Holy Cross Fr. James Trepanier, pictured in this 1965 Log yearbook photo, served as a University of Portland chaplain from 1964 to 1967. He is listed in a report from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, detailing 18 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors. (Courtesy the Log yearbook via The Beacon)
Holy Cross Fr. James Trepanier, pictured in this 1965 Log yearbook photo, served as a University of Portland chaplain from 1964 to 1967. He is listed in a report from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, detailing 18 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors. (Courtesy the Log yearbook via The Beacon)
A former University of Portland chaplain, Holy Cross Father James Trepanier, is listed in a report of 18 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana. Father Trepanier was chaplain from 1964 to 1967.

Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoads released the names of the priests in September, and The Beacon, U.P.’s student newspaper, first reported the Portland connection.

According to information released by the Indiana diocese, there was one credible allegation against Trepanier. The report does not say when the alleged crime occurred, only that it occurred in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

The statement from the diocese states that Father Trepanier, now 89, had his “faculties for ministry removed from Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend” in October 2002. He was allowed to remain a priest, however, and in 2015 celebrated his 60th anniversary of ordination with members of the Congregation of Holy Cross, reported The Beacon.

The priest was the second member of the Congregation of Holy Cross who has worked at U.P. to be recently named in a sex abuse case. A Pennsylvania grand jury report said a former U.P. president, Brother Raphael Wilson, admitted to sexually abusing a boy. The report said Wilson, who later was ordained, reached a $250,000 settlement with the victim. The 93-year-old Wilson’s place of residence is unknown.