Growing up at St .Thomas St .Vincent Orphanage ?

Created by Cynthia S on May 26, 2009

418 votes

Click on an option to vote

Child abuse

A time to heal

GEORGE

Kokomo, IN

#21 Dec 2, 2011
Gussie James wrote:
A disturbed friend who is now in late 60's was at St. Thomas Seminary surely. However he appears to have been sent by his family to the orphanage first in about 1953 to 1959? How can one find a listing of those at the boys orphanage during these dates? This information may be able to help him.
Thank you!
MY NAME IS GEORGE. I WAS AT ST. THOMAS ST. VINCENT ORPHANAGE FROM 1952 or 1953 until I graduated in 1959 from the 8th grade. WOULD LOVE TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHERS WHO WERE ALSO THERE AND LEARN OF THEIR EXPERIENCES. CAN E-MAIL ME AT: OWNASPRINTR@ATT.NET
GEORGE

Kokomo, IN

#22 Dec 2, 2011
WAS AT ST. THOMAS - ST. VINCENT ORPHANAGE FROM 1952, 53 UNTIL 1959 WHEN I GRADUATED FROM THE 8TH GRADE. FROM THERE I WENT ON TO FLAGET HIGH SCHOOL. WOULD LOVE TO COMMUNICATE WITH ANYONE WHO WAS THERE AT THE ORPHANAGE. I HAVE SOME FOND MEMORIES OF THE HOME AND SOME NOT SO FOND. YOU MAY E-MAIL ME AT: ownasprintr@att.net. I WISH YOU WELL.
I know him

Corydon, IN

#23 Dec 2, 2011
Mindy Muthler Frank

Louisville, KY

#24 Dec 18, 2011
I was there with my 5 sisters from '66-'68. I believe there is "no information on the home" is due to the lawsuits surrounding it. Father Lammers was very good at picking out perfect "victims" for his pleasure as I know one of them. I recall the nuns: Sr. Michael Edward and Sr. Delores Marie, who are named in the suits. Also, Sr. Charlotte Marie and her dog Beigy, Sr. Rose Edward, Sr. Rita something who had no business raising or being around children. There were the GREAT ones too-Sr. Mary Borgia and Sr. Vincent Marie who made it a better place. We were Blessed to leave and still pray for the ones who were not able to get out until high school.
Would like to see some pictures of the place although it is vivid in my mind and history of the facility. Those were the times and am glad folks stepped forward to get all of this out in the open. If it saves one person, it's worth it!
Gussie

Philadelphia, PA

#25 Dec 25, 2011
What grade level or age was the highest for
St. Thomas orphanage for boys? Did some then
go onto St. Thomas seminary? If so, what age or grade was the seminary for? Were they near each other? Were they both managed by nuns and priests?

Thanx
Danny LaDuke

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#26 Jan 14, 2012
I just have to say that I am ill at ease after reading some of these stories. I was at STSV from December, 1964 to June, 1968 with my seven brothers and sisters. Yes I remember getting my hands slapped with Hi-Li paddles and industrial brooms. NEVER anything worse!!! While there I went to the Belle of Loiusville, Fort Boonseboro, Lexington, My Olde Kentucky Home, Mammoth Cave, Fort Knox and Mammoth Cave. I would never have gotten to do any of this in our family home, where I would see my father beat my mother beyond recognition. We also went to Cincinnatti, where I met Yogi Berra when the Reds played New York. We played softball and basketball against other Catholic schools and we roller skated weekly. Sister Joseph Michael was known as "The Baseball Nun". I fell in love with Sister Eva Marie and wanted to be a priest when I grew up so I could marry her. My, how a child can look at things. Yes, I was disciplined when I did wrong, but we were all treated with love. We attended school and went to church right there in the orphanage. Soldiers from Fort Knox would take us on military buses to Fort Knox for Thanksgiving and on Christmas, they would bring Santa and bags of toys to the orphanage. Let me tell you that the children at St Thomas St. Vincent Home for Boys and Girls in Anchorage, KY was a safe haven for many children (about 200 at a time as I recall), and if not for the Sisters of Nazareth at STSV, would have undoubtedly lived much harsher lives. PLEASE do not trash the characters of those who dedicated their lives so unselfishly so that you could be fed, clothed, educated, etc. so that you could live a healthy life and be whatever you chose to be. I thank God for Fr. Lammers and all the nuns who gave so much through their dedication to God. I would hope that anyone who has written otherwise would recollect and print the TRUTH!!!
Topper

