Me at 13

Me at 13

I am a native of Brooklyn, New York where I attended St. Saviour’s Elementary School through 7th grade. My family moved to Pocono Mountains in Northeast Pennsylvania when I was 12 years old. When we moved to Pike County, my brothers and sisters were enrolled in Notre Dame Junior/Senior High School and St. Matthews Elementary School in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Notre Dame was the central parochial high school that drew students from a number of parishes in Northeastern Pennsylvania and west-central New Jersey. In 1973, I met Father Robert Gibson who was then an assistant pastor at St Luke’s Catholic Church in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Fr. Gibson taught religion to my 8th grade class. It was during my 8th grade year that he started grooming me for the abuse that he subjected me to for about 9 months.

After graduating from Notre Dame in 1978, I attended the University of Scranton (Pennsylvania) where I received a BA in History in 1982. After graduation, I entered Aviation Officer Candidate School at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. I was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy in October, 1982.

I served in the Navy for over 23 years, rising to the rank of Commander (Supply Corps). During my naval career I served in a variety of shore commands and staff assignments in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, California, Rhode Island, Japan, as well as deployments to the North Atlantic, North Sea, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, and the Persian Gulf and temporary duty in Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain,and Diego Garcia before retiring on 1 January 2006. I am a veteran of the Cold War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

I no longer consider myself to be a Roman Catholic. I am currently going through the process to make that official.

If you are new to this blog and want a primer on why I am doing all of this, the following are links to the posts that are the core of my story:

  1. An Introduction
  2. Crossing the Lines…
  3. More Information on Father Gibson’s Assignments
  4. Edward Gannon, SJ (one of the good guys)
  5. Shameful Legacy
  6. Florida, not the happiest place on earth…
  7. Bishop Timlin’s Precept and Decree on Father Robert Gibson
  8. Connecting the Dots
  9. Picture This
  10. An Open Letter to Bishop Joseph F. Martino, Diocese of Scranton
  11. Fear and Doubt
  12. First Descent into Hell
  13. What I Have Learned in a Year of Blogging
  14. Parting Company with SNAP

The original Scranton Times-Tribune Story that I pursued to get Gibson’s name in the public eye and reveal this man’s true nature can be found here.

I can be reached at mbbaumannblog@gmail.com.