Category Archives: Bahamas

St. John’s Abbey offers differing accounts on accused monk’s status

(SC Times) COLLEGEVILLE — St. John’s Abbey publications and newspaper articles from the 1990s on contradict the abbey’s own statement about the whereabouts and work history of the Rev. Francisco Schulte after the abbey received an allegation of sexual misconduct … Continue reading

More Deception from St. John’s Abbey [re Schulte]

At least four claims made in the St. John’s Abbey “Statement on Father Francisco Schulte” (May 18, 2010) [ View ] are blatantly false or contradict other statements made by the Abbey:

Abbey Statement on Father Francisco Schulte

From that time through June of 2002, Father Francisco was living at Saint John’s Abbey with “prudent, non-risk” limitations on his ministry.

Press Conference Scheduled

Announcement of a lawsuit to be filed on Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court against Collegeville, Minnesota-based St. John’s Preparatory School, St, John’s Abbey, the Order of St. Benedict and Father Raymond Francisco Schulte, a minister at the school. The … Continue reading


POR QUE: Ess el anuncio de una demanda por radicarse el martes en el juzgado del Distrito del Condado Ramsey contra St. John’s Preparatory School en Collegeville, Minnesota, la St. John’s Abbey, la Order of St. Benedict y el padre … Continue reading

Fr. Dan Ward on Documenting Abuse Allegations

An abbot receives information from a victim that a monk sexually abused him while attending the monastery’s school. When the abbot confronts the monk, the monk admits the abuse along with some other instances of abuse. The entire situation, including … Continue reading

St. Francis in the Bahamas (Othmar Hohmann)

Father Bernard then installed Fr. Othmar Hohmann, OSB, as pastor of St. Francis Church. Fr. Othmar, a talented, friendly, dramatist, zealously continued the work of this predecessors: promoting enthusiastic congregational vocal praying; singing during liturgical services; giving catechetical instructions during … Continue reading

Perpetrator Fr. Allen Tarlton Featured

Fr. Alan Tarlton, 80, is the Abbey’s only African American monk. He was not always alone. When Tarlton was ordained in 1955, there were four other African Americans priests, but, eventually, the abbey sent them off to do missionary work … Continue reading

The end of an era; Monastery closes after 114 years

There was an extra stillness in the air recently as Father Mel Taylor looked over the picturesque grounds of the Monastery of Saint Augustine of Canterbury, which closed after 114 years of existence.

114 Years of Service in the Bahamas, 1891 – 2005

At the opening of the Bahama Benedictine Centennial in January, 1991, Sir Henry Taylor, Acting Governor General of the Bahamas, paid tribute to the missionary monks of Saint John’s with these words: “The work of the Benedictines in the Bahamas … Continue reading

Sins of a Father: ‘Sauna Kids’ Abuse

Sins of a Father: ‘Sauna Kids’ Abuse; a Remote Retreat in Minnesota Allegedly Was Turned into a Sexual Playhouse by a Catholic Monk Who Has Been Accused of Repeatedly Molesting Young Boys and Girls.

St. John’s Abbey let priests keep post after allegation

St. John’s Abbey was told in the late 1980s that the Rev. Richard Eckroth had allegedly sexually abused a boy years earlier.

Still traveling: priests at St. John’s Abbey

The Rev. Richard Eckroth –Continues to use abbey cabin on Swenson Lake near Bemidji; traveled to St. John’s mission, St. Augustine Abbey in Nassau, Bahamas, summer 1997 for the ceremony when a St. John’s priest was named prior, the position … Continue reading

Former Abbot Abused 2 Monks

The Rev. John Eidenschink, former St. John’s abbot, has admitted that he sexually abused two abbey monks, one before he was elected abbot in 1971 and another during his eight-year tenure, current Abbot John Klassen said Friday.

Father Daniel Ward Accepts New Position

Prior of St. Augustine’s Monastery in Nassau, Bahamas, since 1997, Father Daniel Ward has accepted new tasks as Associate Director of the Legal Resource Center for Religious in Silver Spring, Maryland. He took this office on 6 December.

CSB/SJU Mourns Fr. Peregrin Berres

Father Peregrin Berres OSB, was killed in a single vehicle accident last Friday, April 16, near Minneapolis. He was 68.

Francisco Schulte’s Radio Program

Saint Augustine’s Monastery, Nassau, Bahamas, continues to provide traditional pastoral and educational services as it strengthens other activities in spirituality. An example:

Four Saint John’s Monks Move to Bahamas

Four members of the Saint John’s monastic and academic communities have begun assignments at Saint Augustine’s Monastery, Nassau, Bahamas, this summer — namely, Frs. Dan Ward, Richard Eckroth, Antony Hellenberg and Francisco Schulte.

Schulte New Subprior

The new subprior of St. Augustine’s Monastery in Nassau, Bahamas, Father Francisco Schulte, was recently appointed by the new Prior, Father Daniel Ward.

Francisco Schulte’s Letter to Oblates re Bahamas

Since the last time I wrote my Oblate colunm for the “Quarterly,” something of a major event has taken place in my life: I’ve accepted the invitation of Father Daniel Ward to form part of the monastic community at Saint … Continue reading