Br. John Dority – Diocese of Paterson

Brother John Dority

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1967

Left Order: 1976

Laicized: 1980

Assigned as follows:

  • 1967-1973      St. Anne’s Friary (Anapolis, Brazil)
  • 1967-1973      Holy Name (Roslindale, MA)
  • 1973-1975      St. Stephen of Hungary (New York, NY)  
  • 1975-1976      St. Catherine of Bologna (Ringwood, NJ) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother John Dority:

Brother John Dority was a Franciscan Friar priest. In the 1960s through the early 1970s, he spent six years as a missionary in Brazil. When visiting family in Massachusetts, he worked as a fill-in priest at Holy Name in Roslindale. He also worked at parishes in Ringwood, New Jersey and New York City. He left the Franciscans in 1976 and was laicized in 1980. 

According to media reports, in 2005  Brother Dority was convicted of sexually abusing a 12 year-old boy in Rhode Island. He had also been charged with the sexual assault of a 19 year-old male. He served two years of a 20 year prison sentence, and was released in 2007. His name is listed on the Connecticut sex offender registry.

In 2010, a civil suit was filed that alleged Brother Dority abused two boys in Roslindale. The abuse occurred when he would go on leave to visit family. It started when the boys were ages 10 and 13, from 1966 to 1972. Brother Dority admitted he had abused them, and in October 2011, the plaintiffs were awarded $3 million.

Brother Dority’s name was not included in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States. In February 2019, his name was included on the Diocese of Norwich’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted that as of 2019, he was living in the diocese, but was never affiliated with it.

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