Homosexual "Divine Intimacy" linked to “Seeds of Hope”

Richard Salbato 11-26-2007

Over the last few weeks I have published Newsletters that link so-called apparitions and fake miracles to fake priests, suspended priests, and immoral sexual activity including homosexual and pedophilia activity. Much of this information has come from ex-members and victims of these groups.

 

Seeds of Hope , Life Teen Catholic Youth Ministry?

, Lying to protect False Apparition , Irrational Apparition Followers , Fake Priest Ryan Patrick Scott , Fake Priest, Fake Miracles in Texas

 

I am a proud homophobic and think that all child molesters should be shot. 98% of pedophiles and child molesters are homosexuals and all homosexuals are potential pedophiles. That being said as boldly as I can, I also sense that people who use God to molest children are demonic.  But nothing I have ever investigated is as disgusting as what you are about to read although it may be difficult to follow. 

Let us assume you see pamphlets in the back of your church or spot a web site promoting the “Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament”, “Apostolic Formation center for Christian Renew-All”, “Marians of the Immaculate Conception”, “Holy Trinity Lay Community”, “Apostolate of Eucharistic Renewal and Evangelization”, “Mary, Queen of Apostles” or “Our Lady of Grace Formation Center Inc.”.  What would you think?  They all sound good, holy and Catholic don’t they? 

Not so fast! If you remember me writing about the false apparition and group known as Seeds of Hope and their spiritual director, Father John Szantyr, you know that he was removed as a priest by his bishop for pedophilia and facing criminal charges in civil and criminal courts even today.  What I did not know when writing that Newsletter is that Father Szantyr was also associated with other false apparitions even before the Seeds of Hope.  People directly involved have sent me this new information. 

Apostolic Formation Center For Christian Renew – All

Long before Father John Szantyr tied himself to the Seeds of Hope he was involved with the Apostolic Formation Center for Christian Renew-All, which was founded in 1968 in West Warren Massachusetts by J. Roy Legere

According to a March 6, 1992 Catholic Observer article by Father Bill Pomerleau, the Apostolics were expelled from St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in West Warren in 1973 "when the parish's pastor, Father Gerald Durocher, became concerned that founder J. Roy Legere had "deluded" members with personal revelations he said he received from God and the Blessed Virgin." 

According to the same article by Father Pomerleau, "Legere, who died in 1979, led a network of prayer groups in various northeastern states from the parish.  Father Durocher acted after Legere told followers to relocate to the area and await the Second Coming of Christ.

The group then moved to All Saints Parish in Somers, a parish of the Connecticut Diocese of Norwich. 

The diocese initially took no action against the group, which reorganized under a new name and leader after Legere's death."

This new leader was J. Roy Legere's son, Paul, who was referred to as "the anointed one" by cloistered Dominican nun Sister Marie Louis Bertrand, who served as one of J. Roy Legere's chief spiritual advisors. 

Paul Legere functioned as head of the Apostolics until 1983 when Charles Shattuck Jr. took over the leadership of the cult after it was revealed that within this group was an elite inner circle of 24 men who were called "Emissaries" and who secretly practiced a homosexual ritual called the "Divine Intimacy of the Holy Seed."

Things did not improve significantly under Shattuck's leadership, and it was not until the 1985 investigative report by Dan Barry appeared in the Manchester Journal Inquirer that Bishop Daniel P. Reilly asked the late Father John A. Hardon, S.J. to investigate the group on his behalf. 

After Father Hardon confirmed that the allegations made against the cult were true, Bishop Reilly expelled the Apostolics from the diocese of Norwich Connecticut

Charles Shattuck, who also claims to have visions of the Virgin Mary, moved what remained of the group to Heath, Massachusetts and changed the group's name to the Holy Trinity Lay Community.  They remain there to this day. 

Manchester Journal Inquirer articles by Dan Barry were quoted extensively by Father James LeBar in his book, CULTS, SECTS AND THE NEW AGE. 

Father LeBar includes the Pastoral Letter written by Bishop Daniel P. Reilly. 

