Fr. Allen Stepien – Diocese of Paterson

Father Allen Stepien

Diocese of Paterson

Fr. Allen Stepien Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1965

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Rose of Lima (East Hanover, NJ)
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Morristown, NJ)
  • St. Anthony (Hawthorne, NJ)
  • St. Philip the Apostle (Clifton, NJ)
  • St. Mark the Evangelist (Long Valley, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Allen Stepien:

According to media reports, in April 2002, Father Allen Stepien was placed on administrative leave, due to multiple accusations that he had sexually abused several minors in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In 2003, the Diocese of Paterson review board deemed the accusations against Stepien to be credible, recommending his removal from ministry.  The Diocese then sent the case to the Vatican, requesting a church trial to remove Stepien from the priesthood.

In 2009, according to the the Official Catholic Directory, Stepien is listed as a retired priest.

Stepien’s name appears on the February 2019 list of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors published by the Diocese of Paterson.  Stating only that Stepien was the subject of “multiple” allegations of abuse, the Diocese of Paterson has not released any details about the allegations, including the exact number of allegations and Stepien’s assignments at the time of the abuse.

Stepien, now in his eighties, is believed to be residing in Clifton, NJ.  His current status as a priest is unknown – the Diocese of Paterson has not said if he was ever laicized.  

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