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Fr. Sean Leo Rooney (Salesians of Don Bosco) – Archdiocese of New York

Father Sean Leo Rooney

Archdiocese of New York

Ordained: 1959

Laicized: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1959-1968      St. Dominic Savio High School (Boston, MA)
  • 1968-1971      Salesian Day High School for Boys; Salesian 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 (Birmingham, AL) 
  • 1983-2003      Holy Rosary (Birmingham, AL) 
  • 2003-2012      Salesian Provincial House (New Rochelle, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Sean Leo Rooney:

Father Sean Leo Rooney was ordained a priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He served in the Boston, Gary, Paterson, New Orleans, New York, Newark, and Birmingham (arch)dioceses during his 50-year career. He was laicized in 2008, but his name is listed in the Official Catholic Directory for another four years. 

According to media reports, in December 2013, Father Rooney was accused in a lawsuit of repeatedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old male student in 1980, at Salesian Junior Seminary in Goshen, where Father Rooney was a theology and physics teacher. The alleged abuse included removing the boy’s clothing, touching and fondling the boy’s naked buttocks and genitals skin-on-skin, and masturbating on the boy on multiple occasions at the seminary and during a school bus trip to Sacred Heart Retreat House in Ipswich, Massachusetts. A settlement was reached in 2014 

In February 2020, Father Rooney was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a 13-year-old male Don Bosco Technical High student more than 100 times from 1973 to 1975 at the school. He was a chemistry teacher and soon after the boy enrolled, he began “grooming him and giving him special treatment,” and gave the boy alcohol and showed him pornography, the suit said.

His current whereabouts and are unknown.

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

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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.

In February 2020, Rooney was named in a new lawsuit filed against the Salesians and Diocese of Paterson.  According to media reports, the Plaintiff alleges he was sexually abused by Rooney on 100 occasions during Rooney’s assignment to Don Bosco High School in the 1970s.

Rooney’s last assignment as a Salesian, before his 2002 removal, was to a low-income community in the Birmingham, Alabama area.  He served as administrator of a ministry outreach program designed for the youth in local housing projects. Rooney is listed on the Salesian’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

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.

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Don Bosco Preparatory School

 

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at The Don Bosco Prep School

Bergen County, New Jersey

Founded: 1915

Location: Ramsey, New Jersey

Grades: 9 through 12

Don Bosco Preparatory High School is a private, all-boys Roman Catholic School founded in 1915 for Polish boys by the Salesians of Don Bosco. It currently has an enrollment of over 870 students and approximately 60 classroom teachers. 

Fr. Francis Nugent, s.d.b., who has been accused of sexually abusing of children, was assigned to Don Bosco Prep from 1974 to 1978.  In 1994, the Salesians were informed by an adult woman that two of her brothers were sexually abused by Nugent, which resulted in a lawsuit that was later settled. Nugent died in 2011 while residing in Italy.

Fr. Sean Leo Rooney was assigned to Don Bosco Prep from 1981 to 1983.  Rooney was the subject of a six-figure settlement in 2014 following a lawsuit by a man who was abused by Rooney at a junior seminary from 1979 to 1981, immediately before Rooney’s assignment to Don Bosco.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and administrators in New Jersey private schools now have legal options to get justice and compensation, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our law firm offers free consultations and always works on a contingency basis.

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