Tag: Diocese of Paterson

Fr. Luke Travers – Diocese of Paterson

Father Luke Travers

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1986

Removed: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1987-1997      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ) 
  • 1998-2007      St. Mary’s Abbey; Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ)
  • 2008               St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ); Holy Trinity (New York, NY) 
  • 2009-2016      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ) 
  • 2017-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Luke Travers:

Father Luke Travers, a Benedictine monk, was the headmaster at Delbarton School in New Jersey from 1999 through 2007, but taught there before and after that time. 

According to media reports, in April 2011, a former student sent a letter to St. Mary’s Abbey, which runs the school, alleging sexual misconduct by Father Travers as he was consoling him when his father was dying. The letter said the monk offered him alcohol, hugged and kissed him, professed his love and said he wanted to run away with him when he came back to the school after graduating. 

Another former student came forward alleging that when Father Travers was headmaster, he grabbed the boy’s crotch and butt when he was about 14 years old in the 1980s. Amidst the allegations, the monk was removed from his position as non-residential administrator at St. Mary’s Abbey in Virginia, and ordered to live under restrictions that barred him from contact with anyone under 25. 

In March 2012, a lawsuit was filed by two brothers who grew up on the campus of the Delbarton School where their father was a teacher. The suit claimed they were sexually abused Father Travers while he was headmaster in the 1970s. He denied the allegations. In April 2012, he severed ties with the Benedictine order.

In June 2018, a settlement was reached with five men alleging abuse by five monks, including Father Travers at Delbarton School.

In July 2018, Delbarton School and St. Mary’s Abbey, publicly acknowledged for the first time, the accusations of 30 individuals who have alleged abuse by 13 past or current priests and monks there, and one retired lay faculty member, over the course of three decades.

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

Father Robert Yurgel 

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1996

Laicized: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1992                Catholic Conference Center (Hickory, NC)
  • 1992-1993      St. Felix Friary (Wilmington, DE) 
  • 1993-1996      Our Lady of Lourdes Friary (Paterson, NJ)
  • 1996-1997      Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 1997-1999      St. Matthew’s (Charlotte, NC); Our Lady of Consolation (Charlotte, NC); St. Michael’s (Gastonia, NC); Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)  
  • 1999-2001      Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY) 
  • 2001-2003      Our Lady of Lourdes (Paterson, NJ); Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2003-2006      Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2006-2008      St. Mary’s Hospital (Passaic, NJ); Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Passaic, NJ); Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY); St. Francis (Passaic, NJ)
  • 2008-2009      Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2010-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Yurgel:

Father Robert Yurgel was a priest for the Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Sacred Stigmata of St. Francis. He was assigned in 1997 to the Diocese of Charlotte NC, where he worked in several area parishes. In October 1999 he was transferred out of the diocese, and returned to his order in New York. He was then assigned to the Diocese of Paterson NJ. 

According to media reports, in 2008, a 23-year-old man reported to police that Father Yurgel sexually abused him beginning in 1999 when he was a 14-year-old altar boy at St. Matthew’s in Charlotte, while Father Yurgel was an assistant priest. The man said the abuse occurred at St. Matthew’s, Our Lady of Consolation, in a car in the parking lot of St. Michael’s in Gastonia, and at the boy’s home when his parents were out. Father Yurgel was a close friend of the boy’s family.

The priest was arrested in New Jersey in April 2008, and extradited to North Carolina. At the time of his arrest, he was chaplain at St. Mary’s in Passaic, NJ. He pleaded guilty, and in February 2009 was sentenced to a minimum of seven years and eight months in prison, and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

“For the past decade, I have lived in fear of you. You made me believe my family would be mad at me. But … my family did believe me. My family did not get mad at me. My family still loves me,” the victim said in court.

In 2008, Father Yurgel’s victim filed a suit against the Diocese of Charlotte and Capuchin Franciscans, claiming they covered up his case, and that the diocese knew of his sexual misconduct in 1999. The suit was settled in 2010 for $1.23 million. He was laicized the same year.

Father Yurgel was released from prison in August 2016. He reportedly moved from North Carolina to New Jersey in November 2016. 

