Letter from Abbot Giles Hayes

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in All, CMSM, Giles Hayes, Praesidium, Review Board | No Comments

Dear Parents, Alumni and Friends of St. Mary’s Abbey, This has been another strong year for Delbarton and for our students in the classroom, in community service, in the arts and in athletics. However, it has also been a difficult one for our community, as individuals have come forward with new allegations of sexual misconduct […]

Abbey’s Statement: More Spin

Abbot Giles Hayes is at St. Vincent’s Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania this week, leading a monastic retreat on Pauline Mysticism. As a distracted and disorganized Abbot Giles reflects on Colossians and Ephesians in poorly attended retreat sessions on Tuesday, the public relations team back at Saint Mary’s Abbey was busy spinning the latest chapter in […]

Rev. Elias Lorenzo: Protector of Children?

Rev. Elias Lorenzo is currently “protecting the rights and safety of children in the Church” (see below). Since when?  

Father of men who filed sexual abuse lawsuit against Delbarton says monks betrayed his trust

(Star-Ledger) Bill Crane Sr. remembers the sweaty August day in 1964, when he drove his Pontiac onto the sprawling Delbarton School campus, hoping to land a job as a history teacher that paid $4,400 a year. Married, he had a freshly printed diploma from Upsala College in his pocket and a baby on the way.

Suit claims Delbarton monks abused teens

(Observer-Tribune) MENDHAM TWP. ‑ Two former residents who were sexually abused by a former priest at St. Joseph Church when they were youths, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday claiming they were also victimized by two monks at the Delbarton School in Morris Township in the 1970s.

Press Conference Tomorrow (Capato & Travers)

A media conference announcing the filing of a lawsuit against Delbarton School, St. Mary’s Abbey at Delbarton, referencing abuse by Rev. Luke Travers, OSB, former headmaster at Delbarton School and Rev. Justin Capato, OSB, current parochial vicar at Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Parish, Cedar Knolls, New Jersey. 

The Abbey’s Secret Review Board

According to a March 19, 2012 media advisory, “The abbey refuses to disclose its culture of secrecy, the whereabouts of Rev. Travers and Rev. Capato or comment on the results of recent investigations conducted by the abbey’s secret review board — a tool of intimidation empanelled by the abbey.” As of January, 2012, members of […]

Advocate: Christie Must Act on Delbarton Scandal

An activist who has publicized accusations of sexual misconduct at Delbarton School says he’s called on Gov. Chris Christie for help addressing the allegations, but gotten no reply.

Message to Delbarton Parents and Students

On January 23, 2012, a letter (shown below) was sent to Delbarton parent and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. It was also sent to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò in Washington, DC. Included in the envelope was “The Richmond Letter” (available Here).  Both offices signed for the letter. Today, three weeks later, there has been no […]

Letter to Governor Christie

[Webmaster’s Note: Governor Christie’s office signed for this letter on January 25th. Almost three weeks later, there has been no response.]

2 more men come forward, support sexual misconduct accusations against former Delbarton headmaster

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 in All, Giles Hayes, Patrick Marker, Review Board | No Comments

(Star-Ledger) In a candlelit room at St. James School in Basking Ridge, Brian Kvederas remembers confessing the overwhelming fears of his adolescence to Rev. Luke Travers some 25 years ago.

Delbarton Alumnus Hasn’t Felt Welcome since Abuse Claims

Sheridan has said some people who were angry at first have since apologized. Others apparently continue to hold a grudge… Sheridan first went to Abbey officials in 1992 with allegations that a teacher named Robert Flavin exposed himself in 1981 when Sheridan, then 18, was home from college and visiting the Abbey. The deacon went […]

Abbey Report Shows 3 Clerics Guilty of Abuse

One priest, a former Delbarton teacher, has been sent to a rehabilitation center where he is expected to live out his life. A deacon will have his clerical status stripped from him. Another cleric will be allowed to function as a priest but won’t be allowed to have contact with children.

Clergy in Delbarton Case to Be Removed

Catholic Church officials are seeking to remove a former Benedictine monk and deacon from the clergy because they have deemed credible an accusation that he assaulted an 18-year-old Delbarton School alumnus on campus in 1981.