Tag: Diocese of Metuchen

Fr. Romano Ferraro – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Romano Ferraro

Diocese of Metuchen

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Ordained: 1960

Removed: 1988

Laicized: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1962      St. Joseph Patron of the Universal (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1962-1963      St. Rosalia (Brooklyn, NY); Regina Pacis Votive Shrine (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1963-1964      St. Lucy (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1964-1968      Holy Family (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1968-1970      Military Service
  • 1968                Indoctrination Seminar Chaplain Corps Reserve U.S. Naval Air Station (Norfolk, VA); U.S. Naval Chaplains School (Newport, RI) 
  • 1968-1969      U.S. Naval Air Station (Key West, FL) 
  • 1969-1970      Mobile Support Unit Detachment Bravo (Subic Bay, Philippines)
  • 1971-1973      St. Rose of Lima (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1973                Absent on Sick Leave; Cathedral College (Douglaston, NY)
  • Unknown        St. John’s University (Queens and Staten Island, NY)
  • 1975-1977      St. Joseph (Kings Park, NY)
  • 1977-1978      St. Francis Xavier (Brooklyn, NY); Madonna Residence for the Elderly (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1978-1979      St. Aloysius (Queens, NY); Wyckoff Heights Hospital  (Queens, NY) 
  • 1980                Absent on Sick Leave 
  • 1980-1981      House of Affirmation (Webster Groves, MO)
  • 1981-1983      St. Joan of Arc; Jewish Hospital; Barnes Hospital (St. Louis, MO) 
  • 1983                St. Francis Xavier (Bronx, NY); Jacobi Hospital (Bronx, NY); Einstein Hospital (Bronx, NY); Good Samaritan Hospital (West Islip, NY)
  • 1984                St. James (Woodbridge, NJ) 
  • 1984-1985      Our Lady of Mount Virgin (Middlesex, NJ)
  • 1985-1986      St. John Vianney (Colonia, NJ) 
  • 1986-1987      Christ the King (Commack, NY)
  • 1987-1988      St. Rita (Staten Island, NY) 
  • 1989                St. Luke Institute (Suitland, MD) 
  • 1989-2002      Parsons Manor (Jamaica, NY)
  • 2003-2019      Prison (Old Colony Correctional Center)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Romano Ferraro:

Father Romano Ferraro was ordained a priest in 1960 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen.  He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. Father Ferraro is believed to have been one of the most prolific priest pedophiles on the East coast. During his 30 years as a Roman Catholic priest, he admitted in a court of law that he molested mostly prepubescent boys in the parishes he served from New York to St. Louis and while he was a Navy chaplain.  

According to media reports, in the mid 1980s, Father Ferraro allegedly abused two brothers in the Diocese of Metuchen. He was “granted a temporary leave of absence for reasons that are both personal and parochial.”

In November 1991, he was accused of sexually abusing a boy while wrestling with him that summer at a relative’s house. He was suspended in December 1988 for the alleged sexual  abuse of another boy in August of that year. He was sent for treatment at St. Luke Institute in January 1989.

In April 2002, Father Romano Ferraro was arrested for repeatedly raping a boy from 1973 to 1980 in Billerica, Massachusetts. The boy’s father was a childhood friend of the priest. Father Ferraro molested the child during annual Christmas visits, starting when the boy was 7 years old. He was convicted in May 2004 when a jury found him guilty of child rape and guilty on three counts of indecent assault and battery against a child under 14. He was sentenced to life in prison in May 2004.

In late 2001, the victim came forward to authorities. Prosecution was possible because the statute of limitations clock had stopped with Father Ferraro out of state. He denied the charges, but admitted at the trial that he was a pedophile predator who had abused dozens of boys. He also said he knew he was a pedophile by 1955, five years before he was ordained. 

“From the time I was 20 years old I knew I had a desire for young boys,” Ferraro testified. “I felt I had an illness… a desire to be with young boys,” said Ferraro.

