A Review of the Marist Brothers (Or: I Teach Therefore I Abuse)


The Marist Brothers is a world-wide Catholic Church order, noted for its role in teaching at primary and secondary school levels. Many of its “teachers” entered the order as teenagers, and gained their first teaching appointment while still teenagers. They are “trained” internally, and their qualifications would be rejected by Education Departments in all states of Australia.

There is consistent evidence that Marist offenders were sheltered by the church, over many decades in some cases. It has been well established that a cover-up technique adopted for abusive parish priests was to transfer them to new, unsuspecting, parishes. The same thing happened with Marist teachers, who were shifted to other schools when things got too hot for comfort.

Many of the Marist brothers, who were convicted of offences, remained members of the order, in good standing, until their deaths.

The schools receive many millions of dollars annually from the taxpayer, with virtually no accountability for educational outcomes.

Below is a list (by no means exhaustive) of convicted Marist “teachers” in Australia.

John William Chute. Abuse was reported to the headmaster in 1986, but Chute remained at the school until the end of 1993.

Ross Francis Murrin. Taught at the Brothers boys’ primary school in Daceyville, in East Sydney and St Augustine’s College in Cairns, Queensland. There is evidence that the school administration knew what Murrin was doing, yet he was kept in the Marist order and was transferred to more schools. He began teaching when he was just 18. Judge Helen Murrell, during his trial, told the court: “Despite his youth and lack of teacher training (let alone training in relation to appropriate sexual boundaries), the offender was given responsibility for a Year 5 class of 30-35 students.”

Norbert Mathieson. By his late teens, he was teaching as a Marist Brother and was “commanding officer” of school military cadets.

Malcolm Hall. Shortly before he was due to appear in court, he suddenly died.

John Patrick Gleeson. The Marists successfully concealed his offences for fifty years.

Roger Michael Bellemore. Tasmania state.

Gregory James Carter. St Augustine’s Marist Brothers’ College in Cairns, north Queensland.

David Austin Christian. Marist Brothers’ NewmanCollege, Perth, Western Australia. Marists paid his fine.

John Desmond Dyson. AssumptionCollege, Kilmore, Victoria.

Michael Folli. Auburn, in Sydney’s west.

Terence Joseph Gilsenan. St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown, New South Wales. Gilsenan is still a Marist Brother.

Brian Robert Gordon. Marist Brothers primary school in Dundas, Sydney. The Marists kept quiet about Gordon’s behaviour and he eventually became the Brisbane diocese’s deputy directory of Catholic Education.

Francis Hesford. AssumptionCollege, Kilmore, Victoria.

John Aloysius Littler. Vincent’s boys’ home, Westmead, in Sydney’s west

Gerard Joseph McNamara.

Hugh Michael McNamara. St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill in Sydney, and Marist Brothers college at Ashgrove in Brisbane.

Terence Mulligan. Marist Brothers school at Auburn, in Sydney’s west.

Peter Richard Spratt. MaristCollege in Canberra.

Gregory Joseph Sutton. He fled to the USA, where he became principal of a Catholic school. He was extradited back to Australia, where he was jailed in 1996 for a maximum of 18 years.

Colgan Taylor.

Geoffrey Veness. St Augustine’s College, Cairns, Queensland.

Given this record, there are two questions which beg an answer. Firstly, why would anyone send their children to a Marist school? Then there is the question for those who decide who can operate a school: Why are the Marists still permitted to run schools, and receive tax-payer subsidies?

[Postscript: Cardinal George Pell was unavailable for comment as he is still on holidays in Rome, staying at his palatial $$30 million pad, “Domus Australia”.]

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Lewis Blayse (né Lewin Blazevich)


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14 Responses to A Review of the Marist Brothers (Or: I Teach Therefore I Abuse)

  1. Adrian Millane says:

    Correction to my remarks : I now have located documented evidence that convicted pedophile Kevin Hogan aka Br Kevin aka Brother Callixtus DID NOT suicide. I regret that the facts given to me which I believed for so long, were wrong. I was distressed to locate 2 sources of documentary evidence, both published by the Marists, which show Kevin Hogan remained among them and celebrated his 90th birthday in 2014. I also note that Br John Dyson another pedophile, remains welcome in the abusive Marist order.

