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Fr. Ernest Justin Hill (Trinitarian) – Diocese of Paterson

Father Ernest Justin Hill

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1951

Removed:1994

Died: 2003

Assigned as follows:

  • 1951                St. Anne’s and St. Joachim (Carthage, MS)
  • 1952-1954      Annunciation (Kiln, MS); Our Lady of the Pines (Catahoula, MS); St. Joseph’s (Fenton, MS); St. Louis of France (Rocky Hill, MS); Infant of Jesus (White Cypress, MS) 
  • 1954-1956      Holy Ghost Cenacle and Shrine of Saint Joseph (Sterling NJ) 
  • 1956-1958      St. Elizabeth’s (Colonial Beach, VA); St. Paul’s (Hague, VA); St. Francis (Kilmarnock, VA); St. Anthony’s (King George, VA); St. Timothy’s (Tapahannock, VA) 
  • 1958-1962      Sacred Heart (Hitchcock, OK); St. Joseph’s (Loyal, OK); St. Eugene’s (Canton, OK) 
  • 1962-1965      St. Anne Mission (Manchester, KY) 
  • 1965-1977      Holy Trinity Missionary Cenacle (Silver Springs, MD) 
  • 1977-1978      Dorothy Day Catholic Worker (Washington DC) 
  • 1978-1980      Sacred Heart (Soldier Pond, ME); St. Mary Star of the Sea  (Stonington, ME) 
  • 1980-1993      Unknown
  • 1993-1994      Holy Trinity Seminary (Silver Springs, MD)
  • 1995-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Ernest Justin Hill:

Father Ernest Justin Hill was a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity order. According to media reports, in 1994, he was suspended by his order for refusing to undergo psychological testing. He was under investigation for being accused of inappropriate behavior with teen-agers. He denied the allegations. 

In 1999, he was accused of child sexual abuse in Maine, in the late 1970s or early 1980s. In March 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Jackson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted an allegation of child sexual abuse reported in 1994 occurring in Indiana in 1992. Father Hill died in 2003.

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. John (Jack) Ventura – Diocese of Paterson

Father John (Jack) Ventura

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1968

Removed: 1985

Assigned as follows:

    • 1969                Our Lady of the Lake Church (Mount Arlington, NJ)
    • 1970-1971      St. Christopher Church (Parsipanny, NJ)
    • 1972                St. Mary of the Lake Seminary (Highland Lakes, NJ) 
    • 1973                Our Lady of Sorrows Church (Birmingham, AL) 
    • 1974-1975       St. Paul’s Cathedral (Birmingham, AL) 
    • 1976-1981      St. Leo Church (Demopolis, AL) 
    • 1982                Our Lady of the Lake Church (Pell City, AL)
    • 1983                Holy Spirit Church (Huntsville, AL)
    • 1984                Unknown 
    • 1985                Immaculate Conception Church (Orrville, AL)
    • 1986-1987      Absent on Leave 
    • 2003                Retired
    • 2004-2019      Unknown

 

 

 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John (Jack) Ventura:

Father John (Jack) Ventura was ordained for the Diocese of Paterson. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Birmingham in 1974. According to media reports, he was removed from ministry in 1985 after allegations of child sexual abuse were reported. He retired in 2003. In December 2018, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Birmingham’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. 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. Aedan Manning (Trinitarian) – Diocese of Paterson

Father Aedan Manning

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1963 

Died: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964                Trinitarian House (Washington, DC) 
  • 1965-1973      Father Judge Mission Seminary (Monroe, VA) 
  • 1974-1975      Our Lady of Victory ( Compton, CA) 
  • 1976-1978      Unknown 
  • 1979-1981      The Holy Spirit Missionary Cenacle (Stirling, NJ) 
  • 1982-1987      Unknown 
  • 1988-1989      Special Assignment (MS)
  • 1990 -1991     St. Richard (Jackson, MS)  
  • 1992-1993      Unknown
  • 1994-1998      St. Richard (Jackson, MS) 
  • 1999-2000      St. Richard (Jackson, MS) St. Anne (Carthage, MS) 
  • 2001-2002      St. John (Crystal Springs, MS)
  • 2003-2006      Unknown
  • 2007-2008      Our Lady Missionary Cenacle (Adelphi, MD) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Aedan Manning:

Father Aedan Manning was a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity order. He was a Judicial Vicar for the Diocesan Tribunal, and Diocesan Director of the Permanent Diaconate. According to media reports, in March 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Jackson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted a report received in 1991 of abuse in 1967 in New Jersey (diocese not named). He retired in 2002 and died in 2008.