PASTORAL LETTER BY BISHOP DANIEL P. REILLY
CONCERNING THE APOSTOLIC FORMATION CENTER
 
Sent on December 31, 1985 to the parishes in Norwich, Connecticut, which had been affected by the Apostolic Formation Center and its activity 
My brothers and sisters in the Lord:
On this first Sunday of the New Year, I extend to each of you and all of your loved ones best wishes for a blessed, peaceful and happy 1986.
I am writing to you about a matter of importance to the Diocese of Norwich and especially to this area of Tolland County, the Vernon Deanery of our Diocese. Today in many of the Catholic Churches in this area this pastoral letter is being read. It concerns the former Mary, Queen of the Apostles Center which was situated in Somers. Until a few years ago, it was known as the Apostolic Formation Center for Renew-All and also for a brief period of time was apparently called Our Lady of Grace Center. The mission of this Center was the religious formation of lay-Catholics by lay-Catholics.
In recent months articles appeared in the media alleging that some teachings and practices contrary to the Catholic faith had taken place at the Center. I wish to speak to you in the context of those allegations.
Mr. J. Roy Legere was the founder of the Apostolic Formation Center. He came to Somers from Warren, Massachusetts, where he began his apostolate.  The original Center and its successor never enjoyed the official approval of the Church. However, over the years of its existence the leaders of the apostolate informed the Bishops of the Diocese of Norwich about their general work listing the number of retreats held and the numbers of people who attended them. The priests who ministered at the Center, although neither invited nor appointed by the Bishop, received the faculties of the Diocese of Norwich when their Superiors and/or Bishops indicated they were priests in good standing.
The sudden death of Mr. J. Roy Legere in December of 1978 was a cause of discord and division among some of those associated with the Center and much angry emotion surfaced. In mid-1980 I appointed a committee of three priests of the Diocese of Norwich to hold a series of public hearings to determine the nature of and reasons for this division. The findings were inconclusive but apparently the death of Mr. Legere had left a vacuum of leadership at the Center. Subsequently, Mr. Charles Shattuck became President of the Center. Its name was changed to Mary, Queen of the Apostles Formation Center in the hope of producing a new sense of unity and purpose.  However, the problems continued and on June 1, 1985, I informed Mr. Shattuck that I was withdrawing the privilege of priest and Blessed Sacrament from the Center. This was done. On June 3, 1985, the Board of Directors closed the Center and it was subsequently sold. I informed Mr. Shattuck that he would not be allowed to re-open the Center in the Diocese of Norwich. Shortly thereafter, I also informed the Bishops of seventeen other dioceses where branches of the Center were said to exist that the Center had been closed at my initiative.
Shortly thereafter, a series of articles appeared in the media about practices alleged to have occurred at the former Apostolic Formation Center when Mr. J. Roy Legere served as its President.
I have investigated these allegations from a theological, moral, legal and psychological perspective. I have concluded that moral and theological breaches did occur by a small number of people involved in the former Apostolic Formation Center. Identifying publicly who these people were and what these breaches were serves no valid purpose.  However, I have taken steps to insure that these breaches of religious and moral conduct have ceased and will not re-occur. I am very grateful to those who have assisted me and the Diocese of Norwich in this matter. A number of very competent and concerned people have given much time and effort to insure that a proper investigation was made for the welfare of all concerned.
In dealing with this matter, I have a very genuine pastoral concern for those hundreds and hundreds of good and sincere people who came to the Center seeking spiritual nourishment and counsel in the context of Catholic Church teaching. These people have been very disappointed and disillusioned by the adverse publicity which the Center has recently received. They were unaware of any problems at the Center and are incredulous about them today. Many of them have written letters to me and others stressing the good the Center has done for their Christian living.
I would not want this to be harmed in any way.
However, my decision made last June 1, 1985, to withdraw the privilege of priest and Blessed Sacrament from Mary, Queen of the Apostles Formation Center in Somers stands firm and final. Neither it nor its predecessor, The Apostolic Formation Center, will be permitted to re-open in the Diocese of Norwich.
But I do wish to reach out to those people of good will who have found stronger faith and spiritual sustenance at the Center. The Diocese of Norwich stands ready to help any of them needing assistance at this time.
Therefore, I am forming a Diocesan Committee to assist those people who found the Mary, Queen of Apostles Formation Center and the former Apostolic Formation Center for Renew-All to be a positive source of personal growth and holiness in their lives. In the near future an announcement will be made concerning the membership, the purpose, and the program of this committee.
As we begin this New Year, let us pray that the Lord will fill each of us with His love and peace and that together we may do our best for His greater glory and the salvation of His people.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
(Signed:)
Daniel P. Reilly
Bishop of Norwich
This document was taken from "Cults, Sects, and the New Age," by Rev. James J. LeBar, available from Our Sunday Visitor Press, 200 Noll Plaza, Huntington, IN 46750.  I hope that Bishop Norwich does not really think that people received personal growth and holiness in these groups.

This article describes the history of the Apostolic Formation Center and the homosexual connections.

http://www.rickross.com/reference/afc/afc2.pdf The following Manchester Journal Inquirer article describes the involvement of two priests; Father Martin Lucia and Father Donald Higgins. 

Currently, Father Lucia travels around the world promoting Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. 

Father Donald Higgins is a popular retreat master. 

Apparently, not too many people are aware of the involvement of Lucia and Higgins with the Apostolic Formation Center and their homosexual activities.

http://www.rickross.com/reference/afc/afc1.pdf

This two-part Manchester Journal Inquirer article describes the influence of Sister Marie Louis Bertrand on J. Roy Legere, Charles Shattuck and other members of the Apostolics.  Please be patient.  For some reason, these links take a couple of minutes to download

http://www.rickross.com/reference/afc/afc3.pdf 

http://www.rickross.com/reference/afc/afc4.pdf

In his autobiography, Donald Nohs claims that he personally knew Sister Marie Louis Bertrand and even consulted her himself.  See page 19.

http://holyfaceofjesus.com/Srmarieofstpeter_files/My%20Story%20of%20Forgiveness.pdf

Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

The Father Martin Lucia story is a story in its own right.  Archbishop (now Cardinal) Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Texas was informed by the Congregation for Clergy about a year ago that the Missionary Society of our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament founded by Father Martin Lucia under the sponsorship of former Ratchaburi Thailand Bishop John Bosco Chuabsamai Manat has been suspended pending an investigation by the Holy See.  The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston subsequently advised the Office of the General Secretary of the USCCB of the suspension.  My question is why has this not received more publicity? 

Have all the bishops been informed about this?  If not, why not?

Here are some bulletins in which notice of the suspension of the MSOLBS appeared.

