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Archbp. Peter Leo Gerety – Archdiocese of Newark

Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1939

Retired: 1986

Died: 2016

Assignment History:

  • 1939: St. John the Evangelist Church (New Haven, CT)
  • 1940: Grace-New Haven Hospital (New Haven, CT)
  • 1942: St. Brendan Church (New Haven, CT)
  • 1956: St. Martin de Porres Parish (New Haven, CT)
  • 1969–1974: Bishop of Portland
  • 1974 to 1986: Archbishop of Newark

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety:

Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety served for nearly three decades as a parish priest in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Portland, Maine. Gerety was appointed the third Archbishop of Newark in 1974, retired in 1986, and died in 2016 at the age of 104.

A new lawsuit was filed in March 2021 by a now 49-year-old woman against the Archdiocese of Newark, alleging sexual abuse by the late Gerety. According to media reports, the victim claims that in 1976, Archbishop Gerety sexually abused her multiple times when she was just five years old. Allegedly, Gerety befriended her family when they were parishioners at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark.

The archbishop would often bring food to the struggling family and volunteered to look after the 5-year-old when her mother was at work. The victim states that Gerety, the highest-ranking church official in New Jersey at that time, would take her back to his bedroom in the rectory, where he touched her sexually and masturbated in front of her on three or four different occasions. She claims he told her not to say anything to anyone because it will hurt her mother and that it was their little secret. She says that she thought he was sent from God.

Eventually, she began to resist being alone with the priest, and her aunt started watching her instead. The woman said she did not tell anyone about the alleged abuse until she was 13 when she confided in her sister. By the time she was in her 20s, the victim was suicidal and in therapy.

The Review Board offered the victim a $5,000 settlement, but she declined and filed a $50 million lawsuit in March declaring that Gerety’s abuse caused a lifetime of mental health issues.

Gerety, who died as the world’s oldest Catholic bishop at 104 in 2016, was named in numerous lawsuits for allegedly covering up or failing to remove priests in the Archdiocese of Newark who sexually abused children during his tenure.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Kevin Bray – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Kevin Bray

Archdiocese of Newark/Benedictine

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Ordained: 1951

Died: 2000

Assignment History:

  • 1952: St. Mary’s Monastery (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1953-1957: Unknown
  • 1963: In Brazil
  • 1967-1969: Absent on Sick Leave
  • 1969: St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1969-1973: Elizabeth of Hungary (Linden, NJ)
  • 1973-1975: Sacred Heart (Elizabeth, NJ)
  • 1978-1979: Notre Dame of Mount Carmel (Cedar Knolls, NJ)
  • 1980-1985 St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1985-1989: Blessed Sacrament (Elizabeth, NJ)
  • 1989-1990 St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1991-1993: Valley Hospital (Ridgewood, NJ)
  • 1993: Veteran’s Association Hospital (East Orange, NJ)
  • 1994-1995: St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1995-1996: Sacred Heart (Wilmington, DE)
  • 1996-2000: St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Kevin Bray:

Father Kevin Bray, O.S.B. was a teacher and a Benedictine monk of St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown, New Jersey. He taught for many years at the The Delbarton School, run by St. Mary’s Abbey and the Order of St. Benedict New Jersey. 

In 2008, Bray was named in a lawsuit against the Delbarton school by two men claiming they were sexually abused by Bray when they were children at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in the Archdiocese of Newark when Bray worked there (from 1963-1973.)

On Dec. 1, 2019, New Jersey extended the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse lawsuits and allowed a two-year window for those who were previously barred from filing suits by time limits. At that time, the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey faced at least 19 lawsuits alleging child sex abuse.

In 2020, three victims filed suits claiming they were sexually abused in the 1980s by four monks, including Fr. Bray. According to one suit, a victim states that Bray sexually abused him at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Elizabeth, NJ, from 1986 to 1987, when the plaintiff was 13 and 14 years old.

