Fr. Daniel J. Maher – Diocese of Albany

Father Daniel J. Maher

               Diocese of Albany                

Daniel J. Maher Horowitz LawOrdained: 1962

Removed: 2020

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1965: St. Teresa of Avila (Albany, NY)
  • 1966: St. Mary (Clinton Heights, NY)
  • 1967-1973: St. Francis de Sales (West Albany, NY)
  • 1974-1994: Sacred Heart of Mary (Watervliet, NY)
  • 1995-2008: Church of the Holy Cross (Albany, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Daniel J Maher:

According to media reports, in May 2005, an Albany man reported allegations of sexual abuse against Fr. Daniel J Maher. The alleged victim claimed that Maher raped him twice in 1973, during weekend trips to a Saratoga Lake camp. He was a twelve-year-old altar boy when the alleged incidents took place at St. Frances de Sales church in West Albany, New York. Maher denied the allegations.

Later that year in September, the victim’s attorney said that a second victim had come forward and filed a $2 million lawsuit against the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese. Maher was exonerated by the Diocese of Albany’s Sexual Misconduct Review Board which found that there was “no reasonable cause” to believe the allegations brought against Maher. He was returned to his ministry without restriction.

The Diocese of Albany later announced that Maher was the subject of additional allegations in 2003.  In that instance, the internal review board also concluded that the allegations were unsubstantiated and without merit, again recommending that Maher be kept in ministry.

In February 2020, the Diocese of Albany quietly announced that it removed Maher from ministry yet again, following an internal review of an allegation first made in April 2018. The Diocese stated that the removal was only temporary pending the completion of the internal review of the allegation, meaning that Maher might be returned to ministry yet again, depending upon the Diocese of Albany’s own investigative findings.

In 2020, Maher’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Albany’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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