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

Father Timothy J. Brennan 

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1980

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1979-1994      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1992-1994      St. Mary’s of the Lake, Lakewood, NJ) 
  • 1996-2018      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ) 
  • 2019                Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Timothy J. Brennan:

According to media reports, in 1987, Father Timothy J. Brennan, a Benedictine monk, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy at St. Mary’s Abbey on the Delbarton School campus in 1984. Prosecutors said he showed the victim pornography and urged him to masturbate in front of the monk. Court papers said the victim was between 13 and 15 at the time. 

“I was embarrassed, and I blamed myself,” the victim said. “I didn’t really realize the extent of what had happened to me.”

Father Brennan was placed on one year probation, charged a $30 fine and was sent to Washington, DC for six months for treatment in a facility for clergy sex offenders. The case was resolved with a confidentiality agreement that came with a seven-figure settlement in 1988. The abbey promised publicly not to let him work with children or teenagers again. Father Brennan was later assigned to a Lakewood parish to work at a nursing home and a local hospital. He continued working in New York churches for over 10 years.

In March 2002, Father Brennan was in Rochester NY when he was placed on leave amidst another sexual abuse allegation reported. He was ordered into a Missouri rehabilitation facility for life. 

In June 2012, Father Brennan’s accuser from Delbarton filed a civil suit. The case was settled in June 2014. 

In July 2017, a New Jersey man filed a civil suit alleging that Father Brennan sexually abused him on more than 100 occasions when he was an altar boy and a student at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Linden from 1968 to 1971. The abuse started when he was 14 years old and continued until he was 14. According to the suit, Father Brennan plied him 2with pornography and masturbated in front of him. He sent the boy on missions to have sex with other students and had him report back. 

“He constantly treated me like his favorite student or special friend,” the alleged victim said. “He never held back in our conversations we had, and his conversations with me were always about an explicit sex act or specific interaction with a certain person. He also contently told me that he was fantasizing about sex and that he would use me to complete his orgasm.”

In June 2018, the Benedictine order settled lawsuits with five men who claimed they were sexually abused by Father Brennan at Delbarton School. Settlements were also reached in December 2018 and February 2019, totaling seven settled suits. According to court documents, Father Brennan admitted to abusing 50 boys. As of February 2019, there are active suits from three men and one woman, claiming he sexually abused them at St. Elizabeth’s.

Father Brennan currently lives in a Catholic community in Missouri known for treating troubled clergy.

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

Brother Francis (Frank) Nugent

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1956

Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957                Unknown 
  • 1958-1959      Sacred Heart Juniorate (Ipswich, MA)
  • 1960-1973      Salesian High School (New Rochelle, NY)
  • 1974-1978      Don Bosco High School (Ramsey, NJ) 
  • 1979                Unknown 
  • 1980-1981      Don Bosco Retreat Center (West Haverstraw, NY)
  • 1982-1995      Sacred Heart Retreat House (Ipswich, MA)
  • 1996-1998      Salesian Residence (South Orange, NJ)
  • 1999                The Salesian Community (Orange, NJ)
  • 2000-2002      The Salesian Community (Orange, NJ; Salesians of Don Bosco, S.D.B. (Orange, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Francis (Frank) Nugent:

Brother Francis (Frank) Nugent was a priest of the Salesians Order. He was the director of the Salesians’ Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, NJ, and ran a youth camp in Ellenville, NY. 

According to media reports, in 1994, a woman reported that Brother Nugent abused her when she was 14, as well as, two of her minor brothers. She said the monk repeatedly abused one of her brothers and he had become suicidal. In 1980, he drove a car owned by the Salesians into a pond and died. He was 25.

Brother Nugent was removed from his position as director of a youth retreat in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He was sent for therapy and reassigned to another parish upon his return. The woman again reported the abuse to the Order in 1998. She subsequently filed a civil suit, which was settled for $250,000 later that year.

She said, “The press has to keep up coverage of female victims so that more people come forward. I told my story because I thought it would do some good — that others would see Father Nugent’s name and come forward. He was working for years with children.”

In October 2002, Brother Nugent was named in a civil lawsuit filed by four former students of a Salesian Junior Seminary. The suit alleged they were repeatedly sexually molested by members of the religious order while living at the seminary between 1969 and 1973.

Brother Nugent died in January 2011.

