Statement Regarding Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Release of List of Accused Members of the Clergy

September 6, 2019

Dear members, Companions, volunteers, staff, and friends of the Kansas City Province,

On September 6, 2019, Bishop Johnston of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph released a list of priests who served in our diocese who have credible accusations of abuse against them. We support Bishop Johnston and the diocese in the ongoing effort for healing through transparency. The list from the diocese is available at https://kcsjcatholic.org/. In efforts to be transparent, the Kansas City Province has previously communicated the names of Precious Blood members who have had allegations of abuse.

On behalf of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province, I apologize. I am profoundly sorry for the pain and suffering inflicted on anyone who has been abused or impacted in any way by the actions of any Precious Blood members. I hope that the information the Kansas City Province has released in the past, and Bishop Johnston’s release of information this week, although painful, will aid in healing for those who have suffered.

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province has committed itself to the protection of children and young people. All accusations of sexual misconduct are fully investigated and if found credible, appropriate steps are taken to prevent further misconduct by the accused. Additionally, all members of the province participate in ongoing safe environments training and we continue to be in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. If you or someone you know has been sexually abused by a Missionary of the Precious Blood, please contact me at grichmeier@preciousbloodkc.org, or 816-781-4344. The report will be handled with sensitivity and confidentiality.

Missionaries of the Precious Blood are called to work on behalf of the vulnerable. Through our actions, we work to make this a safer world for children and youth. As Precious Blood people, may Christ continue to sustain our work and guide us in creating a world that is safe for all.

With hope and peace,

Fr. Garry Richmeier, C.PP.S.
Provincial Director

Please direct any media inquiries related to Missionaries of the Precious Blood to Margaret Haik at communications@preciousbloodkc.org. Inquiries regarding other priests who appear on the list may be directed to Jack Smith, Communications Director, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph at smith@diocesekcsj.org or 816-877-3976.