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. Martin Van Trieste (Trinitarian priest) – Diocese of Paterson

Father Martin Van Trieste

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1945

Died: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • 1945-1950      Holy Ghost Missionary Cenacle, AL) 
  • 1950-1951      Holy Ghost Missionary Cenacle (Sterling, NJ) 
  • 1951-1953      Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Tucker, MS); St. Catherine (Indian) (Conehatta, MS); St. Francis Xavier (Pearl River, MS)
  • 1953-1955      Holy Trinity Missionary Cenacle (Silver Springs, MD)
  • 1955-1963      Sacred Heart (Lorain, OH) 
  • 1963-1969      Nuestra Senora de Lourdes (San Juan, Puerto Rico); Nuestra Senora de Lourdes (Santa Bernadita, Puerto Rico) 
  • 1970                Unknown 
  • 1971-1976      San Patricio (Loiza Aldea, Puerto Rico); Medianaia Baja (Villa Canona, Pinones, Santiago, Puerto Rico) 
  • 1977-1983      Chapel of the Sacred Heart (Lorain, OH)
  • 1983-1984      Our Lady of Victory (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1987-1989      Diocesan Hispanic Office (Cleveland, OH)
  • 1990-1992      Our Lady of Victory ( Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1993-1994      Holy Spirit Noviciate (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1994-1996      Trinity Missions (Mexico) 
  • 1997-2000      Resurrection del Senor (Canovanas, Puerto Rico); Nuestra Senora de la Providencia (Puerto Rico) 
  • 2000-2002      Unknown
  • 2002-2007      Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity (Alelphi, MD)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Martin Van Trieste:

Father Martin Van Trieste was a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity order. According to media reports, in 2002, Father Van Trieste was accused in a lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused five men in the 1960s and 1970s when they were young boys and members of Father Van Trieste’s touring singing group for Latino boys, “The Little Martins”.  He retired in 2005 and died in 2007.

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. August Kita (Salesians) – Diocese of Paterson

Father August Kita

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1960

Died: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1962      Salesian Pontificial Athenaeum (Rome, Italy) 
  • 1962-1967      Archbishop Shaw High School (Marrero, LA)
  • 1967-1972      Salesian Junior Seminary (Goshen, NY)
  • 1972-1976      Sacred Heart Juniorate (Ipswich, MA) 
  • 1977-1981      Mary Help of Christians School (Tampa, FL)
  • 1982-1985      Don Bosco College (Newton, NJ) 
  • 1986-1988      Sacred Heart Retreat House (Ipswich, MA)
  • 1989                Salesian Provincial House (New Rochelle, NY)
  • 1990-1992      Don Bosco Retreat Center and Marian Shrine ( West Haverstraw, NY) 
  • 1993-1995      Holy Rosary; St. John Bosco (Birmingham, AL) 
  • 1994                Helen Hayes Hospital (West Haverstraw, NY) 
  • 1996-1997      Don Bosco Retreat Center and Marian Shrine (West Haverstraw, NY) 
  • 1998                Unknown
  • 1999                Don Bosco Technical High School (Paterson, NJ) 
  • 2000-2008      Don Bosco Retreat Center and Marian Shrine (Stony Point, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father August Kita:

Father August Kita was a Salesian priest. He held various positions as teacher, director and pastor at many locations across the country. According to media reports, in November 2018, Father Kita’s name first appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It reported an allegation reported in 2006, of child sexual abuse in the 1960s and 1970s. He died in 2008. In the fall of 2009, at least one claim of child sexual abuse against him was included in the almost $5.2M settlement with the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

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. Leonard Thomas Walsh (Franciscan) – Diocese of Paterson

Father Leonard Thomas Walsh

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1926

Died: 1954

Assigned as follows:

  • 1927-1927      St. Bonaventure’s Monastery and Ecclesiastical Seminary (Allegany, NY) 
  • 1927-1934      St. Bonaventure’s Franciscan Monastery (Paterson, NJ)
  • 1935                St. Joseph’s (East Rutherford, NJ) 
  • 1935-1944      Commissariat of the Holy Land (Franciscan Monastery); Mt. St. Sepulchre (Washington, DC)
  • 1945-1947      St. Francis of Assisi (New York, NY); St. Basil’s Seminary (Stamford, CT)
  • 1948                St. Bonaventure College and Seminary (Allegany, NY)
  • 1948-1950      St. Anthony’s Monastery (Franciscan Fathers) (Butler, NJ) 
  • 1950-1954      St. Francis’ Friary (Brookline, MA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Leonard Thomas Walsh:

According to media reports, Father Leonard Thomas Walsh, a Franciscan Friars priest, served in multiple parishes in New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC, Connecticut and Massachusetts. He died in 1954. In April 2012, at least one claim of child sexual abuse against him was settled for an unspecified six-figure sum. He was accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old Massachusetts boy for four months in 1953. The alleged victim said he went to confession at the friary because he wanted to get out of playing piano on Saturdays. The alleged victim said the abuse began on the second visit, and continued until he got the nerve to stop going.

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. Sean Leo Rooney – Archdiocese of Newark/Diocese of Paterson

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Fr. Sean Leo Rooney, S.D.B.

