Father Stephen M. Garrity
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Assigned as follows:
- 1971-1979 St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, (Philadelphia, PA)
- 1980-1982 Jesuit Community at St. Joseph’s Univ. (Merion Station, PA)
- 1982-1985 Loyola High School (Baltimore, MD)
- 1982-1985 Province Office (Baltimore, MD)
- 1985-1991 Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA)
- 1991-2001 Loyola on the Potomac Retreat House (Faulkner, MD)
- 2001-2007 Holy Cross Parish (Durham, NC)
- 2007-2008 Jesuit Fathers and Brothers Provincial Curia (Baltimore, MD)
- 2008-2011 Jesuit Center – Jesuit Community (Wernersville, PA)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Stephen M. Garrity:
Father Stephen M. Garrity, a Jesuit priest, was assigned to high schools in Washington DC, Philadelphia PA, Baltimore MD and Scranton PA. He served also as the Province’s vocations director, as director and rector of a Faulkner MD retreat house and as a college chaplain and parish pastor in Durham NC.
According to media reports, in 2007, he was removed from ministry by the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus from Holy Cross Church in Durham, NC. The decision for removal came after Father Garrity admitted “inappropriate sexual contact” with five young adults, ages 18-23, in the early 1980s while in Baltimore and Philadelphia. He was sent for evaluation and received therapy.
In January 2013, the Jesuits told the Philadelphia district attorney that they received a credible allegation that Father Garrity had sexaully abused a male student at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in North Philadelphia in the 1970s. He was sent to a monitored community residential treatment facility run by the Jesuit community in Pennsylvania.
The Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus said that Father Garrity, a graduate of the school, engaged in inappropriate sexual touching while teaching at the school from 1971 to 1979.
He died in 2014.
In October 2018, Father Garrity’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Raleigh’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted a sexaul abuse allegation in 1970 reported in 2018.
In December 2018, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Scranton’s list. It noted a sexaul abuse allegation in 1970 reported in 2018. That same month, his name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950. It noted multiple allegations.
In February 2019, Father Garrity’s name was added to the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.
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