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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 3:19 pm

CAMDEN: The Diocese of Camden has released the names of 56 priests and one deacon of the Diocese of Camden who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors, according to a statement posted on the Diocese web site.

The list was accompanied by the following statement by theMost Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan, D.D., Bishop of Camden:

“In keeping with a promise made by the Roman Catholic Bishops of New Jersey, I am today releasing the names of 56 priests and one deacon of the Diocese of Camden who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. The other bishops from New Jersey are simultaneously releasing the names of priests from their dioceses.

In the Diocese of Camden, these 56 priests are a small percentage of the more than 800 priests who have faithfully served the people of South Jersey since the diocese was founded in 1937.

As to the names on the attached list, it includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable. Most of these incidents occurred in the 1970’s and the 1980’s and involved male teenagers. It should also be noted that the majority of these priests, all of whose names have been provided to local law enforcement authorities, are dead.

In many cases, a single allegation from 30 or 40 years ago was the only such charge that had ever been made against the priest, and was received after he had died. Thus, he was unable to respond to the allegation.

Not included in this list are four allegations from the 1960’s and 1970’s that are being referred to the Diocesan Review Board for a determination as to their credibility. The Review Board, which consists mainly of laypeople who are not employed by the Diocese or any of the parishes, will be presented with all of the available evidence, and I have full confidence in its recommendations as to whether a supplemental report to include the names of other priests or deacons will be warranted.

A thorough reading of this list finds that it is in accord with in-depth reviews, such as the research study conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, which appear to confirm that the pervasiveness of this phenomenon was in the latter part of the 1900’s. For example, the last credible report of abuse of a minor by a priest in ministry in the Diocese of Camden occurred in 1995. This is not in any way to excuse what had happened – and it certainly is not to excuse the failings of bishops and other leaders in the Church at that time.

To be certain, the darkest stain on the Catholic Church in the last century was the sexual abuse of minors by priests. Unfortunately, we have all learned that this “filth,” as Pope Benedict correctly called it, was more pervasive than anyone imagined, or even thought possible.

We know the release of these names may cause others who have been abused to come forward. With that in mind, the Dioceses of New Jersey encourage victims to register with the recently announced Independent Victims Compensation Program when that program is launched in the coming months. The program will handle submissions, evaluations, and settlements of individual claims of sexual abuse of a minor. The program will operate independently of the participating dioceses. The Administrators of the program will have complete autonomy to determine eligibility of individual claims and the amount of compensation for victims who present a claim.

The dioceses worked together to establish a common statewide protocol for the Independent Victims Compensation Program to facilitate access to the program by victims. All victims, no matter when the offense occurred, will be eligible to participate in the Independent Victims Compensation Program.

The priest sex abuse scandal is not new, and neither is the Church’s response to it. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops established the Charter for the Protection of Children in 2002, and it has been implemented throughout New Jersey since that time. In addition, in New Jersey, since December of 2002, a Memorandum of Understanding has been in place that facilitates the reporting of child sexual abuse to local county prosecutors. This diocese has done all in its power to make our schools, parishes and ministries safe havens for everyone, and it will continue to do so.

As we have done often, we pray that God will continue to look after the victims and survivors of the priest sex abuse scandal. We ask that He give them hope, provide them with healing and bring comfort to their wounded souls.”

 

 

 

Following are priests who served in the Sentinel and Cape May Star and Wave readership areas, including Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Marmora, Somers Point and Northfield, among others:

 

William Johnson

Born Aug. 2, 1936

Ordained 1962

Status: Left diocese in 1967, whereabouts unknown

Assignments:

St. Ann, Westville

St. Agnes, Blackwood

St. Rose, Haddon Heights

St. Augustine, Ocean City

St. Gregory, Magnolia

Sacred Heart, Camden

St. John, South Carolina

 

Antoine St. Germain

Born Nov. 25, 1945

Ordained 1976

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

Corpus Christi, Carneys Point

Our Lady of Grace, Somerdale

St. Frances de Sales, Barrington

St. Martin de Porres, Hammonton

St. Joseph High School, Hammonton

Incarnation, Mantua

St. Augustine, Ocean City

St. John, Paulsboro

St. Stephen, Pennsauken

 

 

Francis L. Salamandra

Born Jan. 31, 1931

Ordained 1961

Status: Removed from ministry

Assignments:

St. Matthew, National Park

Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill

St. Aloysius, Oaklyn

St. Ann, Wildwood

St. Stephen, Pennsauken

O.L. of Good Counsel, Ocean City

St. Rose, Newfield

 

