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Fr. Alfred Murphy (Augustinian) – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Alfred Murphy 

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1956

Removed: 1992 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957: Augustinian College (Washington, DC)
  • 1957-1959: Augustinian Preparatory Seminary (Staten Island, NY)
  • 1959-1961: St. Nicholas of Tolentine (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1961-1962: St. Augustine, Andover, MA; St. Joseph’s (Ballardvale, MA) 
  • 1962-1968: St. Mary’s; Immaculate Conception; SS. Peter and Paul (Lawrence, MA)
  • 1968-1972: St. Mary’s Hall (Villanova, PA) 
  • 1972-1984: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Lawrence, MA) 
  • 1984-1986: Austin Preparatory School (Reading, MA)
  • 1986-1992: Merrimack College (North Andover, MA)
  • 1988-1992: Austin Preparatory School (Reading, MA)
  • 1994-1997: Merrimack College (North Andover, MA)
  • 1997-1999: Provincial Offices of the Order of St. Augustine, Province of St. Thomas of Villanova (Villanova, PA) 
  • 1999-2000: St. Augustine Friary (Villanova, PA) 
  • 2000-2005: St. Thomas Monastery (Villanova, PA) 
  • 2005-2009: St. Augustine Friary (Villanova, PA) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Alfred Murphy:

Fr. Alfred Murphy was ordained a priest of the Augustinian Order. He was assigned to several states during his priesthood. He worked in Washington D.C., New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. According to media reports, in December 2002 his personnel file was released which noted that in 1992 the Augustinians settled a civil lawsuit that alleged he repeatedly sexually abused a 17-year-old boy over a 3-week period in 1983 during a cross-country trip in his new RV. 

He reportedly told the boy the trip was to arrange religious retreats at other Catholic parishes. The boy tried to stay awake for as long as possible each night to prevent the abuse. 

“Kids thought it was an honor to be taken on a trip by the priests, which is why it was extremely confusing for my client to be sexually abused,” the alleged victim’s lawyer said.

Murphy was removed from ministry and sent to live under supervision at the Augustinian provincial headquarters located in Villanova, Pennsylvania. 

In October 2011, a second lawsuit was filed alleging Murphy sexually abused a minor boy from 1966 to 1968 when he worked at St. Mary’s in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The case was settled for $100,000. His name was not included in the Archdiocese of Boston’s database of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. 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 Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. Anthony Ocloo – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Anthony Ocloo

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1992

Removed: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Ephrem’s  (Brooklyn, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Anthony Ocloo:

Fr. Anthony Ocloo was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Keta-Akatsi in Ghana Africa. According to media reports, in October 2005, he was arrested and charged after an allegation was reported through the diocesan telephone “hotline” that he sexually abused a 16-year-old girl in the rectory of St. Ephrem’s in Dyker Heights, New York. He was living and serving at the church while pursuing an MBA at St. John’s University. Ocloo was immediately placed on leave and ordered to leave St. Ephrem’s.

Ocloo 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 Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. Edwin J. Collins – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Edwin J. Collins 

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1954

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955-1957: St. Barnabas Apostle (Bellmore, NY) 
  • 1958-1959: St. Barnabas Apostle (Bellmore, NY) 
  • 1960-1961: Holy Name of Mary Residence (Valley Stream, NY)
  • 1960-1967: St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary (Uniondale, NY) 
  • 1968: St. Mary’s (Manhasset, NY)
  • 1969-1976: St. William the Abbot (Seaford, NY) 
  • 1977-1997: Our Lady of Lourdes (Malverne, NY) 
  • 1997-2000: Retired; Our Lady of Lourdes (Malverne, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Edwin J Collins:

According to media reports, in 1998, Fr. Edwin J Collins, a retired priest from Rockville Centre, was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy while at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Palm Beach, Florida. The boy, who spent the night at his home before a fishing outing, fought him off and immediately told church officials, and then Collins resigned. The vicar general wrote a detailed letter and placed it in his file. The Diocese of Rockville Centre was also notified. 

In 2002, when Collins’ name was not released to the public with other clergy accused of child sexual abuse, the family immediately complained about the omission. The Diocese said it “missed” the file. 

As of 2002, Collins was living in Wellington, Florida. His current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. Rudolph T. Vorisek (Paulist Fathers) – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Rudolph T. Vorisek

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1956

Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957-1968: St. Peter’s College (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1969-1976: St. Mark’s University Parish (Isla Vista, CA)
  • 1972-1976: University of California at Santa Barbara (Isla Vista, CA) 
  • 1977-1984: Christ of the King Chapel (Grand Rapids, MI) 
  • 1985-2005: St. Paul the Apostle (New York, NY) 
  • 1992-1994: St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center (New York, NY)
  • 1999-2011: Paulist Fathers Generalate (Queens, NY)
  • 2007-2011: Paulist Fathers’ Motherhouse (New York, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Rudolph T Vorisek:

Fr. Rudolph T Vorisek was ordained a Paulist priest in 1956. According to media reports, in December 2018, his name was included on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ updated list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It noted a report was received in 2013 that he sexually abused a minor from 1966 to 1970. 

