Fr. Gerald Royer (Diocese of Allentown)

Father Gerald Royer

Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania)

Fr. Gerald Royer Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1947

Leaves of Absence: 1955-1956, 1960-1961

Resigned: 1964

Laicized: 1965

Died: 2003

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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