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

Father James Tully

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1975

Laicized: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970                St. Brendan’s (Bellingham, MA)
  • 1975-1978      Xaverian Center (Holliston, MA)
  • 1978-1985      Xaverian Foreign Missions (Makeni, Sierra Leone)
  • 1985-1990      Xaverian Missionary Fathers College (Franklin, WI)
  • 1990-1992      Unknown 
  • 1992                Institute of Living (Hartford, CT) 
  • 1993-1994      Holy Family Monastery (Farmington, CT)
  • 1994-1998      Xaverian Foreign Missions (Makeni, Sierra Leone)
  • 1998-2002      Xaverian Foreign Missions, (Location unknown)
  • 2002-2007      Union of Superiors General (Rome, Italy)
  • 2007-2008      (Vicenza, Italy)
  • 2008-2009      Xaverian Missionary Fathers (Wayne, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James Tully:

Father James Tully was a priest of the Xavierian order. He was a missionary for many years in Sierra Leone and Guinea. According to media reports, Father Tully was accused of sexually abusing boys in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and in Sierra Leone. He has also been accused by a former Xaverian seminarian of sexual assault. 

In 1992, Father Tully pleaded no contest to “disorderly conduct” after giving three minor boys alcohol and grabbing the inner thigh of one of them during a baseball game in Wisconsin. He was sentenced to two years probation and sent to the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut, which specializes in sexual disorders and has treated hundreds of priests.

In a 2002 letter to the Archdiocese of Boston, Father Tully was accused of having sexually abused a parishioner at St. Brendan’s in Bellingham, MA, in 1970. He was sent to Rome and assigned to a non-ministerial position.

In 2005, a $75,000 out-of-court settlement was reached with a Massachusetts man who alleged that Father Tully sexually abused him at the Xaverian Seminary in Milwaukee when he was a 21-year-old student there in the late 1980s. This man later went on a mission to have the priest defrocked.

“I had my own experience and I was horrified about it. I’m angry that the church has allowed a man to function in the church in this religious order for 30 years. And that’s criminal,” he told the Associated Press in a telephone interview.

In late 2008, Father Tully relocated to New Jersey. He was laicized in January 2009.

In May 2010, a man from Sierra Leone accused Father Tully of sexually abusing him and other boys between 1978 and 1985. The man said the priest would ply them with palm wine and demand oral sex from the boys.

“He would want us to play with his penis, to arouse him; not even to just play with it but to put it in your mouth,” said his accuser.

As of November 2008, Father Tully has been living at the Xaverian Missionary Fathers residence in Wayne, NJ.

His name was not included in the 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 Diocese of Paterson.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Paterson, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Paterson 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. Malachy Flavin – Diocese of Paterson

Brother Malachy Flavin

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: Unknown

Left Order: 1987

Assigned as follows:

  • Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ)
  • Resurrection Parish (Randolph, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Malachy Flavin:

Brother Malachy Flavin was a monk of the Benedictine Order. According to media reports, in 1992, a man alleged that he was sexually abused by Brother Flavin on two occasions. The first incident was in September 1978 when he was 15 and a student at Delbarton, a private all-male college-prep school. The second was when he was 18 and home from college visiting the school. 

The former student was told that the Order knew of another victim, and that Brother Flavin had resigned in 1987 after an alleged drinking incident with another boy. School officials promised that the monk wouldn’t be allowed back on campus.

Delbarton officials did not investigate the allegations or inform the Diocese of Paterson. Almost ten years later, the alleged victim heard Brother Flavin was working as a deacon at Resurrection parish in Randolph. He notified Delbarton officials that he wanted them report his abuse to the authorities and to pay for his weekly therapy visits. He also said he wanted a financial settlement from the abbey, and to ensure that Brother Flavin was not an active deacon anywhere. He was told to get a lawyer. 

In 2002, the alleged victim went public with the allegations. A special review panel determined the allegations were credible. In 2003, the Diocese of Paterson asked the Vatican to laicize Brother Flavin because he refused to voluntarily leave the Order. 

“I feel fantastic that this guy will never again be able to present himself as a religious figure,” the victim said. “It’s my school, and I want to . . . prevent this from happening to some other kids. I did the community a distinctive service. His corrupt and despicable ministry is now over.”

