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June 2015-Priest Assignments-Drvc

ACCUSED PRIESTS WHO WORKED
IN ROCKVILLE CENTRE PARISHES AND SCHOOLS

This detailed table provides links to information about priests who have worked in Rockville Centre and who have been publicly accused of sexual abuse.

We have also included preliminary lists of the parishes and schools where the priests were assigned. Each of these places is a vulnerable community, where victims might not yet have come forward. This table is a work in progress. If you have corrections or additions, please email us at staff@bishop-accountability.org. This table was last updated on 4/16/07.

We thank an anonymous source who provided us with copies and summaries of pages from a 1990 diocesan Directory of Priests, which gives start/stop dates for assignments. In building the assignment records, we have supplemented that data with information from the Official Catholic Directory (referred to as the Directory below) and from media coverage. The Directory does not provide start/stop dates. Every U.S. diocese keeps start/stop records for each of their priests; those records for Rockville Centre have not been released. (For an example, see a priest's assignment record subpoenaed from the Boston archdiocesan files.)

Note: In January 2005, Bishop Murphy announced that the allegations cited below against Revs. Brian J. Brinker and Michael A. Carroll were deemed unsubstantiated by the Vatican. The church has cleared both men to return to ministry. Rev. William R. Logan was suspended in March 2006 and reinstated in September 2006. This table lists all priests against whom allegations have been made public. We remind our readers that under U.S. law, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty.

| Allen | Babis | Bergin | Brinker | Burke | Butler | Carroll | Chasse |Congro | DeVita | Ditta | Duvelsdorf |Ferraro|Fitzgerald|Hands |Hasselbach | Huneke | Logan | Magee | Mahoney | Massaro | McComiskey | McConaghy | McKeon | Michell | Millar |Miller|Miraglia | Mott | Mundy | Murphy | Nee | Newman | Placa | Ribaudo | Riordan |Saccacio| Saloy | Schaefer | Sheehan | Soave | Stegmann |Unterstein|Vollmer | Priest G | Priest K | Priest L | Priest N | Priest Q | Priest R |Priest S | Priest U|

Allen, Peter A.

- Born 1/21/45.
- Ordained 5/29/71
- St. Lawrence the Martyr in Sayville (6/23/71-5/24/76)
- St. Joseph's in Ronkonkoma (5/24/76-9/27/78)
- Maria Regina High School in Uniondale
(9/27/78-9/03/79)
-Most Holy Trinity in East Hampton (9/03/79-6/17/87)
- St. Peter the Apostle in Amagansett, mission of Most Holy Trinity (9/03/79-6/17/87)
- Sacred Heart in North Merrick (6/17/87-6/20/90)
- Sacred Heart in Cutchogue (6/20/90-12/13/2006)
- Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mattituck, mission of Sacred Heart (pastor 6/20/90-12/13/2006)
- Placed on administrative leave due to a "credible allegation" of sexual misconduct 12/13/2006.

County prosecutors are investigating a 2006 accusation that Allen sexually abused one person on one occasion. The diocese considers this a "credible allegation" and on 12/12/06 put Allen on administrative leave.

Babis, Daniel G.

 

- Ordained 1948
- Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach in Brooklyn diocese (1948-54)
- Blessed Sacrament in Jackson Heights in Brooklyn diocese (1954-56)
- Villa Maria convent for Dominican sisters in Water Mill in Brooklyn diocese, which became part of new Rockville Centre diocese in 1957 (chaplain, 1956-57)
- St. Philip Neri in Northport (1957-58)
- Mary Immaculate in Bellport (1958-60)
- Our Lady of Peace in Lynnbrook (1960-70)
- On duty outside the diocese (1970-78)
- Corpus Christi in Miami FL (1970-71)
- Little Flower in Coral Gables FL (1971-74)
- St. Francis de Sales in Miami Beach FL (1974-76)
- Holy Family in North Miami FL (1976-78)
- Died 12/12/78

Accused in 1/9/06 complaint of sexually abusing a boy and girl and three of their siblings from the early 1950s through 1968, when their father confronted Babis. The abuse, which allegedly included fondling and photographing his naked victims, occurred in the children's home while their father was ill, in church buildings including a home for retired nuns, and on overnight trips. Babis was transferred to Florida in 1970. Since the suit was filed, four others reportedly have alleged abuse during the 1960s at Babis's last NY parish: two brothers and a sister in one family and a girl fondled at age nine in the rectory.
 Family's Hell: Priest Molested All Five Kids, $25m Suit Says, by Kieran Crowley, New York Post (January 12, 2006)
 Siblings Sue RVC Diocese, Bishop William Murphy, by Eden Laikin, Newsday (January 12, 2006)
 Church Accuser Confronts Bishop Murphy after Mass, by Eden Laikin, Newsday, February 6, 2006
 Family Faces Painful Past, by Eden Laikin and Tom McGinty, Newsday (February 7, 2006)
 Catholic Bishop Confronted after Mass, by Brandon Bain, Newsday (October 1, 2006)

Bergin, James J.

