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Priests Who Have Served in the Diocese of Owensboro Against Whom A Substantiated Allegation of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Has Been Made


For purposes of this list, an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor by a priest is substantiated when there is probable cause for believing the claim is true. The following may be considered as evidence of probable cause: 1) admission of guilt by the accused; 2) accused does not contest the allegation; 3) guilty finding rendered by a court; 4) finding rendered by an investigative process shows cause for believing the allegation is true on an objective basis.


Priests ordained for the Diocese of Owensboro

This section contains the names of priests who were ordained for the Diocese of Owensboro against whom was made at least one substantiated allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor occurring within the Diocese of Owensboro.

  • Baker, Gerald

    • Diocese/Order: Owensboro
    • DOB:  1-25-57

      Date of Ordination:  5-21-83

      Date of Death:

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      83-85: St. Stephen Cathedral, Owensboro

      85-87: St. Mary of the Woods, Whitesville with responsibilities at Trinity High School

      87-89: Immaculate Conception, Earlington; Holy Cross, Providence; Resurrection, Dawson Springs

      89-03: Sts. Peter & Paul, Hopkinsville

      03-12:  St. Ann, Morganfield                  

      12-16: St. Mary of the Woods, Whitesville

      13-16: St. John, Fordsville

    • Clerical State: Removed from public ministry 2016.

    • Allegation(s): Three allegations deemed substantiated by the Diocesan Review Board.

  • Greenwell, Paul

    • Diocese/Order: Owensboro (originally from Archdiocese of Louisville until Owensboro established in 1937)
    • DOB: 10-10-1896

      Date of Ordination: 6-2-1928

      Date of Death: 11-24-1964

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      1932-47:  St. Augustine, Reed

      1947-56:  St. Peter Waverly

      1956:  Retired to Albuquerque, NM

    • Clerical State: deceased 1964

    • Allegation(s):  Multiple allegations from the 1940’s and 1950’s deemed substantiated.

  • Hancock, Walter

    • Diocese/Order: Owensboro
    • DOB: 10-23-1920

      Date of Ordination: 5-27-1947

      Date of Death: 3-2-2012

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      1947-49: St. Anthony, Browns Valley

      1949-1952: Immaculate Conception, Hawesville

      1952-1959: St. Mary of the Woods, Whitesville

      1959-1965: St. Anthony, Peonia

      1965-72: St. Alphonsus

      1972-1983:  St. Jerome, Fancy Farm

      1983-1989: St. Sebastian, Calhoun

      1989-1992; Sacred Heart, Russellville

      1992-1995: St. Rose, Cloverport and Holy Guardian Angels, Irvington

      1995:  Allowed to retire

      1998: Administrator at Holy Guardian Angels Parish in Irvington

    • Clerical State: Removed from public ministry 2002.  Deceased 2012

    • Allegation(s): Multiple allegations deemed substantiated.

  • Henninger, Gilbert

    • Diocese/Order: Owensboro
    • DOB: 12-18-1907

      Date of Ordination: 5-22-1937

      Date of Death:  3-5-1990

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      6/27/37 – 8/16/37: St. Peter, Stanley

      8/16/37-9/4/37:  St. Rose, Cloverport

      1937-38:  St. Francis de Sales, Paducah

      1938-39:  St. Paul, Owensboro and St. Joseph, Owensboro

      1939-41: Chaplain at St. Francis Academy, Owensboro

      1941-43: student in Ottawa, Canada

      1943-62: Chaplain to Ursulines at Mt. St. Joseph

      1962-82: St. Martin, Rome

    • Clerical State: deceased 1990

    • Allegation(s): Multiple allegations received after his death, but deemed substantiated.

  • Meredith, John

    • Diocese/Order: Owensboro
    • DOB: 12-1-1954

      Date of Ordination: 1-12-1980

      Date of Death:

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      Jan. 1980 – May 1980:  St. Francis de Sales, Paducah

      June 1980-June 1983:  St. Mary of the Woods, Whitesville

      June 1983 – June 1985: Parish of the Immaculate, Owensboro

      June 1985 – June 1988: St. Edward, Fulton and Sacred Heart, Hickman

      June 1988 – June 1995:  Christ the King, Madisonville

      June 1995 – June 2008:  Our Lady of Lourdes, Owensboro

      June 2008 – Nov. 2013:  Blessed Mother, Owensboro

    • Clerical State: Removed from public ministry in 2013.

