Fr. Charles Engelhardt (Oblates) – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Monsignor Charles Engelhardt

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1977

Died: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1977-1983      Salesianum School (Wilmington, DE)
  • 1983-1992      Northeast Catholic High School Faculty House (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1992-2000      Fr. Judge High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1998-2000      St. Jerome’s (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2000-2005      Mater Dolorosa (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2005-2007      St. Anthony of Padua (Wilmington, DE)
  • 2007-2010      Resurrection of Our Lord (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2009-2011      Villa De Sales Oblate Residence (Wyndmoor, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Charles Engelhardt:

Monsignor Charles Engelhardt, a priest of the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales, had been Secretary of Clergy for the archdiocese under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. According to media reports, in February 2011, as a result of a Philadelphia District Attorney’s investigation, he was charged along with another priest and a teacher, with orally sodomizing and molesting a 10 year-old altar boy in 1998 and 1999 at St. Jerome’s sacristy in Philadelphia. He was also accused also of giving the boy altar wine and showing him pornography. He denied the accusations. 

Monsignor Engelhardt was named in a report and included in a presentation made by the Philadelphia Grand Jury. He was also arrested for knowingly putting children in harm’s way, and was convicted January 2013. He was sentenced to six to twelve years in prison. He died in November 2014.

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