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Fr. Placid Hennessey – Diocese of Scranton

Father Placid Hennessey

Diocese of Scranton 

Placid Hennessey Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1929

Death: 1959

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Placid Hennessey

In December 2021, the Diocese of Scranton added Fr. Placid Hennessey’s name to its list of clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor. Additional details about the nature of the abuse and when it took place are publicly unavailable. 

Fr. Hennessey’s assignment history is also unknown, but sources place the priest in New Jersey in the late 1930s. While in New Jersey, Fr. Hennessey supervised the Girls’ Club. According to news reports in 1953, Fr. Placid Hennessey was also noted for his involvement with the Catholic Youth Center (CYC). 

According to the Diocese of Scranton, Fr. Placid Hennessey was not a priest in the diocese. He was a Franciscan Friar. Fr. Hennessey died on April 5, 1959. 

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

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

 

Msgr. Thomas Jordan – Diocese of Scranton

Monsignor Thomas Jordan

Diocese of Scranton

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Ordained: 1948

Died: 1990

Assigned as follows:

  • 1949-1950: Ascension Church, Williamsport, PA
    1951: St. Gabriel’s Church, Hazleton, PA
    1952-1964: St. Ignatius Church, Kingston, PA
    1959-1967: “Procuratores et Advocati”
    1965-1968: Central Catholic High School, Kingston, PA
    1967-1968: Holy Saviour Church (in residence), Wilkes-Barre, PA
    1969-1970: St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, PA
    1971-1977: Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas, PA
    1978-1987: Church of the Epiphany, Sayre, PA
    1979-1986: “Dean for Bradford and Sullivan Counties”
    1984-1986: “Council of Priests”
    1987-1989: St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church
    1989:  “Dean for Dunmore”

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Msgr. Thomas Jordan:

Monsignor Thomas Jordan was ordained a priest in 1948 and served in the Diocese of Scranton. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to a list maintained by Bishop Accountability.org, he was accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a 6 to 7-year-old boy from approximately 1979 to 1980. At the time of the alleged abuse, Monsignor Jordan was assigned to Church of the Epiphany in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

The sexual abuse by Monsignor Jordan occurred in the elementary school affiliated with Church of the
Epiphany on at least three occasions. He fondled the boy’s penis and testicles, skin-on-skin, and forced the boy to perform oral sex on Monsignor Jordan.

The claim settled in 2020 in the low six figures.

Monsignor Jordan died in September 1990.

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

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

LAWSUIT: Diocese of Scranton Priest Accused of Child Sexual Abuse

Diocese of Scranton Clergy Sexual Abuse Horowitz Law

On January 28, 2021, Horowitz Law filed a clergy sexual abuse lawsuit against the Diocese of Scranton in Lackawanna County. The suit. filed by attorneys Adam Horowitz and Jessica Arbour, alleges Father Joseph Meighan sexually abused the now 30-year-old victim for a period of years beginning in 1995  was the victim was five years old. The abuse continued until Father Meighan was finally relieved of his duties.

According to the suit, Meighan was a frequent guest at the boy’s home, as well as the homes of his grandmother and great-grandmother. He also served as a spiritual adviser to the boy. The suit claims that Meighan baptized the victim and presided over many Masses attended by the victim and his family at various parishes within the Diocese of Scranton.

The suit is among more than two dozen lawsuits filed in Lackawanna County Court that allege the diocese knew priests were sexually abusing children. Rather than take steps to protect them, the Diocese of Scranton transferred the priests to other parishes to avoid liability, the suits claim.

“He really was a revered and well-trusted priest in my client’s family, and unfortunately the Diocese of Scranton knew that he was a predator more than 20 years before the abuse actually started,” said attorney Jessica Arbour.

