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St. John of God Brothers

St. John of God Brothers (SJOG) (Hospitaller Order of St John of God) One of Australia’s most prominent Catholic religious orders has had an entrenched culture of sexual abuse. The St John of God religious order has specialized in accommodating boys who have an educational or behavioural disability or, in many cases, an intellectual disability.

  1. Hospitaller Order of St John of God Founded in Spain in 1540. The order expanded to Australia from Ireland in 1947 and established a boarding institution for disadvantaged boys, called “Kendall Grange”, at Morriset, north of Sydney, New South Wales. The order immediately filled up the home with ninety boys, including many from Sydney orphanages such as the Westmead Boys’ Home.

SJOG Brothers Were above suspicion, claiming to observe a vow of celibacy. Each Brother usually adopted a new first name, called after a church hero or a saint. And the Catholic Church preached lofty standards regarding virginity, chastity, birth control, abortion and divorce.

Michelle Mulvihill Australian psychologist was employed as an adviser and complaints manager by the order when the abuse claims arose. for which she was paid early $1 million.

Sydney Arrests

Sydney arrests Rev. Raymond Garchow (1944-) and Brothers William Lebler (1919-) and Rodger Maloney (1935-) of the order of St. John of God were arrested by Australian federal police on 27 December 2003 after the Christchurch District Court issued an extradition warrant to face 47 child sexual assault charges made by 23 different people dating back almost 50 years. The two religious brothers abused a boy together.

Moloney case Rodger William Moloney (1935-) member of the St John of God Brothers has worked in Australia and New Zealand.

  1. New Zealand trial In 2008 in New Zealand, Rodger William Moloney, 73, denied 28 charges of sexual abuse of boys at the school near Christchurch in the 1970s, 18 June 2008. Hr was sentenced to two years nine months jail for sexually abusing educationally-disadvantaged boys in Christchurch, N.Z., in the 1970s. The court was told that, after completing his sentence, he would be deported to Australia.

St. John of God Payments

St. John of God payments Order had paid out $11.9 million to abuse victims in Australia from 1995-2007, and more than $3 million to New Zealand victims from 2003-07.

St. John of God Brothers settlements Australian Roman Catholic order agreed to pay 3.64m Australian dollars ($2.1m) in compensation to 24 mentally handicapped men who were sexually abused while in its care. The out-of-court settlement far exceeds previous compensation awards made by the Catholic Church or religious orders in Australia in sex abuse cases. A statement from the St. John of God Brothers said: “The order acknowledges that some of the residents under its care were sexually abused by some brothers.” The disabled men, who were only teenagers at the time, were abused by up to 20 brothers in three Melbourne institutions run by the order over the past 30 years, a spokesman for the order said. Many of the brothers are now dead. Several had been asked to leave the order or had left voluntarily, St. John of God has settled some previous claims alleging sexual abuse, but the amounts paid were much smaller.

Out-of-court settlements SJOG has been forced to pay to a significant number of SJOG ex-inmates in both Australia and New Zealand. In general, the compensation money paid by church organisations was siphoned away from operations such as schools and hospitals, from investments such as property, and from offerings from the church's faithful, June 2002.

  1. St. John of God Australian settlements St. John of God Order paid out almost $4 million to 24 intellectually disabled men who were abused by Victorian members of the order, 2002. The abuse had been carried out by at least 20 brothers over three decades at residential care units in Melbourne, Australia.
  2. St. John of God New Zealand settlements Catholic order plans to borrow $2.2 million to pay damages to 56 men who were sexually abused by priests and staff, hopes the payments, the largest ever offered by a religious order in New Zealand, will bring a “sad and sorry situation to closure,” reported 17 March 2003.

SJOG legal fees Catholic order of St. John of God Brothers spent up to a million dollars in legal fees, trying to save three of its members being extradited from Australia to face trial in New Zealand on child-sex charges, 2003-2006.

Kendall Grange

Kendall Grange At Morriset, north of Sydney, New South Wales.

Kendall Grange abuse Various men allege that they were sexually abused by several Brothers at the Morriset home, beginning about 1950. One alleges that six Brothers abused him. These three boys had all gone to Morriset from Sydney orphanages.

  1. Six brothers accusation Victim alleges that six Brothers abused him at Morriset, 1950s.

Anon Kendall Grange Br. I Victim alleges abused him at Kendall Grange, 1950s.

Anon Kendall Grange Br. II Victim alleges abused him at Kendall Grange, 1950s.

Anon Kendall Grange Br. III Victim alleges abused him at Kendall Grange, 1950s.

