Fr. A. Gregory Uhrig (Diocese of Allentown)

Father A. Gregory Uhrig

Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania)

Ordained: 1973

Incardinated into Diocese of Metuchen (NJ):  1995

Placed on temporary leave from ministry: 2010

Returned to ministry: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974        St. Francis of Assisi (Allentown, PA)
  • 1974-1975    Allentown Central Cath. H.S./St. Elizabeth (Whitehall, PA)
  • 1975        Immaculate Conception (Allentown, PA)
  • 1976-1978    Reading Central Catholic High School/Holy Rosary (Reading, PA)
  • 1978-1980    St. Anthony of Padua (Easton, PA)
  • 1980-1981    CCD Adult Education Coordinator
  • 1982-1983    St. Ursula (Fountain Hill, PA)
  • 1983-1985    Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Bernardsville, PA)
  • 1985-1986    St. Francis Cathedral (Diocese of Metuchen)
  • 1986-1988    St. Thomas More (Allentown, PA)
  • 1989        St. John the Baptist (Whitehall, PA)
  • 1989-1993    CCD regional director
  • 1993        Assigned to ministry in Diocese of Metuchen
  • 1995        Excardinated into Diocese of Metuchen

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Gregory Uhrig:

In 2010, a 44 year old woman reported to the Diocese of Allentown that she was sexually abused by Father Gregory Uhrig as a 13 year old girl at St. Anthony of Padua in Easton, Pennsylvania.  She worked in the rectory answering phones after school.  Through that, as well as frequent dinner invitations to the family home, Uhrig became a close family friend.  Eventually, his familiarity led to sexual contact with her over the course of four years.

Because Uhrig had already moved to the Diocese of Metuchen (NJ) at the time of the complaint, it was forwarded to the Bishop of Metuchen for review.  Uhrig was removed from ministry briefly, but he appears to be doing weekend supply work throughout the Diocese still. His New Jersey parishioners have not been informed of the allegation. According to a recent public statement by the Diocese of Metuchen, the allegation was found to be not credible by both the Diocese of Allentown and the Vatican, so Uhrig was returned to ministry.  However, Uhrig’s name appears on the list of credibly accused priests released by the Diocese of Allentown, which means that the Diocese review board did find the allegation credible.

Despite the fact that the grand jury was only provided one allegation to review, it appears from his assignment history that Uhrig may have been the subject of rumors and innuendo before his move to New Jersey.  Based upon our experience, the move to a new diocese may itself be indicative of problems in the Allentown Diocese, though we cannot say for sure until we have been provided with a copy of Uhrig’s personnel file.  Such a request would be made during the course of any lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Allentown.

Uhrig continues to minister in the Diocese of Metuchen (New Jersey).

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