Bernard Knoth

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NameBernard KnothJesuit
Date of Birth12/22/1948 
Date of Ordination1977 
Association with LUC1989-1990 
Position at LUCJesuit Residence – exact position unclear 
Date of incident, Location of Incident1986-1988Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Indianapolis, IN
Number of victims/accusationsAt least 3 victims 
Case statusAccused 
Status of IndividualRemoved from public ministry8/29/2009

Fr. Bernard Knoth was accused of having sexually abused minors between 1986 and 1988 while teaching at Brebeuf Preparatory School. The record shows that the minors Knoth abused were in fact students at Brebeuf. Knoth briefly joined Loyola University Chicago from 1989 to 1990, but there is no indication whether he held a position with the university or simply lived at the Jesuit residence. The biographical details of his life that are publicly available are very sparse. Knoth spent his entire career as a Jesuit in secondary and post-secondary education. After his time at Loyola University Chicago he was assigned to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. After Georgetown, Knoth became president of Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1995, where he served until the accusations against him surfaced in 2003. Knoth denied the allegations personally, however his Jesuit superiors deemed them credible, revoked his privileges as a priest and assigned him to the Jesuit community in Chicago, indicating that he was removed from public ministry.[1] In 2007 he was working for a private business in Sarasota, Florida, before the Jesuits officially laicized him and dismissed him from the order in 2009.[2]

[1] The Society of Jesus – USA Midwest Province, 31.

[2] “Knoth – BishopAccountability.Org,” accessed March 10, 2022,