In October 2002, Father Ferraro was accused in a civil suit of sexually abusing two boys at St. Joseph’s in Kings Park, New York from 1974 to 1978, starting at ages 10 and 11. The abuse included oral sex, sodomy, and attempted anal penetration of one boy. He was also accused of transporting a boy from this parish to Billerica, Massachusetts and abusing him along with the boy whom Father Ferraro was convicted of raping.

In October 2003, Father Ferraro was accused in a civil suit of sexually abusing an altar boy starting at age 8 while at Holy Family in Brooklyn, New York. According to the suit Father Ferraro abused altar boys in a local pool, where the abuse included oral sex, and on school trips to New Jersey and at a friend’s home.

In January 2004, he was accused in a civil suit  of sexually abusing an altar boy at St. Joan of Arc in St. Louis, Missouri.  Later that year in May, he was accused in another civil suit of sexually abusing an altar boy at age 11 or 12. Both suits were settled in by the archdiocese for $65,700 in August 2004.

In January 2006, Father Ferraro was accused in a civil suit of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy in 1968 or 1969, while at gatherings of boys who were brought to the priest’s house from Mass, while he was a Navy chaplain in Key West Florida in the Archdiocese of Miami. In 1970, he was dishonorably discharged. 

During the trial, the Diocese of Brooklyn was required to disclose more than 1,000 pages of information from his personnel file which revealed that church officials knew as early as 1973 that he had abused boys. Despite such knowledge, they helped him find work in other dioceses around the country when they wanted him out of Brooklyn. Per his file, he was said to have revealed his attraction to young boys in the seminary. 

Father Ferraro was then reassigned to the St. Rose of Lima parish in Rockaway. He left in 1973 amidst allegations of child sexual abuse. While wrestling with a small boy, he allegedly touched the boy sexually twice. 

In March 2006, he was accused in a wrongful death suit of sexually abusing a boy multiple times between 1980 and 1983 at St. Joan of Arc parish in St. Louis from the age of 10 to 11. The victim struggled with depression and shot himself July 2005. 

“Words are inadequate to describe the torment that my husband experienced before ending his life,” the widow said in a statement. “When Romano Ferraro abused my husband as a child, he forever broke something inside of the little boy.”

In November 2017, Father Ferraro’s name was added to the Diocesan website of priests laicized by the Vatican office “authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric.”  In February 2019, his name was included in the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted that he was laicized in December 2011. His name was included on the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ list in July 2019. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen 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 Diocese of Metuchen 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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Abp. Theodore McCarrick – Diocese of Metuchen

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick

Diocese of Metuchen

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Ordained: 1958

Removed: 2018

Laicized: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • 1959-1966      Archdiocese of New York Serving Outside the Diocese Special Assignments, Catholic University (Washington, D.C.) 
  • 1967-1969      Archdiocese of New York Serving Outside the Diocese Special Assignments (Catholic University of Puerto Rico (Ponce) 
  • 1970-1971      Blessed Sacrament (New York, NY) 
  • 1972-1977      Cathedral of St. Patrick (New York, NY)
  • 1978-1980      St. Francis De Sales (New York, NY) 
  • 1978-1981      Auxiliary Bishop Archdiocese of New York 
  • 1981                The New York Foundling Hospital (New York, NY)  
  • 1982-1986      Bishop of Metuchen
  • 1987-2000      Archbishop of Newark
  • 1989-2000      Sacred Heart Cathedral (Newark, NJ) 
  • 2001-2006      Cardinal Archbishop of Washington
  • 2006-2017      Retired (Washington, D.C.); US Conference of Catholic Bishop

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick:

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick was ordained a priest in 1958 and served in the Diocese of MetuchenHe held various leadership positions throughout his career. Once considered the most powerful Catholic priest in America, he was the archbishop of Washington DC, archbishop of Newark, bishop of Metuchen, and  auxiliary bishop of New York. He was the priest “Meet the Press” talked to about the sexual abuse crisis. He also participated at the funerals of Ted Kennedy, Beau Biden, Tim Russert and William Rehnquist. He retired from ministry in 2006, after being a priest for 60 years. 

