Rev. Herman J. Lammers
Summary of Case: Lammers was director of Catholic Charities 1939-1976, and resident chaplain of St. Thomas-St. Vincent Home, which was an orphanage in Anchorage, KY. Accused by at least 32 people in lawsuits filed from 2002-2004 as a perpetrator of child sexual abuse. Most of the accusers lived as children at the orphanage, where they claim abuse by Lammers as well as abuse and neglect on the part of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, who ran the Home. Lammers died Aug. 11, 1986.
Louisville archbishop was John Alexander Floersh (1924-1967)
|1937||Cathedral of the Assumption||Louisville||KY||
|The Cathedral had a school with 88-80 students.|
|1932||1937||St. Helena's Commercial College||Louisville||KY||This was a chapel of the Cathedral.|
|1932||1933||Good Shepherd Convent||Louisville||KY||This was a chapel of the Cathedral.|
|1933||1934||St. Catherine's Convent of the Sisters of Mercy||Louisville||KY||This was a chapel of the Cathedral.|
|This was a chapel of the Cathedral.|
|1936||1937||St. Aloysius||Shepherdsville||KY||This was a mission of the Cathedral.|
|1937||1939||Holy Trinity||Fredericktown||KY||1/1||Parish had a school with 193-265 students.|
|1937||1939||Holy Rosary||Blincoe||KY||1/1||Parish had a school with 93 students. This was a mission of Holy Trinity in Fredericktown.|
Thomas Joseph McDonough replaced Floersh as archbishop (1967-1981), followed by Thomas Cajetan Kelly (1981-2007)
|1982||St. Thomas-St. Vincent Home||
• A woman accused Lammers in a July 2002 lawsuit of having sexually abusing her "on or after 1955", when she was ten years old and living at St. Thomas-St. Vincent Home. (Courier-Journal [Louisville, KY]
• Another woman filed suit in Aug. 2002, saying Lammers of "forcibly sexually molested, battered and assaulted" her when she was a child living at the Home, in about 1963. (Louisville Courier Journal
• Six more people accused Lammers in a 2004 lawsuit of having sexually abusing them as children and residents of St. Thomas-St. Vincent. They also named Sr. Mary Ann Powers and Sr. Alma Stueker as perpetrators of sexual abuse against them. (Associated Press, carried in Lexington Herald-Leader
• Four more people accused Lammers in Aug. 2004, totaling twenty three of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The abuse is said to have occurred in the 1950s and 1960s. (The Courier-Journal [Louisville KY]
• Two more women came forward in Aug. 2004 with allegations of rape by Lammers in the 1950s and '60s, when they were residents of the orphanage. (The Associated Press
• By Sept. 2004 thirty-two people had accused Lammers of sexually abusing them as children, forty-one had sued the Sisters of Charity, accusing them of failing to protect them from abuse between the 1930s and 1970s. Fourteen of the plaintiffs accused fifteen of the nuns of sexual or physical abuse. Three people claimed that a male volunteer and a male assistant at St. Thomas-St. Vincent Home molested them as children. (Associated Press, carried in Kentucky.com [Louisville KY]
|KY||Chaplain||The Home was an orphanage. It was St. Thomas' Orphan Asylum for Boys until it merged with St. Vincent, which was a girls' orphanage, in 1952.|
|1939||1976||Catholic Charities||Louisville||KY||Director||Lammers was named a monsignor in 1955.|
|1982||1986||Retired||Louisville||KY||Lammers lived in an apartment in Louisville in his retirement. He died Aug. 11, 1986.|
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1933-1987)
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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 31, 2009