The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend released the names of 18 priests who had been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of a minor Tuesday.Of these 18 priests, at least four have some past affiliation with the tri-campus community: Edward Krason, Paul LeBrun, Cornelius Ryan and James Trepanier. Three of the affiliated priests were are members of the Congregation of the Holy Cross (CSC). University vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne said none of the priests were the subject of complaints while at the University and that they were not employed by Notre Dame.Krason pursued continuing education at Notre Dame in 1979.Ryan was housed in Our Lady of Fatima House in Notre Dame. The place was formerly used as a retreat house before being converted into a residence for Holy Cross priests.“He resided there after it was no longer used for retreats and served as a priest residence, and before allegations against him surfaced,” Browne said.Lebrun was a CSC seminarian at the University, ordained in 1983, according to reports from WNDU and the South Bend Tribune. Lebrun also worked at St. Therese, Little Flower Parish in South Bend.“The accusations and charges against LeBrun are well known, and he is serving a 111-year prison sentence,” Browne said.Trepanier, another CSC priest, worked at Saint Mary’s Convent in 1994.“Trepanier assisted at St. Mary’s convent, where he had no contact with minors. He is 89 years old, confined to a wheelchair and has no contact with minors to this day,” Browne said.Browne said the CSC took reports of abuse at the hands of Holy Cross priests seriously.“When Holy Cross superiors learned of complaints against the three priests, they removed them from their duties,” he said. “Where crimes were involved, the order reported them to the authorities.”A number of priests named also served at schools and parishes where Notre Dame students regularly volunteer or attend services including St. Adalbert Parish; Holy Family Parish; St. Therese, Little Flower Parish; Marian High School and St. Monica Parish.Detailed information about each of the 18 priests named can be found in the list can be found in this report. Tags: Congregation of the Holy Cross, Holy Cross priests, sexual abuse, The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Vanessa Bryant celebrated the 19th anniversary of her wedding to her late husband Kobe Bryant on Saturday with a touching Instagram post.”My king, my heart, my best friend. Happy 19th wedding anniversary. I miss you so much. I wish you were here to hold me in your arms. I love you,” she wrote, posting a picture of the couple. Topics : Gianna, along with her basketball teammates Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli, who also died in the crash, were honored at Friday’s WNBA draft as honorary selections.Vanessa Bryant recorded an emotional message for the draft broadcast, saying being drafted into the women’s league “would have been a dream come true” for Gianna.After the conclusion of the draft on Friday night, the WNBA announced the creation of the Kobe & Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award, given to “an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the visibility, perception and advancement of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels.” Five-time NBA champion Bryant and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles on January 26.
Congratulations to the South Ripley Lady Raiders and the Batesville Bulldogs for their wins in the Ripley County Tournament. In the girls portion, South Ripley won a hard-fought game against the Lady Batesville Bulldogs. Julia Rea of South Ripley was named the tournament MVP.In the boys portion of the tournament, Batesville pulled away from Jac-Cen-Del early and coasted to a 25-point win. Isaac Barker of Batesville was the boys MVP.Large crowds were present for both the girls and boys finals. The 2018 Hall of Fame Class was introduced during the boys tournament finals. Congratulations to all the winners.