Fr. John Hewetson – Diocese of Paterson

Father John Hewetson (Franciscan Friar)

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1930

Died: 1987

Assigned as follows:

  • 1930-1933      Our Lady of Victories (Jersey City, NJ) 
  • 1934-1939      St. Cecilla (Rockaway, NJ)  
  • 1940-1942      St. Joseph (Paterson, NJ)  
  • 1943-1944      St. Bartholomew (Lafayette, NJ); St. James the Apostle (Montague, NJ); St. Thomas the Apostle (Hainesville, NJ) 
  • 1945-1950      St. Joseph (Lincoln Park, NJ)  
  • 1951-1952      St. Joseph (Newton, NJ)  
  • 1953                St. George (Paterson, NJ) 
  • 1953-1954      St. Vincent de Paul (Stirling, NJ)  
  • 1955-1963      St. Joseph (Mendham, NJ) 
  • 1964-1966      St. Michael (Netcong, NJ) 
  • 1967                St. Paul (Clifton, NJ) 
  • 1968-1972      Absent on Leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Hewetson:

According to media reports, Father John Hewetson was St. Joseph’s first pastor. He worked in various parishes throughout his career. In 1968, he took a leave of absence.

He retired in 1973 and died in February 1987.

In February 2019, Father Hewetson’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Albany’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted multiple allegations, but did not provide any information on the allegations regarding age/gender of the victims.

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