Vorisek is also named on the Paulist’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It noted a report was made in 2013 alleging that Vorisek sexually abused a minor in 1970 at St. Mark’s University Parish in Goleta, California.

In April 2019, his name appeared on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

Vorisek died in May 2011.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. Anthony Failla – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Anthony Failla

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1956

Removed: 2002

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • Tilden High School Newman Club
  • John Jay High School Newman Club
  • Long Island College Hospital Nursing School
  • St. Brendan High School 
  • Saints Michael and Edward 
  • 1957-1961: Holy Family Church (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1962-1975: St. Mary Star of the Sea (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1976-1978: St. Boniface’s (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1979-1997: St. Finbar’s Church (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1990: Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1991-1993: Italian Board of Guardians (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1994-1998: Catholic Charities (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1998-2002: Absent on Sick Leave 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Anthony Failla:

According to media reports, in 1996, three nuns accused Fr. Anthony Failla of repeatedly sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy who had been living in the rectory after the death of his mother. The abuse reportedly occurred about 30 to 40 times over several years in the mid-1970s.

“I remember dozing off and waking up, and he’d be touching me and trying to grab my hand to put it on him,” the alleged victim said. “I was scared, you know, I’m like, what the hell, you know. So I don’t know, should I act like I’m asleep? Should I get the hell out of here? Who’s going to believe me? I wanted to tell somebody, but I’m thinking, they’ll call me a liar. He’s a priest.”

When confronted by Msgr. Otto Garcia, chancellor of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Failla confessed to some inappropriate touching. He was removed from ministry and sent for counseling. He left his parish assignment in 1997 citing personal health reasons. In the early 2000s, Failla was found saying mass and hearing confessions at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Boca Raton, Florida. He was permanently removed from ministry in November 2002. 

In October 2003, he was one of the multiple priests named in a lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse. His name was included on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ updated list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. In February 2019, his name was included on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

Failla’s whereabouts between 2003 and his death in 2018 are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. Hugh A. Byrne – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Hugh A. Byrne  

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1962

Removed: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1965: St. Robert Bellarmine, Bayside Hills, NY
  • 1966-1968: St. Frances De Chantal, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1969-1975: Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1976-1980: St. Kevin’s, Flushing, NY 
  • 1981-1988: St. Frances Cabrini, Brooklyn, NY 
  • 1989: St. Luke, Queens, NY 
  • 1990-2002: St. Thomas More-St. Edmund, Queens, NY
  • 2007-2017: Retired; Bishop Mugavero Residence, Queens, NY 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Hugh A Byrne:

According to media reports, in 2017, Fr. Hugh A Byrne was accused of sexually abusing a minor between 1971 and 1973 while at Holy Ghost (now Holy Spirit) in Brooklyn. At the same time, the internal Diocesan Review Board found an allegation made against Byrne in 2006 regarding abuse that allegedly occurred in 1996 to be credible. The details of the allegations, including when and where the abuse occurred, are unknown. 

In August 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He retired in 2017 and was removed from ministry in 2019.

Byrne’s 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 Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. Thomas J. O’Rourke – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Thomas J. O’Rourke  

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1963

Died: 1998

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964-1969: Corpus Christi, Woodside (Queens, NY)
  • 1970-1976: American Martyrs, Bayside (Queens, NY)
  • 1977-1981: Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception (Douglaston, NY) 
  • 1982: Mary Louis Academy (Queens, NY) 
  • 1988: Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception (Douglaston, NY)
  • 1991: Cathedral Residence of the Immaculate Conception (Douglaston, NY)
  • 1992-1998: St. Mary Star of the Sea (Brooklyn, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas J O’Rourke:

According to media reports, in October 2002, Fr. Thomas J O’Rourke was named in a civil lawsuit with eleven other priests and a religious brother, alleging he repeatedly sexually abused a minor altar boy at Corpus Christi in Woodside, New York, in the 1960s. 

In 2003, a second civil lawsuit was filed alleging he sexually abused a 14-year-old boy at a hotel in Chevy Chase, Maryland, while on a trip to the Naval Academy in the summer of 1974. He was a trusted friend of the boy’s family.

“Then the assault occurred,” the alleged victim said. “By a medical definition, there was no penetration, but it was an aggressive, overpowering, violent assault. He finishes up, pats me on the back, and goes to sleep. This wasn’t a situation where he put his hand in the wrong place. It was premeditated.”

He said he crawled out of the bed and spent the rest of the night locked in the bathroom. The priest never mentioned what happened the following morning. “I was scared. I didn’t know what was going to happen next,” he recalled. 

A third survivor alleged he was sexually abused by O’Rourke as a minor in the 1960s. O’Rourke was reportedly sent for treatment at St. Luke Institute, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse, in the 1990s. Despite his admission to abusing at least one minor boy, he was recommended to return to ministry. 

