Rev. George Schuhmacher or Schumacher

Summary of Case: Schuhmacher was accused in 1983 of sexually abusing a 13 year old boy, after giving the boy alcohol. The boy was a resident of a boys' home run by Schuhmacher. The accusation was reported to local police at the time. Schuhmacher was director of the boys' home until 1995. He was permanently suspended from ministry in 2003, due to the 1983 accusation.

Ordained: 1957?

     

Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1957

Covington bishop was William Theodore Mulloy (1944-1959), followed by Richard Henry Ackerman, C.S.Sp. (1960-1978)

1965         Although later Directories note Schuhmacher to have been ordained in 1957, he is not indexed prior to the 1966 Directory.

1965

 

1971 Christ the King Lexington KY 3/3 Parish had a school with 305-168 boys and 323-216 girls.

1971

Ackerman was succeeded by William Anthony Hughes (1979-1995)

1980 St. Paul's Florence KY

4/4, 3/3

In residence.

Parish had a school with 280-399 students.
1980 1981 St. Joseph's Cold Spring KY

3/3

In residence.

Parish had a school with 351 students.
1981 1995 Campbell Lodge Boys' Home

Cold Spring

In 1983 a 13 year old Campbell Lodge resident accused Schuhmacher of plying him with alcohol and molesting him during a campout. The accusation was was filed with the Boone County Police Department on May 28 of that year. (Cincinnati Enquirer
October 9, 2003)

KY Director

Campbell Lodge was a residential facility for pre-adolescent and adolescent boys. There were 40-25 boys residing at the facility during Shuhmacher's tenure.

It is unclear whether Schuhmacher was removed from his post. He is said to have "returned to the boys home by 1986". The Directories list him as there consistently during these years.

1995

Replacing Hughes as bishop was Robert William Muench (1996-2001), followed by Roger Joseph Foys (2002- )

2003 St. Joseph's Warsaw KY 1/1  
1995 2003 St. Edward's Owenton KY  

This was a mission of St. Joseph's in Warsaw.

The 2001-2003 Directories show that the parish had a religious education program with 70 students.

Schuhmacher was permanently suspended from ministry in Jan. 2003, due to the 1983 allegation against him. (Cincinnati Enquirer
October 9, 2003)


Source
: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1966-2003)

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This assignment record was last updated on Dec. 23, 2010