Msgr. Manuel Fernandez – Diocese of Trenton

Monsignor Manuel Fernandez

Diocese of Trenton


Ordained: 1959

Removed from Trenton: 2002

Died: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  •                St. Mary of the Assumption Church (Trenton, New Jersey)
  •                 Eatontown Mission (Eatontown, New Jersey)
  •                 Blessed Sacrament (Trenton, New Jersey)
  •                 St. John the Baptist (Long Branch, New Jersey)
  •                 Star of the Sea (Long Branch, New Jersey)
  •                 Jesus the Lord (Keyport, New Jersey)
  • 1999 – 2002 St. Joseph (Trenton, New Jersey)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Monsignor Manuel Fernandez:

In 2002, the Diocese of Trenton released a statement confirming Monsignor Manuel Fernandez was the subject of credible allegations of child sexual abuse against him. The alleged assaults took place in 1982 against an adolescent female parishioner who claimed Fernandez engaged in inappropriate conduct against her.

After having received the complaint against Fernandez, the Diocese of Trenton conducted an internal investigation which concluded in the removal of Fernandez from the Diocese of Trenton. Fernandez agreed to a leave of absence without question and promptly returned to his native Spain.

At the time of his departure, Fernandez served at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, St. John the Baptist, and St. Joseph. U.S. Sexual Abuse reforms aided in the removal of Fernandez from the Diocese of Trenton; however, it could not prevent the father from returning to Spain and leading a parish. Fernandez passed away in 2006 in Spain where he continued to serve as an ordained priest.  The Diocese did not confirm if they had informed the Bishop Luis Quinteiro in Spain of Fernandez’s alleged molestation of a teenage girl.

In February 2019, the Trenton Diocese published a list of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse against children and Fernandez is on said list.  The Diocese of Trenton did not release much information about the allegations against Fernandez, except to say that there are multiple allegations against him.

According to the Diocese of Trenton, Fernandez is deceased.

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