BANGOR — A lawsuit against the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Bangor, describing abuse in the 1950s that a young “Jane Doe,” living in a Catholic orphanage in Massachusetts, said she experienced on trips to Oblate-run retreats in Bucksport and Bar Harbor.

Three other people are suing the Catholic Diocese of Portland, alleging sexual abuse by an Augusta-area priest in the 1960s. These lawsuits center on the Rev. John J. Curran, who allegedly abused the three victims between 1962 and 1964 when they were between the ages of 11 and 14 years old, according to a statement from their attorney, Michael Bigos. Curran died in 1976.

Three additional complaints were filed in Cumberland County last week against the Diocese of Portland, alleging the church failed to keep its parishioners safe from known abusers whom they shuffled from parish to parish for decades.

All of the complaints are against Catholic organizations that oversaw members of the clergy who are accused of sexually abusing children in Maine in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Jane Doe, who filed the complaint against the Oblates in U.S. District Court on Dec. 6, grew up in a Massachusetts orphanage run by the Grey Nuns, a Montreal-based religious organization that would send sisters to locations across the country to promote Catholic education. The Grey Nuns often partnered with the Oblates.

Doe, who was 4 when she joined the orphanage with her sister and two brothers, was talented at singing and dancing from a young age, according to her complaint. She often performed at events organized by both the Grey Nuns and the Oblates, which is why she was sent several times to perform at the Oblate Seminary and Retreat Home in Bucksport and the Oblate College and Seminary in Bar Harbor.

The complaint alleges that Doe was abused at least 10 different times by the Rev. Arthur Craig, who celebrated his 65th anniversary as a priest with the Oblates in 2021, and various unnamed clergy.

The complaint notes there are no public assignments listed for Craig with Oblates, but that it appears he is living in Massachusetts.

“Upon information and belief, priests and nuns under other dioceses and religious orders were directly involved and conspired to cover-up acts of child sexual abuse committed in the state of Maine involving Jane Doe and other minor orphans, students and parishioners,” the complaint states. “Jane Doe has now decided to come forward and hold the individuals and institutions accountable for the sexual abuse and violence committed against her.”

The Oblates did not return a call and email left the evening of Dec. 8 with their main office in San Antonio.

Dave Guthro, a spokesman for the Portland diocese, did not respond Monday to a Portland Press Herald request for an interview to discuss the Augusta allegations.

Note: This story was part of a larger Portland Press Herald report Dec. 8 about the Jane Doe and Cumberland County complaints. A second story Dec. 13 in the Press Herald by staff writer Matt Byrne addressed the lawsuits related to Curran.