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Fr. Thomas Sokolowski – Diocese of Scranton

Father Thomas Sokolowski – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. Thomas Sokolowski

Ordained: 1979

Died: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1979-1980        Sacred Heart of Jesus (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1980-1982        Holy Trinity (Nanticoke, PA)
  • 1982-1988        Ss. Peter and Paul (Towanda, PA)
  • 1988-1991        St. Ann (Bentley Creek, PA)
  • 1991-1992        St. Thomas (Elkland, PA)
  • 1992-1994        St. Mary Czestochowa (Eynon, PA)
  • 1994-2002        St. Matthew (East Stroudsburg, PA)
  • 2002-2003        St. John (East Stroudsburg, PA)
  • 2003-2005        Immaculate Conception (Scranton, PA)
  • 2005            Mercy Hospital (Scranton, PA)
  • 2006-2008        Five different parishes
  • 2008-2009        Mercy Center (Dallas, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Sokolowski:

Father Thomas Sokolowski was not identified or discussed in the 2018 grand jury report but his name did appear on the August 2018 list of credibly accused priests published by the Diocese of Scranton.  Unfortunately, no information was provided as to the gender/age of the victim(s) nor the date(s) the abuse is alleged to have occurred. However, it does mean that the allegation(s) was found to be credible by the Diocese of Scranton’s internal Review Board.

According to his obituary, Sokolowski died unexpectedly in 2012.  It is not clear from the Diocese of Scranton’s August 2018 release if Sokolowski was a priest in good standing at the time of his death.  He was without assignment for the three years prior to his death, which suggests he may have been removed/resigned in 2009.  His assignment history also suggests that he was intentionally kept out of parish ministry near the end; the modus operandi for the Diocese of Scranton following an allegation of abuse seemed to be to send a priest for an evaluation and then assign him to Mercy Center (Dallas, PA) or a local hospital.  Both assignments appear in Sokolowski’s history.

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