Bray died in 2000 at the age of 76.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Leonard Spanburgh – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Leonard Spanburgh

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1959

Died: 1983

Assignment History:

  • 1960 – 1963: St. Joseph of Palisades Church – West New York, NJ
  • 1965-1983: St. Catherine of Siena Church – Cedar Grove, NJ

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Leonard Spanburgh:

In 2020, a lawsuit was filed against the Archdiocese of New Jersey.  In the suit, Father Leonard Spanburgh was accused of sexually abusing an altar boy on at least eight occasions from 1970 to 1973 when the boy was nine to thirteen years old. At the time of the abuse, Fr. Spanburgh was assigned to St. Catherine of Siena Church in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. The victim alleges that Spanburgh provided him with alcohol on each occasion and would fondle his penis and testicles. He was also abused during overnight trips to Lake Hopatcong in the 1970s. Father Spanburgh died in 1983.

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

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

Fr. Leo Courcy Jr. – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Leo Courcy Jr.

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1962

Leaves of Absence/Sick Leave: 1965-1966, 1979-1980

Inpatient Evaluation/Treatment: 1967-1970

Removed: 1993

Laicized: 2009 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962 – 1965: St. Anthony (Burlington, VT)
  • 1965 -1967: Absent from Burlington Diocese on “Sick Leave”
  • 1966Don Bosco Home (Burlington, VT)
  • 1966St. Francis Xavier (Winooski, VT) 
  • 1966: St. Mark (Burlington, VT)
  • 1967 – 1970: Servants of the Paraclete (Santa Fe, NM) (inpatient treatment)
  • 1967 – 1969Holy Ghost (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1968 – 1969St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1969 – 1970St. Francis Xavier (Clayton, NM)  (during treatment)
  • 1970: Unidentified parish(Amarillo, Texas) (during treatment)
  • 1969/1970: St. Anthony (Questa, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1970: Clayton High School (Clayton, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1971: St. John Vianney (South Burlington, VT) 
  • 1971: St. Mary (Cambridge / Johnson, VT)
  • 1971: St. George (Ottawa, ONT Canada)
  • 1971-1979: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1973-1974: Ottawa Archdiocese, Director of Education
  • 1974: Our Lady of Visitation (South Gloucester, ONT Canada)
  • 1975: Bayonne, NJ (per his father’s obituary)
  • 1977: St. Mary of the Assumption (Deal, NJ)
  • 1977-1979: Various assignments in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1978-1979: Pensacola Catholic High School (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1979-1980: Leave of Absence
  • 1979: Chaplain, unknown Queens, NY High School
  • 1980-1984: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1984-1985: St. Frances de Chantal (Bronx, New York)
  • 1986-1989: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1988-1990: New York Archdiocese Parish Mission Team (Suffern, NY)
  • 1991-1992: St. Mary (Fishkill, NY)
  • 1992-1993: St. Augustine (New York, NY)
  • 1993-1997: Listed in Official Catholic Directory as “On Duty Outside Diocese”

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Courcy Jr.:

The saga of Fr. Leo Courcy is a complicated one and, after an extended investigation, we have done our best to reconstruct what we believe is his trial of abuse across America.  You may notice some assignments that are not listed and that is likely because there are big gaps in the publicly available information, particularly in the 1970s. For example, Courcy appears in a 1970 high school yearbook in New Mexico and then again in a 1978 yearbook in Pensacola, Florida.  His whereabouts during that time are not entirely clear but he may have worked at other parishes and high schools in Canada or New Jersey. It is documented that he served in the Archdiocese of Newark in the mid 70s, possibly while on assignment at Marist High School (although this has not been confirmed.) 

Here is what we do know for certain: Father Leo Courcy Jr. worked in Vermont for only approximately 3½ years. He remained a priest of the Burlington Diocese even though he rarely worked there after 1967.  According to the Diocese of Burlington, Bishop Kenneth A. Angell revoked Courcy’s priestly faculties in February 1993, though the exact reason is not clear.  However, media reports show him celebrating a funeral mass in the New York area well after that date. 

