Assignment Record– Rev. Andrew S. Campbell, O.S.B.

Summary of Case: Andrew S. Campbell was ordained for the Order of St. Benedict (Benedictines) in 1981. He has been assigned to Pennsylvania State Catholic Center in State College PA, Chicago's Northwestern University and, since 1987, to St. Vincent College in Latrobe PA. He is a professor of English. Campbell was accused in a 2003 lawsuit, along with two other Benedictine monks, of sexually abusing a 16-year-old altar boy after plying him with alcohol and drugs. A judged ruled that Campbell and one of the other monks "could not have intentionally inflicted emotional distress upon [the boy] even if the allegations were true. "

Ordained: 1981

 

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Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1981

Altoona-Johnstown bishop was James John Hogan (1966-1986).

1983 Penn. State Catholic Center

State College

Accused along with two other Benedictine priests, Revs. Alvin T. Downey and Athanasius Cherry in a May 2003 lawsuit of sexually abusing a 16-year-old altar boy at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe in 1981. The priests are said to have plied the boy with alcohol and drugs. The boy's mother filed the lawsuit.

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1983

Chicago archbishop was Joseph Louis Bernardin (1982-1996).
1986 Northwestern University Chicago IL On leave from the Benedictine's Latrobe PA Archabbey (Greensburg diocese) for study and teaching.  

1987

Greensburg bishop was Anthony Gerard Bosco (1987-2004), followed by Lawrence Eugene Brandt (2004-2015).
2014 St. Vincent Archabbey/College Latrobe PA English professor The suit filed in May 2003 was dismissed in February 2005, the judge saying of two of the three accused priests, including Campbell "could not have intentionally inflicted emotional distress upon [the boy] even if the allegations were true. " The mother received a settlement in December 2004. Her son filed a separate suit in February 2004 which was settled in February 2005.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1982-2014)

Ex-Bellefonte Priest Named in Abuse Lawsuit, By Mike Joseph, Centre Daily Times (State College, PA), May 21, 2003
Mother Says Priests Abused Her Teen Son
Altoona Diocese, Latrobe Archabbey Named in Suit, By Mike Crissey, The Associated Press carried in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [Pennsylvania] , May 21, 2003
Abuse Lawsuit against Priests Advances, By Rebekah Scott, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), February 7, 2004
Two Priests Dropped from Woman's Abuse Lawsuit, Associated Press State & Local Wire, May 18, 2004
St. Vincent Archabbey Settles Sex Abuse Civil Suit, By Matthew Junker, Tribune-Review [Pennsylvania], February 16, 2005

 

 

 


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This assignment record was last updated on July 22, 2015.


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