Indianapolis, IN

#27 Jan 22, 2012
Johnny Smith wrote:
<quoted text>
I was there in the nursery untill 5th grade (approx 1955 thru 1962). My sisters Becky, Linda, Cindy, Janet, and Elizabeth were there as well. I can only remember a few of the nun's names... Sister Charles, and Sister Delores Marie and of course Father Lammers.
I remember a lot of the people who were there with me. I was in 5th grade with Mary Yates, I was friends with Mary Margret Peak's brother James. My best friend from the nursery on was Michael Woods... he had polio. I had a good friend named Kieth Gaffeny. I rember Claude and David House, Charlie Bascialupi, James Owen, John and Don Marsh, Joe Avery, James Aubury, Pee Wee Miles, Joe Polo... and I'm sure I would recognize the names of many others. I have not been in contact with anyone from STSV but recently I have reflecting on experiences there...the good (my friends)... and the bad.
I was at St. Vincent's from 1947-1949. My brothers were at St. Thomas. I am writing about my childhood for my children and can't find any info. about St. Vincent's before they merged with St. Thomas in 1953. I have nothing but good memories of my stay there and cried when we left. There were 9 siblings. My four brothers, starting at age 7 down to 13mths, did not have such good memories at St. Thomas. They were so young. I would love to have a picture of St. Vincent's in Louisville before they merged. My four sisters and I aged from 13 to 3 yrs. old. I was 9. I just want to set the record straight about all the great care we received and it's hard to read about all the abuse that occured later on.
John c

Lexington, KY

#28 Apr 20, 2012
Johnny Smith wrote:
<quoted text>
I was there in the nursery untill 5th grade (approx 1955 thru 1962). My sisters Becky, Linda, Cindy, Janet, and Elizabeth were there as well. I can only remember a few of the nun's names... Sister Charles, and Sister Delores Marie and of course Father Lammers.
I remember a lot of the people who were there with me. I was in 5th grade with Mary Yates, I was friends with Mary Margret Peak's brother James. My best friend from the nursery on was Michael Woods... he had polio. I had a good friend named Kieth Gaffeny. I rember Claude and David House, Charlie Bascialupi, James Owen, John and Don Marsh, Joe Avery, James Aubury, Pee Wee Miles, Joe Polo... and I'm sure I would recognize the names of many others. I have not been in contact with anyone from STSV but recently I have reflecting on experiences there...the good (my friends)... and the bad.
I was there between 1948 and 1954 before they were combined. I thought it was a good place to be. We all had jobs to do and had plenty to do outside. We also had the best grade school basketball team in the Louisville area. We were never able to get the football going. The only one that I new that you gave was Father Lammers. Sister Mary Domitello was on that I remember. i never had a bad experience while I was there. John C
burng

