For Immediate Release
NEW YORK CITY – OCT. 8, 2021 – The Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province has published on its website a list of the names of friars against whom credible child sexual abuse claims and misconduct have been made.
It marks the first time that the names of all Holy Name friars with credible allegations of child sexual abuse and misconduct against them are chronicled and publicly posted in a single document.
Although most of the names were already made public at the time the allegations were reported, officials with Holy Name said the list reinforces the Province’s ongoing commitment to transparency, accountability, and safe environments for children under its care.
Holy Name Province hired Anchin, Block and Anchin LLP to conduct an independent third-party review of its friar files. Led by Brian Sanvidge – a Certified Inspector General with more than 30 years of experience in forensic investigations, as well as integrity and fraud monitoring – an independent forensic review team examined the files of every Holy Name friar dating back to 1950.
The published list is a result of Anchin’s independent review, findings and recommendations.
“It is our humble view that Holy Name Province has successfully addressed the scourge of sexual abuse of minors and is now a model for training, safe environment policies and procedures, preventive practices and education, oversight, and outreach to abuse survivors,” said Fr. Kevin Mullen, OFM, Provincial Minister of Holy Name Province.
Guided by the Church’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, and as members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), Holy Name adopted CMSM’s system of accountability and transparency, utilizing the accreditation model that requires independent verification – by a team of specialists from the independent agency Praesidium Inc. – that the Standards for Accreditation have been met. In order to receive this coveted accreditation, Holy Name has to demonstrate its compliance with 20 national standards that address the Province’s response to victims, prevention of future occurrences, and supervision of those members credibly accused of child sexual abuse.
Praesidium specialists review, among other things, Holy Name’s personnel files and safe environment policies, conduct site visits, and interview members of the Province. Accreditation is granted upon a showing by Holy Name that all standards were met.
“Holy Name is proud to report that it has been repeatedly accredited for its adherence to the high bar of standards for child protection policies and procedures,” Fr. Mullen said.
“We are hopeful that publishing this list will bring a measure of healing, peace, comfort and conciliation to abuse survivors and their families,” said Fr. Mullen, adding, “We ask that everyone join us in prayer for all abuse survivors, and that all Holy Name friars will be examples of the gentleness and caring of St. Francis of Assisi and our loving Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Holy Name Province is a member of the Order of Friars Minor, which was founded by St. Francis more than 800 years ago.
If you or someone you know has been sexually abused by a friar of Holy Name Province, immediately report it to your local law enforcement authorities and contact the Province’s Survivor Assistant at 1-800-770-8013. Calls and the information provided will be kept confidential to the extent civil law allows.