Father Courcy was laicized in June 2009, according to the the Diocese of Burlington, while working in NYC.  It is not clear what prompted this action more than 15 years after the Diocese said Courcy was not able to work as a priest. 

There are numerous “red flags” in Courcy’s assignment history that would merit further investigation in a sex abuse lawsuit.  For example, Courcy has several leaves of absence, which may be indicative of temporary removals and quiet transfers following allegations of sexual abuse.  The assignment to the Servants of the Paraclete in 1967 very likely means that Courcy was the subject of at least one allegation of abuse around that time.  It could also mean that he was the subject of repeated allegations as of 1967, because, in our firm’s experience, shipping an accused priest to the Jemez Springs, New Mexico, treatment facility typically came only after repeated allegations and an inability to handle the matter quietly within the diocese. Of course, these questions would be answered with more certainty if either the Burlington Diocese or Archdiocese of Santa Fe provided a full and complete disclosure of Courcy’s history, rather than the limited ones they each published in response to public pressure.

In 1994, according to media reports, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Burlington Diocese and Archdiocese of Santa Fe alleging that Father Courcy and Father Joseph Anthony Gallegos sexually abused an altar boy in New Mexico after Courcy’s treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs. According to media reports, the lawsuit alleged that Courcy left treatment at the facility and returned to ministry against the advice of at least one psychologist. 

In September 2017, Father Courcy was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexully abused an altar boy in 1969 while serving as a priest at St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico. That same month, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In May 2019, Father Courcy was named in another lawsuit against the Servants of the Paraclete, alleging that Courcy sexually abused two boys during an overnight stay at the rectory of St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico, in 1969. According to the suit, one boy was raped and the other molested. According to the lawsuit, the Servants of the Paraclete sent Father Courcy to St. Anthony’s as a supply priest four days after his arrival for his second round of treatment for child sexual abuse. 

In August 2019, Father Courcy‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.  While the Diocese included certain information about Courcy’s background in its disclosure, we have found that much of it is inaccurate and overall it is totally incomplete.  

Courcy is now in his 80s and believed to be living in the Syracuse, New York, area.  To our knowledge, he has never been criminally charged for his sexual misconduct and is not a registered sex offender.

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

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

Fr. Caesar Orrico – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Caesar Orrico

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: Unknown

Died: 2003

Assignment History:

  • 1962-1972: Emeritus of Church of the Assumption (Emerson, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Caesar Orrico:

In 2021, five new lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Newark were filed alleging child sexual abuse. Among the five, Fr. Caesar Orrico was accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old from 1953 to 1958 while serving at Church of the Assumption in Emerson, NJ. No further details about the abuse have been released. Fr. Orrico died in 2003 at the age of 86.

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

 

Fr. Daniel Meehan – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Daniel Meehan

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1929

Died: 1976

Assignment History:

  • 1962-1972: Our Lady of Grace (Hoboken, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Daniel Meehan:

In 2021, five new lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Newark were filed alleging child sexual abuse. Among the five, Fr. Daniel Meehan was accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old in 1967 and 1968 while serving at Our Lady of Grace Church in Hoboken, NJ. No further details about the abuse have been released. Fr. Meehan died in 1976 at the age of 72.

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

Mr. Michael D. Hogan – Archdiocese of Newark

Mr. Michael D. Hogan

Archdiocese of Newark

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Charged: 2018

Assignment History:

  • 1981-1983: St. Mary’s High School (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1983-1991: St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1998: Marist High School (Bayonne, NJ)
  • 1998: Ferris High School (Downtown Jersey City, NJ)
  • Middle School 7 (Jersey City, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Michael D. Hogan:

Mr. Michael D. Hogan is a member of the Hudson County Sports Hall of Fame. He began his coaching career in 1981 as an assistant baseball coach at St. Mary’s High School in Jersey City, New Jersey.

