Fr. Vincent Inghilterra – Diocese of Trenton

Fr. Vincent Inghilterra

Diocese of Trenton

Fr. Vincent Inghilterra Horowitz law

Ordained: 1972

Vows as a San Damiano Franciscan: 2008

Retired: 2010

Suspended from Ministry: 2013

Lawsuit Settlement: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • 1972 – 1974 SS Philip and James’ (Philipsburg, New Jersey)
  • 1974 – 1978 Unknown Parish (Trenton, New Jersey)
  • 1978 – 1984 Trenton State Teachers’ College (Trenton, New Jersey)
  • 1984 – 1992 Military Chaplain
  • 1994 – 2010 Military Chaplain
  • 2010 – 2011 Army Chaplains (Iwa Beach, Hawaii)
  • 2011 – 2013 Franciscan University of Steubenville, Holy Spirit Friary   (Steubenville, Ohio)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Vincent Inghilterra:

In 2013 the Diocese of Trenton settled a lawsuit against Father Vincent Inghilterra claiming he had sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy at a church-run camp. The victim’s parents sent him to the camp in 1979 due to confusion regarding the boy’s sexuality. Inghilterra supervised the camp as well as serving the army as a chaplain at the time of the abuse. The victim claimed Inghilterra abused him on two separate occasions: once in the priest’s home and another in Inghilterra’s office. 

“At the time, I didn’t think it was abuse… a priest isn’t just your best friend. He represents the church. If he says, that’s okay, that’s okay. You don’t question that.” – Victim Statement

Apart from tending to the camp and working with the army, Inghilterra was known for taking groups of children on religious pilgrimages overseas to France, Bosnia, and Portugal. Throughout his 51 years of service in active ministry, Inghilterra was transferred over eight times before his suspension in 2013. A review board deemed the allegation credible. 

Inghilterra’s name appears on the Diocese of Trenton’s 2019 list of credibly accused priests.  The Diocese of Trenton has released no information about the allegations against Inghilterra, except to say that there are “multiple” allegations against him. 

Inghilterra is believed to be still living in the New Jersey area.  As of 2012, he was still leading international pilgrimages as a member of the Franciscan order, according to information available online. 

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