Fr. Thomas Stanford – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Thomas Stanford

(a/k/a Thomas Stamford)

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1979

Removed: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Oakland, NJ)   
  • St. Margaret of Cortona (Little Ferry, NJ)   
  • St. Luke (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ)  

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Stanford:

In a December 2010 testimony before the NJ Senate Judiciary Committee, an adult man said he was abused by Father Thomas Stanford (also spelled Stamford), while a teenager in 1977 at St. Paul’s in Jersey City. Father Stanford was a deacon at the time, prior to his ordination to the priesthood. The man said he told Father Stanford about being sexually abused by the church’s young music director. “I thought I could trust him,” he said.

Stanford did not report the boy’s abuse by the music director. Instead, the man says, Stanford also abused the boy, often plying him with drugs and alcohol, over the course of the next four years.

In 2008, the plaintiff settled with the Archdiocese of Newark for an undisclosed six-figure sum, according to media reports.

Stanford left the priesthood in the mid-1980s. He worked as lay employee for the Diocese of Paterson as manager of the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa and as a part-time music manager for Holy Cross Parish in Wayne until he was fired and permanently removed from the ministry (laicized) after the settlement in 2008.

In February 2019, Father Stanford’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of credibly accused priests, with an indication that Stanford was credibly accused “multiple” times. 

Stanford is believed to be residing in the Manchester, New Jersey, area.  He is approximately 70 years old.

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