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Fr. Fidelis Lazar – Diocese of Erie

Father Fidelis Lazar

Diocese of Erie (Benedictine)

Fidelis Lazar Diocese of Erie Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1963

Withdrew from ministry: 1989

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1966-1969: St. Vincent (Latrobe, PA)
  • 1970-1975: St. Bede (Bovard, PA)
  • 1975-1976: Sacred Heart (St. Marys, PA)
  • 1976-1981: St. Clare (Clairton, PA)
  • 1981-1982: St. Joan of Arc (Library, PA)
  • 1982-1984: St. Mary (New Castle, PA)
  • 1984-1986: St. Joseph (Bloomfield, PA)
  • 1984-1987: St. Teresa (Koppel, PA)
  • 1987-1989: Leave of Absence

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Fidelis Lazar:

Fr. Fidelis Lazar was ordained a Benedictine priest of the in 1963, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Erie. According to media reports, in October 1986, the Diocese of Pittsburgh received a report from a male teen that he had been sexually abused by Father Lazar in June 1986. The alleged victim said that Father Lazar took him on overnight trips and slept together in the same bed. He said the priest kissed him and began touching the boy’s genitals. While in bed, he pulled the boy so close to him, that the victim felt his erect penis.

When confronted, Father Lazar initially denied the allegation, stating the family was “troubled” and was singling him out. He was sent for treatment in November 1987. According to the summaries provided by his doctors, Father Lazar admitted to being sexually active with children after his ordination. Citing health reasons, he took a personal leave of absence from ministry. 

By September 1989, Father Lazar was removed from active ministry as a result of the allegation and his diagnosis of Ephebophilia, the primary sexual interest in mid -to -late adolescents. In September 1994, another man alleged that he had been sexually abused by Father Lazar when he was 15 or 16 years old when the priest was assigned at St. Joan of Arc. 

In March 2002, a man sent an email to the Diocese asking of Father Lazar’s status. He reported that Father Lazar had abused him while he was at St. Vincent’s Preparatory School in Latrobe when he was a Benedictine monk in the 1960’s. 

Father Lazar died in Connecticut in March 2018. Later that year in May 2018, his name was added to the Diocese of Erie’s updated list of clergy and staff credibly accused of child sexual abuse. In August 2018, his name was included in the PA Grand Jury report.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Erie. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Erie may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so please do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Fidelis Lazar – Diocese of Pittsburgh

Father Fidelis Lazar

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Fidelis Lazar Diocese of Pittsburgh Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1963

Death: 2018

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1966-1969: St. Vincent (Latrobe, PA)
  • 1970-1975: St. Bede (Bovard, PA)
  • 1975-1976: Sacred Heart (St. Marys, PA)
  • 1976-1981: St. Clare (Clairton)
  • 1981-1982: St. Joan of Arc (Library, PA)
  • 1982-1984: St. Mary (New Castle, PA)
  • 1984-1986: St. Joseph (Bloomfield, PA)
  • 1984-1987: St. Teresa (Koppel, PA)
  • 1987-1989: Leave of Absence
  • 1989: Withdrew from active priestly ministry

Summary of Allegations Against Father Fidelis Lazar:

Father Fidelis Lazar was ordained a priest in 1963, who served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. According to Diocesan records, three victims reported child sexual abuse allegations against him. The first victim came forward in 1986 alleging that Father Lazar took him on trips during which they slept in the same bed and held him so close that the boy could feel his erection. Another priest allegedly confronted Lazar about this behavior and he was sent away for a psychological evaluation in 1987. While at the facility, Father Fidelis Lazar admitted that he had sexually abused minors since being ordained.

In 1989, Lazar took a leave of absence. The Bishop did not allow him to re-enter the ministry because of his attraction to adolescents.

The second victim came forward in 1994. He reported that when he was 15 or 16 years old and Lazar was assigned to St. Joan of Arc, Father Fidelis Lazar would kiss him, take his pants off, and inappropriately touch his genitals. The third victim emailed the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2002 to report that Father Lazar had sexually abused him at St. Vincent’s Prep School in Latrobe.

Lazar died in 2018. His name was added 5/18/18 to the diocese’s list of credibly accused priests, lay employees and volunteers. It noted he was no longer in ministry. He was also named publicly as accused in a priest profile in the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.

In 2002, another man alleged that Lazar sexually abused him as a child in the 1960s. In July 2020, Lazar was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused a 7-year-old child in 1975.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.