Assignment Record – Rev. Norman J. Rogge, s.j.

Summary of Case: A Jesuit priest of the New Orleans Province ordained in 1956, Rogge was convicted twice for the sexual abuse of boys in Florida - in 1967 and again in 1985. He received probation both times and was allowed to continue in ministry. Rogge worked across the south in parishes, high schools and a juvenile detention center. He was sent to live in a Jesuit retirement community in New Orleans in 2002 after journalists exposed news of his past convictions. Rogge died in 2009.

Ordained
: 1956
Died: February 4, 2009


   

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State/Country Position Notes

1956

Kansas City Kansas archbishop was Edward Joseph Hunkeler (1951-1969).

1957 St. Mary's College St. Mary's KS  

1957

Norwich bishop was Bernard Joseph Flanagan (1953-1959).

1958 St. Robert's Hall Pomfret CT    

1958

Dallas-Ft. Worth bishop was Thomas Kiely Gorman (1954-1969).

1960 Jesuit High School Dallas TX   Jesuit High had 590-613 students, all male.

1960

St. Augustine bishop was Joseph Patrick Hurley (1940-1967).

The St. Petersburg diocese was established March 2, 1968. Its bishop was Charles Borromeo McLaughlin (1968-1978), followed by William Thomas Larkin (1979-1988).

1979 Sacred Heart

Tampa

 

FL 3/4, 4/4, 2/4, 2/6, 1/4, 2/6, 2/5 Sacred Heart had a grade school with 283-467 students and a high school until 1971 with 131-92 students.
1960s 1970s High School Tampa FL chaplain Per news reports Rogge worked at a Catholic high school during his years in Tampa.
1960 1979 Juvenile Detention Home

Tampa

• In 2002 a man said Rogge repeatedly fondled him when the man was a young resident of the detention home in 1963. He said Rogge told him he was checking his genitals for signs of damage.

• Multiple residents of the home told investigators in 1967 that Rogge touched them inappropriately during nude swimming lessons in a lake near a cottage belonging to Rogge.

• Rogge was convicted in Florida in 1967 of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after pleading guilty to placing his hand on the leg and penis of a 14-year-old resident of the detention home. The incident occurred at a movie theater in September 1966.

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Rogge was sentenced to three years of probation.

1979

Mobile bishop was John Lawrence May (1969-1980). Mobile became an archdiocese July 20, 1980. It's archbishop was Oscar Hugh Lipscomb (1980-2008).

1981 St. Ignatius Mobile AL 2/3 St. Ignatius had a school with 467-462 students.

1981

Oakland bishop was John Stephen Cummins (1977-2003).

1982 Jesuit Theological Union Berkeley CA    

1982

Alexandria-Shreveport bishop was William Benedict Friend (1982-1986).

1985 Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Campti

• Rogge pleaded no contest in 1985 to masturbating in front of an 11-year-old boy, attempting to get the boy to perform oral sex on him, and giving the boy beer during a July 1984 visit to Tampa, FL. Two other men participated with Rogge in the behaviors, which happened over a two-day stay at a country cabin. One of the men was a convicted child molester who threatened to kill the boy if he told. Rogge was identified in the to in Florida police records as "Anthony J. Rogge aka Norman J. Rogge".

LA  

Rogge is indexed but not listed in the Alexandria-Shreveport diocesan pages as at Nativity of the BVM. The 1984-1985 Directories list Rogge as in residence at St. Patrick's in Montgomery.

Rogge was sentenced to a year in jail; the judge, however, withheld adjudication of guilt and Rogge was ordered to go to Servants of the Paraclete in New Mexico for treatment. After his stay in New Mexico, Rogge was put on probation.

1982 1985 St. Joseph's Trichel LA   This was a mission of Nativity of the BVM in Campti.
1982 1985 Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Black Lake LA   This was a mission of Nativity of the BVM in Campti.
1982 1985 St. Patrick's Montgomery LA In residence. This was a mission of Nativity of the BVM in Campti.
1985 1988         Rogge is not indexed in the 1986-1988 Directories.

1988

New Orleans archbishop was Francis Bible Schulte (1988-2002).

1989 Ignatius Residence New Orleans LA    

1989

Lafayette bishop was Harry Joseph Flynn (1989-1994), followed by Edward Joseph O'Donnell (1994-2002).

2002 St. Charles College Grand Coteau LA    
1998 2002 St. Charles Borromeo Grand Coteau   3/3 St. Charles Borromeo had a school with 309-339 students, and a CCD program with 379-464 students.
1998 2002 Christ the King Bellvue LA   This was a mission of St. Charles Borromeo in Grand Coteau.

2002

Schulte was succeeded by Alfred Clifton Hughes (2002-2009).

2009 Ignatius Residence New Orleans LA   Rogge died February 4, 2009.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1957-2005)

1967 Conviction--Court Docs
A Roman Catholic Priest Was Held without Bond in Citrus County Jail, United Press International, June 7, 1985
Priest from Louisiana was Sentenced to One Year in Jail, United Press International, November 6, 1985
Priest Kept Working after Child Abuse Prosecutions, Cleric Pleaded Guilty, No Contest in 2 Cases; He Calls Charges 'Incorrect', By Brooks Egerton, Dallas Morning News, May 4, 2002
Allegations against Two More Priests in South Louisiana, By Jessica Bujol, Associated Press State & Local Wire, April 17, 2002
2 La. Priests Returned to Service after Accusations of Sex Abuse, By Janet McConnaughey, Advocate, April 19, 2002
Orders Have Let Abusers Remain, But Leader Predicts Ban on Public Ministry for Offenders, By Reese Dunklin and Brooks Egerton
Dallas News, August 8, 2002
Funeral Notice, Rogge, Times-Picayune (New Orleans), February 16, 2009


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This assignment record was last updated on May 15, 2014.


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