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Fr. Mark Honhart – Diocese of Scranton

Father Mark Honhart – Diocese of Scranton

Ordained: 1980 (Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph)

On loan to Diocese of Scranton: 2004-2009

Incardinated into Diocese of Scranton: 2009

Leaves of absence: 1990/1991, 2011

Removed from ministry: 2011

Assigned in Diocese of Scranton as follows:

  • 2004-2005        St. Rose of Lima (Carbondale, PA)
  • 2005-2007        St. Anthony, St. Bridget, St. John the Baptist (Throop, PA)
  • 2007-2010        Our Lady Help of Christians (Dorrance, PA)
  • 2010-2011        Sacred Heart and St. Joseph (Forest City, PA)/St. James (Pleasant Mount, PA)/St. Julianna (Rock Lake, PA)

Summary of Allegations against Father Mark Honhart:

Honhart was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri.  He spent much of his ministry working outside of the Diocese until he eventually landed in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  He was incardinated into the Diocese of Scranton in 2009.

Notably, Honhart worked in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe (New Mexico) before coming to Scranton to work.  That is an assignment often seen for priests who were treated at the notorious Servants of the Paraclete facility for pedophile priests located in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.  However, the main facility closed in the 1990s following the SOP’s bankruptcy, and the grand jury report does not discuss the New Mexico assignment, so it is impossible to tell exactly why Honhart was in New Mexico for nearly four years.

In 2011, the Diocese of Scranton received a report from Kansas City – St. Joseph that Honhart was accused of molesting a fourth grade student (male) at Holy Cross school from approximately 1985-1986.  Honhart’s faculties were removed by the Bishop of Scranton and it does not appear that he ever returned to public ministry.

Honhart remains a priest, though the Diocese of Scranton has indicated he will never return to ministry. He was last known to be residing in the Plymouth, Pennsylvania, area.  He is 72 years old.

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