Anon Kendall Grange Br. IV Victim alleges abused him at Kendall Grange, 1950s.

Anon Kendall Grange Br. V Victim alleges abused him at Kendall Grange, 1950s.

Anon Kendall Grange Br. VI Victim alleges abused him at Kendall Grange, 1950s.

St John of God Training Centre

St John of God Training Centre In 1953 some St John of God Brothers moved from New South Wales to Melbourne and established the St John of God Training Centre at Cheltenham (in Melbourne’s south, near where the Southland shopping centre is now). This institution usually accommodated about seven Brothers and a hundred boys, aged from 10 to 18 or more, until it closed in 1967. The order's headquarters remained in Sydney, and the Brothers alternated between Sydney and Melbourne.

Melbourne Homes

Yarra View Training farm at Lilydale, east of Melbourne. This usually had about seven Brothers and up to ninety youths, almost all boys who boarded there full-time, aged over 16, established 1957.

Churinga From 1966, the SJOG Brothers conducted another boys' home in Melbourne at Greensborough, in Melbourne’s north-east, where there were initially five Brothers. In the 1970s, there was also a hostel in Mentone (in Melbourne’s south) for men aged in their twenties.

(alphabetical listing)

Anon brother One Melbourne victim (born in 1946) testified "I told Brother Theophane that I had been molested by another Brother but Theophane called me a liar."

Donnellan affair Br. Bede Donnellan (real name John Joseph Donnellan) (deseased) was accused of sexual abuse in Melbourne.

Flannan affair Br. Flannan (deseased) was accused of sexual abuse in Melbourne.

Herbert affair SJOG order's Australian founder, the Irishman Brother Kilian (Killian) Herbert (deseased), was accused of sexual abuse in Melbourne.

Lee affair Brother Eugene Lee (deseased) was accused of sexual abuse in Melbourne.

Moynahan affair Brother Berchmans Moynahan (real name Martin Joseph Moynahan) (deseased) was accused of sexual abuse in Melbourne.

Marylands School Affair

Marylands school affair School for boys in the southern city of Christchurch for students with learning or intellectual disabilities run by St. John of God in which 76 men alleged they were abused, from 1955 until closure 1984.

  1. McGrath case I Bernard Kevin McGrath, St. John of God Brother, pleaded guilty to 10 charges of indecent assault involving 6 boys while ministering at Marylands school in NZ, received two 3 year jail sentences served concurrently, 1993.
  2. McGrath case II Bernard Kevin McGrath, St. John of God Brother, pleaded guilty to 6 counts of indecent assault against 12 year-old boy, sentenced to 9 months jail, 1997.
  3. McGrath case III Bernard Kevin McGrath faced 33 charges relating to alleged sexual abuse of boys aged under 16 at St. John of God Marylands school, 6 October 2003.

New Zealand Expansion

New Zealand expansion Having become established in Melbourne, the SJOG order later expanded into New Zealand.

Marylands Residential institution in Christchurch, New Zealand, closed 1985.

(alphabetical listing)

Garchow affair Rev. Raymond John Garchow (1947-) was born in New Zealand, began work at the Marylands institution in New Zealand in 1964, aged 17. In the early 1980s, Garchow was working at the SJOG’s “Kendall Grange” institution at Morriset, NSW. He was ordained in August 1987, aged 40. was served a warrant by a New Zealand court to be extradited to New Zealand on charges of sexual abuse when he was living in Sydney in 2003,

Lebler affair Br. William John Lebler (1922-) was served a warrant by a New Zealand court to be extradited to New Zealand when he was living in Sydney in 2003, on charges of sexual abuse dating back 1955 when he worked at Marylands, Christchurch, New Zealand. It was decided he was too frail to stand trial.

McGrath affair Br, Bernard Kevin McGrath was sentenced to 3 years jail in New Zealand 1993, 9 months jail in Sydney in 1997, and 5 years jail New Zealand in 2006 for sexual abuse.

Moloney case Br. Rodger Moloney (1935-) was Marylands prior (chief administrator) and remained there until 1977. He has been to the SJOG’s operations in Papua New Guinea. He was a member of the SJOG provincial council (administering the order’s operations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific). In the late 1990s, he was associated with SJOG’s “Kendall Grange” institution at Morriset, NSW. In 2006 he was extradited from Australia to New Zealand. On 25 June 2008, a jury in the New Zealand High Court found Moloney guilty on seven counts of sexually abusing educationally-disadvantaged boys in Christchurch, NZ, in the 1970s when he was head of the Marylands school for educationally-disadvantaged boys in Christchurchs. Moloney is awaiting sentence in New Zealand.

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