Fr. Bernard Splawski – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Bernard Splawski

Diocese of Buffalo (Franciscans)

Bernard Splawski Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1963

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1969-1986 Bishop Timon High School (South Buffalo, NY)
  • 1999-2003 St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (West Milford, NJ) 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Bernard Splawski:

In 1986, accusations of fondling an 18-year-old male student were made against Father Bernard Splawski. The incident allegedly took place at Bishop Timon High School in South Buffalo where Splawski taught for almost 17 years. After the allegations came out, the Diocese sent Father Splawski to in-patient treatment for 6 months in St. Louis, as well as 2 years of outpatient after-care and supervision. After completed, Bernard Splawski was moved to the Paterson Diocese in New Jersey. In 2003, Father Splawski resigned as pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Milfrord, following renewed complaints from the family of the former Timon student. In November of 2018, the Buffalo Diocese released an updated list of accused priests with credible accusations of sex abuse of minors against them. Father Bernard Splawski was added to the list, but still remains a Franciscan Brother. He currently lives in a friary doing “internal work” in an unknown location.   

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