Tag: Archdiocese of Newark

Fr. Donato Cabardo – Archdiocese of Newark

      Father Donato Cabardo 

      Archdiocese of Newark 

     

Ordained:  Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Paul of the Cross Church (Jersey City, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Donato Cabardo:

According to media reports, in August 2020, Father Donato Cabardo arrested for alleged sexual abuse crimes that occurred in the rectory at St. Paul of the Cross Church earlier in the year. He was charged with two counts of fourth-degree Criminal Sexual Contact and one count of Harassment.

The alleged victim was an adult female who first reported the incident to the Archdiocese of Newark. The Archdiocese informed the New Jersey Clergy Abuse Task Force and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit which then launched an investigation into the allegations. 

Results of the investigation found that between January and July 2020, Father Cabardo allegedly touched in a sexual manner the victim’s breast and buttocks. He also allegedly pressed his cheek against her cheek and kissed her cheek, hand, face and head. 

Father Cabardo, is the third priest arrested by members of the Task Force since its inception in 2018.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Bruce Harger – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Bruce Harger

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Ordained: 2001

Resigned: 2020

Assignment History:

  • 2001-2007: St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church (Hillsdale, NJ)
  • 2007-2010: St. Nicholas Parish (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 2018-2020: Church of Epiphany (Cliffside Park, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Bruce Harger:

Fr. Bruce Harger voluntarily resigned from the church after an allegation surfaced in 2020 that he abused a minor before he was ordained nearly 20 years ago. According to the Archdiocese of Newark, Fr. Harger has not been convicted of any civil or canonical crime and denies any wrongdoings. No information has been released of the victim’s age or gender, but Harger stepped down until the investigation is complete.

Ordained in 2001, Harger entered the priesthood later in life. He was a singer prior, where he performed with the Hidden Valley Opera Ensemble in California, the Washington Opera Chorus in Washington, DC, and the Wolftrap Summer Opera in Switzerland.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. Sal DiStefano – Archdiocese of Newark

Fr. Sal DiStefano

Archdiocese of Newark


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Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Sal DiStefano:

In January 2020, the Archdiocese of Newark announced that Fr. Sal DiStefano was suspended from ministry pending investigation of multiple allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.  The Archdiocese did not release any information about the nature of the allegations, such as the age/gender of the alleged victims or the time period during which the abuse is alleged to have occurred.

At the time of his suspension, DiStefano was assigned as chaplain to Oratory Prep School in Summit, New Jersey.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. Victor Phelan – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Victor Phelan

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1971

Removed: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1971-1976      Bawku Catholic Mission (Bawku, Ghana) 
  • 1976-1978      Residence (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1978-1979      St. Mary’s (Plainfield, NJ)
  • 1980-1989      White Fathers of Africa activity (Africa)
  • 1989-1992      Missionaries of Africa (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1990-1991      Missionaries of Africa (Chicago, IL)
  • 1993-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Victor Phelan:

Father Victor Phelan was a priest of the Society of Missionaries of Africa order. His ministry took him from Ghana in West Africa to the archdioceses of Chicago, Newark and Los Angeles. He was assigned for at least one year (1977) in Plainfield in the New Jersey. Father Phelan was accused of child sexual abuse in a lawsuit settled in May 2013. His whereabouts beyond 1992 are unknown. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Carlos Peralta – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Carlos Peralta

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1990

Removed: 1999

Assigned as follows:

  • 1980-1996      (Chile, Peru, and Guatemala) 
  • 1997                (Argentina) 
  • 1998-1999      St. John Bosco (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1999                Salesian Residence (NJ) 
  • 1999                (Virginia) 
  • 2000                Unknown
  • 2001                (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • 2002-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Carlos Peralta:

Father Carlos Peralta was a priest of the Salesian of Don Bosco order. According to media reports, allegations of sexual misconduct with minors dated back to when he was in Seminary in Chile in the 1980s. Other allegations of child sexual abuse continued in Guatemala and Peru. 

In 1995, Father Peralta was accused of sexually abusing two boys from Lima during a high school retreat. One boy said the priest brought him to his room. 

“He started to stroke me and he tried to touch my genitals.” When the boy protested, Father Peralta “told me in a threatening voice to go to my room and not to tell anybody about what happened.” 