This was on the web in the bulletin of St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Sage in Houston. It was written by Msgr. Frank H. Rossi, Pastor:

On another topic, Archbishop DiNardo has instructed each pastor to make known to his parishioners a recent action of the Holy See that has an effect for some Catholics here in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

A priest by the name of Fr. Martin Lucia had founded a community called the Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.

Though the Society had a most noble purpose, the promotion of perpetual adoration of the Lord in his Eucharistic Presence, there have been some serious concerns surrounding Fr. Lucia and his society. The Congregation for Clergy has notified Archbishop DiNardo (Prot. No. 2006/2161) that the Society has been suspended, pending the results of an investigation by the Holy See.

Fr. Lucia, who has been living in Houston periodically over the years, has no faculties to celebrate the sacraments in the Archdiocese. A suspension is a canonical censure which means that the Society can not function as a Catholic organization. I need to bring this to your attention as over the years many very faithful and generous Catholics in Houston have been asked by Fr. Lucia to offer financial support to him and his Society. It is important for us to be aware of this investigation and to be very cautious regarding the situation of Fr. Lucia and the Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.

http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=120819&highlight=fr.+martin+Lucia

 

ALERTS:
MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF OUR LADY OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: TheArchdiocese of Galveston-Houston has advised the Office of the General Secretary of theUSCCB that the Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
has beensuspended from its activities pending the results of an investigation by the Holy See. Ifyou have any contact with this organization or need more information please contact
Father Joseph Binzer at the Chancery 513.421.3131x483.

http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/files/clergy_communications/2007/January/jan07-clergycom.pdf (Page 3 reader)

Advisory: Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
The Congregation for Clergy advises that the Missionary Society of Our Lady of the BlessedSacrament has been suspended from its activities pending the results of an investigation by the HolySee. Two of the founders of this Society, established under the sponsorship of the former Bishop ofRatchaburi, Thailand, live in Houston. Some priests and laity associated with the Society live inseveral places in the United States.

For additional information contact Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Auxiliary Bishop and Chancellor of the
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, at 713-659-5461.

http://www.doy.org/Comm/January%202007%20Communique%20pdf.pdf (Page 9 reader)

PLEASE NOTE:
Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo has been informed by the Congregation for Clergy (Prot. No. 2006216), that the Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament has been suspended from its activities pending the resultsof an investigation by the Holy See. The information was forwarded by the Secretary of the Congregation for Clergy, His Excellency Archbishop Csaba Temyak. There are members of this Society in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as well as in other places in the United States. Those associated with this Society should be aware of the investigation by the Holy See.

http://www.stlaurenceparish.com/documents/11_26_06_bulletin.pdf (Page 10 reader)

 

LETTER FROM THE CHANCELLOR
Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo has been informed bythe Congregation for Clergy (Prot. No. 20062161), that
the Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament has been suspended from its activities pending the results of an investigation by the Holy See.This information was forwarded by the Secretary of the Congregation for Clergy, His Excellency, Archbishop Csaba Ternyak. There are members of this Society in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as well as in other places in the United States. Those associated with this Society should be aware of the investigation.

http://www.hrccr.com/Smart%20Files/Bulletin%2011262006.pdf (Page 3 reader)

 

And this from Marquette, Michigan.......

Diocesan Communicator
No.12/06 Page 4 of 14
Missionary Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament: It has been reported that this society has been suspended from its activities pending the results of an investigation by the Holy See. Two of its founders live in the Houston, Texas area. Some priests and laity associated with the Society live in several places in the United States. They should be aware of the investigation by the Holy See. If you have any contact with these individuals and need further information, please notify Fr. Ben Paris at the Chancery (906) 227-9111 or at (906) 630-5101.

Notes: 

1. If John Szantyr was a member of the Apostolic Formation center for Christian Renew-All, it is very likely that he knew Father Martin Lucia.  Father Martin Lucia was a live-in member of the Apostolics, who, along with his confrere, Father Donald Higgins, was one of J.Roy Legere's closest spiritual advisors until the falling out between Father Martin Lucia and J. Roy Legere which led to Father Martin Lucia being expelled by Legere from the Apostolics in 1978.  J. Roy Legere died in December of that same year. 

Within a year, Lucia was promoting perpetual adoration, but Higgins was still at the center in 1983 when word of the homosexual "divine intimacy" ritual was first leaked to the general membership.  Higgins reportedly defended it and justified it.

http://www.rickross.com/reference/afc/afc1.pdf

2. 1957 - Father John Szantyr was ordained a priest of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in 1957 and was stationed in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

A native of Waterbury, Conn., Father Szantyr entered the Stockbridge-based Marians of the Immaculate Conception order, and was ordained a priest of that community in 1957. He was assigned to the Marian Fathers novitiate at Eden Hill in Stockbridge.

http://www.worcestervoice.com/spiritualdirector.htm#SpringfieldBishop

3. 1966 - Father Brice Ingelsby, CP dies suddenly.  He is a friend of the Nohs family.  Donald is asked to serve as an altar boy at Father Brice's funeral Mass in New Jersey.

Szantyr must have also been connected in some way to Fr. Brice Ingelsby because Donald Nohs states that he first met Father John Szantyr at Father Brice Ingelsby's funeral in 1966.  

