Rev. Isaac True, O.S.B.

Summary of Case: A priest of the Benedictine order, True was accused in a September 2011 lawsuit of having sexually abused a young relative in the late 1970s. His accuser said the abuse began when he was a 9 or 10 year old boy and continued until he graduated 8th grade. He said the abuse occurred in his home, on trips and at church. In March 2012 True remains pastor of a Bethany, MO parish.

: 1966


Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

1987 Conception Abbey


A relative of True's filed a lawsuit in Sept. 2011 accusing True of sexually abusing him as a boy in the late 1970s, beginning when he was 9 or 10 years old and through 8th grade. The man said the abuse occurred during visits to the boy's home, on trips and at church. The boy was an altar boy at Nativity parish in Independence.

MO True is referred to as "Very Rev." in the 1974-1982 Directories

The same man accused Monsignor Thomas O'Brien of sexually abusing him when he was a ten year-old altar boy, along with three friends. One of the three boys suicided a few years later.

True celebrated Mass at Nativity on several occasions, per a statement in 2011 from the diocese.

1973 1987 Conception Seminary College Conception MO President-Rector  
1987 1988         True is not indexed or listed at his previous assignments in the 1988 Directory.
1988 1989 Sabbatical   Guatemala,
Central America
  Per Conception Seminary College , True was in Guatemala for a year and two summers, beginning in 1988.


Sullivan was succeeded by Raymond James Boland (1993-2005), who was replaced by Robert William Finn

Conception Abbey Conception MO   True is not indexed or listed as at the Abbey in the 2005-2007 Directories.
1988 2011 Conception Seminary College Conception      
2008 2011 Blessed Sacrament Bethany MO 1/1 Blessed Sacrament had a religious education program with 16-13 students.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1988-2011)

Metro Man Files Lawsuit against Priests Claiming Sexual Abuse, By Tess Koppelman, Fox 4, September 1, 2011
Lawsuit Claims Sex Abuse by Priest, Monk, By Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, September 1, 2011
Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Abuse at Independence Catholic Church, By Jeff Martin, The Examiner, September 2, 2011
Deception in Conception. Murder and Misconduct at a Benedictine Abbey, By Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, September 1, 2011
Tower Topics Fall-Winter 2010, Conception Seminary College, December 14, 2010

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This assignment record was last updated on March 28, 2012