According to media reports, in June 2018, the Archdiocese of New York substantiated allegations that Archbishop McCarrick sexually abused a 16-year-old altar boy when he was a priest in New York and Cardinal Cooke’s personal secretary in the 1970s. The Vatican quickly removed him from public ministry. Though he claimed his innocence, in July 2018, he resigned from his position as a cardinal, making him the first cardinal to ever resign over sexual-abuse allegations. 

The pope ordered him to live in seclusion, prayer and penitence. He was transferred to a friary in a remote, small town in Victoria, Kansas. The town, one of the only places that would accept Archbishop McCarrick is near a Catholic school. Parishioners were shocked, but assured by Church officials that no one, including their children would ever see the priest.

It has been reported that some in the church hierarchy had known about accusations brought against Archbishop McCarrick for decades. He had three prior allegations of sexual misconduct made against him in Newark and Metuchen. There were settlements in two of the cases. In July 2018, a man said that Archbishop McCarrick abused him for 20 years, beginning in 1969 when he was age 11. 

The alleged victim was the first baby that the priest baptized. When he brought him to meet Pope John Paul II in 1988, the man said that in the presence of several Vatican officials, he had been sexually abusing him since childhood.

“I told him I had been abused as a child by this man, and I need you to stop it,” he said. “He put both hands on my head, and told me he would pray for me.”

No other action was taken. In October 2018, the Vatican ordered a new investigation. In July 2019, under the Child Victims Act, the man filed a lawsuit.

In January 2019, a third allegation was investigated. Several priests and ex-priests have reportedly come forward alleging Archbishop McCarrick used his authority to force them to sleep with him when they were adult seminarians studying for the priesthood. All four U.S. dioceses where he served, New York, Metuchen, Newark, and Washington, DC, have launched independent investigations.

In January 2019, Archbishop McCarrick was laicized. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen 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 Diocese of Metuchen 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. Simon Palathingal (Salesian) – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Simon Palathingal

Diocese of Metuchen

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Ordained: 1972

Assigned as follows:

  • 1972-1991      Chennai (Tamil Nadu, India) 
  • 1991               Jordan House (Milwaukee, WI) 
  • 1991               Mother of Good Counsel (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1991-1993      (India)
  • 1993-2000      (U.S.) 
  • 2000-2001      Our Lady Queen of Heaven (Lake Charles, LA) 
  • 2001                St. Bernadette’s (Parlin, NJ) 
  • 2001-2004      St. Mary’s (South Amboy, NJ) 
  • 2004-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Simon Palathingal:

Father Simon Palathingal was ordained a priest of the Religious Congregation of the Salesians, Bangalore Province in 1972. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career including in the Diocese of MetuchenHe lived In India for years, and is said to have been vice-principal of a prominent boys’ school in Chennai. He moved to the United States in 1991. 

According to media reports, in September 2004, Father Palathingal pleaded guilty to to two counts of first-degree sexual assault on a 9 year-old boy in 1990 and 1991. He was suspended from ministry in 1993. The boy’s uncle, Father Dennis Pecore, who was himself a convicted sex offender, found Father Palathingal in bed with the boy in 1991 at Jordan House, a residence for elderly Salvatorian priests and brothers. 

At the time of the alleged abuse, Father Palathingal was studying at Marquette University, a Jesuit institution in Milwaukee. At the time of his arrest, he was working for the Diocese of Metuchen at St. Mary’s Church in South Amboy, NJ. Bishop Paul Bootkoski of the Diocese of Metuchen said, “We had no knowledge of his being in Milwaukee until he was arrested in South Amboy.” 

Father Palathingal was sentenced to two 16 year prison sentences, to be served concurrently, and was to be eligible for parole after 4 years. He was released from prison in December 2011. Noncompliant on Sex Offender Registry 1/12. 