In February 2019, O’Rourke’s name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In September 2019, he was named in a suit filed under the NY Child Victims Act alleging child sexual abuse.

O’Rourke’s died in 1998.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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 (Bill) Spine (Jesuit) – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father William (Bill) Spine 

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1973

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974-1975: Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1976-1979: Society of Jesus (Oak Park, IL)
  • 1980-1982: Chancay 50 (Lima, Peru) 
  • 1981-1983: St. Ignatius (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1984-1986: St. Mary’s (Moline, IL) 
  • 1987-1989: Holy Family (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1989-1990: Clark St. Jesuit Residence (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1990-1991: Clark St. Jesuit Residence (Chicago, IL); Jesuit School of Theology  (Berkeley, CA) 
  • 1992-2001: Jesuit Community at Loyola University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) 
  • 2002-2003: St. Paul’s (Lexington, KY)
  • 2004: St. Paul’s; Hispanic Ministry (Lexington, KY) 
  • 2005-2006: Hispanic Ministry (Lexington, KY)
  • 2007-2011: Society of Jesus (Chicago, IL) 
  • 2012-2020: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William (Bill) Spine:

Fr. William (Bill) Spine was ordained a priest of the Society of Jesus. According to media reports, in 2006, he was accused of child sexual abuse in the mid-1970s while he was serving in Peru. He was placed on administrative leave.

Spine’s name was included on the Jesuits’ list of “USA Midwest Province Jesuits with Established Allegation(s) of Sexual Abuse of a Minor,” in the subsection “Midwest Province Jesuits with an established allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.” It noted multiple allegations of child sexual abuse including from 1975 to 1976, while working in the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky; from 1975 to 1979, while working in Tacna, Peru; and from 1979 to 1982, while working at Our Lady of Mercy in the Bronx, New York, and at St. Ignatius in Brooklyn, New York.

Spine’s 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 Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. Guido Caverzan (Scalabrinian) – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Guido Caverzan  

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1950

Died: 1994

Assigned as follows:

  • 1952-1953: St. Peter (Syracuse, NY)
  • 1954-1964: St. Mary of Mt. Carmel (Utica, NY) 
  • 1965-1967: St. Michael’s (New Haven, CT) 
  • 1968-1970: Our Lady of Pompei (New York, NY)
  • 1971-1977: St. Lazarus’ (Boston, MA) 
  • 1978-1989: St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church, (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1990-1994: St. Margaret Church (Clewiston, FL)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Guido Caverzan:

Fr. Guido Caverzan was ordained a Scalabrinian priest in 1950. According to media reports, in July 1977, two families reported to the Order that Caverzan sexually abused their two minor sons, and alleged he had also sexually abused a third boy. In October 1994, a memo found in the Archdiocese of Boston’s files indicated there were two additional allegations of abuse against Caverzan. In January 2003, he was named in a lawsuit alleging he sexually abused a minor altar boy at St. Lazarus in Boston, Massachusetts in the mid-1970s. 

In February 2004, Caverzan was named in a lawsuit alleging he sexually abused a 10-year-old boy at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Manhattan, New York between 1966 and 1968. The boy was allegedly abused in the sacristy while preparing to assist the priest with early morning mass.

The Scalabrinians removed Caverzan from ministry shortly before his death in September 1994. His name was not included in the 2011 Archdiocese of Boston’s database of credibly accused clergy because he was an Order priest.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. James (Jaime) Lara – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father James (Jaime) Lara 

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1973

Removed: 1992

Laicized: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974-1976:  St. Barbara’s (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1977-1985:  St. Francis Xavier (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1986-1989:  In Residence: St. Patrick (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1986-1990:  Released from Diocesan Assignment, N.E. Catholic Pastoral Center for Hispanics (New York, NY)
  • 1990-1992:  Released from Diocesan Assignment, St. Bernard (Oakland, CA) 
  • 1992:  Released from Diocesan Assignment, Holy Names College  (Oakland, CA)
  • 1993-1995: In Residence: St. Rita (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1996-2021:  Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James (Jaime) Lara:

Fr. James (Jaime) Lara worked as a chaplain in the Boy Scouts and was head of the altar boys. He was removed from ministry in 1992 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the arm of the church responsible for dealing with sexual abuse cases. 

According to media reports, in 2017, the Diocese of Brooklyn reported that he was laicized in 2007 for child sexual abuse. At least five survivors have alleged they were repeatedly abused as minor children by the priest while Lara worked at St. Francis Xavier in Park Slope, New York between 1979 and 1981. The accusations included the abuse of three children, ages 9 through 11.

“He wanted me to kiss him, he would get on top of me, he would say you can do better than that,” one accuser said. “He would make me touch him in his private parts.” 

In 1995, Lara became a professor for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and taught at Yale University and Arizona State University. He was asked to resign from his position in Arizona in 2017 after the Diocese of Brooklyn publicized the allegations. At least five of his alleged victims applied to the diocese’s 2017 Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP). 

In February 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 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 Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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.