The other student alleged that Father Peralta came to visit him two nights in a row. On the second night he insisted “that I take off my pants and then my underwear.” Then, the boy said, “he turned around and told me to hug and to tickle him.”

A church disciplinary board concluded that “unspeakable things have occurred” and that the priest must be kept away from children. The director of the Salesian High School of Lima moved Father Peralta to another town. One year later, in 1996, he allegedly molested a teenage student during trips from Arequipa, Peru where he taught high school. In 1997, the Salesians sent him to Domus Mariae, a clergy abuse treatment center in Argentina. 

In March 1998, the Order transferred the priest to Chicago where he was assigned to work in the youth center at the St. John Bosco parish. In May 1999, the father of four boys filed a lawsuit alleging that Father Peralta abused each of his children. That summer, before police could question him, the Order sent Father Peralta to Orange, NJ, then to Mexico City, with a prohibition against unsupervised access to children. 

He was removed from public ministry in August 1999. He was sent to a treatment center in Virginia, then to a residence for Salesians in New Jersey.  In 2004, he was reportedly working as a priest in Mexico City.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Contardo Angelo Omarini – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Contardo Angelo Omarini

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1936

Died: 1995

Assigned as follows:

  • 1937-1949      Unknown
  • 1950-1952      St. Paul’s Monastery (Canfield, OH)  
  • 1953-1955      St. Paul’s Seminary (Port Richmond, NY)
  • 1956-1960      Unknown 
  • 1961-1963      St. Paul’s Seminary (Port Richmond, NY)
  • 1964-1977      Unknown; St. Bernard (Plainfield, NJ) 
  • 1965-1966      St. Paul’s Seminary (Port Richmond, NY)
  • 1967-1969      Unknown
  • 1970-1978      St. Paul’s Seminary (Port Richmond, NY)
  • 1979-1994      Society of St. Paul (New York, NY)
  • 1995-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Contardo Angelo Omarini:

Father Contardo Angelo Omarini, a Paulist priest, was incardinated in the Archdiocese of New York, but also worked in the Archdiocese of Newark. He was assigned to the order’s facility on Staten Island for his entire career, except for two years while he worked at St. Paul’s Monastery in Canfield OH in 1950-1952. 

According to media reports, in 2012, a man stated in a statute of limitations testimony that as a teenage boy he was repeatedly raped for three years by Father Omarini in the early to mid-1960s. The boy was a parishioner at St. Bernard’s Church in Plainfield NJ, where the priest said Mass in Italian on Sundays. The complainant stated that there were other victims and that Father Omarini abused in Plainville and also on Staten Island at the Society’s abbey there. 

Father Omarini was never charged in any abuse case. He died in November 1995.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. William Scanlon – Archdiocese of Newark

Father William Scanlon

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: Unknown

Restricted: 1994

Impeded: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964-1967      McQuaid Jesuit (Rochester, NY)
  • 1971-1972      Xavier High School (New York, NY)
  • 1972-1974      Fordham University (Bronx, NY)
  • 1974-1976      St. Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1976-1980      Canisius College (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1980-1992      St. Joseph’s Parish (Benin City, Nigeria)
  • 1994-2007      Unknown
  • 2008-2019      Fordham University (Bronx, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Scanlon:

Father William Scanlon was a Jesuit priest who worked at various schools. According to the Jesuits, upon a 1994 investigation, he admitted to abusing minors from 1985 to 1994. He was “restricted,” yet in the Jesuits official magazine in 2010, Father Scanlon was shown giving Holy Communion. He was impeded in 2011.

His name is not listed in the 2018 edition of the Official Catholic Directory. He lived at the retirement residences of Murray-Weigel Hall at Fordham University in New York from at least 2008 to 2019, serving as its chaplain.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Randal (James) Gillette – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Randal (James) Gillette 

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1971

Removed: N/A

Assigned as follows:

  • 1971-1974      St. Michael’s Monastery (Union City, NJ)
  • 1974-1978      St. Gabriel (Boston, MA) 
  • 1978-1987      St. Patrick (Mexico City, MX) 
  • 1988                NJ Passionist Provincial Office (South River, NJ)
  • 1989                Unknown  
  • 1990-1993      NJ Passionist Provincial Office (South River, NJ) 
  • 1991-1993      Foreign Mission
  • 1994                St. Paul of the Cross Monastery (Pittsburgh, PA) 
  • 1995-1998      Unknown
  • 1999-2004      St. Vincent’s Residence (Pelham Manor, NY)
  • 2003-2004      Passionist Communications, Inc. (Pelham, NY)
  • 2005-2008      Unknown
  • 2009-2011      Passionist Residence (Bronx, NY)
  • 2012-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Randal (James) Gillette :

Father Randal (James) Gillette was a Passionist priest whose assignments took him to New Jersey, Massachusetts, Mexico City, Honduras, Pennsylvania and New York. According to media reports, his personnel file was released in January 2003, containing a September 2002 letter accusing him of sexually assaulting a boy at St. Gabriel’s Parish in Brighton, Massachusetts in 1972.  No further information was found. 

Father Gillette’s name was not included in the 2011 Archdiocese of Boston’s Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States because he was an Order priest. In March 2016, it was included on a list of accused clerics named in civil claims resulting in settlements or arbitration awards. His current whereabouts are unknown. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Br. George Donnelly – Archdiocese of Newark

Brother George Donnelly

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1964

Resigned: 2003

Assigned as follows:

  • Prior 1984       St. Joseph Regional High School (Montvale, NJ) 
  • 1984-2003      St. John’s Preparatory School (Danvers, MA) 
  • 2004-2005      Unknown
  • 2006                South Shore Hospital (Waymouth, MA)  
  • 2007-2019      South Sarasota County Food Bank (Sarasota, FL)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother George Donnelly:

Brother George Donnelly was a member of the Xavierian religious order. He was a teacher, guidance counselor and Director of Student Activities at St. John’s all boys’ prep school for almost 20 years. According to media reports, in December 2003, he resigned after a former student said Brother Donnelly molested him in 1993.

Brother Donnelly initially denied the charges, but later admitted to incidents of “sexual misconduct” with the 17-yr-old student. The school’s headmaster called his conduct “so egregious as to force removal from his post.” The DA’s office did not consider the incidents to be of a criminal nature. 

Brother Donnelly went on to serve as a hospital chaplain in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2006. He later moved to the Venice FL area, where he has continued as a “nondenominational” hospital chaplain and food bank volunteer. His name was not included in the 2011 Archdiocese of Boston’s Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Kevin McBrien – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Kevin McBrien (Carmelites)

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1970

Removed: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1971                Immaculate Conception (Norwood, NJ) 
  • 1972-1978      St. Cecilia (Englewood, NJ)  
  • 1979-1981      Carmelite Fathers St. Elias Priory (Joliet, IL) 
  • 1982-1983      Carmelite Priory (Houston, TX)  
  • 1984-1986      Crespi Carmelite High School (Encino, CA) 
  • 1987-1991      St. Jane Frances de Chantal (North Hollywood, CA)  
  • 1992-1997      Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Fairfield, CA) 
  • 1998                Unknown 
  • 1999-2005      Crespi Carmelite High School (Encino, CA) 
  • 2006                St. Jane Frances de Chantal (North Hollywood, CA) 
  • 2007-2008      St. Thomas Apostle (Chicago, IL)  
  • 2009-2010      St. Matthew (Glendale Heights, IL) 
  • 2011                Darien Carmelite Provincial Office
  • 2013-2018      Darien Carmelite Provincial Office
  • 2019                Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Kevin McBrien:

Father Kevin McBrien was a priest of the Carmelite religious order. He worked in various Catholic schools in multiple US dioceses, including Chicago IL, Newark NJ, Sacramento CA, Galveston-Houston TX, Los Angeles CA, and Phoenix AZ.

According to media reports, in May 2010, he was removed from his position at St. Matthew Church in Glendale Heights after an allegation was made that he molested a boy while at Joliet Catholic High School in the 1970s. The same person also alleged abuse on multiple occasions by another priest, Father Lee Ryan at Providence High School. 

The incident became public when the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) held a news conference in May 2010 urging the Diocese of Joliet to be more aggressive and public in the investigation. According to the provincial for the Carmelites, he has been living in a supervised setting and has had no contact with children.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.