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  3. Adrian Millane says:

    Brother Callixtus was one abuser aka Brother Kevin Hogan. Brother Kevin aka Brother Callixtus, luckily for me he got me on a bad day and I flattened the fat bastard (St Johns Glenferrie 1969). He suicided in WA nuthouse years later, I heard, could not have happened to a more deserving bastard.
    But other abusers did not get caught including sheer violent abusers, not only sexual.
    At St John’s , we also had Brother Eymard, a sort of little Hitler terrorist, Br Raymond was his later name, Raymond Martin I think, it was he who assaulted me with a baseball bat across my coccyx; (Later Brother) John Dyson was a peer, a fellow student, at that time not a brother but he made my life a living hell of endless violence for all my school life… until in his last year he cornered me, and I fought for my life and soul, and in that situation I literally fought for my life, beat the living shit out of him … at last … after years of hiding from the trams to try to miss school, years of suffering endless abuses and bullying. It’s a wonder I lived this long after such a tormented childhood. Only my anger and campaign against child abuse drives me.
    Father John Robert Thwaytes in India was another pedophile I met, I now have a collection of 3 pedophiles in my innocent life. I am actively campaigning for reform in the Boys Town Malbazar and Caesar School Malbazar, West Bengal, where to this day they conceal and profit from concealing child sexual abuses which are ongoing even after the death of the pedophile, whose statue they still bow to.

    I hold also the sexual diary of Father John Thwaytes WHO TELLS HOW HE WAS ABUSED AT AGE 5 BY THE SISTERS OF MERCY, AND BY NOVICE PRIESTS AT AGE 11-12 AT STONYHURST COLLEGE … so what we see is that Catholicism is a training ground for abuse.

    • Adrian Millane says:

      Thwaytes was stripped naked and whipped at age 5 by Sisters of Mercy, paraded in a dress and vilified for bed wetting, and first raped age 11-12 at Stonyhurst Lancs UK.

      No excuse but a pretty clear reason why he became a lifelong career pedophile Catholic priest , answering the call of Jesus to “rescue” poor orphans, while answering the call of his inner demons to abuse the same orphans. “Poverty Cannot Speak: is the explanation I got from oneIndian ex orphan when I asked how this could be kept secret for 45 years!

      Tragically this man also told of disabled orphans abused. It is a nightmare of evil that needs to be faced squarely and honestly, NOT COVERED UP BY THE CHURCH PROTECTING ITSELF.

      Thwaytes was reported by his own family in 1983 to Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor and at that time THE CHURCH FAILED TO REMOVE THE PRIEST FROM ‘MISSIONARY POSITION’ OVER 2500+ INNOCENT INDIAN CHILDREN WHO WERE HIS ‘STOCK’ not his flock. The Church excommunicated him and washed their hands. Details on request or see my facebook Ade O’Maolain moniker.

      • Adrian Millane says:

        Thwaytes was then caught ‘in the act’ in 1996 by two foreign girls visiting the orphanage who fled home and triggered a substantial inquiry but still he was never removed nor prosecuted in corrupted India. The added 13 years of child rape of boys is on the hands of the Church even of we do not include his entire sick career … they had duty to remove him at least in 1983 and they chose to conceal him instead.

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  7. Inspector Rex says:

    You forgot one. Brother Bill Sullivan pinged for sexual assault to another man in 2012 while he was Principal of St Augustine’s College, Cairns. He was swiftly stood down, and office resumed by Br Darren Burge. Br Bill was previously Principal of Marist College Randwick. The Marist brother’s response stressed it was a sexual assault to “another man” but that is purely in the legal sense. It was a very young man. There are also reposrts of 2 payouts total $100,000 prior to Br Bill’s arrest. A search of ABC and Cairns Post will provide the details. So does Broken Rites.org

    Much of what is written in the above lists Marist brothers offending from a number of years ago, but this one is more recent, and still they are sheltered by the Church.

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