    • Allegation(s): One allegation deemed substantiated by the Diocesan Review Board.

  • Piskula, Louis

    • Diocese/Order: Owensboro
    • DOB: 1-6-1940

      Date of Ordination: 5-10-1975

      Date of Death: 10-11-2018

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      1975-77: St. Stephen Cathedral, Owensboro

      1977-82:  Blessed Mother, Owensboro

      1982-85:  St. Leo Murray and Chaplain at Newman Center in Murray

      1985-89:  St. John the Evangelist, Paducah

      1989-1994:  St. Mary of the Woods, Whitesville

      1994-2002:  Chaplain at St. Joseph Passionist Monastery in Whitesville

    • Clerical State: Removed from public ministry in 2002.  Deceased 2018.

    • Allegation(s): Six allegations deemed substantiated.  In 2014, he was convicted of child sexual abuse and sentenced to prison.

  • Speaks, John

    • Diocese/Order: Owensboro
    • DOB: 5-25-1947

      Date of Ordination: 6-8-1974

      Date of Death: 6-11-2019

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      1974-77:  Blessed Mother, Owensboro

      1977-81: St. Francis de Sales, Paducah

      1981-82:  St. Sebastian, Calhoun and St. Charles, Livermore

      1982-83: Christ the King, Madisonville

      2/83 – 6/83: St. Alphonsus, Daviess County

      6/83 – 1987: St. Joseph, Mayfield

      1987-1989:  Holy Name, Henderson

      1989 – 1994:  Hospital Chaplain, Owensboro Daviess County Hospital & Mercy Hospital, Owensboro

      1994- 1995:  St. Paul, Princeton

    • Clerical State: Removed from public ministry in 2002.

    • Allegation(s): One allegation deemed substantiated.

  • Wheatley, Carroll

    • Diocese/Order: Owensboro
    • DOB:  2-11-1945

      Date of Ordination:  5-10-1975

      Date of Death:  10-7-2013

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      6/75-8/75:  St. Mary, Whitesville

      1975-81:  Chaplain/Teacher: Trinity High School, Whitesville

      1977-81: St. William & St. Lawrence, Knottsville

      1981-82:  St. Francis de Sales, Paducah

      1982-84:  St. Mary, LaCenter

      1985-2011:  Chaplain in U.S. Navy

    • Clerical State: Removed from public ministry in 2011.  Deceased 2013.

    • Allegation(s): Two allegations deemed substantiated.

  • Wieder, Henry

    • Diocese/Order: Owensboro
    • DOB:  9-15-1962

      Date of Ordination:  5-27-1989

      Date of Death:

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      1989-91:  Our Lady of Lourdes, Owensboro

      1991-94:  Holy Spirit, Bowling Green

      1994-97:  St. Agnes Parish, Uniontown

      1997-2003: St. Thomas More, Paducah

    • Clerical State: Left active ministry in 2003.

    • Allegation(s):  One allegation of sexual abuse received in 2002 involving incident prior to ordination, deemed substantiated.

Priests from another diocese or religious order

This section contains the names of priests either from another diocese or from a religious order who at one time served in the Diocese of Owensboro and against whom was made at least one substantiated allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor occurring within the Diocese.

  • Alexander, Joseph, OSB

    • Diocese/Order: OSB (Order of Saint Benedict). Later became a priest of Diocese of Lafayette, LA.
    • DOB: 

      Date of Ordination:  1973

      Date of Death:

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:  Early 1960’s:  Monk at St. Maur’s Priory in South Union, Kentucky

    • Clerical State: Removed from public ministry in 2002 by Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana.

    • Allegation(s):  Allegation is from years prior to ordination while at St. Maur’s Seminary in South Union, Kentucky.  

  • Pilger, Joseph

    • Diocese/Order: Covington, KY
    • DOB: ~1925

      Date of Ordination: 1955

      Date of Death:  December 2003

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      1963:  St. William, Knottsville

      1964 – 8/30/65:  St. Ann, Morganfield

      8/30/65 – 1966:  Sts. Joseph & Paul, Owensboro

      February 1967: St. Jerome, Fancy Farm

      August 1967:  Immaculate Conception, Earlington

      8/67 – 1/69:  Holy Name, Henderson

      1/69 – 11/27/71:  St. Francis Borgia in Sturgis, St. Ambrose in Henshaw and St. William in Marion

      12/9/72 – 6/29/76:  Cathedral in Owensboro

    • Clerical State: deceased 2003

    • Allegation(s): Thirteen allegations deemed substantiated.  Convicted of child sexual abuse in 1993.