In 2018, Hogan appeared in court on 8 counts of endangering the welfare of a child after he allegedly had sexually explicit conversations with boys ages 12-13.

According to media reports, as of 2018, Hogan’s charges against him are all second-degree offenses that have the possibility of him serving 5-10 years. He was sentenced to one year of probation after pleading guilty.

In December of 2020, Hogan had a new lawsuit against him, accusing him of sexually abusing a teenager that he coached in the 1980s at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, and at the city’s “Stars of Tomorrow” baseball program. The abuse took place numerous times starting around 1986 when the plaintiff was 15-16 years old. The lawsuit names the Jersey City Recreation Department, the city itself, the Archdiocese of Newark, St. Anthony High School, and the estate of former Jersey City Recreation Department Superintendent as defendants.

According to media reports, the complaint accuses Hogan of “forcible, unpermitted, unlawful sexual contact” with the plaintiff and alleges that Hogan “used his position of power as a coach to groom the plaintiff for sexual abuse and to sexually abuse the plaintiff”. The suit does not detail allegations of abuse of other students or players. According to an email, the Jersey City spokeswoman stated that “the city has yet to be served with any such lawsuit…we take these allegations very seriously.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of New Jersey’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Newark, 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. 

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

Fr. Donato Cabardo – Archdiocese of Newark

      Father Donato Cabardo 

      Archdiocese of Newark 

     

Ordained:  Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Paul of the Cross Church (Jersey City, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Donato Cabardo:

According to media reports, in August 2020, Father Donato Cabardo arrested for alleged sexual abuse crimes that occurred in the rectory at St. Paul of the Cross Church earlier in the year. He was charged with two counts of fourth-degree Criminal Sexual Contact and one count of Harassment.

The alleged victim was an adult female who first reported the incident to the Archdiocese of Newark. The Archdiocese informed the New Jersey Clergy Abuse Task Force and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit which then launched an investigation into the allegations. 

Results of the investigation found that between January and July 2020, Father Cabardo allegedly touched in a sexual manner the victim’s breast and buttocks. He also allegedly pressed his cheek against her cheek and kissed her cheek, hand, face and head. 

Father Cabardo, is the third priest arrested by members of the Task Force since its inception in 2018.

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

Father Bruce Harger

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Ordained: 2001

Resigned: 2020

Assignment History:

  • 2001-2007: St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church (Hillsdale, NJ)
  • 2007-2010: St. Nicholas Parish (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 2018-2020: Church of Epiphany (Cliffside Park, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Bruce Harger:

Fr. Bruce Harger voluntarily resigned from the church after an allegation surfaced in 2020 that he abused a minor before he was ordained nearly 20 years ago. According to the Archdiocese of Newark, Fr. Harger has not been convicted of any civil or canonical crime and denies any wrongdoings. No information has been released of the victim’s age or gender, but Harger stepped down until the investigation is complete.

Ordained in 2001, Harger entered the priesthood later in life. He was a singer prior, where he performed with the Hidden Valley Opera Ensemble in California, the Washington Opera Chorus in Washington, DC, and the Wolftrap Summer Opera in Switzerland.

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

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.   

Fr. Victor Phelan – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Victor Phelan

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1971

Removed: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1971-1976      Bawku Catholic Mission (Bawku, Ghana) 
  • 1976-1978      Residence (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1978-1979      St. Mary’s (Plainfield, NJ)
  • 1980-1989      White Fathers of Africa activity (Africa)
  • 1989-1992      Missionaries of Africa (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1990-1991      Missionaries of Africa (Chicago, IL)
  • 1993-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Victor Phelan:

Father Victor Phelan was a priest of the Society of Missionaries of Africa order. His ministry took him from Ghana in West Africa to the archdioceses of Chicago, Newark and Los Angeles. He was assigned for at least one year (1977) in Plainfield in the New Jersey. Father Phelan was accused of child sexual abuse in a lawsuit settled in May 2013. His whereabouts beyond 1992 are unknown. 

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