In late 1991, a parishioner had warned Bishop Sklba of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee that boys were seen coming and going from Jordan House. Sklba said he discussed the issue with the coordinator, Father Pecore, and was satisfied when he told him there was not a problem. 

The Milwaukee District Attorney was aware of the allegations made against Father Palathingal in 1993, but did not pursue a court case, because the boy had already testified in a similar case involving abuse by his uncle, who was eventually sentenced to 12 years in prison. 

“It was a tremendous ordeal. We didn’t think (prosecution) was in the best interest of the child,” Milwaukee District Attorney Gale Shelton said.

Father Palathingal went to India after the incident was reported to authorities. While away, he sent letters to the boy he had abused in Milwaukee. When the charges were dropped, Father Palathingal returned to the US and continued working as a priest in several states, and was later accused of further abuse.

In December 2001, the Diocese of Metuchen hired Father Palathingal. He was suspected of abuse at Our Lady Queen of Heaven in Louisiana in 2002, but the parents of the alleged victim refused to meet with authorities, and the investigation was dropped. 

In April 2019, Father Palathingal’s name appeared on the Diocese of Lake Charles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted multiple allegations of abuse were reported in 2000 and 2002.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen 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 Diocese of Metuchen 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. Eugene O’Sullivan – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Eugene O’Sullivan

Diocese of Metuchen

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Ordained: 1960

Laicized: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1962      St. John Vianney (Revere, MA)
  • 1962-1963      Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted (Walham, MA)
  • 1963-1965      St. Ann’s (Marshfield, MA)   
  • 1965-1970      Our Lady of the Assumption (Boston, MA)
  • 1970-1984      St. Agnes (Arlington, MA) 
  • 1984-1985      Absent on Sick Leave 
  • 1985-1987      St. Joseph’s (North Plainfield, NJ) 
  • 1987-1989      Unknown
  • 1990-1991      Mary Mother of God (Hillsborough Township, NJ) 
  • 1991-1992      St. Bartholomew (East Brunswick, NJ) 
  • 1993-1997      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Eugene O’Sullivan:

Father Eugene O’Sullivan was ordained a priest in 1960 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, in 1984, he pleaded guilty  to raping a 13-year-old altar boy for two years at St. Agnes in Arlington. He was convicted and sentenced to five years probation on the condition that he have no contact with young people. Less than a year later, Cardinal Law sent him to the Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey instead, where he worked in four more parishes over the next seven years. He was involved in parish religious education and a youth group. Pastors of three of the four parishes, who were directly responsible for his supervision, said that they were never told Father O’Sullivan had a history of sexual abuse or that he was on probation.

In July 1992, he was recalled to Boston during a review by the Archdiocese of Boston of past sexual abuse cases. He was banned from all priestly activities. In 1993, Father O’Sullivan’s nephew revealed that he sexually abused him for nine years, when he was nine years old, in approximately 1971. He also abused his brother for years before that, when the boy was six years old. 

Father O’Sullivan’s nephew  said, “I want to help people understand how important it is to resolve these issues, and how important it is for parents to listen to their children when these issues come up, and to see how truly life-threatening denial and avoidance can be.”

Father O’Sullivan was sent to Canada for treatment. He retired in 1997 and made a senior priest. In June 2002, internal church records made public, revealed that church authorities knew Father O’Sullivan was molesting altar boys as early as 1964. A memo in his personnel file acknowledges multiple accusations made against him. A letter dated in 1964, revealed a complaint from the parents of 12-year-old altar boy that Father O’Sullivan had molested him and other boys at St. Ann’s in Marshfield. They also wrote that “Father Finn, the pastor at St. Ann’s refused to do anything.” He had told the boy’s parents that he would notify the archdiocese of their concerns, but they found out he had not followed through. Father O’Sullivan was transferred to Our Lady’s Parish in Waltham. According to a 1984 letter in his personnel file, within months there were “reports of incidents with a couple of altar boys.” The files suggest he sexually abused even more boys there before being transferred to St. Agnes in Arlington.

