Assignment Record– Bro. Joseph J. Alexander, O.S.B./Rev. Joseph J. Alexander
Summary of Case: A native of Lafayette LA, Joseph J. Alexander joined the Benedictine order in 1955. He lived and worked as a religious brother at a monastery in KY, and was ordained a priest in 1973. Alexander left the Benedictines in 1984, returning to LA to serve as a priest of the Lafayette diocese. He was involved in education and parish work. In April 2002 Lafayette bishop Edward O'Donnell removed Alexander from active ministry after learning of an allegation that Alexander had "engaged in sexual impropriety" with a teenage boy in KY in the early 1960s. Alexander acknowledged the "impropriety."
Joined Benedictine Order: 1955
Owensboro bishop was Francis Ridgely Cotton (1937-1960), followed by Henry Joseph Soenneker (1961-1982).
|1973||St. Mark's Monastery||
• In April 2002 the Lafayette LA bishop Edward O'Donnell announced that an allegation had emerged that Alexander was involved in "sexual impropriety with a minor" in KY in the early 1960s, when Alexander was a monk at St. Mark's. Alexander acknowledged his behavior. The abuse occurred in a seminary; Alexander's victim was a teen-age boy.
|KY||monk||Per news reports, Alexander joined the Benedictine Order as a brother in 1955.|
Soenneker was succeeded by John Jeremiah McRaith (1982-2009).
|1984||St. Mark's Monastery||South Union||KY||Sub Prior 1975-1977; Prior 1977-1983|
Lafayette bishop was Gerard Louis Frey (1972-1989).
|1988||Our Lady of Wisdom, University of Southwestern Louisiana||Lafayette||LA||
In residence 1987-1988
|Per news reports, Alexander left the Benedictines in 1984 and returned to his native Lafayette to serve as a priest of the diocese.|
Harry Joseph Flynn followed Frey as Lafayette bishop (1989-1994), followed by Edward Joseph O'Donnell (1984-2002).
|1987||St. Thomas More High School||Lafayette||LA||teacher|
|1987||1988||Holy Rosary Institute||Lafayette||LA||principal|
|April 2002||St. Edmund Catholic School||Eunice||LA||chancellor|
|1988||April 2002||St. Anthony of Padua||Eunice||LA||2/3, 2/2, 1/2||
Alexander was placed on Administrative Leave in April 2002 due to the surfacing of the allegation and his acknowledgment that he had had sexual contact with a boy in the early 1960s.
Alexander is not indexed beyond the 2003 Directory.
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1974-2002)
• Eunice Priest Removed for Sexual Misconduct, Associated Press State & Local Wire, April 15, 2002
in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's
place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest
listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor)
and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4
means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample
page from the Directory.
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