The first person who contacted us is an alumna, and was a neighbor and friend of the boy who pressed charges. She recounted for us what he said Br. Michael did with him in his office.
The second was someone who had tracked Br. Michael for 20 years since he left St. Francis Prep. This person shared information about what supposedly had happened when Br. Michael left Hofstra in 1983 and his alleged crimes while running a soup kitchen on Long Island after that. He lost track of Br. Michael about 12 years ago and asked if we could try and find him. It wasn't asking really, it was a plea for help. This person is extremely concerned that Br. Michael is still molesting little boys somewhere.
The third person graduated from St. Francis Prep in 1980 and contacted us this past week. She sent us this:
I saw in one of your blogs, a request for information about the former principal of St. Francis Prep, Brother Michael Moran. What type of information are you looking for and what do you plan to do with it?
We answered with this:
We received a plea from a graduate asking us to please help find him and do what we could to make sure he is not hurting children. This person tracked him for 20 years, then lost track of him when he left the food bank he was operating on Long Island. We received very detailed information from this person from which one could easily conclude that he did not stop his questionable activities when he left SFP. We received another letter from a close friend of someone he hurt. If you have any information about him, it would be appreciated.
And then, she sent this last night:
In the spring of 1980, a relative of mine worked in the 107 Precinct, the same precinct where the school is located. My relative saw the police report detailing the sexual abuse that took place between the principal, Bro. Michael Moran and a student. I was told by my relative, Bro. Michael Moran had sodomized a male freshmen student in his office on several occasions. There were several students, like myself who had relatives in the police department and we all heard the same thing from our cop relatives. The police investigated the charges and believed them to be true. It was a fact not a rumor.
Bro. Michael Moran was immediately removed from his position at the school. No explanation was ever given to the students. No criminal charges were ever filed against Bro. Mike because the student's parents agreed not to press charges when the Franciscan Brothers said they would relocate the principal to a place where he would not have contact with children again.
At the time, it seemed like a win-win. Lock the pedophile up in a monastery somewhere and save victim from having to testify. Little did we know back then, the Catholic Church didn't always follow through on their part of the bargain and pedophile priests would often end up in locations where they could continue their abusive behavior. I have often wonder if the same was true with Bro. Michael Moran.
A Law and Order show made think about Bro. Mike again. I tried googling his name and came across your blog. I have no idea of his current location. Your response leads me to believe he was never "put away". It makes me sick to think the Catholic Church has once again failed to protect innocent children.
No, Br. Michael Moran wasn't "locked away" in a monastery. He went from Prep directly to Hofstra University to serve as Chaplain. In 1983, he started a food bank on Long Island now named Interfaith Nutrition Network. The person who wrote us asking for help also alleges that in 1983, he was reported at Hofstra for having sex with an 18 year old freshman boy and that is what actually prompted his departure from the school. This person also alleges that Michael Moran used the soup kitchen as a way to have access to the homeless boys whose families came there for help.This is the same MO of Father Bruce Ritter at Covenant House.
Here is a New York Times article discussing Br. Michael and the history of the food pantry:
Michael Moran is out there because St. Francis Prep did not help put him away. I have an 8 year old son, and this disgusts me to no end. It makes me physically sick. Do you care about children at all SFP? It is a legitimate question, because many of you, including some people in the administration, like Ted Jahn (joined SFP administration in 1978), were there in 1980 when Br. Michael was quietly "removed." How do you sleep at night? Do you wake up and look in the mirror and think you are spectacular people doing God's work?
If anyone reading this has any information about Michael Moran's whereabouts, we would appreciate it. The greatest concern with pedophiles is that they DO NOT STOP. They keep doing it until they are caught and put in prison.