It was after Father Brice Ingelsby's funeral that Szantyr pursued the friendship with Donald Nohs and his family.  Szantyr was still stationed in Stockbridge, MA at this time according to Donald Nohs, and had to drive about four hours in order to visit the Nohs family in Long Island

4. Father John Szantyr's visits to the Nohs family reportedly continued until about 1969. 

See Donald Nohs' autobiography, MY STORY OF FORGIVENESS......the chapter entitled "Fr. Brice," p. 12, and "Father J." (a.k.a. Father John Szantyr) p. 29 

http://holyfaceofjesus.com/Srmarieofstpeter_files/My%20Story%20of%20Forgiveness.pdf   

5. 1968 - The Apostolic Formation Center was founded in 1968 by J. Roy Legere in West Warren, Massachusetts. http://www.rickross.com/reference/afc/afc2.pdf 

6. Donald Nohs claims that he knew J. Roy Legere who was a friend of his family.  You would have to ask Donald Nohs, but given what I have read I would have to conclude that Nohs' acquaintance with Legere appears to have been through the Passionists

In fact, the connecting thread between Szantyr, Legere and the Nohs family appears to be the Passionist retreats.  Father Brice Ingelsby conducted some retreats at the Passionist Retreat house in West Springfield, Massachusetts - not far from Somers, Ct. where Legere lived. ( the Apostolics didn't move to Somers, Ct until 1973)   J. Roy Legere was very much involved with the Passionist retreats as were members of the Nohs family, so it is likely that Legere also knew Father Brice Ingelsby in the years prior to the founding of the Apostolic Formation Center

7. J. Roy Legere wrote two books entitled BE MY SON and COMMISSIONED BY THE LORD HIMSELF.

8. Note: Donald Nohs when asked point blank if he were a member of the Apostolic Formation Center states unequivocally that he was not:

 "I have indeed informed all the bishop's involved about Fr. John's connection with Roy Legere. I sent them all copies of the articles about Roy. I believe I also sent you a copy of the emails. I have also spoken to Fr. Pomerleau, he almost passed out when he found out that Fr. John was close to Roy, he told me that he was one of the priests who investigated Roy and had mountains of paperwork on that particular case. The Catholic Observer did a very good article on Fr. John Szantyr just last week (article attached) and will be doing an article on Neil Harrington Jr. and the Seeds of Hope in the coming weeks.

“I was not a member of that group although I knew Roy and the emissaries. Some of the emissaries came from Long Island, NY and moved to Connecticut for Roy. These men were businessmen and financially supported Roy. They wanted my father to move to Connecticut and be an emissary, but thank God for providing good solid spiritual direction in my families life, we did not go. Our spiritual director told my father that he had ten children to raise and that he had a secure job where he was. My father listened to our spiritual director and stayed in NY. The other men moved to Connecticut and the rest is history. Funny you mention the book written by Roy "Be My Son" , I just came across a copy of it here at home with a dedication to my mother written by Roy. When Roy would come to New York, he would stay at our house.

“The homosexual activity was a development, the men who engaged in the "Intimate or Divine Seed" were not homosexual themselves. They actually struggled with this part of the so-called mission. They truly believed that the second coming of Jesus was going to be manifested through Roy. They truly believed Roy to be the twin of Jesus. They truly believed that this was spreading the Seed of God on earth. The emissaries I knew were in their late forties when they moved to Connecticut." (Donald Nohs)

 9. Regarding the length of time Neil Harrington Jr. (Seeds of Hope) knew Fr. John: “I don't know for sure but I believe John Szantyr knew Neil for a much longer period of time. Neil Harrington's family was from Enfield Connecticut, the same town as Roy. It is very possible that Neil Harrington Sr. might have been a member of the Apostolic Renewal Center and knew Roy.” (Donald Nohs)

10. Regarding Sr. Bertrand: “I do indeed believe that Sr. Bertrand was a genuine mystic but was deceived by Roy, so were many Bishops who visited Roy and received a blessing from him. Roy also had a tabernacle in his home with the Blessed Sacrament, approved by the Bishop. Roy himself was not out to deceive anyone, he truly believed that he was Jesus' twin. He was insane and the insanity intensified, it grew worse. St Francis of Assisi is a perfect example of a true Church approved mystic misinterpreting a message from Jesus. Jesus appeared to Francis and said: "Francis, repair My Church". Francis did just that, he raised money, bought material and repaired the Church in town. He then repaired a second Church and proceeded to repair a third Church when it dawned on him that this is not what Jesus meant. Jesus meant; repair My Church interiorly. Genuine mystics can misinterpret messages and be fooled and deceived. Mystics have to be very, very cautious and be obedient to good solid spiritual direction.”(Donald Nohs

11. Regarding Paul Legere and how old a man (boy?) had to be in order to become an emissary: “Paul in all likelihood probably engaged in the "Divine Intimacy" or "Divine Seed". I don't know for sure. If he in fact did participate, I don't think it was too much sooner than the age of 21. The reason I say this is because my father told me once that Roy yelled at Fr. John in my home one time and it might have been because Fr. John was abusing children. I think Roy struggled and had problems with sexuality but I don't believe he was a pedophile like Fr. John.” (Donald Nohs)

12. 1969 - At this time, Father Szantyr's visits to the Nohs family appear to have ceased with no explanation.