In 2005, Father O’Sullivan was laicized. His current whereabouts are unknown. His last known address was in Arlington, MA.

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Fr. Reuben Abaya – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Reuben Abaya

Diocese of Metuchen

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Ordained: 1977

Removed: N/A 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1977-1978:      Our Lady Help of Christians (East Orange, NJ) 
  • 1978-1980:      Holy Cross (Rumson, NJ) 
  • 1978-1980:      Holy Rosary (Rumson, NJ)   
  • 1980:                St. Philomena (Carson, CA) 
  • 1980-1983:      St. Mary’s (Perth Amboy, NJ)  
  • 1984-2019:      (Philippines)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Reuben Abaya:

Father Reuben Abaya was a Filipino priest ordained in 1977 who served in the Diocese of Metuchen and worked in New Jersey from 1977 to 1982. According to media reports, in 1984, he was one of seven priests accused of sexual abuse of a 16-year old girl. Father Abaya was visiting the other priests at St. Philomena in Carson, CA in April 1980, when the alleged abuse occurred. 

The girl was first seduced by Father Santiago (Henry) Tamayo, then by Father Abaya and five other Filipino priests. The girl became pregnant by one of the other priests (not Father Abaya). The priests secretly sent her to the Philippines where she endured a difficult pregnancy and nearly died giving birth.

In 1984, a lawsuit was filed. With support from the Archdiocese, all the priests fled the country and returned to the Philippines. The suit was dropped soon after. In 1991, Father Tamayo, the priest who first raped the girl, publicly apologized to the victim in a news conference, for his crimes and for involving the other priests in her abuse.  In 2007, the victim’s case was settled for $500,000, part of a $660-million settlement between the church and hundreds of people alleging abuse by priests.

It is believed that Father Abaya is currently the Spiritual Director at St. Mary’s Seminary in Laoag City, Philippines.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen 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 Diocese of Metuchen 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. John Huels (Servite) – Diocese of Metuchen

Father John Huels

Diocese of Metuchen

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Ordained: 1976

Removed: N/A

Assigned as follows:

  • 1977-1979      St. Joseph (Carteret, NJ) 
  • 1980                Unknown 
  • 1981-1982      Divine Word College (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1983-1989      St. Philip Priory (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1990-1992      St. Philip Priory (Chicago, IL); The Catholic Theological Union at Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • 1993                St. Philip Priory (Chicago, IL); Servite Provincial Office (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1994                Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Chicago, IL); Servite Friars  (Eastern Province (Chicago, IL); Assumption Priori (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1995                The Catholic Theological Union at Chicago (Chicago, IL); Servite Friars (Eastern Province, Chicago, IL); Monastery of Our Lady of Sorrows (Chicago, IL)
  • 1996                Servite Friars (Eastern Province, Chicago, IL); Monastery of Our Lady of Sorrows (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1997                Servite Friars (Eastern Province, Chicago, IL); Zululand (South Africa)
  • 1998-1999      Servite Friars (Eastern Province, Chicago, IL);  (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 2000-2002      Order of Friar Servants of Mary (Servites) United States of America Province, Inc.); (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 2003-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Huels:

Father John Huels was ordained a priest of the Friars Servants of Mary (Servites) religious order in 1976 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, in 1994, he was accused of sexually abusing a 15-year old boy in New Jersey in the 1970s. He was an associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Carteret at the time. Father John Huels admitted the abuse. When a second victim came forward, he resigned as Order provincial, and left Chicago to teach in Africa for several years. 

In 1997, he was hired by St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. In August 2002, after child sexual abuse allegations surfaced, he left St. Paul’s as a priest, professor and vice dean of canon law. He took “medical leave for the treatment of severe depression.” 

