Fr. J. Peter Conroy (Jesuit priest) – Diocese of Rochester

Father J. Peter Conroy, s.j.
Diocese of Rochester/Jesuits

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Ordained: Unknown1971
Impeded: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962-1965: McQuaid Jesuit, Rochester, NY
  • 1968-1969: McQuaid Jesuit, Rochester, NY
  • 1969-1980: Regis High School, New York, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father J. Peter Conroy:

Father J. Peter Conroy was removed from his position at Canisius College in 2002 after sexual misconduct allegations from decades earlier were reported to the Diocese of Buffalo.

Conroy admitted to “inappropriate touching and groping” of two female relatives from 1972-1976 when the girls were minors and Conroy was an ordained priest.

One victim, who lives in Rochester, was an eighth grader in the early 1970s while visiting Conroy at Fordham University, where the young priest was assigned. Conroy came into her room and, according to the victim, “his hands were all over me.”

In 2002 the victim took her daughter on a college visit to Canisius and realized Conroy was still in ministry there. Conroy was also assigned to St. Ann’s Church in Buffalo and the women heard through a relative that he was seeking a more permanent appointment there, and they felt that
there should be a notification to those people.

The sisters notified the Buffalo Diocese in March 2002 and Conroy was promptly removed.

Conroy remains a Jesuit priest and since 2002, Catholic directories list him Conroy as living
in the Jogues Retreat Center in Cornwall, New York, just south of Poughkeepsie.

Conroy’s name appeared on both the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of credibly accused priests and the list of accused priests published by the Jesuits’ Northeast province.

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