Fr. John H. Derricks – Diocese of Paterson

Father John Henry Derricks

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1941

Removed: 2004

Died: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Joseph (Paterson, NJ)
  • Holy Spirit (Pequannock, NJ)
  • Assumption (Morristown, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Henry Derricks:

In 1993, an adult female went to the Diocese of Paterson accusing Monsignor John Henry Derricks (a/k/a Dericks) of fondling her as a teenage girl, decades earlier in the early 1960s, at his home in Andover, Massachusetts. At the time of the alleged abuse, Derricks served as Pastor at Holy Spirit Church from 1954-1966. She was a student at DePaul Diocesan High School in Wayne. According to legal papers, Derricks later gave her $25,000, out of his own pocket, to settle those claims, but he did not admit that he was guilty of the charges.

In 2002, Derricks was placed on administrative leave. In 2003, the Diocese of Paterson found the charges credible, and in a letter dated Aug. 1, 2003, Bishop Frank Rodimer requested a trial in Rome for Father Derricks.  

The Vatican said Father Derricks, then in his late eighties, was too old for a church trial. In January, 2004 Derricks was barred from publicly working as a priest.

Derricks died in 2010.

Derricks’ name appears on the Diocese of Paterson’s February 2019 list of credibly accused priests.  According to Bishop Seratelli, the Dicoese of Paterson, “has found that each of these persons [on the list] has been credibly accused of illegal sexual abuse involving minors. In the cases of several of the 28 individuals, they were also convicted of a criminal offense. As to others on the list, the Diocese of Paterson received information concerning possible misconduct by the individual, investigated the matter for corroborating evidence and determined that the report was credible. Accordingly, while those individuals may deny having engaged in illegal behavior involving a minor and they are entitled to be presumed innocent in a criminal court of law, the Diocese has determined that the information it received was credible and it has thus included their names on this disclosure.”

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