Then-Ottawa Archbishop Marcel Gervais said in a statement that Father Huels had “announced his intention to leave the Servite order and seek laicization.” He claimed that the archdiocese had no knowledge of any “inappropriate behavior” in Father Huels’ background.

 According to media reports, in September 2018, he was still a full professor of canon law at Saint Paul’s. He was removed from that position only after publicity the same month. 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 Metuchen 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 Diocese of Metuchen 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. Randal Gillette – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Randal (James) Gillette

Diocese of Metuchen

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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) 
  • 1987-1993      Foreign Mission (Honduras)
  • 1993-1994      St. Paul of the Cross Monastery (Pittsburgh, PA) 
  • 1994-1998      Unknown
  • 1998-2004      St. Vincent’s Residence (Pelham Manor, NY)
  • 2001-2004      New York Passionist Communications, Inc. (Pelham, NY)
  • 2004-2008      Unknown
  • 2008-2011      Passionist Residence (Bronx, NY) 
  • 2012-2019      Unknown

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

Father Randal (James) Gillette was a priest of the Passionist order who served in the Diocese of Metuchen as well as in the Dioceses/Archdioceses of Newark, Boston, Mexico City, Pittsburgh, New York, and Honduras. According to media reports, the release of his personnel file in January 2003 revealed in a September 2002 letter that Father Gillette was accused of sexually assaulting a minor boy at St. Gabriel’s in Brighton in 1972. No other information was found. 

His name was not included in the 2011 Archdiocese of Boston’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors because he was a religious order priest. In June 2015, at least one civil claim against Father Gillette, the Archdiocese of Boston, the Archdiocese of Newark, and the Passionists was settled. 

In August 2015, a man alleged that he was sexually molested, abused, and assaulted by Father Gillette while he served at St. Michael’s Monastery in Union City from 1971 to 1974. He was transferred to St. Gabriel’s Parish in Boston, MA. 

According to media reports, in January 2020, Father Gillette was sentenced to five years of house arrest for sexually abusing two children in the 1970s. He pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston to two counts of unnatural and lascivious acts on a child for offenses committed when he was a priest in Boston.

The 77-year-old was ordered to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet until the end of his sentence, register as a sex offender, undergo sex offender treatment and stay away from the survivors and any witnesses in the case. He must also have no one-on-one contact with any child under the age of 18 unless the minor’s parents are present.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen 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 Diocese of Metuchen 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. John Rebovich – Diocese of Metuchen

Father John Rebovich

Diocese of Metuchen

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Ordained: 1967

Administrative leave: 1990

Died: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1972      Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary (Pittston, PA)
  • 1972-1973      St. John the Evangelist (Pittston, PA)
  • 1973-1974      St. Joseph (York, PA) 
  • 1973-1974      Trinity High School (Shiremanstown, PA)
  • 1974-1978      St. Nicholas (Dunellen, NJ)
  • 1978-1979      Byzantine Catholic Seminary (Pittsburgh, PA)   
  • 1979-1985      St. Eugene (Bedford, OH)
  • 1985-1990      St. Michael (Akron, OH)
  • 1990-2010      Absent on Leave 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Rebovich:

Father John Rebovich was ordained an Oblates of St. Joseph priest in the Dioceses of Scranton and Harrisburg, PA before becoming a Byzantine Catholic priest in 1967. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career including in the Diocese of Metuchen.  

According to media reports, in 1975, a 15-year-old altar boy reported that Father Rebovich solicited oral sex from him at St. Nicholas in Dunellen, New Jersey. This was the first allegation of child sexual abuse by the priest. In 1978, the boy told officials of the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Passaic, but no action was taken. A few months later Father Rebovich was transferred to the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Parma. 

In 1990, Father Rebovich went on administrative leave. In July 1990, a civil suit was filed alleging that he raped an altar boy twice in the rectory of St. Eugene in 1980, in the Diocese of Parma. According to the alleged victim, the first incident occurred on Good Friday, after Father Rebovich took him to dinner and persuaded him to spend the night at the rectory. He said he woke up in the night to find the priest performing oral sex on him. The second incident took place in August 1980, after Father Rebovich got him drunk and took him back to the rectory. That time, he woke up to find himself naked in the priest’s bed. 

