Fr. Benedict Worry – Diocese of Trenton

Father Benedict Worry

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1987

Removed: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1987-1988      Unknown
  • 1989-2017      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ) 
  • 1996-1997      Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Trenton (Princeton, NJ)
  • 1997                St. James Church (Pennington, NJ) 
  • 1998-2010      St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church (Linden, NJ) 
  • 2004-2008      Deanary: Little Flower Parish (Union County Southeast, NJ) 
  • 2012                St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church (Linden, NJ) 
  • 2013-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Benedict Worry:

Father Benedict Worry was a member of the Brothers of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (F.S.R.). He worked in the Diocese of Reno in Nevada and taught at Manogue High School from 1974 to 1978 as director of the CYO program. In 1987, he was ordained a Benedictine priest and taught at Delbarton School, a private college prep school for boys, run by the Benedictine monks, in Morristown, NJ for 18 years. He was also the chaplain for the Linden Police Department.

According to media reports, in January 2012, Father Worry was removed from assignment and sent to St. Mary’s Abbey after an allegation of sexual misconduct with an individual was reported in the 1990s. In March 2012, four alleged abuse victims filed a civil lawsuit against Delbarton School and St. Mary’s Abbey. In June 2012, another man joined the existing lawsuit to allege abuse in the 1980s by Father Worry. 

The amended complaint said Father Worry “sexually assaulted, sexually abused and/or had sexual contact” with the accuser “on numerous occasions.” In one instance, after a night of heavy drinking with the monk, the accuser said he woke up to find Father Worry fondling him. He was 16. 

No criminal charges were filed due to the statute of limitations. Father Worry’s current whereabouts are unknown.

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