Fr. John F. X. Bellwoar – Diocese of Newark

Father John F. X. Bellwoar

Diocese of Newark

Ordained: 1933

Died: 1993

Removed: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1927-1928      Georgetown Preparatory School (N. Bethesda, MD)
  • 1928-1930      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1935-1936      St. Peter’s Preparatory School (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1936 -1938     Fordham Preparatory School (Bronx, NY)
  • 1938-1940      St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1940-1941      Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1941-1970      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1970-1976      St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (Washington, DC) Attached to Jesuit Community of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (Washington, DC)
  • 1976-1991      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John F. X. Bellwoar:

Father John F. X. Bellwoar was ordained a Jesuit priest. He died in November 1993. According to media reports, in December 2018, his name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. It noted multiple allegations of abuse, occurring from the 1950s to the 1960s in Prince George’s County, MD and Washington, DC. In February 2019, his name was included in the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. 

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