Fr. John Brueckner – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father John Brueckner

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Ordained: 1940

Death: 1960

Assignments as Follows:

  • 2/20/1940 – 9/6/1944 – Immaculate Conception (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 9/7/1944 – 9/11/1947 – St. Joseph (New Kensington, PA)
  • 9/11/1947 – 4/6/1949 – St. Mary and New Castle Hospital (New Castle, PA)
  • 4/7/1949 – 11/7/1951 – St. Mary (Beaver Falls, PA)
  • 11/ 8/1951 – 6/13/1956 – St. Lawrence (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 6/14/1956 – 5/27/1959 – Annunciation (North Side, PA)
  • 5/23/1959 – 10/2/1960 – St. Luke (Carnegie, PA)

Summary of Allegations Against Father John Brueckner:

According to the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s records, a May 4, 2016, memorandum written by Father William J. Watersheild detailed the story of a woman who contacted the Diocese of Greensburg to report that her husband had been abused by a Catholic priest as a child. Before 1951, the parishes in this area were under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

The woman said that her husband told her in 2002 that between 1947 and 1951 he had been mistreated by a priest at St. Joseph. He said they saw a baseball game together, after which he was abused in the priest’s car. Though the woman did not remember the name of her husband’s abuser, records belonging to the Diocese showed that Father Brueckner and Father Stewart were assigned to St. Joseph during the years the victim said his abuse took place.

In May of 2016, a memorandum concerning these allegations was sent to the Westmoreland
County District Attorney’s Office. The memorandum said that between 1947 and 1951, a priest at St. Joseph had abused a pre-pubescent boy. It included a list of St. Joseph’s priests that contained both Father John Brueckner’s and Father Stewart’s names. The Diocese of Pittsburgh did not act on these allegations.

Brueckner died in 1960.

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