Archbishop Dolan Appoints Diocesan Review Board - Jan. 2, 2003
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Archbishop Dolan Appoints Diocesan Review Board - Jan. 2, 2003

A diocesan review board, which will oversee the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s response to clergy sexual abuse, has been appointed by Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan. The board’s first meeting will be in January.

Appointed by Archbishop Dolan to three-year board terms are Rev. James E. Connell, an Archdiocese of Milwaukee priest; Hannah C. Dugan of Milwaukee, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee; Margaret A. Farrow of Pewaukee, Wis., the outgoing Lieutenant Governor; Dr. Charles Lodl, Ph.D. of Mequon, a clinical psychologist in private practice, and Donald J. Schuenke of Elm Grove, retired chairman of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.

The board’s mandate was outlined in an appointment letter issued to each member by Archbishop Dolan. In that letter, the archbishop asks the board to:

  • Assess future allegations of sexual abuse of minors;
  • Provide counsel regarding suitability for ministry;
  • Review diocesan policies for dealing with sexual abuse allegations to make sure they are in line with the promises given in the Charter and Norms adopted by the nation’s bishops and approved by the Holy See;
  • Offer counsel on all aspects of sexual abuse cases, whether retrospectively or prospectively.

    Fr. Connell was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on July 5, 1987. He is currently the pastor of Holy Name of Jesus parish and St. Clement parish, both in Sheboygan. Fr. Connell also serves as vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and is a judge in the Metropolitan Tribunal. Fr. Connell’s seminary training was at the North American College in Rome and he holds advanced degrees in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario. Prior to becoming a priest, Fr. Connell, who is also a certified public accountant, worked as a management consultant with the public accounting firm of KPMG.

    Hannah Dugan has been a litigation attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee since 1994. Dugan represents low-income persons in the firm’s elder law program, in the firm’s domestic violence outreach for shelter residents, and in the firm’s forfeiture defense project in Milwaukee County municipal courts. She also served as an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School from 1993 to 1997. Prior to that, Dugan worked at Legal Action of Wisconsin, first as a legal assistant from 1983 to 1984, then as an attorney from 1987 to 1994. Dugan holds several degrees, including a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin (English; Behavioral Science and Law, Correctional Administration, May 1981) and a Master of Arts degree from Boston College (American Studies, May 1983). She earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin in May 1987, and is currently working on a master of arts degree in Public Service at Marquette University. Dugan is a member of Gesu Parish in Milwaukee, where she serves as trustee.

    For the past two years, Margaret Farrow served as Wisconsin’s 42nd Lt. Governor. Farrow’s political experience began in 1976 when she was elected to the Elm Grove Village Board, where she served as a trustee until 1981, when she was elected village president. She won election to the State Assembly in 1986 and special election to the State Senate in 1989. She was re-elected to the Senate three times and served there until her appointment as lieutenant governor. Born and raised in Kenosha, Wis., Farrow earned a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University. She has served on a dozen civic and volunteer committees and boards, including many Church-related initiatives. She is a graduate of St. Catherine High School in Racine, Wis., and is a long-standing member of the Christ Child Society. Farrow and her husband, John, have five adult sons and 11 grandchildren. She is a member of St. Mary’s parish in Elm Grove.

    Donald Schuenke retired as chairman of Northwestern Mutual in 1994, after a career of 31 years, 10 as its chief executive officer. In 1994, he became chairman of Nortel Networks, a worldwide telecommunications company. He retired from Nortel in 1999. Schuenke is currently the chairman of Allen-Edmonds Corporation and serves as a director of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation “Freddie Mac,” and the Freddie Mac Foundation. He also serves as a director emeritus of Badger Meter. Schuenke is a former chair of the board of trustees of Marquette University and now serves Marquette as a director emeritus. He was national co-chair for the 1985-1990 $120 million Campaign for Marquette. His involvement in civic activities is varied and extensive and includes service to the United Way of Greater Milwaukee, the Greater Milwaukee Open and the Greater Milwaukee Committee. Schuenke and his wife, Joyce, have two children and six grandchildren. He is a member of St. Mary’s parish in Elm Grove.

    Dr. Charles Lodl, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Mequon, Wis. Dr. Lodl specializes in therapy for sexual abuse victims and offenders. He is also active in community education programs to prevent abuse. Dr. Lodl earned his bachelor of arts degree in human relations (sociology/psychology) from Mount St. Paul College in Waukesha, Wis., in 1970. He earned a master of science degree in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University in 1974 and his doctorate in educational psychology from Marquette University in 1980. He has led numerous sessions and workshops in psychology throughout his career. In addition to his private practice, which he began in 1981, Dr. Lodl is a consultant with Lutheran Social Services in Racine, Wis., and the Wisconsin Correctional Services – Bridge Halfway House in Milwaukee. He also served as a staff psychologist at St. Michael Hospital Health Center in Milwaukee, from 1981 to 1989. Dr. Lodl is currently a member of St. Cecilia parish in Thiensville, Wis.

    The Essential Norms for Diocesan Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons, approved by the Vatican in December 2002, requires each diocesan bishop to appoint a review board, which will function as a consultative body to the bishop.

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