As of February 2017, Brother Flavin was living in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. 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 Paterson.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Paterson, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Paterson 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. Ernest Faggioni – Diocese of Paterson

Father Ernest Faggioni (Fagione)

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1947

Died: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1948-1949      Unknown 
  • 1950                Salesian High School Residence (New Rochelle, NY) 
  • 1951-1959      Hope Haven (Marrero, LA) 
  • 1960-1961      Don Bosco Technical School (Paterson, NJ) 
  • 1962-1963      Don Bosco Juniorate (West Haverstraw, NY)   
  • 1964-1966      Hope Haven (Marrero, LA) 
  • 1967-1974      Archbishop Shaw High School (Marrero, LA) 
  • 1975-1979      Salesian Prep School (Cedar Lake, IN) 
  • 1980                Salesian Monastery (Cedar Lake, IN) 
  • 1981-1982      Don Bosco Technical High School (Paterson, NJ)  
  • 1983-1988      Unknown
  • 1989-1992      St. John Bosco (Harvey, LA) 
  • 1993                Unknown
  • 1994-2000      St. John Bosco (Harvey, LA) 
  • 2001-2002      Salesian High School (New Rochelle, NY) 
  • 2002                Salesian Provincial House (New Rochelle, NY) 
  • 2003-2004      Unknown
  • 2005-2006      Mary Help of Christians School (Tampa, FL) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Ernest Faggioni:

Father Ernest Faggioni (Fagione)  was a priest of the Salesians Order. He spent most of his life in the New Orleans area, serving at different times as a teacher, principal or treasurer at Hope Haven, a boarding school in Marrero for boys who were orphaned or whose families could not afford to raise them. He died in June 2006.

According to media reports, in Fall 2009, at least one claim was included in the almost $5.2 million settlement with the Archdiocese of New Orleans. An undisclosed number of adults had claimed that years earlier as children they were beaten, berated and sexually molested at two Catholic orphanages. The suits were filed beginning in 2005. One plaintiff’s attorney said the church tried to suppress evidence of abuse at the institutions.

“We’ve had to fight the church tooth and nail for more than four years to get it to acknowledge wrongdoing,” he said. 

In November 2018, Father Faggioni’s name  was included on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted that the allegation of child sexual abuse  in the 1950s and 1960s was reported in 2006.

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

Brother John Dority

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1967

Left Order: 1976

Laicized: 1980

Assigned as follows:

  • 1967-1973      St. Anne’s Friary (Anapolis, Brazil)
  • 1967-1973      Holy Name (Roslindale, MA)
  • 1973-1975      St. Stephen of Hungary (New York, NY)  
  • 1975-1976      St. Catherine of Bologna (Ringwood, NJ) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother John Dority:

Brother John Dority was a Franciscan Friar priest. In the 1960s through the early 1970s, he spent six years as a missionary in Brazil. When visiting family in Massachusetts, he worked as a fill-in priest at Holy Name in Roslindale. He also worked at parishes in Ringwood, New Jersey and New York City. He left the Franciscans in 1976 and was laicized in 1980. 

According to media reports, in 2005  Brother Dority was convicted of sexually abusing a 12 year-old boy in Rhode Island. He had also been charged with the sexual assault of a 19 year-old male. He served two years of a 20 year prison sentence, and was released in 2007. His name is listed on the Connecticut sex offender registry.

In 2010, a civil suit was filed that alleged Brother Dority abused two boys in Roslindale. The abuse occurred when he would go on leave to visit family. It started when the boys were ages 10 and 13, from 1966 to 1972. Brother Dority admitted he had abused them, and in October 2011, the plaintiffs were awarded $3 million.

Brother Dority’s name was not included in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States. In February 2019, his name was included on the Diocese of Norwich’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted that as of 2019, he was living in the diocese, but was never affiliated with it.

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

Father Ronald J. Tully

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1966

Removed: 2004

Laicized: 2016

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • Pope Pius XXII High School in (Passaic, NJ) 
  • Sacred Heart Church (Dover, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Ronald J. Tully:

Father Ronald J. Tully was ordained for the Augustinian Order. In the 1960s, he taught in Washington, DC. In 1970, he left the Order and became became a Diocese of Paterson priest. 

