Fr. H. Brendan Williams – Diocese of Trenton

Father H. Brendan Williams

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1965

Named in civil lawsuit: 2009

Retired (voluntarily): 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Joan of Arc (Marlton, New Jersey)
  • Holy Angels (Hamilton, New Jersey)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Chaplain (Edison, New Jersey)
  • St. Veronica, Pastor (Howell, New Jersey)
  • Retirement, Villa Vianney (Lawrenceville, New Jersey)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father H. Brendan Williams:

In February 2019, the Diocese of Trenton published a list of priests who were the subjet of credible allegations of child sexual abuse.  The list included Fr. H. Brendan Williams. Other than to say that he was the subject of multiple credible allegations, the Diocese of Trenton did not provide any details about the allegations, such as the age/gender of his victims, or Williams’ assignments at the time of the abuse.

In 2009 the Diocese of Trenton removed Father H. Brendan Williams from ministry due to negligence while head pastor at St. Veronica’s church. Williams was Father Milewski’s supervisor while at St. Veronica’s and it was during this period that Milewski sexually abused multiple young boys. Milewski’s victim listed Williams in a subsequent lawsuit filed by the families of several victims.  That lawsuit did not accuse Williams of committing sexual abuse himself.

In September 2019, Williams was arrested for sexually abusing a girl under the age of 13 during his assignment at St. Veronica in Howell.  According to law enforcement, alleged criminal acts occurred between 1997 and 1999.  Williams is alleged to have touched the victim’s intimate parts with his hands on at least three occasions during that time period – twice in Colts Neck and once at a location in Ocean County.

At the time of his arrest, Williams was living in Villa Vianney, a facility for retired priests, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

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