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Msgr. Thomas Jordan – Diocese of Scranton

Monsignor Thomas Jordan

Diocese of Scranton

Thomas Jordan Diocese of Scranton Horowitz Law

 

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 Abuse Allegations against Monsignor 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 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 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 Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1926

Died: 1973

Assignment History:

  • St. Paul of the Cross Province

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Julius Reiner:

Fr. Julius Reiner was a member of the Congregation of the Passion. Fr. Reiner was recently 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. 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.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 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 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:

Fr. Hugh Harold McGroarty was recently 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. 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.

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

Mr. Mark Major – Diocese of Scranton

Mr. Mark J. Major

Diocese of Scranton/Lay Teacher

Mark J. Major 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 J. Major was recently 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. Mr. Major is deceased. He was a lay teacher at Sacred Heart High School in Carbondale, PA, from 1991 to 1993.

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.

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

Fr. Walter L. Ferrett – Diocese of Scranton

Father Walter L. Ferrett

Diocese of Scranton

Walter Ferrett Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1966

Died: 2008

Assignment History:

  • 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 L. Ferrett:

Fr. Walter L. Ferrett was recently 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. Fr. Ferrett died in 2008. He was assigned to parishes in Lake Silkworth, Nanticoke, Scranton, Dickson City, and Plains 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.

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

Fr. Francis Corcoran – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. Francis Corcoran

Diocese of Scranton

Francis Corcoran 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 recently 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. Fr. Conboy died in 1996. Over his tenure, he was assigned to parishes in Tunkhannock, Shohola, West Hazleton, Weston, Luzerne, and Jackson.

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.

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

Fr. Joseph T. Conboy – Diocese of Scranton

Father Joseph T. Conboy

Diocese of Scranton

Joseph T. Conboy 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 T. Conboy:

Fr. Joseph T. Conboy was recently 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. Fr. Conboy 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.

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

Fr. Edmund F. Byrne – Diocese of Scranton

Father Edmund F. Byrne

Diocese of Scranton

Edmund F. Byrne 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 in the Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Edmund F. Byrne:

Fr. Edmund F. Byrne was named publicly as credibly accused by the Tulsa Diocese on its 2019 list and 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. Fr. Byrne died in 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.

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

Msgr. Joseph P. Kelly – Diocese of Scranton

Msgr. Joseph P. Kelly

Diocese of Scranton

Joseph Kelly Diocese of Scranton Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1966

Assignment History:

  • 1967:            Ascension Church, Williamsport, PA
  • 1968-1969: St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Archbald, PA
  • 1970-1975: College Seminary of St. Pius X, Dalton, PA
  • 1974-1978: “Boy Scouts Director”
  • 1974-1978: “N.C.C.M. Director”
  • 1975-1979: “Procuratores et Advocati”
  • 1975-1978: “N.C.C.W. Director”
  • 1975-1980: “Senate of Priests”
  • 1975-1978: “Holy Name Society”
  • 1976-1980: “St. Michael’s School for Boys,” Hoban Heights, PA
  • 1977-1980: College Seminary of St. Pius X, Dalton, PA
  • 1981-1985: St. Catherine of Siena Church, Moscow, PA
  • 1984-1985: “Pro-Synodal Judges”
  • 1986:           Not indexed
  • 1987-1988: St. Stanislaus Church, Scranton, PA
  • 1988-1998: Holy Rosary Church, Scranton, PA
  • 1991-1998: Camp St. Andrew, Tunkhannock, PA
  • 1999:           Not indexed
  • 2000-2006: Camp St. Andrew, Tunkhannock, PA
  • 2001-2005: Nativity of Our Lord Church, Scranton, PA
  • 2006:          Catholic Social Services
  • 2006:          St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Msgr. Joseph P. Kelly:

According to media reports, two years after the sweeping grand jury report on “widespread sexual abuse” throughout the commonwealth’s Catholic churches, the Diocese of Scranton is continuing to add names to its list of “credibly accused.” The only priest still living is Monsignor Joseph Kelly. Kelly taught for 25 years in diocesan schools in PA. He took a sabbatical in 1999. After his retirement in 2006, he continued volunteering at St. Francis of Asissi kitchen.

He is named publicly by the Diocese of Scranton in 2020 as accused, with seven allegations against him, four of them deemed credible. According to media reports, in 1994, he was named in a lawsuit that alleged he and other priests were part of a “sex ring” in the 1970s and 1980s at St. Gregory’s in Magnolia, St. Michael’s in Gibbstown, and St. Joseph’s in Camden.

Six men have said in lawsuits or media interviews that Kelly molested them, some when they were as young as 10. Two sets of brothers say the priest masturbated them and had oral sex with them when they were minors. Monsignor Kelly was placed on administrative leave.

According to a list maintained by Bishop Accountability.org, Monsignor Kelly was accused of sexually abusing a male minor child on at least eight occasions in approximately 1978 when the boy was approximately 13 years old. The sexual abuse took place at St. Michael’s School for Boys in Hoban Heights, Pennsylvania, where the boy lived at the time. Monsignor Kelly performed oral sex on the boy and masturbated himself in front of the child.

The claim settled in 2020 in the mid-five figures.

In January 2021, Monsignor Joseph Kelly was accused again in a lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Scranton. Kelly allegedly sexually abused another student at St. Michael’s School for Boys in 1975.  The victim claimed Kelly repeatedly forced him to engage in various sexual acts starting when he was a 15-year-old student at the Falls Township facility.

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.

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