This is not Meighan’s first allegation. Fr. Meighan was among the 301 priests identified in the 2018 Grand Jury Report that named clergy members that faced allegations of sexual misconduct. That report revealed officials first learned Meighan was abusing children in 1970, when four boys at St. Boniface Church in Wilkes-Barre reported he fondled them. He was ordered to undergo treatment, but then returned to service. The Grand Jury Report also stated that there was a second set of allegations that came up in 1990 from a woman alleging that she had seen Meighan undressing her teenage son. At least three more complaints were made in 2003, 2007 and 2008 against Meighan, the report states.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Scranton now have legal options to recover damages.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. Julius Reiner – Diocese of Scranton

Father Julius Reiner

Diocese of Scranton (Congregation of the Passion)

Julius Reiner Diocese of Scranton Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1926

Died: 1973

Assignment History:

  • St. Paul of the Cross Province

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Julius Reiner:

Father Julius Reiner was ordained a priest of the Congregation of the Passion in 1926, who served in the Diocese of Scranton. According to media reports, Fr. Reiner was named on the Diocese of Scranton’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

“The Diocese assesses the credibility of allegations of abuse utilizing a process that includes, as appropriate, assessments by outside counsel and investigation by a former FBI agent. In addition, the Diocesan Review Board, an independent, consultative body comprised of members of the laity, a religious sister and one priest, performs a case-by-case review.”

Fr. Reiner died in 1973.

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

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

Fr. Hugh Harold McGroarty – Diocese of Scranton

Father Hugh Harold McGroarty

Diocese of Scranton

Hugh Harold McGroarty Diocese of Scranton Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1945

Died: 2012

Assignment History:

  • 1946-1947: Saint Charles, Sugar Notch, PA)
  • 1947-1950: Holy Savior (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1950-1962: Saint Patrick (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1962: Christ the King (Dunmore, PA)
  • 1962-1966: Saint Mary of Mount Carmel (Dunmore, PA)
  • 1966-1969: Saint Martha (Fairmount Springs, PA)
  • 1969-1974: Our Lady Queen of Peace (Brodheadsville, PA)
  • 1974-1979: Saint Elizabeth (Bear Creek, PA)
  • 1979-1982: Saint Francis X. Cabrini (Carverton, PA)
  • 1982-1985: Saint Patrick (White Haven, PA)
  • 1985-1987: Saint Cecelia (Exeter, PA)
  • 1987-1991: Saint John the Evangelist (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1991- 1993: Saint Rose (Carbondale, PA)
  • 1993-1996: Saint Hedwig (Kingston, PA)
  • 1996: Saint John the Evangelist (Pittston, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Hugh Harold McGroarty:

Father Hugh Harold McGroarty was ordained a priest in 1945, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. According to media reports, in Fr. McGroarty was named on the Diocese of Scranton 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. McGroarty died in 2012. He was assigned to parishes in Sugar Notch, Wilkes-Barre, Dunmore, Fairmount Springs, Bear Creek, Carverton, White Haven, Exeter, Carbondale, Kingston, Pittston over his tenure.

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

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

Mr. Mark Major – Diocese of Scranton

Mr. Mark Major

Diocese of Scranton (Lay Teacher)

Mark Major Diocese of Scranton Horowitz Law

Died: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • 1991-1993: Sacred Heart High School (Carbondale, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Mr. Mark Major:

Mr. Mark Major was a lay teacher who worked at Sacred Heart High School in the Diocese of Scranton. According to media reports, in October 2020, his name was one of eight additional names that have been added to its list of individuals who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. The Diocese assesses the credibility of allegations of abuse utilizing a process that includes assessments by outside counsel and investigation by a former FBI agent. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Mr. Major is deceased.

