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Several Former Bradford Priests Named in Report


41 priests in the Erie Diocese, including the late Richard Lynch, a  former headmaster of Bradford Central Christian High School, have been named in the grand jury report on sex abuse in six diocese across the state.

Several other priests who were assigned to St. Bernard Church in Bradford, St. Joseph Church in Mount Jewett, St. Therese in Shinglehouse and several in Elk County were also named.

Retired Bishop Donald Trautman is not listed as an abuser, but Attorney General Josh Shapiro says he was part of the cover up.

Shapiro also thanked current Bishop Lawrence Perscio for his public actions, which he called “a new way forward” in responding to this crisis. Shapiro says Persico’s response gives him hope.

In his own news conference this afternoon Persico said he told people the report would be sobering.

There’s more from Bishop Persico here:

Sam MacDonald, president of the Elk County Catholic School system released a statement saying, in part, he is personally reviewing the report as quickly as he can to discern how their local church community is impacted.

You can read the report at

1) Michael J. Amy
2) Michael G. Barletta
3) Donald C. Bolton
4) Robert F. Bower
5) Dennis Chludzinski
6) Donald Cooper
7) Michael R. Freeman
8) Gregory P. Furjanic
9) Chester “Chet” Gawronski
10) Herbert G. Gloeker
11) Robert E. Hannon
12) James P. Hopkins
13) Barry M. Hudock
14) Joseph W. Jerge
15) Stephen E. Jeselnick
16) Thomas C. Kelley
17) Gary L. Ketcham
18) Thaddeus Kondzielski
19) Gerard Krebs
20) Jerry (John) Kucan
21) Louis Lorei
22) Salvatore P. Luzzi
23) Richard D. Lynch
24) Daniel Martin
25) Redacted
26) Leon T. Muroski
27) Edmundus Murphy
28) John L. Murray
29) Giles L. Nealen
30) Jan Olowin
31) Andrew Pawlaczyk
32) John A. Piatkowski
33) David L. Poulson
34) William Presley
35) John Philip Schanz
36) Samuel B. Slocum
37) Thomas Smith
38) Thomas Snyderwine
39) John Tome
40) Patrick Vallimont



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