The following morning, we would have breakfast, pray more, have more talks and then Father
would have to leave, usually after lunch. Many called
Father John Szantyr a miracle worker. Father John Szantyr would visit my home about once a month. After about a year, he stopped coming around. I do not know
what happened to him.
 

http://holyfaceofjesus.com/Srmarieofstpeter_files/My%20Story%20of%20Forgiveness.pdf (page 30)

It may have been at this time that the Marians of the Immaculate Conception became aware of Father John Szantyr's sexual misconduct and sent him to New Mexico for treatment.  He may have been sent to the Servants of the Paraclete, but Donald Nohs does not specify.

13. In the following letter to Archbishop Mansell, Donald Nohs writes:

“When I was abused by Father John Szantyr I was 12 years old, I am now 54. John continued to abuse many young boys throughout his entire priestly life. When he abused me he belonged to the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. I know they sent him to New Mexico for treatment. He left there after ten months. He told someone that the reason he was sent to New Mexico is that his fellow priests were jealous of his spirituality because the Blessed Mother spoke to him, so they sent him there to get rid of him.”

http://www.worcestervoice.com/archbishopmansell.htm

14. By the end of the 1960s, Father Szantyr was no longer identified as a Marian in the Official Catholic Directory, an annual reference work which lists nearly every diocesan and religious priest living or ministering in the United States.

http://www.worcestervoice.com/spiritualdirector.htm#SpringfieldBishop

15. 1970 - Father Martin Lucia is ordained a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Reverend Martin Lucia was at the time of this writing a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Ordained in 1970, he was first assigned to assist Fr. Francis Larkin, SS.CC., National Director of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Home.

Before founding the Apostolate of Eucharistic Renewal and Evangelization he worked in parishes and was a hospital chaplain. Father Lucia ministry included going from parish to parish establishing perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, beginning by preaching at all the Masses on Sunday. Jesus and Mary. Ordained in 1970, he was first assigned to assist Fr. Francis Larkin, SS.CC., National Director of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in the Home. Before founding the Apostolate of Eucharistic Renewal and Evangelization he worked in parishes and was a hospital chaplain. Father Lucia ministry included going from parish to parish establishing perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, beginning by preaching at all the Masses on Sunday.

http://www.catholicculture.org/library/view.cfm?recnum=3412

16. 1972 - Murder of Springfield, Massachusetts altar boy Danny Croteau. Father Richard Lavigne is the only suspect in the murder, but there is not enough evidence to indict.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/ma_springfield/

17. Note:  The Danny Croteau murder Investigation is reopened in 1992 when Charles Shattuck Jr. who succeeded Paul Legere as President of the Apostolics accused Father Richard Lavigne of sexually molesting two of his sons.  When the Massachusetts Supreme Court ordered the files for the Danny Croteau murder investigation opened, I discovered the following statement on pages 193 - 195 by Joseph Shattuck in his depostion:

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/ma_springfield/lavigne_investigation_3f_188_195.PDF

http://www.masslive.com/news/republican/index.ssf?/news/church/stories/050205church.html

18. 1972 - Father Szantyr moves to Waterbury from Stockbridge - possibly after his "retreat" in New Mexico.

Father Szantyr was hired in 1972 as a religion teacher at Sacred Heart High School, a then-parish run institution in Waterbury, said Msgr. Gerard C. Schmitz, vicar for priests for the Archdiocese of Hartford. Msgr. Schmitz said that no one has ever brought an allegation regarding Father Szantry to his archdiocese

http://www.worcestervoice.com/spiritualdirector.htm#SpringfieldBishop

19. Born in Waterbury, Szantyr graduated from Sacred Heart High School and was ordained in 1957. He is a member of Marians of the Immaculate Conception order. He was first stationed in Stockbridge, Mass., and in 1972, he moved to Sacred Heart High School, where he became head of the department of religion.

http://www.worcestervoice.com/johnszantyr.htm

20. Judge to decide priest's competency

[1986-87 Szantyr (Marians of the Immaculate Conception)] - RCC. Boy/s.  

Republican-American, Author Ben Conery, ~ January 08, 2005

 A spokesman from the Archdiocese of Hartford said there is no record of Szantyr having ever worked in the diocese, and suggested Szantyr may have been hired directly by Sacred Heart High School.

Father John Blanchfield, the former principal of Sacred Heart High School, couldn't be reached for comment. A spokesperson from the Marian order could not be reached for comment.

http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont108.htm

21. 1973 - The Apostolics are expelled from St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in West Warren, Mass and move to Somers, ConnecticutWarren is about a half - hour's drive from Springfield, Massachusetts.  Somers Connecticut is just over the Massachusetts state line from East longmeadow, Mass, which is adjacent to Springfield

In 1973, the group was expelled from St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in West-Warren, Mass, when the parish's pastor, Father Gerald Durocher, became concerned that founder J. Roy Legere had "deluded" members with personal revelations he said he received from God and the Blessed Virgin.

Legere who died in 1979, led a network of prayer groups in various northeastern states from the parish.  Father Durocher acted after Legere told followers to relocate to the area and await the Second Coming of Christ.

The group then moved to All Saints Parish in Somers, a parish of the Connecticut Diocese of Norwich.

THE CATHOLIC OBSERVER March 6, 1992 article by Father Bill Pomerleau

22. 1976 - Szantyr named Police chaplain by Waterbury, Ct. mayor Edward D. Bergin.  This is when the Apostolic Formation Center was entering into its heyday.

