Fr. Basil Peter Congro – Diocese of Fresno

Father Basil Peter Congro  

Diocese of Fresno

Basil Peter Congro Diocese of Fresno Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1978

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1978-1979      St. John Cathedral (Fresno, CA)  
  • 1979-1981      Christ the King (Commack, NY)
  • 1981-1983      St. Mary’s (East Islip, NY)  
  • 1984-1994      Military Chaplain  
  • 1994-1997      St. Mary’s (Yonges Island, SC)
  • 1997-1999      St. Anthony’s All Souls’ Memorial (Florence, SC) 
  • 1999-2001      Our Lady of Mercy (Charleston, SC)    
  • 1999-2002      St. Patrick (Charleston, SC) 
  • 2002-2008      Jesus Our Risen Savior (Spartanburg, SC) 
  • 2009-2012      Absent on Leave
  • Unknown        St. Frederick’s; St. Stephen’s (Edisto Island, SC) 
  • 2013-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Basil Peter Congro:

Father Basil Peter Congro was ordained a priest in 1978 who served in the Diocese of Fresno. He worked at various parishes in California, South Carolina, and New York. He was excardinated to the Diocese of Fresno where he was a Navy chaplain from 1983 to 1994, and then excardinated to the Diocese of Charleston. 

According to media reports, in April 2003, Father Congro was accused in a civil lawsuit of groping and sodomizing a 15-year-old boy from 1980 to 1983, while he worked at St. Mary’s in East Islip, New York. The alleged abuse took place various locations including in the church rectory, the confessional, and in gay bars.

In June 2002, the Diocese of Charleston learned of the allegations against Father Congro and deemed them credible. In September 2002, he was placed on administrative leave. Bishop Robert Baker wrote a letter in April 2003, alerting priests of the allegations.

In March of 2019, Father Basil Congro’s name was included in the Diocese of Charleston’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. His current whereabouts are unknown. 

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