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Priests linked to Door and Kewaunee Counties on abuse list

The Diocese of Green Bay Thursday afternoon released the names of 46 priests with "substantiated allegations" of child sexual abuse going back 112 years.  Nine former priests with links to Door County and Kewaunee County were among those named.  Some had single allegations other had multiple allegations. The list was released following an independent investigation by Defenbaugh and Associates.  Among those who served in Door County or 

Kewaunee County ministries:

 

Stanley Browne
-St. Francis Xavier, Brussels  and St. Mary's, Namur1986-1989
-Abuse occurred 1982-1986
-Died 2017

 

David Buzanowski
-St. Louis Catholic Church, Dyckesville 1982-1983
-Corpus Christi Catholic Parish, Sturgeon Bay 1983-1987.  
-Abuse occurred: 1979-1988 

 

John Feeney
-Holy Rosary, Kewaunee 1954
-St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Sturgeon Bay 1954-1955
-St. Mary Parish, Maplewood 1966
-Abuse occurred: 1961-1962
-Convicted in 2004 of three counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of attempted sexual assault of a child.  Sentenced to 15-years in prison.

 

Bernard Geimer
-St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Sturgeon Bay 1958-1960
-SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Institute 1968-1972
-Abuse occurred: 1955, 1972-1974
-Died 1987

 

Daniel Gilsdorf
-St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Sturgeon Bay 1970-1986
-Abuse occurred: 1973-1988
-Died 2012

 

Francis Reinke
-SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Institute 1972-1976
-Abuse occured: 1962-1963
-Died 2017

 

Donald Rose
-St. Mary's Hospital chaplain, Kewaunee 1964-1965
-Abuse occurred: 1962

 

James Hodik
-Holy Trinity Church, Casco 1935-1970
-Abuse occurred: 1950's
-Died 1974

 

Laurence Loerke
-St. Mary Parish, Maplewood 1951-1959
-St. Mary's Hospital chaplain, Kewaunee 1959
-Abuse occurred: 1950
-Died 1973
  

The report goes on to say that "currently there are no known priests serving in active ministry in the Diocese of Green Bay who have had a substantiated allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor against them." 

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