January 6, 2005

Judge to decide priest's competency - Former teacher and police chaplain accused of molesting boy 20 years ago

Ben Conery Republican-American (Waterbury, CT) 2005 Republican-American  

23. Former Mayor Edward D. Bergin named Szantyr, a close friend, police chaplain in 1976. A newspaper report from the time called Szantyr "a close friend of the Bergin family for many years" and the "unofficial chaplain of various Bergin campaign functions." Szantyr was at the center of a political controversy during the 1977 mayoral election because of a song he wrote for Bergin, a Democrat, that leaders of the Republican Party called demeaning to Italian-Americans.

http://www.worcestervoice.com/johnszantyr.htm

24. 1978 - J. Roy Legere has a serious falling out with Father Martin Lucia and expells Father Lucia from the Apostolic Formation Center shortly before his (Legere's) sudden death in December, 1978.  the following year Father Martin Lucia began his apostolates to promote Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.

25. 1979 - Originally known as the Apostolic Formation Center for Christian Renew-All, the group first came to public attention in 1979, when Nella Tate, an heiress to the R.J. Reynolds fortune, charged it with diverting funds from a freight airline she owned. (Catholic Observer, March 6, 1992, by Father Bill Pomerleau)

26. 1980 - Szantyr leaves Waterbury job and is accepted into Diocese of Worcester.

In 1980, Father Szantyr was accepted into the Diocese of Worcester after leaving his Waterbury job. Approximately six years later, he allegedly abused Michael Chesnis at a Diocese of Worcester parish.

http://www.worcestervoice.com/spiritualdirector.htm#SpringfieldBishop

27. January 13, 2005 Lawsuit filed in priest's alleged abuse By Ben Conery, Republican-American

......Szantyr had been a teacher at Sacred Heart High School since 1972, where he became head of the department of religion. Szantyr left Waterbury in 1980, but it is unclear why.

The lawsuit claims Szantyr had a prior incident and that coming to Worcester was his second chance. "That second chance resulted in the rape and sodomy of my child, and others," the man wrote.

http://www.worcestervoice.com/johnszantyr.htm

28. June 21, 2003 Rev. Szantyr to be arraigned July 18

Kathleen A. Shaw, Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)

Formerly a priest of the Marian Order of the Immaculate Conception, Rev. Szantyr entered the Worcester diocese in 1980 and was assigned to Our Lady Immaculate parish, Athol, where he celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination in 1982.

http://www.worcestervoice.com/johnszantyr.htm

29. 1983 - "When the word leaks out in the Spring and Summer of 1983 that leading members of the Apostolics had participated in the homosexual "divine intimacy," there was an uproar among the members, estimated then to have numbered about 5,000 in 30 chapters along the East Coast. 

http://www.rickross.com/reference/afc/afc2.pdf 

30. "Bishop Reilly is understood to have given the organization another chance after being told in 1983 of the homosexual "divine intimacy" and other doctrinal distortions.  Reilly is apparently keeping silent now to spare the group's members and his diocese the embarrassment of admitting they were misled and to try and salvage whatever good the organization produced." 

http://www.rickross.com/reference/afc/afc2.pdf

31. 1985 - After being informed that irregularities had continued and in the wake of the publication of the award-winning investigative report on the Apostolics by Dan Barry in the Manchester Journal Inquirer, Bishop Reilly asks now-deceased Father John A. Hardon, S.J. to conduct an investigation of the Apostolic Formation Center on his behalf.  Father Hardon's investigation reveals that the homosexual rituals and other unacceptable irregularities were occurring.  Bishop Reilly expelled the Apostolics from the Norwich Diocese.  Father Donald Higgins hooks up with Father Martin Lucia and his Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Apostolate.

 In a press conference following Lavigne's indictment, Stern told reporters that the "cult" practiced homosexual rituals and referred to the charges against Lavigne as a "witch hunt."  Stern did not name the group, but lavigne's supporters have identified it as the Holy Trinity Lay Community, which was expelled from a Connecticut Catholic Archdiocese in 1986.  Since then, 20 to 30 families who are members have moved to Heath, which is near Shelburne Falls, and have been building a chapel on the foundation of an old barn."
Springfield Advocate April 29, 1992

Church begins probe (Morning Union - August 23, 1985)

32. SOMERS, Conn. (AP) - A Jesuit priest, acting on behalf of the Bishop of Norwich, is investigating allegations that members of a defunct Roman Catholic lay organization engaged in homosexual acts in their worship, the bishop said.

Bishop Daniel P. Reilly of Norwich also said the organization, now disbanded, and its successors are no longer permitted to operate in his diocese.

The Rev. John A. Hardon, a Jesuit priest and professor is investigating the teachings and practices of the Apostolic Formation Center, formerly based in Somers, Reilly said Wednesday in a statement released by his office.

"Discord and division among those associated with these programs made it impossible for them even with the best of intentions to establish an apostolate that could serve the church well," Reilly said.

"Former members of both of these groups are exhorted to seek their spiritual assistance and direction in their local parishes and at approved retreat houses and spiritualized formation centers," the statement said.

"It's clear the bishop does not want any of these apostolates in his diocese," Hardon said when contacted at his Georgetown University office in Washington D.C.

Jacqueline Keller, the diocese's communications director, said the investigation resulted from a newspaper story that reported the allegations of homosexual activity.
( That would be the "Manchester Journal Inquirer" report posted on Rick Ross's website)

She said the apostolates "never had official public approval."

More than a dozen unidentified former members and priests familiar with the Apostolic Formation Center said those who participated in the alleged homosexual acts were told it was the ultimate sacrifice in submitting to God, the Journal Inquirer of Manchester reported this week.

