Father Gerald Royer
Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania)
Leaves of Absence: 1955-1956, 1960-1961
Assigned as follows:
|Assistant Pastor, St. Bartholomew, Brockton||06/1947 – 01/1948|
|Assistant Pastor, Ss. Simon & Jude, Bethlehem||01/1948 – 06/1948|
|Assistant Pastor, St. Bartholomew, Brockton||06/1948 – 12/1948|
|Assistant Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena, Reading||12/1948 – 06/1950|
|Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph, Girardsville||06/1950 – 05/1952|
|Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph, Downingtown||05/1952 – 01/1953|
|Assistant Pastor, Annunciation, Shenandoah||01/1953 – 06/1953|
|Chaplain, Convent of Divine Love||06/1953 – 03/1954|
|Assistant Pastor, St. Mary of the Assumption, Phila||03/1954 – 11/1955|
|Leave of Absence||11/1955 – 02/1956|
|Residence: Villa Saint Joseph||11/1955 – 02/1956|
|Assistant Pastor, St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Easton||02/1956 – 05/1956|
|Assistant Pastor, St. Paul, Reading||05/1956 – 04/1960|
|Leave of Absence||04/1960 – 07/1961|
|Residence: Holy Redeemer Hospital||04/1960 – 07/1961|
|Chaplain, St. Joseph’s Manor||07/1961 – 08/1964|
|Left Active Ministry||08/1964 – 02/1965|
|Residence: Private Residence||08/1964 – 02/1965|
Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Gerald Royer:
Royer was ordained for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and incardinated into the Diocese of Allentown when it was formed in 1961.
According to the documents reviewed by the grand jury, in 2003 a man reported to the Diocese of Allentown that Royer sexually abused him at Ss. Simon and Jude church, where Royer was assigned in 1948 (before the formation of the Diocese of Allentown). He later testified in the grand jury investigation that he was a fatherless 12 year old boy who was repeatedly abused because Royer was allowed to spend an unlimited amount of time with him. In 2003, when he first spoke with the Diocese about his abuse, the man says that the Chancery confirmed that Royer had been sent to counseling for other allegations of misconduct as well.
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