Augustine J. Seidenburg

Born April 10, 1922

Ordained 1948

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

Sacred Heart, Camden

Holy Name, Camden

US Naval Reserve

Naval Hospital, Long Island

F.P.O, San Francisco

U.S. Naval Air Station, Norfolk

St. Ann, Wildwood

St. Joseph, East Camden

St. James, Penns Grove

St. James High School, Carneys Point

St. Raymond, Villas

Holy Spirit, Atlantic City

St. Peter, Pleasantville

Holy Spirit High School, Atlantic City

St. Gregory, Magnolia

O.L. Star of the Sea, Cape May

St. Thomas, Brigantine

St. James, Ventnor

St. Augustine, Ocean City

 

 

Dermott F. Lyons

Born Nov. 14, 1939

Ordained 1967

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

St. Paul, Stone Harbor

St. Luke, Stratford

Paul VI High School, Haddon Township

St. Joan of Arc, Camden

St. Joseph, Sea Isle

Epiphany, Longport

St. Teresa, Runnemede

 

Edward Lucano

Born Nov. 10, 1923

Ordained 1949

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Camden

Saint Joseph, Swedesboro

Saint Cecilia, Pennsauken

Immaculate Conception, Camden

Holy Spirit, Atlantic City

Sacred Heart, Vineland

Saint Teresa, Runnemede

Saint Peter, Pleasantville

Holy Rosary, Ashland

Saint Mary, Rosenhayn

St. Edward, Pine Hill

St. John Bosco, Millville

Resurrection, Marmora

 

 

Joseph J. Brennan

Born May 17, 1914

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

St. Augustine, Ocean City

O.L. Lourdes Hospital, Chaplain

Holy Saviour, Westmont

St. Maurice, Brooklawn

St. Joan of Arc, Camden

St. Joseph, Swedesboro

Epiphany, Longport

St. Mary’s, Shelby NC

 

Michael H. D’Amico

Born Nov. 1, 1939

Ordained 1964

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

St. Augustine, Ocean City

Most Holy Redeemer, Westville Grove

St. Michael, Atlantic City

Holy Spirit High School, Absecon

St. Francis Cabrini, Ocean City

St. Peter, Pleasantville

 

 

Claude J. Bender

Born Aug. 6, 1932

Ordained 1965

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

St. Anthony, Camden

St. Ann, Wildwood

St. Gregory, Magnolia

O.L. Star of the Sea, Cape May

St. Michael, Gibbstown

St. Thomas More, Cherry Hill

St. Matthew, National Park

St. Teresa, Runnemede

Our Lady of Lourdes, Glassboro

St. Michael, Atlantic City

Queen of the Apostles, Pennsville

Our Lady of Good Counsel, Ocean City

St. Rose of Lima, Newfield

Vianney Villa, Cherry Hill

 

James Ryan

Born June 3, 1940

Ordained 1966

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

St. Francis de Sales, Barrington

St. Anne, Westville

St. Joseph, Somers Point

St. Nicholas, Egg Harbor

St. Margaret, Woodbury Heights

St. James, Penns Grove

St. Joseph, Somers Point

St. Michael, Cedarville

Transfiguration, West Collingswood

St. Cecilia, Pennsauken

St. Bernadette, Northfield

Transfiguration, West Collingswood

St. James, Ventnor

St. John of God, North Cape May

Chaplain Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point

Chaplain Prison Ministry, Camden 

 

 

 

John P. Bernard

Born Jan. 5, 1939

Ordained 1962

Status: Removed from ministry

Assignments:

Blessed Sacrament, Margate

Annunciation, Bellmawr

Assumption, Pomona

St. Margaret, Woodbury Heights

Holy Savior, Westmont

Sts. Peter & Paul, Washington Township

Chaplain Pomona Air Base

Veteran’s Administrative Hospital, Batavia NY

 

Henry S. Blaszczynski

Born Feb. 5, 1916

Ordained 1941

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

St. Cecilia, Pennsauken

St. Joseph (South), Camden

St. Rose, Haddon Heights

St. Mary Magdalen, Millville

Holy Name, Camden

St. Joseph, Somers Point

St. Matthew, National Park

Epiphany, Longport

Corpus Christi, Carney’s Point

St. Joan of Arc, Camden

St. Paul, Stone Harbor

St. Lawrence, Lindenwold

 

Donal Sheehan

Born July 1, 1936

Ordained 1960

Status: Removed from ministry

Assignments:

Sacred Heart, Camden

St. Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights

St. Mary, Williamstown

St. Joseph High School, Hammonton

St. Raymond, Villas

Incarnation, Mantua

Holy Spirit, Atlantic City

Blessed Sacrament, Margate

Our Lady of the Angels, Cape May Court House

St. Joseph, Somers Point

Post Chapel, Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Sacred Heart Church, Anniston, Alabama

All Saints Church, Anniston, Alabama

Our Lady of the Angels, Cape May Court House

St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Atlantic City

St. James, Ventnor

Chaplain Burdette Tomlin Hospital, Cape May

Chaplain Atlantic City Medical Center, Atlantic City

 

John E. Smith

Born May 6, 1943

Ordained 1969

Status: Removed from ministry

Assignments:

St. Bernadette, Northfield

St. Lawrence, Lindenwold

O.L. of Mt. Carmel, Berlin

St. Cecilia, Pennsauken

St. Michael, Atlantic City

Incarnation, Mantua

Holy Spirit High School, Absecon

St. Nicholas Grammar School, Atlantic City

 

 

John F. Bloh

Born Oct. 13, 1931

Ordained 1964

Status: Removed from ministry

Assignments:

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Atlantic City

Holy Spirit High School, Absecon

St. Cecilia, Pennsauken

St. Bartholomew, Camden

St. Jude, Blackwood

St. Mary, Cherry Hill

Most Holy Redeemer, Westville Grove

St. Agnes, Blackwood

St. Edward, Pine Hill

Sts. Peter & Paul, Turnersville

St. Joseph, Swedesboro

Campus Minister Camden County College, Blackwood

Campus Minister Gloucester County College, Sewell

 

Norman T. Connelly

Born July 2, 1937

Ordained 1965

Status: Removed from ministry

Assignments:

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Cape May

St. Rose, Haddon Heights

Cathedral Academy, Camden

Immaculate Conception, Camden

St. Peter, Merchantville

St. Patrick, Woodbury

St. James High School, Carneys Point

St. Michael, Gibbstown

St. John, Paulsboro

St. Joseph, Woodstown

Epiphany, Venice Florida

 

Charles P. McColgan

Born July 3, 1930

Ordained 1964

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

St. Luke, Stratford

Immaculate Conception, Camden

St. Mary, Gloucester

St. Peter, Merchantville

St. Bernadette, Northfield

St. Thomas More, Cherry Hill

O.L. of the Angels, Cape May Ct.House

St. Edward, Pine Hill

St. Rose, Haddon Heights

St. Mary, Gloucester

St. Joan of Arc, Camden

St. Nicholas, Egg Harbor

Most Holy Redeemer, Westville

American College, Louvain Belgium

 

 

Charles J. Davis

Born July 23, 1932

Ordained 1962

Status: Removed from ministry

Assignments:

St. Monica, Atlantic City

St. Luke, Stratford

St. Agnes, Blackwood

St. James, Ventnor

Diocese of Trenton

St. Francis, Metuchen

US Army, Chaplain

Fort Dix, NJ

Fort Hamilton, NY

173 Airbase Bd/Vietnam

Fort Monmouth, NJ

St. Mary, Williamstown

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Woodlynne

Fort Benning, Georgia

HQ,172 Inf Bde, Alaska

Post Chapel, Ft Meade MD

US Army Chaplain School, Ft Wadsworth

19th Support Command, San Francisco

LaSalle College, PA

Fayetteville NY

APO, NY

Fort Rucker, Alabama

Our Lady of Victories, Crestview FL

 

Vincent A. Doyle

Born Jan. 23, 1924

Ordained 1949

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

Sacred Heart, Vineland

Holy Name, Camden

St. Edward, Pine Hill

O.L. of Mt. Carmel, Berlin

St. George, Camden

O.L. of the Angels, Cape May Court House

St. Francis, Barrington

St. Bridget, Glassboro

St. Nicholas, Egg Harbor

St. Anne, Westville

St. Michael, Cedarville

St. Anthony, Waterford

St. Mary’s Nursing Home, Cherry Hill

St. Joan of Arc, Camden

 

Eldridge T. Evans

Born Feb. 18, 1939

Ordained 1965

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Bridgeton

Assumption, Atco

St. Mary, Salem

St. Joseph, Woodstown

San Juan Puerto Rico

Corpus Christi, Carney’s Point

St. Casimir, Woodbine

Leave – Puerto Rico

O.L. Star of the Sea, Cape May

St. Agnes, Blackwood

Diocese of Burlington Vermont

St. Bartholomew, Camden

Our Lady of Lourdes, Glassboro

Holy Spirit, Atlantic City

St. Anthony, Waterford

St. James High School, Carneys Point

Chaplain West Jersey Hospital, Camden

Chaplain Virtua Hospital, Berlin 

 