According to media reports, in April 1979, Father Ronald J. Tully  was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of child endangerment in Riverhead, NY after two boys, ages 14 and 15 alleged Father Tully sexually abused them when they were teenagers while attending Pope Pius XII High School. They said Father Tully took them to his summer home on Long Island and got them drunk. He fondled one boy, and pulled down the pants of the other boy and molested him. They said they locked themselves in a bedroom, and jumped out a window while Father Tully banged on the door. The boys, then ran to a nearby house and the police were called. 

In 1980, the charges were dismissed. According to court papers, Bishop Rodimer told the families of the alleged victims that if they did not pursue charges, Father Tully would be punished and not allowed access to children. A nun, then principal of the school was accused of threatening family members to keep them quiet.

In 2004, both alleged victims came forward after learning Father Tully had been assigned to Sacred Heart parish since 1983 and had been promoted to monsignor. That year church officials laicized Father Tully. The allegations made raised questions about why he was not removed earlier. The national Catholic bishops’ conference approved a measure in 2002 that allowed the church to remove priests after one instance of child abuse.

In January 2007, a third claim was settled by the Diocese of Paterson with a Boston area man who said he was sexually assaulted by Father Tully in 1984. The man was 14 at the time and said the abuse occurred over a period of six months, with Father Tully fondling him occasionally before sexually assaulting him in the Sacred Heart rectory. 

On one occasion, Father Tully became irate when the boy refused to give him oral sex, said the victim’s lawyer. “He’s suffered enormous emotional damages.”  

In April 2008, two more claims were settled by the Diocese of Paterson. In December 2008, a claim was settled with a man who claimed he was 14 years old and a student at Pope Pius XII High School in Passaic when Father Tully fondled him in 1977. At the time, Father Tully was an assistant principal at the school.

In March 2012, a claim was settled with a man who alleged he was a 16-year-old  student at Pope Pius XII High School in Passaic, in 1976 when the alleged abuse took place.

In September 2015, another claim was settled with a woman who alleged that Father Tully fondled her 20 times in 1977 when she was a 16-year-old student at Pope Pius High School in Passaic. Father Tully was the high school’s vice principal at the time.

The Diocese of Paterson paid a total of $2.1 million in settlements with at least 9 claims of sexual abuse by Father Tully. He denied all charges.

In 2011, more allegations of sexual abuse were reported to the Archdiocese of Washington DC. Father Tully was laicized in January 2016. 

In October 2018, Father Tully’s name first appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He died one month later in November. 

In February 2019, Father Tully’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Paterson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Paterson, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Paterson now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. Benedict Worry – Diocese of Paterson

Father Benedict Worry

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1987

Removed: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1987-1988      Unknown
  • 1989-2017      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ) 
  • 1996-1997      Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Trenton (Princeton, NJ)
  • 1997                St. James Church (Pennington, NJ) 
  • 1998-2010      St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church (Linden, NJ) 
  • 2004-2008      Deanary: Little Flower Parish (Union County Southeast, NJ) 
  • 2012                St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church (Linden, NJ) 
  • 2013-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Benedict Worry:

Father Benedict Worry was a member of the Brothers of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (F.S.R.). He worked in the Diocese of Reno in Nevada and taught at Manogue High School from 1974 to 1978 as director of the CYO program. In 1987, he was ordained a Benedictine priest and taught at Delbarton School, a private college prep school for boys, run by the Benedictine monks, in Morristown, NJ for 18 years. He was also the chaplain for the Linden Police Department.

According to media reports, in January 2012, Father Worry was removed from assignment and sent to St. Mary’s Abbey after an allegation of sexual misconduct with an individual was reported in the 1990s. In March 2012, four alleged abuse victims filed a civil lawsuit against Delbarton School and St. Mary’s Abbey. In June 2012, another man joined the existing lawsuit to allege abuse in the 1980s by Father Worry. 

The amended complaint said Father Worry “sexually assaulted, sexually abused and/or had sexual contact” with the accuser “on numerous occasions.” In one instance, after a night of heavy drinking with the monk, the accuser said he woke up to find Father Worry fondling him. He was 16. 

No criminal charges were filed due to the statute of limitations. Father Worry’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 Paterson.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Paterson, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Paterson 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.