33. The center was founded in 1968 by J. Roy legere as a place where people could pray and discuss the Bible. After Legere died in 1978, the apostolate was disbanded, but new groups were formed in its place. Two subsequent groups have been called, Mary, Queen of Apostles, and more recently, Our Lady of Grace Formation Center Inc.

34. The director of the existing apostolate, Charles A. Shattuck, Jr., denies any connection with the Apostolic Formation Center and said he has no knowledge of the alleged homosexual activities.

"I met with him (Hardon) and told him there was a distinction.  There's two apostolates involved here," Shattuck said.  "He's looking into both of them.  I believe he knows there's a separation in the two apostolates.  I don't know what's going to come of it, except the apostolate I founded is taking a beating."

Shattuck said he joined the Apostolic formation Center after Legere's death (at the prompting of Sister Louis according to the Manchester Journal Inquirer)  He said he decided to form a new apostolate in 1983 to replace the one founded by Legere, because membership was lagging and there was much infighting.

Shattuck said he has sold the apostolate's headquarters and plans to relocate outside of the diocese.

MORNING UNION (AP) - August 23, 1985

35. Here is an exerpt from Father James LeBar's book CULTS, SECTS AND THE NEW AGE from which Bishop Daniel P. Reilly's Pastoral Letter is quoted by EWTN:

"Emboldened by the spiritual support of Sister Louis (Bertrand), Legere began espousing his interpretation of Catholic doctrine which gradually became centered around himself.

”The most startling example of this was a practice that came to be known as the Divine Intimacy of the Holy Seed, in which Legere and certain members of an elite core of followers known as "emissaries," participated in ritualized homosexuality, even though such acts are forbidden by Catholic doctrine.........

”....The usual mind manipulations, controls and fears were used by the leadership to cover up and prevent disclosure.  However, former members eventually did disclose this and other practices of the group, and Bishop Daniel Reilly of Norwich issued a condemnation if the group and expelled them from the diocese in 1985.

37. In a letter to his membership dated February 26, 1986, Charles Shattuck wrote:

'Yes, I have heard many stories circulating around of how much I am being disobedient to the bishop.  How can one make a judgement without knowing the facts?  I would like to quote a paragraph of a letter I wrote last Fall (1985) to the Bishop and to the Pontifical Council of the Laity in Rome: 'As President, to avoid any bitterness, and being in complete obedience to the Church authorities, I humbly submit to you the actions which I am taking at this time.  I am dissolving the entire apostolate along with all thirty-eight chapters and all assets will be distributed to Mother Teresa's religious order.' '

”However, they did not disband.  According to a front-page article in the Greenfield, Massachusetts paper THE RECORDER dated July 5, 1986, they moved to heath, Massachusetts where they have begun work anew.  The Bishop of Springfield ( Most Rev. Joseph F. Maguire - now Bishop Emeritus) in whose diocese the group has moved was quick to establish the fact that they had not come at his invitation, and the group has no connection with the Catholic Church.

”On the civil level, the Connecticut Attorney General's Office has been conducting an investigation to ascertain if all the assets had been distributed properly."

38. CULTS SECTS AND THE NEW AGE by Father James LeBar c. 1989 Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division.  Imprimatur: Patrick J. Sheridan, Vic. - Gen.,Archdiocese of New York, February 4, 1989 pp. 91-93

1986 - Perpetual Adoration Video pulled by Keep the Faith after Father Martin Lucia and Father Donald Higgins are recognized by former members of the Apostolic Formation Center

http://www.rickross.com/reference/afc/afc1.pdf 

39. Father Martin Lucia goes bishop-shopping....beginning in Texas.....winding up bishop-shopping in the Philippines and in Thailand.  At least two of the bishops with whom he has been involved have submitted 401.2 resignations - with special emphasis on the ".2"  But that requires a whole other e-mail!  

1987 - Szantyr suddenly leaves Worcester, Massachusetts and returns to Waterbury, Connecticut.  He resurfaces around 1992 in Enfield Connecticutat the cenacles held at the home of the Harringtons.  These cenacles are begun after the Harringtons pay a visit to Medjugorje.  The cenacle is begun as a prayer group inspired by Father Stefano Gobbi's Marian Movement of Priests.  It is not until Neil Harrington Jr. and Fr. John Szantyr get involved that "private revelations" and "weeping statues" are reported in Enfield

Father Szantyr, who was police chaplain in his native Waterbury, Conn., may have gotten a call to leave the state while Mr. Chesnis was at the Worcester police station making a complaint. Mr. Chesnis had said publicly that a call had to have been made because Father Szantyr suddenly disappeared from Worcester and it was right after he visited the police station.

Mr. Chesnis has said he believes Father Szantyr was given the “heads up” about the accusations which is why he removed himself so quickly from the Worcester area and crossed the state line back into Connecticut.

http://www.worcestervoice.com/johnszantyr.htm

49. August 17, 2002 Father, son allege priest sex abuse

Kathleen A. Shaw,Telegram & Gazette Staff

WORCESTER-- The Rev. John J. Szantyr, who had been assigned to Our Lady of Czestochowa parish, left the parish 15 years ago after Worcester police were notified he might have molested a boy in the parish.

Richard Chesnis of Worcester, father of alleged victim  said he, his former wife and the boy went to the police station and met with officers of the sexual assault unit.

