Former UP chaplain named in Indiana sex abuse report
Rev. James Trepanier, a Holy Cross priest, served as University chaplain from 1964-1967.
On Sept. 18, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades released the names of the priests. Rhoades vowed to release the names last month in response to a in Pennsylvania that accused 300 priests of sexual abuse of minors.
According to the information released by the Indiana diocese, there was one credible allegation against Rev. Trepanier. The report does not say when the alleged crime occurred, only that it occurred in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.
Some of the accused priests are dead or incarcerated. The statement from the diocese states that Trepanier, who is 89, had his “faculties for ministry removed from Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend” in Oct. 2002. He was allowed to remain a priest however, and in 2015, was invited to celebrate his of ordination with other members of the Congregation of Holy Cross.
The from the 2015 celebration Mass at Notre Dame features a one-page biography of Trepanier. It says he taught high school for two years prior to his time at UP and he moved to Holy Cross House (retirement facility for priests) near the University of Notre Dame in 2003.
After serving at UP, the report of allegations released this week says Trepanier served at the Holy Cross Mission House and later served at Holy Cross parish in South Bend, Indiana from 1981-1987 and St. Pius X Parish in Granger, Indiana from 1987-1991. The report also says that in 1994 Trepanier served at St. Mary’s Convent in Notre Dame, Indiana.
This is the second member of the Congregation of Holy Cross who has worked at the University of Portland to be publicly named in a sex abuse case within the past several weeks. The released Aug. 15 said former University of Portland President (1978-1981) admitted to sexually abusing a boy, although that report did not say when or where the abuse occurred. The Pennsylvania report says Wilson reached a $250,000 confidential settlement with the victim.
Madison Pfeifer is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.