Fr. Cornelius Carr – Diocese of Albany/Diocese of Rochester

Father Cornelius Carr, s.j.

Diocese of Albany/Diocese of Rochester/Jesuits

Ordained: 1951

Died: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • Provincial of Jesuits’ New York
  • Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • McQuaid High School (Rochester, NY)
  • St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Cathedral-Basilica (St. Augustine, FL)
  • Christ the King Parish (Arlington, Jacksonville, FL)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Cornelius Carr:

According to media reports, in August 2012, a man accused Father Cornelius Carr of walking in on a janitor raping him at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, and proceeding to masturbate during the rape. The alleged abuse occurred when the man was a teen in the 1970s.

“When he walked over to me while Pete Modica was sodomizing me and put his hand on my back and started masturbating, telling me to relax, I was just destroyed. I was destroyed,” said the man.

Father Carr was investigated by the New York Province of the Society of Jesus for allegations of child abuse.  The man received a $450,000 settlement from Jesuit High School for the abuse.

Father Carr spent the end of his life living in Murray-Weigel Hall, the Jesuit nursing home on Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus. He died in 2013.

In November 2018, Father Carr’s name first appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleanslist of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. Father Carr was categorized as being the subject of “more than one” credible allegation but did not offer further details.

Carr also held assignments in the Diocese of Albany and the Diocese of Rochester in New York State.

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