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

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

Fr. Walter L. Ferrett – Diocese of Scranton

Father Walter Ferrett

Diocese of Scranton

Walter Ferrett Diocese of Scranton Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1966

Died: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1966: Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Lake Silkworth, PA)
  • 1966-1969: Saint Stanislaus (Nanticoke, PA)
  • 1969-1973: Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Scranton, PA)
  • 1973-1982: Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Dickson City, PA)
  • 1982-1990: Saint Stanislaus, Nanticoke, (Nanticoke, PA)
  • 1990-1991: Saints Peter and Paul (Plains, PA)
  • 1991-2005: Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary (Scranton, PA)
  • 2005-2007: Villa Saint Joseph (Scranton, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Walter Ferrett:

Father Walter Ferrett was ordained a priest in 1966, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. He was assigned to parishes in Lake Silkworth, Nanticoke, Scranton, Dickson City, and Plains over his tenure. According to media reports, in 2020, he was named on the Diocese of Scranton 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Fr. Ferrett 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 Scranton. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Scranton may 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 Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Francis Corcoran – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. Francis Corcoran

Diocese of Scranton

Francis Corcoran Diocese of Scranton Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1958

Died: 1996

Assignment History:

  • 1958: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Tunkhannock, PA)
  • 1958-1961: Mater Dolorosa (Williamsport, PA)
  • 1961-1963: Ascension (Williamsport, PA)
  • 1963-1966: Saint Ann (Shohola, PA)
  • 1966-1975: Saint Francis (West Hazleton, PA)
  • 1975-1977: Holy Child (Mansfield, PA)
  • 1977-1984: Sacred Heart (Weston, PA)
  • 1984: Sacred Heart (Luzerne, PA)
  • 1984-1987: Saint Martin of Tours (Jackson, PA)
  • 1987-1991: Our Lady of Lourdes (Montoursville,
  • 1991: Saint-Boniface (Williamsport, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Francis Corcoran:

Fr. Francis Corcoran was ordained to the priesthood in 1958, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. Throughout his tenure, he was assigned to parishes in Tunkhannock, Shohola, West Hazleton, Weston, Luzerne, and Jackson. According to media reports, in 2020, he was named on the Diocese of Scranton List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Fr. Conboy died in August 1996.

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

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

Fr. Joseph T. Conboy – Diocese of Scranton

Father Joseph Conboy

Diocese of Scranton

Joseph Conboy Diocese of Scranton Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1953

Died: 2008

Assignment History:

  • 1953-1964: Saint Michael’s School for Boys (Hoban Heights, PA)
  • 1964-1969: Saint Gabriel (Hazleton, PA)
  • 1969-1970: Saint Leo (Ashley, PA)
  • 1970-1977: Saint Basil (Dushore, PA)
  • 1977-1984: Saint Lawrence (Great Bend, PA)
  • 1984: Holy Saviour (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1984-1990: Saint Joseph (Athens, PA)
  • 1990-1992: Saint Patrick (Nicholson, PA)
  • 1992: Retired

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph Conboy:

Fr. Joseph Conboy was ordained to the priesthood in 1953. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career and in 1992, he became pastor emeritus of St. Patrick’s Church in Nicholson. Fr. Conboy also served as the dean of Bradford County and as a deanery coordinator for the participation of the Diocese of Scranton in the papal visit of John Paul II to Philadelphia in October 1979.

According to media reports, Fr. Joseph Conboy was publicly named on the Diocese of Scranton 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, as well as the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Fr. Conboy retired in 1992, and died in February 2008.

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

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

Fr. Edmund F. Byrne – Diocese of Scranton

Father Edmund Byrne

Diocese of Scranton

Edmund Byrne Diocese of Scranton Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1938

Died: 1991

Assignment History:

  • 1938-1940: Nativity of Our Lord (Scranton, PA)
  • 1940: Saint Matthew (Stroudsburg, PA)
  • 1940-1941: Saint Basil (Dushore, PA)
  • 1941-1945: Saint Joseph (Minooka, PA)
  • 1945-1950: Cathedral of Saint Peter (Scranton, PA)
  • 1950-1958: Saint Mary (Dunmore, PA)
  • 1958-1961: College Misericordia (Dallas, TX)
  • 1971: Incardinated, Dioceses of Oklahoma City and Tulsa

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Edmund Byrne:

According to media reports, Fr. Edmund Byrne was named publicly by the Diocese of Tulsa on its 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. His name was also added to the 2020 Diocese of Scranton, where he had four parish assignments prior to being incardinated in 1971 into the Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Fr. Byrne died in May 1991.

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

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