Bayonne, NJ

#29 Jul 3, 2012
They say ignorance is bliss...Educate yourself & know that your experiences are NOT others experiences! WHY?? Why would anybody lie about the abuse inflicted upon them?? For so many years victims have been quiet living in a hell on earth,ashammed of what has happened to them! Have some compassion! I know brothers who lived in orphanages at the same time, having very different experiences. There were lucky ones & not so lucky ones! Healing will take a lifetime & it doesn't help with comments from blinded people such as yourself. I am very happy that you had a very good experience & life has been kind to you, but show some respect for those whom have not been as lucky as yourself...
Danny LaDuke wrote:
I just have to say that I am ill at ease after reading some of these stories. I was at STSV from December, 1964 to June, 1968 with my seven brothers and sisters. Yes I remember getting my hands slapped with Hi-Li paddles and industrial brooms. NEVER anything worse!!! While there I went to the Belle of Loiusville, Fort Boonseboro, Lexington, My Olde Kentucky Home, Mammoth Cave, Fort Knox and Mammoth Cave. I would never have gotten to do any of this in our family home, where I would see my father beat my mother beyond recognition. We also went to Cincinnatti, where I met Yogi Berra when the Reds played New York. We played softball and basketball against other Catholic schools and we roller skated weekly. Sister Joseph Michael was known as "The Baseball Nun". I fell in love with Sister Eva Marie and wanted to be a priest when I grew up so I could marry her. My, how a child can look at things. Yes, I was disciplined when I did wrong, but we were all treated with love. We attended school and went to church right there in the orphanage. Soldiers from Fort Knox would take us on military buses to Fort Knox for Thanksgiving and on Christmas, they would bring Santa and bags of toys to the orphanage. Let me tell you that the children at St Thomas St. Vincent Home for Boys and Girls in Anchorage, KY was a safe haven for many children (about 200 at a time as I recall), and if not for the Sisters of Nazareth at STSV, would have undoubtedly lived much harsher lives. PLEASE do not trash the characters of those who dedicated their lives so unselfishly so that you could be fed, clothed, educated, etc. so that you could live a healthy life and be whatever you chose to be. I thank God for Fr. Lammers and all the nuns who gave so much through their dedication to God. I would hope that anyone who has written otherwise would recollect and print the TRUTH!!!
Faith G

Lexington, KY

#30 Jul 18, 2012
I was at St. Thomas St.Vincent home from approximately 1965 to 1968. Much I have no memory of. I do recall learning to tap dance and twirl a baton from Miss Pat? I remember riding horses at the stable. I remember the Juky 4 picnics. I remember being forced to eat all my food, but not in a scary mean way. To this day, I cannot eat cooked spinach.:) I remember getting on the school bus and going to St Francis of Rome on Payne St. I'd love to remember more and see pictures.
James Kidwell

Vero Beach, FL

#31 Aug 18, 2012
I was there in 1971-72 I remember Mr Boone who took care of the pony's. Where I spent most of my time. Wish I could find more info but these comments have helped. Thanks!
Robert

Bardstown, KY

#32 Sep 17, 2012
I was at St. Thomas from 1938-1943. I can only remember a very loving and caring place. There were one or two mean nuns, but the others were loving and caring nuns. I don't know where the meanest came from. In those years St. Vincent was
in Louisville on Frankfort Ave I believe and St. Thomas was out in anchorage.I am now 83 years of age. I don't remember any thing bad happening to me while I was there. Love the nuns and priest.
info from 62-68

Indianapolis, IN

#33 Nov 8, 2012
carolyn becker or helen devore
helen would have been there 62-65
carolyn would have been there 65-69
have there videos of them in daytona'
and some kentucky state parks
any info helpful
Stephen P Shanks

Jeffersonville, IN

#34 Mar 24, 2013
PATTIE S wrote:
is there a site for ST. THOMAS - ST. VINCENT ORPHANS HOME in KY ? i was there in 1960 to 1965. is there any information out there ? i can't seem to find anything on the home, i only know of one NUN who was there, SISTER JEAN DELORIS, she was over us,
i was born 1959, was adopted in 1965. why is so hard to get info about the home or the people who ran it.
I was born in 1956 an was there 1962 to 65 Sister DeLoris Marie was in charge of us and our dorm. You can get some info about Father Lamers and the orphans home from Cathlic Charities of Louisville Ky
Jesse James

United States

#35 Mar 24, 2013
Boo boo

Bowling Green, KY

#36 Mar 25, 2013
info from 62-68 wrote:
carolyn becker or helen devore
helen would have been there 62-65
carolyn would have been there 65-69
have there videos of them in daytona'
and some kentucky state parks
any info helpful
helen devore married mike smith and lives in cordyn indiana. Works in the medical field somewhere in louisville. No phone number available. She was adopted in 1965 by a family in valley station. Her brother Rusty was not so lucky, he remained at the orphanage until he was 18. I hope this helps you and that your intentions are honorable.
joe mike cindy