Born 4/22/35.
Ordained 6/3/61 CC & ICS.
- Camp Molloy (chaplain 1961)
- St. Lawrence's in Sayville (1961-62)
- Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa Park (1962-63)
- Pius X Prep Seminary in Uniondale (faculty 1963-68)
- St. Anthony's in Rocky Point (1968-70)
- St. John the Evangelist in Center Moriches (1970-71)
- St. Francis de Sales in Patchogue (1971-80)
- St. John's in Riverhead (pastor 1980-87)
- Most Holy Trinity in East Hampton (1987-92)
Died 1/19/92.

"While there were a number of victims, the [Grand Jury] report tells the story of one, who was 11 when the abuse started and later died of a drug overdose after receiving a $25,000 settlement from the diocese." Source: Newsday on the Grand Jury Report.

Brinker, Brian J.

Born 2/6/57.
Ordained 6/4/88 SJU & ICS.
- St. James in Seaford (1988-93)
- Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow (chaplain 1993-99)
- Sacred Heart in North Merrick (residence 1993-98)
- Good Shepherd in Holbrook (1999-2001)
- St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre (2001-2002)
- Pius X residence for priests (2002- )
"The Moraitis family was angry nine years ago when it complained to church officials that the Rev. Brian Brinker acted inappropriately toward their 14-year-old son during a trip to California. Now their feelings have turned to outrage." Source: Family Upset.

Burke, William Michael

Born 10/28/21.
Ordained 1946.
- Queen of Peace in Kew Gardens NY in the Brooklyn diocese (1946-53)
- Curé of Ars, St. John M. Vianney in Merrick (1953-57) [this parish was then in the Brooklyn diocese, but was included in the new Rockville Centre diocese when it was formed in 1957]
- St. Catherine of Sienna in Franklin Square (1957-60)
- Absent on leave (1960-61)
- St. Patrick's in Southold (1961-62)
- Absent on leave (1962-68)
- St. Martin's in Amityville (1968-69)
- St. Lawrence the Martyr in Sayville (1969-74)
- St. Andrew's in Sag Harbor (1974-82)
- Sick leave (1982-83)
- St. John the Evangelist in Center Moriches (1983-88)
- Not indexed in the 1989 Directory
- Retired 1990
- Died 3/12/95
"Burke is accused of sexually abusing an elementary school student at St. Lawrence the Martyr in Sayville in the early 1970s." Source: Lawsuits Detail.
Butler, JohnOrdained 1957.
- Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond VA (1957-58)
- St. Mary Star-of-the-Sea in Fort Monroe VA (1958-60) with mission at St. Joseph's in Buckroe Beach
- St. Peter's in Richmond VA (1960-61) with parish chaplaincy at penitentiary
- St. Joseph's in Kings Park (1961-65) and incardinated in Rockville Centre in these years
- Not indexed in the 1966 Directory
- On duty outside the diocese of Richmond (1966-68) at an unspecified location
- Assumption in Keyser WV in the Richmond diocese (1968-69) with missions at Our Lady of the Valley in Petersburg WV and Our Lady of Grace in Grace WV
- St. Paul's in Richmond (1969-70)

As choirmaster at St. Joseph’s in Kings Park, Butler allegedly molested more than a dozen choirboys. Source: Little Hope.
 Colonia Priest Takes a Leave of Absence, by Kathleen Hopkins, Asbury Park Press (April 16, 2002)
 Leaving a Trail of Accusations: At Least 7 Priests Were Moved from LI, by Eden Laikin (April 23, 2002)
 Diocese Pays $800,000 in Abuse Cases against Priests, by Richard Lezin Jones, New York Times (January 31, 2003)
 Little Hope for Change, by Carol Eisenberg and Steve Wick (February 12, 2003)
 Diocese Hit in Sex Abuse 23 Seek $100m in Suit vs. L.I. Clergy, by Mike Claffey, Daily News (April 15, 2003)

Assignments (cont.)

- SS. Philip and James in Phillipsburg NJ (1970-74) in the Trenton diocese
- St. Barnabas in Bayville (1974-75) in the Trenton diocese
- St. Thomas the Apostle in Old Bridge (1975-78) in the Trenton diocese
- St. Robert Bellarmine in Freehold NJ (1978-79) in the Trenton diocese
- Not indexed in the 1980 Directory
- St. John Vianney in Colonia NJ (1980?-84) in the Metuchen diocese
- Not indexed in the 1985 or 1986 Directory
- St. John Vianney in Colonia NJ (1986-2002) in the Metuchen diocese
- Not indexed in the 2003 Directory

Carroll, Michael A.

