Fr. Robert Patrick Conlin – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Robert Patrick Conlin

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1956

Died: 1997

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957-1958      St. Isidore’s (East Otto, NY)
  • 1958-1959      St. Anthony’s (Batavia, NY)
  • 1959-1961      The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1961-1963       Our Lady of Loretto (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1963-1966       St. Joseph’s (Niagara Falls, NY)
  • 1966-1971       Our Lady of Loretto (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1971-1977       St. Joseph’s (Albion, NY)
  • 1977-1997       St. Mary’s (Pavilion, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Patrick Conlin:

According to media reports, in March 2018, a man accused Father Robert Patrick Conlin of sexually abusing him when he was a 15-year old boy in 1980, at St. Mary’s basement rectory recreation room in Pavilion. The boy told his mother that evening when she saw him crying in his bed. 

“She asked me what was wrong – what happened, and I said Father Conlin was touching me and she said what do you mean – and I said mom he was touching me everywhere and he wouldn’t stop,” recalled the man.

The mother is said to have reported the abuse to church officials. Father Conlin was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of priests who “were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor,” released in March 2018. The list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation.

In August 2019, a suit was filed under the NY Child Victims Act. The suit claimed Father Conlin gained the victim’s trust by inviting him to play basketball and play games in the rectory, taking him to high school sporting events, and inviting him to attend mass. Father Conlin died in December 1997.

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