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Statement regarding Fr. Thomas Chisholm

March 27, 2019


On Thursday, March 21, 2019 St. Procopius Abbey received an accusation of sexual abuse against Rev. Thomas Chisholm, an 80 year-old Benedictine monk of our Abbey. The accusation is that Fr. Chisholm abused a student of Benet Academy roughly 40 years ago.


In keeping with the Abbey’s policy, the accusation has been reported to law enforcement. Also, Fr. Chisholm has been put on leave from ministry and has been placed under restrictions, pending an investigation.


St. Procopius Abbey is committed to the prevention of sexual abuse of minors and has comprehensive policies in place to prevent the sexual abuse of minors as well as to respond to complaints and to promote healing for victims. We encourage any individual who may have been abused to contact civil authorities.