Category Archives: Dan Ward

Abuser on Gagliardi’s Staff After Abuse Revelation

A July, 1992 letter from Father Dan Ward (monk and attorney for Saint John’s Abbey) claimed that Brother John Kelly “had been removed from his work at the prep school and the university” following allegations of sexual misconduct.  Contents of … Continue reading

Monk Offenders in the Bahamas

The following is a list of Saint John’s monks with credible allegations of misconduct who served in the Bahamas.

Vatican orders crackdown on US nun association

An American archbishop was appointed to oversee reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which will include rewriting the group’s statutes, reviewing all its plans and programs — including approving speakers — and ensuring the organization properly follows Catholic … Continue reading

Four Dan Ward Accusations

At least four men have come forward with accusations of misconduct by Rev. Dan Ward. Excerpts from their statements:

Vatican blasts American nuns, calls for reforms

Some of the changes to come include a revision of the LCWR statutes, a review of programs including their annual general assembly, and a review of their ties with Network and Resource Center for Religious Institutes. – CNN News [Webmaster’s … Continue reading

Monks, Priests and Fathers

According to multiple credible sources, several of the monks at Saint John’s have fathered children.

Regarding Br. Paul Richards’ Sabbatical Location

Since Holy Wisdom Monastery is an ecumenical monastery without juridical status in the Roman Catholic Church, it should be clear that neither the liturgy, teaching, or governance at Holy Wisdom Monastery is part of the Catholic Church. 

Recent Feedback and Tips

Recently, visitors to the web site have provided information about Fr. Dan Ward, Fr. Othmar Hohmann, Fr. Agustin Cerezo, Br. Bernie Friedl, Fr. Timothy Kelly, Fr. Robert Koopman, Br. Paschal Brisson, Fr. Bruce Wollmering, Fr. Ian Dommer, Fr. Francisco Schulte, … Continue reading

More Misconduct From Fr. Dan Ward

Fr. Dan Ward believed that a well-rounded and mature monastic needed to have an open-minded view of sexuality. The conversation started to become more physical as he began to be aroused by the topic. I rejected his advances and strong … Continue reading

Three More Fr. Dan Ward Victims

When news of the abuse scandal broke twenty years ago, Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota chose Fr. Dan Ward as its public voice. [ View 1991 Coverage ] Today, we know that Fr. Dan Ward has at least three alleged victims. … Continue reading

Regarding Abbot Timothy Kelly

Abbot Timothy Kelly has been accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with an altar boy (and at least four others) at St. Anselm’s Parish in Bronx, New York in 1966 and 1967.  Father Timothy Kelly later became Abbot of St. … Continue reading

Vatican Alerted to Timothy Kelly’s Misconduct in March

“As we discussed, I believe that misconduct by men such as Father Dan Ward and Abbot Timothy Kelly as perpetrators, and perhaps even more as concealers of misconduct perpetrated by others, have destroyed the integrity of the institution and the … Continue reading

Timeline & Quotes: Timothy Kelly

April 20, 1934 – Thomas Daniel Kelly born in Milwaukee, WI Grades 1 – 6: Public Schools in Minneapolis, MN Grades 7 & 8: Annunciation Parish School in Minneapolis, MN High School: St. Thomas Military Academy in St. Paul, MN … Continue reading

Abbot Kelly Covered Up Misconduct by Fr. Gillespie

[Update: On November 24, 2015, files were released with information about this matter. Please view the update… Here ] When Fr. Thomas Gillespie was yanked from the Catholic church in Saint Joseph, Minnesota on February 23, 1996, replacement priest Fr. … Continue reading

Abbot Kelly Covered Up Misconduct by Fr. Dan Ward

When I reported the misconduct by Fr. Dan Ward to Abbot Timothy Kelly he listened but then dismissed me saying I was over exaggerating and it would all pass by… I could not believe this. I was consoled by another monk … Continue reading

Letter to Br. Paul-Vincent Niebauer

“I sometimes feel that the abbey has used us who were notorious offenders as scapegoats for the sexual dysfunction that was more widespread in the community. I am willing to take responsibility for my actions but I am not the entire cause of … Continue reading

St. Ben’s Response Self-Serving

During a ten minute phone call on Monday, April 25, 2011, Sister Ann Marie Biermaier was made aware that allegations of sexual misconduct (by her) had surfaced, involving a minor in the 1970s. Over the next eight days, the Sisters of … Continue reading

Misconduct in St. Joseph, MN

When Fr. Thomas Gillespie was yanked from the church on February 23, 1996, replacement priest Fr. Dan Ward and Abbot Timothy Kelly refused to provide an honest answer — the real reason — for Fr. Gillespie’s removal. According to the … Continue reading

Web Site Feedback… Damage

Know that I believe what you are doing with Behind the Pine Curtain is both courageous and absolutely imperative to help victims of this form of insidious abuse to realize a semblance of justice. I’d like to say health, but … Continue reading

Monk Regarding Fr. Dan Ward

“Dan Ward is a very sick and dangerous man. The monks at Saint John’s Abbey have put him in a powerful position and they will live to regret it! He has hardly ever spent any time living at the Abbey … Continue reading