urge you to go to the website listed below and simply read the articles within it. Many of which are statements from St. John’s officials, the Abbot and news articles chronicling events of the past 40 or so years. Once you do you will see what I am saying is true.

It is my hope that St. John’s really does become “transparent” about this ongoing scandal and makes itself into a great Catholic university again, but until then we cannot donate any funds.

Sincerely,
[Name Withheld] SJU ‘83

Behindthepinecurtain.com

In response to:

From: Cummings, Michael [mailto:MCUMMINGS@csbsju.edu] Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:22 AM
To: [Name Withheld] Subject: Saint John’s Needs Your Support

Dear [Name Withheld]:

I’d like to invite you to please join the more than 6,300 alumni, parents and friends who have already made a gift and continued the tradition of supporting the one-of-a-kind Johnnie experience. Thursday, June 30, 2011, is the last day to make a gift to the 2011 Saint John’s Annual Fund.

Any size gift counts and every gift is appreciated. Working together as a community, the impact of our gifts will ensure the Saint John’s student experience is alive and well. Participation is what matters!

Please show your support today by giving online, by mail (postmarked by June 30) or by phone at 1-800-635-7303.

Many thanks,

Michael Cummings ’89
Director of Annual Giving
Saint John’s University

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