Francis J. Flemming

Born May 5, 1935

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

Sacred Heart, Vineland

Puerto Rican Apostolate

Sacred Heart High School, Vineland

Christ the King, Haddonfield

St. Mary of the Angels, Haddonfield

St. Bartholomew, Camden

St. Peter Celestine, Cherry Hill

Most Holy Redeemer, Westville

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Atlantic City

St. Joseph, Swedesboro

St. John Neumann, Sicklerville

 

John E. Follett

Born Jan. 28, 1951

Ordained 1978

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

Sacred Heart, Vineland

St. James, Ventnor

St. Mary, Gloucester

St. Thomas, Brigantine

St. Catherine, Clayton

St. Maria Goretti, Runnemede

Chaplain Air National Guard, Pomona

 

  • Richard Gerbino

Born Aug. 10, 1924

Ordained 1952

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

O.L. of Mt. Carmel, Camden

St. Francis of Assisi, Vineland

St. Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights

O.L. Star of the Sea, Cape May

Corpus Christi, Carneys Point

Assumption, Atco

St. Patrick, Woodbury

Chaplain Newman Club Rutgers, Camden

Chaplain Air National Guard Headquarters, Camden

 

Roy T. Hardin

Born March 9, 1937

Ordained 1964

Status: Removed from ministry

Assignments:

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Cape May

St. Mary, Cherry Hill

Most Holy Redeemer, Westville

St. Martin de Porres, Hammonton

St. Joseph High School, Hammonton

Assumption, Atco

St. Edward, Pine Hill

Resurrection, Marmora

St. Isidore, Vineland

St. Mary, Williamstown

Blessed Sacrament, Margate

St. Mary, Rosenhayn

St. Anne, Westville

 

Frank. X. Hudson

Born Sept. 15, 1944

Ordained 1974

Status: Removed from ministry

Assignments:

St. Mary, Gloucester

O.L. Star of the Sea, Atlantic City

St. Aloysius, Oaklyn

Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill

Most Holy Redeemer, Westville

St. Veronica, Delair

St. Peter, Pleasantville

St. Francis, Vineland

Immaculate Conception, Bridgeton

St. Michael, Cedarville

St. John Bosco, Millville

St. John, Deptford

 

John P. Kelly

Born Oct. 28, 1930

Ordained 1962

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

St. Rose, Newfield

Sacred Heart, Camden

Saint Monica, Atlantic City

Temporary Assignment Diocese of Trenton (Sea Bright)

St. Peter, Merchantville

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Atlantic City

St. Gregory, Magnolia

St. Charles Borromeo, Washington Twp.

Sacred Heart, Vineland

Assumption, Atco

St. Michael, Cedarville

Our Lady of Victories, Landisville

Chaplain Gibbsboro Air Force Station, Gibbsboro

 

Charles E. Kuhl

Born Oct. 3, 1927

Ordained 1954

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

O.L. Star of the Sea, Atlantic City

Queen of Heaven, Erlton

St. Ann, Wildwood

St. Luke, Stratford

Camden Catholic High School, Camden

O.L. of Mt. Carmel, Berlin

St. Peter, Merchantville

Our Lady of Lourdes Nursing School, Camden

Paul VI High School, Haddon Township

St. Michael, Atlantic City

St. Bridget, Glassboro

St. Anthony, Waterford

 

Patrick J. Madden

Born Sept. 3, 1919

Ordained 1945

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

St. John, Collingswood

Catholic University

Blessed Sacrament

O.L. of Mt. Carmel, Berlin

St. Joseph, E. Camden

St. Rose, Newfield

St. Mary Magdalen, Millville

St. Luke, Stratford

St. Lawrence, Lindenwold

O.L. Star of the Sea, Cape May

 

Phillip A. Matthews

Born May 30, 1939

Ordained 1967

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

Assumption, Wildwood Crest

O.L. of Mt. Carmel, Berlin

St. Lawrence, Lindenwold

Blessed Sacrament, Margate

St. Cecilia, Pennsauken

 