Indianapolis, IN

#37 Mar 25, 2013
Boo boo wrote:
<quoted text>helen devore married mike smith and lives in cordyn indiana. Works in the medical field somewhere in louisville. No phone number available. She was adopted in 1965 by a family in valley station. Her brother Rusty was not so lucky, he remained at the orphanage until he was 18. I hope this helps you and that your intentions are honorable.
we were the kids on edgehill road whose family took in a little girl for possible adoption. for what ever reason we didnt, although we have home movies and great memorys.. curious of where helen ended up in life and if she would like copy of home movies?
tahnks for any help. joe, if you want to help me contact her let me jnow and i will send an email address...thanks so much...
Chris

Alliance, OH

#38 Apr 26, 2013
I was at St Thomas St Vincent Home from 1966-1969 with my four brothers and three sisters. I was abused while I was there by some of the nuns. I could never understand how women who were "married to Christ" could be so cruel and heartless. I remember one instance when my parents came to visit us at the home. When my parents left, Sister Delores Marie made fun of us and told me that my parents did not love or care about us because if they did why would they leave me here. I was so affected by the abuse I developed a studder that I have had all my life and would chew my fingers until the bled. I also remember Sister Joseph Michael who ran the pick and pay (for candy). Sister Alice Ilene, and a nun that used to play the guitar. I also remember after the summer picnic the nuns would make us clean up the grounds and turn in all the money we found to them. I remember the concrete swimming pool and the big smoke stack, I believe was next to the cafeteria. One of the happiest days of my life was when my mother came to take me home after three years of living there. I cannot understand why a place like this was never investigated or shut down.
Joanna Thompson

Mountain View, CA

#39 May 29, 2013
I was at St. Thomas/St. Vincent during 1973-1974 with my three brothers and one sister. Sister Jean was in charge of my dorm. My bothers were on the opposite side of the building and my smallest brother was in the nursery below the girls dorms. I remember the horses the tornado that hit in April, 1973.
insearchof

United States

#40 May 31, 2013
GEORGE wrote:
<quoted text>
MY NAME IS GEORGE. I WAS AT ST. THOMAS ST. VINCENT ORPHANAGE FROM 1952 or 1953 until I graduated in 1959 from the 8th grade. WOULD LOVE TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHERS WHO WERE ALSO THERE AND LEARN OF THEIR EXPERIENCES. CAN E-MAIL ME AT: OWNASPRINTR@ATT.NET
I believe my twin and I were here as new borns in 1958 , I'm now looking for brother born 5/7/1954 , I believe he was here to.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Louisville Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Review - Dr Corbett plastic surgeon 5 hr Kelly 2
Louisville Cardinals vs Kentucky Wildcats Dec 2... 8 hr joeschmo 8
All gays should be put into concentration camps (Jan '11) 9 hr bhag bast 36
cts russell halfway house barbara strahm on com... (May '11) 11 hr CONCERNED TYAXPAYER 104
Group masturbation? (Feb '12) 11 hr Helen 23
brad jones fairdale 12 hr lmao 12
door to door meat sales (Jan '13) 19 hr joeschmo 63
Carla Rushing Aka The pornstar Cody lane Living... (Nov '11) Dec 22 The real cody lane 260
Louisville Dating
Find my Match
More from around the web

Louisville People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Louisville News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Louisville

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]

NFL Latest News

Updated 12:06 am PST

Bleacher Report12:06AM
Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans: Complete Week 17 Preview for Tennessee
Bleacher Report 4:00 AM
Colts' Complete Week 17 Preview vs. Titans
Bleacher Report 4:00 AM
Bengals vs. Steelers: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
Bleacher Report 4:00 AM
Bengals Complete Week 17 Preview vs. Steelers
NBC Sports 4:25 AM
Andy Dalton returns to practice, but other Bengals still sick