The suit also stated that the alleged victim met with diocesan officials in June 1984 and agreed not to press charges if Father Rebovich was removed from ministry, forced into treatment and banned him from contact with boys. He was removed from St. Eugene, but less than a month later, he was reinstated and assigned to St. Michael that same year. 

When the alleged victim learned of the priest’s reinstatement he filed the suit. He said, “The sole reason why I decided to file a lawsuit was to accomplish what I thought I had accomplished in 1984 and that was to prevent Father. John from molesting other young men.”

No criminal charges were filed because the statute of limitations had run out. The case was settled in 1991. 

In June 2002, another suit was filed by three men who claimed the Diocese of Cleveland and the Diocese of Parma allowed Father Rebovich to abuse them for three years while they were all minors. 

According to the alleged victims’ lawyer, Father Rebovich often gathered teen-age boys at the rectory, got them drunk and raped several of them. One victim said Father Rebovich paid him and other teen-age boys hundreds of dollars to defecate in a chalice while he watched or offered to perform sexual acts on them.

In August  2018, Father Rebovich’s name appeared on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted multiple allegations of child sexual abuse from other dioceses. In December 2018, his name was included on Diocese of Scranton’s list, as well. Father Rebovich is deceased. The date of his death is unknown.  

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen 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 Diocese of Metuchen 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. Eugene D. Corbesero – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Eugene Corbesero

Diocese of Metuchen

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Ordained: 1962

Left order: 1979 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962-1963      Our Lady of Sorrows (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • 1963-1971      Consolata Society for Foreign Missions (Somerset, NJ)
  • 1972-1973      1 Glenn St. (Milford, CT) 
  • 1973-1976      Our Lady of Consolation (Charlotte, NC); St. Dorothy (Lincolnton, NC) 
  • 1976-1978      St. Lawrence (Centredale, RI) 
  • 1979-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Eugene Corbesero:

Father Eugene Corbesero was ordained a priest of the Consolata Society for Foreign Missions in 1962 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career in Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. In 1979, he left the order to marry. He was later widowed.

 in August 2006, while at a sleepover at the priest’s New Jersey home, a 12 year-old boy called 911 and reported to police that Father Corbesero molested him. Father Corbesero admitted the abuse and was convicted of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

In 2006, a “confidential informant” told prosecutors that Father Corbesero may have been accused of child sexual abuse in the past. The judge denied the prosecutors’ motion to review his personnel file from his time as a priest. In October 2007, he was sentenced to five years in prison.

He died in 2016.

According to media reports, in December 2019, the Diocese of Charlotte released a list credibly accused clerics, which included Father  Corbesero. It noted that in 1995 the diocese received a report that he sexually abused a teenage boy sometime between 1973 and 1975, while assigned to Our Lady of Consolation in Charlotte.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen 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 Diocese of Metuchen 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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Br. Lewis Morrow – Diocese of Metuchen

Brother Lewis Morrow

Diocese of Metuchen

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Ordained: 1963

Laicized: 2003

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • Lutheran Medical (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Milton Hospital (Milton, MA)
  • Sacred Heart Parish (Burlington, NH)
  • St. Ann’s Church (Raritan, NJ)
  • St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (Brighton, MA)
  • Victory Memorial Hospital (Brooklyn, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Lewis Morrow:

Brother Lewis Morrow was ordained a brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross order in 1963 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. He had assignments in hospitals throughout the Northeast, including New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey. According to media reports, he was named on the Congregation of Holy Cross’ 2019 “List of Those Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.” It noted multiple allegations of abuse in the 1970s that were received in 1977. He was permanently removed from ministry after a 2003 “review of files.”  He died in 2004.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen 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 Diocese of Metuchen 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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