Fr. Michael Garry – Diocese of Trenton

Father Michael Garry

Diocese of Trenton

Absent on Leave: 1940 – 1944

Absent on Leave: 1947 – 1950

Retired: 1981

Died: 1988

Assigned as follows:

  • 1944 – 1947 St. Elizabeth’s (Linden, New Jersey)
  • 1950 – 1955 St. Denis (Manasquan, New Jersey)
  • 1950 – 1953 Station (Sea Grit, New Jersey)
  • 1950 – 1955 Station (Brielle, New Jersey)
  • 1950 – 1955 Summer Chapel (Manasquan Beach, New Jersey)
  • 1955 – 1957 St. James the Less (Jamesburg, New Jersey)
  • 1955 – 1957 St. Cecilia’s (Monmouth Junction, New Jersey)
  • 1955 – 1957 Station (Prospect Plains, New Jersey)
  • 1955 – 1957 State Home for Boys (Jamesburg, New Jersey)
  • 1957 – 1959 St. Magdalene de’Pazzi (Flemington, New Jersey)
  • 1959 – 1960 St. Mark’s (Sea Girt, New Jersey)
  • 1960 – 1960 St. Francis of Assisium (Trenton, New Jersey)
  • 1960 – 1962 Ascension (Bradley Beach, New Jersey)
  • 1962 – 1968 St. Jude’s (Blairstown, New Jersey)
  • 1968 – 1981 St. Jerome’s (West Long Branch, New Jersey)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Michael Garry:

While serving at St. Mark’s for the Diocese of Trenton, Father Michael Garry repeatedly sexually assaulted and stalked an 11-year-old female parishioner, according to media reports. The abuse carried on for three years throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. The victim was one of seven children from an alcoholic household who had developed an affinity for Garry. He spoke with her and listened to her troubles. She was a vulnerable child whom he took advantage of in the church rectory, school hallways and multiple assaults in his car. 

According to her allegation, after Garry’s reassignment to a different church the priest continued to stalk the girl. One day he tracked her to a local coffee shop where she and a group of girlfriends were waiting for the bus. Garry offered to give the girls a ride. Fearing for the safety of her friends, the victim in question found the courage to say no and never saw Garry again.

Garry served the Sacramento Diocese as well as the Newark Archdiocese before his time with the Diocese of Trenton.  He may have begun his career as a Benedictine priest. 

In February 2019, the Trenton Diocese recently released a list of priests with credible allegations of child sexual abuse against them. Garry’s name does NOT appear on that list, and the reason for his omission is unclear.

Garry died in 1988.

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