The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has learned that a Marianist Brother who was accused of and admitted to abusing in a minor in Victoria, Australia is now living within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
According to Brother Joe Kamis, SM, Assistant Provincial of the St. Louis-based Marianist Province of the United States, Brother Bernard Hartman lives in a community of fellow Marianist brothers in Dayton.
Archdiocese officials say Brother Hartman is required to follow a safety plan approved and recently reaffirmed by Praesidium, Inc., an independent abuse risk management company that accredits the Marianists as well as many other religious groups, youth services organizations, schools, nursing homes, etc.
Brother Hartman's safety plan specifies that he cannot be involved in ministry settings with children, adolescents, or vulnerable women, nor can he ever be alone with, or visit families with, children and /or adolescents. His current ministry is performing clerical work for the Province's spiritual enrollment group, which involves no young people. His supervisor within the community, a senior Marianist priest, is responsible for Brother Hartman's adherence to the plan.