“He fled while we were in the station. I don't know who told him,” Mr. Chesnis said.

District Attorney John J. Conte said yesterday the allegation is under investigation by his office and the Worcester Police Department. He declined to discuss the investigation further.

The statue of limitations may not have expired if it is determined that the priest left the state.

Mr. Chesnis said he believes Rev. Szantyr went to Connecticut, because he is a native of Waterbury. A spokeswoman for the Bridgeport Diocese said Rev. Szantyr is not a priest of that diocese, although his brother is assigned there.

Mr. Chesnis said the subject of the alleged abuse arose when he and his son were driving to Auburn Mall one day. The son asked his father whether it was “OK” for two males to have genital contact.

“It came right out of the blue,” Mr. Chesnis said. “I asked him why he would ask the question and he replied, 'I did it with Father John.' ”

http://www.worcestervoice.com/johnszantyr.htm

41. 1990 - Weekly Cenacle started by Harrington family at their home in Enfield, Connecticut.

1992 - Father John Szantyr and Neil Harrington get involved with cenacle.  Szantyr  gives Neil Harrington Jr. a Rosa Mystica Statue for his birthday.

http://members.tripod.com/noosphere_2/virgin5.html

42. 1992 - Defense links Father Lavigne's accusers to cult (Catholic Observer, March 6, 1992)

By Father Bill Pomerleau and Observer Staff

SPRINGFIELD - Father Richard Lavigne, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Shelbourne Falls , strongly maintained his innocence after his arraignment on charges of sexual misconduct Feb. 24, while the lawyer linked the priest's accusers to a religious sect that has had past conflicts with religious and civil authorities.

"The people who have leveled charges against me know them to be untrue," Father Lavigne said in a prepared statement following the brief arraignment in Hampshire County Superior Court.

The court procedure, held in Northampton, because there was no sitting judge last week in Greenfield, resulted in two counts of rape and 10 counts of indecent assault and battery on children over a 10 year period.  the indictments allege that there are five victims, some under age 14 and some older than 14 at the time of the alleged offenses.

"I just hope to be vindicated and returned to my parish work at St. Joseph's where I belong," Father Lavigne said in the first public comment on the matter since his Oct. 21 arrest.

Max Stern, father Lavigne's lawyer, said that the two rape charges against his client involved children associated with "a cult which was expelled from a Connecticut diocese" for alleged homosexual practices.

Stern added that it was only after the two boys tied to the cult came forward with their accusations that other charges came about.

In fact, Stern said, one of the charges added since Father Lavigne's initial arraignment in Greenfield District Court comes from an alleged victim who "as recently as December had sworn to us" that nothing wrong had ever happened between him and the priest.  He added that the new accuser had later been put "under tremendous pressure" to make charges.

Assistant district Attorney Ariane Vuono said that her office had "no knowledge that any of the victims had been pressured," adding that some of the alleged victims have no apparent ties to the cult.

Stern's comments were the first public acknowledgement that at least some of Father Lavigne's accusers are tied to the Holy Trinity Lay Community whose activities were described in an award-winning series of articles in the  Manchester (Conn) Journal-Inquirer.

43. good links;
http://www.rickross.com/reference/afc/afc2.pdf
http://www.rickross.com/reference/afc/afc3.pdf
http://www.rickross.com/reference/afc/afc4.pdf
http://www.rickross.com/reference/afc/afc1.pdf


44. Originally known as the Apostolic Formation Center for Christian Renew-All, the group first came to public attention in 1979, when Nella Tate, an heiress to the R.J. Reynolds fortune, charged it with diverting funds from a freight airline she owned.

In 1973, the group was expelled from St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in West-Warren, Mass, when the parish's pastor, Father Gerald Durocher, became concerned that founder J. Roy Legere had "deluded" members with personal revelations he said he received from God and the Blessed Virgin.

Legere who died in 1979, led a network of prayer groups in various northeastern states from the parish.  Father Durocher acted after Legere told followers to relocate to the area and await the Second Coming of Christ.

The group then moved to All Saints Parish in Somers, a parish of the Connecticut Diocese of Norwichthe diocese initially took no action against the group, which reorganized under a new name and leader after Legere's death.
(Note: According to the Manchester Journal Inquirer, this would have been Paul Legere, who was referred to by Sister Marie Louis Bertrand as "the anointed one"). 

Norwich Bishop Daniel Reilly withdrew diocesan support for the  group in 1985 when former members alleged that Legere had participated in homosexual acts called "the divine intimacy of the holy seed" with male members.

Bishop Reilly acted when he became convinced that Charles Shattuck, Jr., the group's leader since 1984, was continuing to defend past sexual abuses, and distorting Catholic doctrine, at the center.

He advised bishops in the Northeast to deny any official ties to the organization.

After Shattuck and two associates later sold the group's Somers headquarters, Connecticut Attorney General Joseph Lieberman
( now Senator Joseph Lieberman) accused them of improperly diverting the proceeds.  After reaching an out of court settlement, Shattuck and others bought a 200 acre former dairy farm in the towns of Heath and Rowe, Mass.

Shattuck and his attorney, Michael Wiggins of Boston, have declined to discuss the cult's connection to the charges brought against Father Lavigne.

Springfield Bishop John Marshall urged "all people to withhold judgement and pray for all parties and families involved in these proceedings," in a Feb. 25 statement.