Former Priest Facing Charges of Sexual Misconduct
A former priest at Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood has been placed on administrative leave after allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor were made to the Diocese of Charleston.
According to officials with the Diocese of Charleston, Father Hayden Vaverek has been placed on administrative leave and his priestly faculties withdrawn per diocese policy pending the outcome of an investigation. The alleged misconduct took place at Our Lady of Lourdes about 15 years ago.
Officials with the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office say that a criminal investigation has not yet begun, as the victims are located out of state.
Vaverek served at various parishes in the upstate, including Greenville, Anderson, McCormick and Simpsonville. Diocese of Charleston officials say that the alleged misconduct occurred while Vaverek was the pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes, but that the allegations do not currently involve any of the parishioners at the church.
Diocese officials say that Vaverek is currently a development officer of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, a papal agency for humanitarian and pastoral support based in New York City.
Any victims are encouraged to contact local law enforcement.
Diocese of Charleston pastor faces sexual misconduct allegations
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A spokeswoman with the Diocese of Charleston says a pastor has been placed on administrative leave amidst allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor.
The allegations against father Hayden Vaverek date back more than 15 years to his time as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood.
The Diocese says it is their policy to relieve Vaverek of his priestly facilities duing the investigation.
Father Vaverek has served in several parishes and schools in South Carolina, including nearby Moncks Corner.
The Diocese encourages all victims and those who have knowledge of any sexual misconduct to contact authorities.
To receive help and guidance from the diocese, contact Sister Sandra Makowski at the Chancery of Charleston at (843) 853-2130 ext. 209.
Not Isolated Incidents!
Every few years we hear about some hot looking female teacher who has sex with on of her very willing male student. The media sensationalizes if for months. Sex sells. Everyone pretends to be outraged but deep down every red blooded American teen wishes he were the victim. The fact is, school teachers rarely molest kids and if and when they do the school gets rid of them quickly and has them prosecuted. The churches on the other hand cover for their pervert priests.
If you think that pervert priests are the exception not the rule consider the fact that than in Minnesota alone there were over 174 arrested for raping kids in the past 60 years. It doesn't take a much of a leap to know that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Also consider the fact that teachers outnumber clergy 200 to 1.
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Diocese Releases Statement on Former Simpsonville Priest's Alleged Sexual Misconduct
Previous pastor and administrator of St. Mary Magdalene, Father Hayden Vaverek, accused of alleged sexual misconduct dating back years while at another Upstate parish.
By Hal Millard March 11, 2013
Update: In the wake of accusations that have surfaced alleging that former St. Mary Magdalene priest and administrator, Father Hayden Vaverek, engaged in alleged sexual misconduct many years ago while at another church, the Diocese of Charleston released the following statement on Sunday.
The full statement, which implies the alleged misconduct took place outside the church, reads:
"An allegation of sexual misconduct of a minor dating back more than 15 years has been made against Father Hayden Vaverek. Per diocesan policy, Father Vaverek must be placed on administrative leave and his priestly faculties withdrawn. Diocesan officials have notified law enforcement authorities about this allegation and are fully cooperating with them."
Father Vaverek served at several parishes and schools in South Carolina including those in: Greenville, Simpsonville, Anderson, Greenwood, McCormick, Myrtle Beach, Garden City, Moncks Corner, Bonneau, and Hilton Head Island. The reported allegation indicates the alleged misconduct occurred while Father Vaverek was pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood; however, no parishioners of that parish were involved in the reported allegation.
The Diocese of Charleston encourages all victims and those who have knowledge of any sexual misconduct to contact civil authorities in their area. To receive help and guidance from the diocese, please contact Sister Sandra Makowski at the Chancery in Charleston at (843) 853-2130 x209.
The Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston, asks everyone to pray for all victims of abuse and for their families."
Last week, a man who was representing the catholic church approached an investigator at the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, according to a WSPA report. He reportedly told investigators that a sexual incident involving a minor occurred years ago at Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood with Father Hayden Vaverek, who later served a stint as priest and administrator at St. Mary Magdalene in Simpsonville. Deputies said the victim now lives out of state and had someone from the catholic church meet with the Sheriff’s Office to make a report.
Greenwood County deputies said Father Vaverek is in Rome, and have been unable to interview him, according to the report.Vaverek is the 12th priest in the Charleston Diocese to be publicly accused of sexual misconduct, according to BishopAccountability.org.
Original article: Father Hayden Vaverek, a former priest and administrator of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Simpsonville, has been accused of alleged sexual misconduct, according to a news report.
Vaguely mentioning an unnamed and uncited report, WYFF said that Vaverek allegedly engaged in unspecified sexual misconduct dating back more than 15 years while he was pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood.
The Diocese of Charleston reportedly placed Vaverek on administrative leave. Meanwhile, potential victims of the priest's alleged misconduct are encouraged to contact local authorities, the report said.
Father Vaverek received a degree in criminal justice from Texas State University-San Marcos and attended seminary at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md. He was ordained in 1994.
His assignments have included parochial vicar at St. Andrew Church in Myrtle Beach, and pastor at St. Joseph Church and School in Anderson, Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenwood, St. Michael in Garden City, St. Philip Benizi in Moncks Corner, Holy Family on Hilton Head Island and St. Mary Magdalene in Simpsonville, where he was appointed by the diocese in 2008.
According to his profile on the Linkedin social network, he is currently a Development Officer of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, a papal agency for humanitarian and pastoral support based in New York City.