Father Mark Honhart
Diocese of Scranton
Leaves of absence: 1990/1991, 2011
Assigned as follows:
- 2004-2005: St. Rose of Lima (Carbondale, PA)
- 2005-2007: St. Anthony, St. Bridget, St. John the Baptist (Throop, PA)
- 2007-2010: Our Lady Help of Christians (Dorrance, PA)
- 2010-2011: Sacred Heart and St. Joseph (Forest City, PA); St. James (Pleasant Mount, PA); St. Julianna (Rock Lake, PA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Mark Honhart:
Fr. Mark Honhart was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri in 1980. He spent much of his ministry working outside of the Diocese until he eventually landed in the Diocese of Scranton, where he was incardinated in 2009.
Honhart worked in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico before coming to Scranton to work. That is an assignment often seen for priests who were treated at the notorious Servants of the Paraclete facility for pedophile priests located in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. However, the main facility closed in the 1990s following the SOP’s bankruptcy, and the grand jury report does not discuss the New Mexico assignment, so it is impossible to tell exactly why Honhart was in New Mexico for nearly four years.
According to media reports, in 2011, the Diocese of Scranton received a report from Kansas City – St. Joseph that Honhart was accused of molesting a fourth grade student (male) at Holy Cross school from approximately 1985-1986. Honhart’s faculties were removed by the Bishop of Scranton and it does not appear that he ever returned to public ministry.
In 2018, he named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury Report.
Honhart remains a priest, though the Diocese of Scranton has indicated he will never return to ministry. He was last known to be residing in the Plymouth, Pennsylvania, area.
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