Aug. 24, 2018
When the Pennsylvania grand jury report was released, the Diocese of Jefferson City immediately reviewed all names in the report against the information it has regarding clergy who served in the Diocese.
John “Jack” Pender, who was listed in the report as having left the Diocese of Scranton in 1968, was assigned to the parishes of Immaculate Conception in Owensville, St. Robert in St. Roberts, St. Jude in Richland and St. Cornelius in Crocker during the decades of the 1970s and 1980s. He died in 2009.
As a church, we are committed to a safe, healthy and holy environment for our children. If anyone is aware of any inappropriate behavior toward our children or vulnerable adults, please contact the appropriate Missouri state hotline:
- The Missouri Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline: 1-800-392-3738
- The Missouri Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-392-0210
- The State Attorney General has an online form to report clergy abuse.
In addition, please contact our Victim Assistance Coordinator, a licensed professional counselor and a certified clinical trauma professional, Nancy Hoey. You may email her at rgro.y1548270000ticff1548270000ejoid1548270000@esub1548270000atrop1548270000e1548270000 or call her at 573-694-3199.
Mike Berendzen is our coordinator of Child and Youth Protection. He is available at 573-635-9127, ext. 224 or gro.y1548270000ticff1548270000ejoid1548270000@nezd1548270000nereb1548270000m1548270000.
Sexual abuse of children is a crime and a sin. We have no tolerance for those who intentionally harm our children, and we will continue to do everything we can to protect our children and help them grow in God’s grace and mercy.