Father Randolph Nowak
Archdiocese of New York
Assigned as follows:
- 1952-1969 St. Mary’s Seminary, Mary Immaculate Friary (a.k.a. Glenclyffe High School) (Garrison-on-Hudson, New York)
- 1970-1971 Capuchin Fathers Residence (Hawthorne, NY
- 1971-1973 Capuchin Fathers Provincialate, St. Conrad Friary (White Plains, NY)
- 1973-1978 St. Mary Friary (Garrison-on-Hudson, NY)
- 1978 St. John’s Hospital and Hudson View Nursing Home (Yonkers, NY)
- 1978-1979 Sacred Heart (Yonkers, NY)
- 1979-1980 Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Agat, Guam); St. Anne’s (San Isidro, Guam)
- 1980-1988 San Juan Bautista (Ordot, Guam)
- 1988-1991 Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Ewa Beach, HI)
- 1991-1992 Holy Rosary (Pahala, HI)
- 1992-1994 Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Waikane, HI)
- 1994-1996 Unknown
- 1996-2001 Retired
- 2001-2007 Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Agat, Guam; Capuchin Fraternity (Agat, Guam)
- 2007-2016 St. Fidelis Friary (Agaña Heights, Guam)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Randolph Nowak:
Faculties had been removed in 2004 for past allegations that “arose elsewhere.” Nowak worked in almost every parish in Guam staffed by his Order. Retired and living in Guam at Capuchin Friary in 4/17; there since at least 2007.
Father Randolph Nowak was ordained a Capuchin Franciscan Friar. He spent more than twenty-five years of his early ministry working with high school-aged seminarians at St. Mary’s Seminary in Garrison, NY. In 1979, he was transferred to Guam and then to Hawaii in 1988.
According to media reports, in 2008, a man wrote in a letter to the Capuchins that he had been repeatedly sexually abused by Father Nowak in the 1960s when he was a student at St. Mary’s seminary, a Capuchin-run high school in Garrison-on-Hudson, New York. The priest wrote back in an email to his former student, apologizing for the abuse.
“I was glad to finally contact you after my talk with Fr. Mike Banks. Again I apologize for what happened between us. I was fully at fault. Many times I have prayed to die because of my guilt. I am also sorry to hear that it has severely upset your life. I have kept you in my daily prayers and will continue to do so. My life too has hit the bottom. It has been messed up because I went through the same problems. Sincerely, Randolph.”
The victim also said that he reported the abuse to Father Regis Armstrong as early as the mid-1970s, but no action was taken. In 2008 the priest in question said he didn’t “recall such a conversation… .”
“I turned to him for help. And he did nothing with this information. I feel Regis is guilty of the sin of omission. What he did was almost as grievous as what Randy did. He knew everything,” claimed the victim.
Father Nowak was laicized in 2004 due to past allegations that “arose elsewhere (not in Guam).” The Capuchins paid for some of the survivor’s counseling fees beginning in 2006. As of April 2017, Father Nowak has been living in retirement since at least 2007 at the St. Fidelis Friary in Agaña Heights, Guam.
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