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The Boston Globe


April 16, 2012

Years later, school may alert parents to abuse

Prominent priest convicted in 2009

LANCASTER - At least five former students at a small Catholic day school in Lancaster have said they were abused by the same priest during the 1990s and early 2000s, but the couple who founded and ran the Trivium School stoutly defended the Rev. Donald J. McGuire until 2009, when he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for molesting a former eighth-grader.

McGuire, once a prominent Jesuit with close ties to Mother Teresa, never worked at the Trivium but was a regular guest, saying Mass and speaking at graduations. Founders John S. and Louise Schmitt described him in a 2006 letter to a judge as “a man who has given spiritual direction and sound support to our family and to the families of students who have attended our school.’’

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