Dear STM Parishioner –

Archbishop Wilton Gregory recently released to the public the names of priests and religious in the Archdiocese of Atlanta against whom there has been a “credible accusation” of sexual abuse against a minor. The list covers the period from 1956 to the present. You can see the complete list here: Office of Child and Youth Protection List. The same list can be found on the Archdiocesan website at: http://www.archatl.com/.

According to the list, three of the credibly accused priests on the list served at St. Thomas More: John Douglas Edwards (1981-86); Raymond Horan (1968-69, 1969-71); and Leonard Mayhew (1955). All these men are now deceased.

Along with the Archbishop, I express my sadness and shame at the harm these and other individuals have caused to so many. I encourage anyone who at any time was harmed by any priest or religious or Church employee or volunteer, whether living or deceased, to report this to the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese operates a 24-hour hotline for persons who wish to report abuse. This number is: 1-888-437-0764.

In addition, Fr. Pat, Fr. Paul, and I are also available at any time to listen to you and to offer you care and assistance.

Fr. Mark