Father Robert Chabak
Archdiocese of Newark
On Sabbatical/On Leave: 1988-1989
Elevated to Monsignor: 1998
Removed from ministry: 2013
Assigned as Follows:
- 1972-1979 St. Mary of the Assumption Church (Elizabeth, NJ)
- 1979-1988 Christ the King (Hillside, NJ)
- 1988-1989 Absent on Sabbatical Leave
- 1989-1990 The Church of Saint Theresa (Kenilworth, NJ)
- 1990-1997 Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church (Hoboken, NJ)
- 1994-1997 Dean of Central Hudson Region Deanery 9 (Newark, NJ)
- 1997-2006 St. Valentine’s Church (Bloomfield, NJ)
- 2002-2004 Dean of North Essex Deanery 16 (Newark, NJ)
- 2006-2008 Not indexed
- 2008-2012 Retired – (Normandy Beach, NJ)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert H. Chabak:
In 2004, allegations were first made against Father Robert Chabak that he sexually abused a 15 year old boy while he was assigned to St. Mary of the Assumption in Elizabeth in the 1970s. He was placed on administrative leave in November 2004 when church officials decided there was enough evidence to support the claims made against Chabak.
In years since, Chabak had been living in Normandy Beach, NJ. When Hurricane Sandy hit and damaged his home, the Archdiocese allowed him to take up residence at St. Joseph “out of a sense of compassion.” No one informed the parishioners and it was months before anyone realized he was an accused and suspended priest. Under pressure from the priests and parishioners, the Archdiocese told Chabak to leave the rectory in July 2013 and later allowed him to reside in a Rutherford retirement home for priests.
Chabak’s name appeared on the February 2019 list of credibly accused priests published by the Archdiocese of Newark. No information was provided as to the allegations known to the Archdiocese, such as the age/gender of his victims, or Chabak’s assignment(s) at the time of the abuse.
He is believed to be residing in the Normandy Beach area again. According to the Archdiocese of Newark, Chabak remains a priest, but has no faculties to minister.
He is 73 years old.
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