Notification Regarding Stephan Johnson, a former Paulist Father
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March 8, 2019
It is with deep regret that we advise those we serve in our Paulist ministries, and the public, of an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor male by Stephan Johnson, a former Paulist Father.
 
The incident is alleged to have occurred more than 34 years ago when Johnson was associate pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Storrs, CT, (1983 to 1987), and a part-time faculty member at East Catholic High School in Manchester, CT.
 
The allegation was received in October, 2018, and investigated.  It was found to be credible and was reported to law enforcement.
 
Johnson was ordained a priest in May, 1981. He left the Paulist Fathers in July, 1996.
 
In addition to his service in the Diocese of Norwich, CT, Johnson also served as a Paulist Father in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Diocese of Columbus.
 
We are deeply sorry for the pain suffered by survivors of abuse due to actions of present and former members of our community.
 
The Paulist Fathers are committed to protecting children and helping to heal victims of abuse. We follow safety protocols issued by Praesidium, Inc., a national organization that works with religious and other institutions to establish and maintain rigorous standards for protecting children and vulnerable adults.
 
Any person who has further allegations or concerns about Johnson, or any Paulist Father, is asked to contact Rev. John Behnke, C.S.P., vice president and safety officer of the Paulist Fathers, at (212) 757-8072 or via email at JohnBehnke@Paulist.org.
 
At this time, we are in prayer for all victims of sexual abuse by clergy, especially minors, that they may receive healing, justice, and peace.