Assignment Record – Rev. Vincent A. Orlando, s.j.

Summary of Case: Vincent A. Orlando was ordained a Jesuit priest of the New Orleans Province in 1974. He worked as an educator in Jesuit high schools in Dallas and Houston, TX and in Tampa, FL. In April 2002 he was removed from ministry after a report was made to the New Orleans Province that in 1985, when Orlando was assigned to Strake Prep. in Houston, he engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor. The Jesuits acknowledged in May 2002 that this was not the first complaint against Orlando. In 1984 a Strake student told school officials that Orlando tried to inpappropriately touch him during a school ski trip. The New Orleans Province was informed; civil authorities were not. Orlando was "admonished" and kept his job at Strake until a transfer to Tampa in 2000. He is known to have been living since 2003 in a Jesuit community in New Orleans.

Ordained
: 1974

   

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes
1974 1975     France  

1975

Dallas bishop was Thomas Ambrose Tschoepe (1969-1990).

1979 Jesuit College Preparatory School Dallas TX   Jesuit Prep. had 711-700 students, all male.

1979

Galveston-Houston bishop was John Louis Morkovsky (1975-1984).

2000 Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School

Houston

In 1984 a Strake student reported to school officials that Orlando tried to touch him inappropriately during a school ski trip. Civil authorities were not informed; the Jesuits "admonished" Orlando. The accusation, which Orlando denied, wasn't made public until 2002.

Orlando was accused in 2002 of sexual misconduct with a minor in 1985. His accuser, who informed the New Orleans Province, was not a Strake student at the time. The Jesuits deemed the allegation credible.

TX Principal 1979-1984 Strake had 556-743 students, all male.

2000

St. Petersburg bishop was Robert Nugent Lynch (1995-).

2002 Jesuit High School Tampa FL computer and math teacher

Jesuit High had 679-664 students, all male.

Orlando was removed from ministry in April 2002 after an allegation emerged that he had engaged in "sexual misconduct" with a minor in 1985, in Houston.

2002 2003         Orlando is not indexed in the 2003 Directory.

2003

New Orleans archbishop was Alfred Clifton Hughes (2002-2009), follwed by Gregory Michael Aymond (2009-).

2012 Ignatius Residence New Orleans LA    

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1975-2012)

3 More Ex-Jesuit Staffers Accused, Ex-Maintenance Official at School Denies Abuse; 2 Teachers Also Named, Dallas Morning News
April 24, 2002
Jesuit High Teacher Fired Amid Misconduct Claim, By Melanie Ave, St. Petersburg Times, April 24, 2002
Jesuit Ousts Teacher after Fast Investigation, By Michelle Bearden, Tampa Tribune [Florida], April 24, 2002
Strake Reacts to Abuse Charges, Letter to Parents Outlines Allegations against Former Teacher, By Tara Dooley, Houston Chronicle, May 7, 2002
Strake Tells of Sex Allegations against Ex-Teacher, By Tara Dooley, Houston Chronicle, May 9, 2002



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This assignment record collates Orlando's career history as it is represented in the Official Catholic Directory with allegations as reported in the media. We make no representation regarding the truth of the allegation we report, and we remind our readers that the U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.

This assignment record was last updated on April 14, 2014.


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