Joseph Orsini

Born June 1, 1937

Ordained 1964

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

St. Isidore, Vineland

Sacred Heart, Mt. Ephraim

Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill

O.L. of Mt. Carmel, Camden

St. Paul, Stone Harbor

St. Agnes, Blackwood

St. Edward, Pine Hill

Gloucester Catholic High School, Gloucester

Campus Minister Rutgers University, Camden

Immaculate Conception, Camden

Holy Rosary, Cherry Hill

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Woodlynne

Campus Minister Stockton/Atlantic County Community College

Assumption, Pomona

Holy Spirit, Atlantic City

 

Peter J. Osinski

Born Feb. 8, 1943

Ordained 1969

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

St. Andrew, Gibbsboro

Assumption, Wildwood Crest

St. Maria Goretti, Runnemede

Paul VI High School, Haddon Township

St. Lucy, Blue Anchor

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Woodlynne

Divine Word College, Washington DC

Sacred Heart High School, Vine;amd

St. John Bosco, Millville

Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill

Our Lady of Grace, Somerdale

St. Stephen, Pennsauken

St. James High School, Carneys Point

St. Michael, Gibbstown

Queen of the Apostles, Pennsville

 

Dennis J. Rigney

Born Aug. 7, 1914

Ordained 1942

Status: Deceased

St. Mary, Gloucester

St. Joseph, East Camden

St. Joseph, Somers Point

Sacred Heart, Camden

Holy Saviour, Westmont

Our Lady of Victories, Landisville

Our Lady Queen of Peace, Pitman

St. Anne, Westville

St. Pius X, Cherry Hill

St. Vincent Pallotti, Haddon Township

 

Philip T. Rigney

Born: Dec. 21, 1916

Ordained 1949

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Atlantic City

Immaculate Conception, Camden

St. Joseph, East Camden

Sacred Heart, Mt. Ephraim

Holy Maternity, Audubon

St. Joseph, Sea Isle

St. Francis de Sales, Barrington

Queen of Peace, Pitman

 

Glendon E. Robertson

Born Dec. 14, 1927

Ordained 1957

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

Holy Spirit, Atlantic City

Catholic University

St. Mary, Gloucester

Gloucester Catholic High School, Gloucester

St. Mary, Salem

St. James High School, Carneys Point

St. Aloysius, Oaklyn

Holy Spirit High School, Absecon

St. Thomas, Brigantine (weekends)

St. Andrew, Gibbsboro

 

Joseph E. Shannon

Born Oct. 26, 1926

Ordained 1961

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

Assumption, Wildwood Crest

St. Bridget, Glassboro

Sacred Heart, Camden

St. Mary, Williamstown

St. Anthony of Padua, Camden

St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, Camden

St. John, Collingswood

St. Joan of Arc, Camden

St. Michael, Cedarville

Sts. Peter & Paul, Turnersville

St. Patrick Woodbury

Chaplain Underwood Memorial Hospital, Woodbury

 

Walter Smith

Born March 22, 1940

Ordained 1968

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

St. Casimir, Woodbine

Our Lady of the Angels, Cape May Court House

St. Luke, Stratford

Immaculate Conception, Camden

Immaculate Conception, Bridgeton

St. Mary, Williamstown

Most Holy Redeemer, Westville Grove

St. Anthony of Padua, Hammonton

St. Ann, Wildwood

St. Mary, Gloucester

Sacred Heart, Vineland

St. Michael, Gibbstown

St. Patrick, Woodbury

Chaplain Cooper University Hospital, Camden

Chaplain Newcomb Hospital, Vineland

Chaplain Underwood Memorial Hospital, Woodbury

 

Brendan V. Sullivan

Born June 23, 1934

Ordained 1960

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

St. Teresa, Runnemede

Queen of Apostles, Runnemede

St. Maurice, Brooklawn

Villanova University, Advanced Studies

St. Joan of Arc, Camden

Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill

Blessed Sacrament, Margate

Holy Spirit High School, Absecon

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Absecon

Our Lady of Grace, Somerdale

Assumption, Atco

St. Patrick, Woodbury

St. James, Ventnor

 

William D. Titmas

Born May 30, 1934

Ordained 1963

Status: Deceased

Assignments:

St. Teresa, Runnemede

Queen of Apostles, Runnemede

St. Maurice, Brooklawn

Villanova University, Advanced Studies

St. Joan of Arc, Camden

Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill

Blessed Sacrament, Margate

Holy Spirit High School, Absecon

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Absecon

Our Lady of Grace, Somerdale

Assumption, Atco

St. Patrick, Woodbury

St. James, Ventnor

 

 

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