Salesians of Don Bosco

Archdiocese of Newark/Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1959

Laicized:  2008

Assignment History:

  • 1959-1968: St. Dominic Savio High School, Boston, MA
  • 1968-1971: Salesian Day High School for Boys; Salesian Resident Junior Seminary; Camp Salesian for Boys; Salesian Retreat House for Boys; Salesian Boys Club, Cedar Lake, IN
  • 1971-1975: Don Bosco Technical High School, Paterson, NJ
  • 1975-1979: Archbishop Shaw High School, Marrero, LA
  • 1979-1981: Salesian Junior Seminary, Goshen, NY
  • 1981-1983: Don Bosco High School for Boys, Ramsey, NJ
  • 1983-2003: St. John Bosco Church, Birmingham, AL
  • 1983-2003: Holy Rosary, Birmingham (Gate City), AL
  • 2003-2008: Salesian Provincial House, New Rochelle, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Sean Leo Rooney:

In 2013, Fr. Sean Leo Rooney was named in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged that Rooney sexually abused him as was a fourteen-year-old student at Goshen Junior Seminary in Goshen, New York. Rooney was a teacher at the time. The case settled in 2014.

In New Jersey, Rooney also had assignments in the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Paterson.

Rooney was laicized in 2008 according to a statement by the Salesians. The reasons leading up to his laicization were not made public, but we do not rule out that they related to allegations of sexual abuse received by the Order.

Rooney is believed to be residing in the Prescott, Arizona area.  He is now approximately 82 years old.

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

Father William Winston

Diocese of Paterson

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Ordained (as a Catholic priest): 1986

Removed: 2004

Laicized: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • Corpus Christi (Chatham, NJ)
  • St. Patrick (Chatham, NJ)
  • Assumption (Morristown, NJ)
  • St. Virgil (Morris Plains, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Winston:

According to media reports, Fr. William Winston was a married Episcopal priest with children when he was allowed by the Vatican to convert to Catholicism almost 20 years earlier.

In 2005, Winston was charged with the sexual abuse and neglect of a young boy, presumably his own son.  In February 2006, Winston pleaded guilty to the abuse and neglect of a young boy. He told the judge he could not refute the sexual abuse charge because his memory was blurred by his alcoholism and subsequently admitted that he touched the child’s genitals on several occasions when the boy was between 1999 and 2002, starting when the boy was 4 years old. At the time, he was serving at St. Virgil’s in Morris Plains.

During his prosecution, a prior history of domestic violence came to the public’s attention.  According to news reports, Winston was arrested and charged with domestic violence in 2004.  He later admitted in court as part of that case that he had severely beaten his wife on at least two occasions in the rectory at St. Virgil while in an alcohol-fueled rage.  

Winston’s defense to the charge of sexual abuse was that he could not handle the demands of the church and his family and compounded his problems with alcohol. His attorney revealed that Winston had applied to the Vatican for laicization, the formal process of removal from priesthood, as a result of the allegation.

In May 2006, Winston was sentenced to jail for six months.

In August 2007, he was laicized (removed from the priesthood) by the Holy See.

Winston’s name was included on the Diocese of Paterson’s February 2019 list of credibly accused priests.

Winston is now in his mid sixties and is believed to be residing in Arlington, VA.  He 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 Diocese of Paterson.  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 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. Gregory White – Diocese of Paterson

Father Gregory White

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1996

Died: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • Blessed Kateri (Sparta, NJ)
  • St. Anthony (Hawthorne, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Gregory White

Father Gregory White’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Paterson’s list of accused priests published in February 2019.  It released almost no information on the allegations against each priest, including age/gender of the victims, or the priest’s assignment at the time of the alleged abuse.  However, according to the Bishop of Paterson, in the case of each priest on the list, “the Diocese of Paterson received information concerning possible misconduct by the individual, investigated the matter for corroborating evidence and determined that the report was credible. Accordingly, while those individuals may deny having engaged in illegal behavior involving a minor and they are entitled to be presumed innocent in a criminal court of law, the Diocese has determined that the information it received was credible and it has thus included their names on this disclosure.”

White died in May 2002, at the age of 32, the same month the Diocese of Paterson says he was removed from ministry.  This removal presumably followed an allegation of sexual abuse.

At the time of his death, he was teaching European History in Emerson High School in Emerson.  

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 New Jersey, 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. John Wall – Diocese of Paterson

Father John Wall

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1954

Died: 1983

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Virgil (Morris Plains, NJ)
  • Chaplain (St. Mary Hospital, Passaic, NJ)
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace (Branchville, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Wall

Father Wall’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Paterson’s list of accused priests published in February 2019.  The Diocese of Paterson released almost no information on the allegations against each priest, including age/gender of the victims, or the priest’s assignment at the time of the alleged abuse.  However, according to the Bishop of Paterson, in the case of each priest on the list, “the Diocese of Paterson received information concerning possible misconduct by the individual, investigated the matter for corroborating evidence and determined that the report was credible. Accordingly, while those individuals may deny having engaged in illegal behavior involving a minor and they are entitled to be presumed innocent in a criminal court of law, the Diocese has determined that the information it received was credible and it has thus included their names on this disclosure.”

According to the Diocese of Paterson, Wall died in 1983.  At the time of his death, he was a priest in good standing. 

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 New Jersey, 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.