Saturday, August 6, 2016


Posted by Chuck White

Dear Archbishop Hon,

I'm sure you were as shocked as I was to hear Mr. Leo Tudela's story the other day about being molested by a priest and a religious brother.  Just in case your team is still trying to find out more about the "Brother Mariano" mentioned by Leo in his testimony and in the Pacific Daily News the other day, I thought that I'd share with you some stuff I obtained from the National Archives via  Just a few clicks away, actually.

The first record is Mariano R. Laniyo's Social Security death record, and the next two records are Authorizations for Inter-Island travel, which seem to have been necessary back in the days of the Naval Government.

Here you go:

Mariano R. Laniyo 
  • Born September 25, 1927
  • Residence: Chalan Kanoa, Saipan
  • Arrived in Guam on or about May 9, 1950 on "Miss Guam", a commercial boat, declaring his mother, Asuncion R. Laniyo as his next of kin (in case he was lost at sea, I guess).
  • Arrived in Guam again on or about August 16, 1951 on "M. V. Dean Bros", a commercial boat, claiming the Bishop of Guam as "next of kin", probably because he was already in religious life, or was about to enter religious life. Bishop Apollinaris Baumgartner OFM Cap. was the Apostolic Vicar of Guam at that time.
  • Mr. Laniyo was approximately 27 or 28 years of age at the time of the incident described by Leo Tudela.
  • Died June 1, 1994

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