Rev. Bede Parry, O.S.B.

Summary of Case: A former Benedictine priest, Parry was accused in a June 2011 lawsuit of having sexually abused a boy in 1987. The boy was a member of a choir Parry directed at Conception Abbey in MO. The boy told his parents the following day, and the parents confronted Parry's superiors, to whom Parry had previously admitted to "inappropriate sexual relationships". In a July 2011 lawsuit Parry was accused of sexually abusing a 14-15 year old boy in 1982. This accuser said he was a piano student of Parry's and member of Parry's boys choir. Parry acknowledged in 2011 that "most of the allegations are true". Parry was sent to New Mexico for sex offender treatment for three months in 1987. He went on to work in the Southwest for Lutheran and Catholic churches. He was not allowed to return to the Benedictine Abbey, after which he left the Catholic priesthood. A psychological test administered to Parry in 2000 during his efforts to become a minister determined that Parry was a "sexual abuser with the proclivity to reoffend with minors." Parry nonetheless became an Episcopal priest. He served as an organist, choir master and assistant priest at a Las Vegas church from 2000-June 2011, stepping down after the first lawsuit was filed and publicized.

Ordained: 1983


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Kansas City-St. Joseph bishop was Charles Herman Helsing (1962-1977), followed by John Joseph Sullivan (1977-1993)

1979 Conception Abbey


Parry is said to have told abbey officials that he had "inappropriate sexual relationships" between 1973-1979. He admitted in 2011 that most of the allegations are true, and that he had sexual contact with five or six of the choir members.

MO monk; boys' choir assistant (for ages 7-18)

Parry joined the monastic community in 1973, prior to his ordination as a priest.


1979 1982 St. John's University School of Theology

St. John's

Parry admitted to an inappropriate sexual relationship with a St. John's student.

MN seminarian  
1982 1987 Conception Abbey


Parry was accused in a June 2011 lawsuit of having sexually abused a boy who was attending a choir camp at the abbey in the summer of 1987. The boy is said to have told his parents about the abuse the next day over the phone.

In a July 2011 lawsuit Parry was accused of sexually abusing a boy beginning in 1982, over an 18 month period. The accuser said he was 14 or 15 years-old at the time, and a piano student of Parry's, as well as a boys choir member.

MO secretary to the abbot; seminary teacher; boys choir director The boy's parents are said to have confronted the Abbot, Jerome Hanus, who told them Parry had had a "mental breakdown". The lawsuit claimed their were four other complaints to the Abbot of sexual abuse by Parry prior to theirs.
Aug. 1987

Oct. 1987


Servants of the Paraclete Jemez Springs NM patient Parry was sent here for sex offender treatment.
1988 1990 St. Timothy's Lutheran Albuquerque NM   Parry is not indexed or listed in the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocesan pages of the 1989 or 1990 Directories.


Santa Fe archbishop was Robert Fortune Sanchez (1974-1993)

1992 Our Lady of Fatima Albuquerque NM   The 1991 and 1992 Directories list Parry as at Conception Abbey in MO, but other sources indicate he was in Albuquerque. Parry is not indexed beyond the 1992 Directory.
July 1992 Oct. 1992 Holy Family Las Vegas NV    
1990s   Reformation Lutheran Las Vegas NV    


Sanchez was succeeded as Santa Fe archbishop by Michael Jarboe Sheehan (1993-)

  Holy Family Las Vegas NV    


Episcopal bishop was Katharine Jefferts Schori


2011 All Saints Episcopal Las Vegas NV organist; choir director; assistant priest

Parry became an Episcopal priest in 2004.

Parry is said to have taken a psychological test in 2000 that showed him to be “sexual abuser who had the proclivity to reoffend with minors”, and that this was known to his employers. Parry acknowledged the test results.

Bede resigned from All Saints Episcopal in June 2011, after being publicly accused of past child sexual abuse.


Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1984-1992)

John Doe 181 v. Conception Abbey; Kansas City Star 6.23.11
Lawsuit Alleges Abuse of Boys by Monk at Conception Abbey, By Judy L. Thomas, The Kansas City Star, June 23, 2011
Lawsuit Alleges Abuse at Conception Abbey, By Kim Norvell, St. Joseph News-Press, June 23, 2011
Conception, Missouri Abbey Faces Lawsuit, Jeff Anderson & Associates, June 23, 2011
Lawsuit against Missouri Monastery Involves Las Vegas Episcopal Priest, By Jeff German, Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 23, 2011
Missouri Lawsuit Accuses Abbey of Covering up Sexual Abuse by Monk, Daily Journal , June 23, 2011
Former Leader of Boys Choir at Missouri Abbey Admits Sexual Misconduct, By Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, June 24, 2011
Priest Resigns in Vegas Amid Sex Abuse Suit, CT Post, June 24, 2011
Predator Priest Quits, " Not Enough" Victims Say, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, June 24, 2011
Former Monk Tells Mo. Newspaper He Had Inappropriate Sexual Contact with Members of Boys Choir, Daily Journal , June 25, 2011
Archbishop of Dubuque Involved in Sexual Abuse Lawsuit, By Jillian Petrus, KCRG, June 26, 2011
Critic Slams Archbishop over Abuse Suit, By Pat Kinney, The Courier, June 26, 2011
Suit Alleges Abuse by Priest, By Tony Brown, Maryville Daily Forum, June 27, 2011
Allegations Made That Tec Presiding Bishop Knew Former Benedictine Monk Was a Pedophile When He Joined Tec, By David W.
Virtue, Virtue Online, June 27, 2011, We Want Answers, The Friends of Jake, June 27, 2011
Statement Regarding Resignation of Fr. Bede Parry, Episcopal Diocese of Nevada, June 30, 2011
Nevada Bishop Says Diocese Acted Properly in Receiving Roman Catholic Priest, By Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News Service, July 7, 2011
Second Lawsuit Filed against Conception Abbey Alleging Cover-up over Former Monk, By Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star
July 22, 2011

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