  • Telegdy, Louis A

    • Diocese/Order: Precious Blood Priest  (CPPS)
    • DOB: 

      Date of Ordination: 1942

      Date of Death: 1995

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      1972-74:  St. Francis Borgia, Sturgis

      1974-76:  Sacred Heart, Russellville

      1976-78:  St. Pius X, Calvert City

    • Clerical State: Deceased 1995

    • Allegation(s): One allegation received in the Diocese of Owensboro after his death.  Three allegations in the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa deemed substantiated.

  • Waldruff, Raymond

    • Diocese/Order: Franciscan Third Order Regular (TOR)
    • DOB:  4-13-1928

      Date of Ordination:  7-25-1953

      Date of Death: 3-25-1985 

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      8/31/67–6/15/68:  St. Jerome Parish in Fancy Farm; St. Charles in Bardwell;  & St. Denis in Fancy Farm                   

      6/15/68  – 8/15/68:  Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Owensboro

    • Clerical State: Dismissed from Franciscan Order in 1983.  Deceased 1985.

    • Allegation(s): Five allegations received; at least two deemed substantiated.

Allegations Which Occurred Outside the Diocese of Owensboro

This section contains the names of priests who were ordained for the Diocese of Owensboro, as well as priests from another diocese who at one time served within the Diocese of Owensboro, and against whom was made at least one substantiated allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor occurring outside the Diocese of Owensboro.

  • Haas, Paul F.

    • Diocese/Order: Nashville
    • DOB: 12-14-1933

      Date of Ordination: 5-23-1959

      Date of Death: 6-7-1979

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      1966-1969:  Immaculate Conception, Hawesville (including Catholic High School in Hawesville until its closure in 1969.)

      1969-1977: Owensboro Catholic High School; assisting on weekends at St. William and St. Lawrence parishes; living at Carmel Home.

    • Clerical State: deceased 1979

    • Allegation(s): Multiple allegations in Tennessee were deemed substantiated.  No allegations received in the Diocese of Owensboro.

  • *Adelbert “Del” Holmes

    • Diocese/Order: Glenmary Home Missioners (GHM)
    • DOB: 6/25/1925
    • Date of Ordination: 6/1/1963
    • Date of Death: 9/20/2013
    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:
    • 1977-1988: St. Mary, Franklin and Christ the King, Scottsville
    • Clerical State: deceased 2013
    • Allegation(s):  One allegation in the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia. No allegations received in the Diocese of Owensboro.
  • Odom-Green, William

    • Diocese/Order: Owensboro
    • DOB: 5/25/1959

      Date of Ordination: 5/25/1991

      Date of Death:

    • Pastoral Assignments in the Diocese of Owensboro:

      June 1991 – June 1992:  Holy Name Parish, Henderson.

      June 1992 – June 1994:  Sts. Joseph & Paul, Owensboro

      June 1994 – June 1995:  St. Francis de Sales & Rosary Chapel, Paducah

      Dec. 1997 – April 1999:  Faculties granted by Diocese of Oakland, CA

      April 1999:  Faculties removed by Diocese of Oakland

    • Clerical State: Removed from public ministry in 1999.

    • Allegation(s): One allegation in the Diocese of Oakland, California in 1999.  Convicted and sentenced to prison.  No allegations received in the Diocese of Owensboro.


*Added April 26, 2019.

In a spirit of ongoing transparency, as new information is received in the future, it will be added to www.owensborodiocese.org/accountability

To report suspected abuse, call the Kentucky Child Protection Hot Line: 1-877-KYSAFE1 or 1-877-597-2331 (Toll Free) or contact your local Commonwealth Attorney.

To report abuse to the diocese, current or past, by anyone acting in the name of the Church, please call:

Louanne Payne
Pastoral Assistance Coordinator
270-852-8380  (English)

Para reportar abusos a la diócesis, ya sean actuales o anteriores, por parte de cualquier persona que actúa en nombre de la Iglesia, favor de llamar al:

Susan Montalvo-Gesser/Miguel Quintanilla
Coordinador de Asistencia Pastoral 

270-880-8360  (Español)