Born 3/3/56.
Ordained 5/11/85 Fordham & ICS.
- St. Catherine of Sienna in Franklin Square (1985-90)
- St. Barnabas the Apostle in Bellmore (1990-93)
- St. Raymond's in East Rockaway (1993-98)
- SS. Philip and James in St. James (1998-2001)
- St. Christopher's in Baldwin (in residence 2001-2002)
- Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre (2001-2002)
- Our Lady of Hope in Carle Place (weekend duty)
- Villa St. Joseph Convent in Rockville Centre (2004-2007)
- St. Christopher's in Baldwin (in residence 2004-2007)
"Assigned to a parish elementary school, this priest had a foot fetish. A nun testified to the grand jury that he had sexual contact with at least four boys and that 'a senior cleric in the diocese, Priest P's pastor, and a deacon, all knew this.' The priest was later reassigned to another parish elementary school, where he entertained boys in his rectory bedroom. He was later sent by the diocese for treatment but continued to celebrate Mass on weekends in a parish." Source: Newsday on the Grand Jury Report.
 Allegations against Carroll were deemed unsubstantiated by the Vatican. The church has cleared him to return to ministry.
 The Suffolk County Grand Jury's description of "Priest P" matches public allegations against Carroll.
 Church: Insufficient Evidence | Accused Priest to Return, by Rita Ciolli (May 9, 2004)
Chasse, Gerard J. "Jerry"Ordained 1971?
- St. Patrick's in Bay Shore (1971-72)
- St. Luke's in Brentwood (1972-75)
- Not indexed in the 1976 Directory.
- Mary Immaculate in Bellport (1976-77)
- Immaculate Conception in Butte MT (in residence 1977-80), but not indexed there. The index of the Directory in 1978-80 notes that Chasse is "on duty outside the diocese," but the Rockville Centre pages do not say where. Recent media reports state that Chasse worked in Montana, and by examining the pages for the Helena diocese (western Montana), we located him in Butte.
- Laicized 1980.
"Among his victims were two brothers. One of the brothers 'tried to tell another parish priest what was happening to him, but he was ignored.' Later, at his sister's wedding, the boy put a note asking for help in the collection basket 'with his name and telephone number ... He never heard anything.'" Source: Newsday on the Grand Jury Report.
 The Suffolk County Grand Jury's description of "Priest I" matches public allegations against Chasse.
 Leaving a Trail of Accusations: At Least 7 Priests Were Moved from LI, by Eden Laikin (April 23, 2002)
 Misconduct Concerns: Diocesan Official's Role in Complaints Eyed, by Carol Eisenberg (June 3, 2002)
 The Accused, USA Today (November 11, 2002)
 Little Hope for Change: Victims Laud Grand Jury Findings, But Criticize Church Response, by Carol Eisenberg and Steve Wick (February 12, 2003)
Congro, Basil PeterOrdained 1978.
- St. John Cathedral in Fresno CA (1978-79)
- Christ the King in Commack (1979-81?) with Rev. Duvelsdorf
- St. Mary's in East Islip (1981?-83)
- Military chaplain (1984-94)
- St. Mary's on Yonges Island SC (1994-97)
- St. Anthony's All Souls' Memorial Church in Florence SC (1997-99)
- St. Patrick's in Charleston SC (1999-2002)
- Our Lady of Mercy in Charleston SC (1999-2001)
- St. Frederick's on Edisto Island SC (listed in media coverage; not in Directory)
- St. Stephen's on Edisto Island SC (listed in media coverage; not in Directory)
- Jesus Our Risen Savior in Spartanburg SC (2002- )
A man has filed a lawsuit stating that Congro had sodomized him during his teen years. The alleged abuse took place in the church rectory, in the confessional, and in gay bars. Source: Lawsuits Detail.

DeVita, Thomas F.

Born 4/8/47.
Ordained 3/18/78 Fordham & ICS.
- St. Joseph's in Kings Park (1978-80)
- St. Gertrude's in Bayville (1980-82)
- St. James in Seaford (1982-88)
- St. Aidan's in Williston Park (1988-93)
- Medical leave (6/93)
- St. Frances de Chantal in Wantagh (pastor 1993-94; appointed, but might have been sent for evaluation before he started the job; not in Directory)
- Epiphany Cathedral in Venice FL (1994-95, in media coverage but not in Directory)
- St. Mary of the Lake in New Buffalo MI (1995- , in media coverage but not in Directory)

- In 1994, the diocese paid $50,000 to a man who was 15 when DeVita sexually abused him, according to the victim’s mother. DeVita admitted publicly to the charges but claimed the boy was 16.
 Priest Admits Sex with Teen in 70s, by Stuart Vincent (August 29, 1998)
 Leaving a Trail of Accusations: At Least 7 Priests Were Moved from LI, by Eden Laikin (April 23, 2002). See also.
 Mother from '78 Episode Speaks on Pastor's Past: Father DeVita Apologizes for Long Island Incident; Steadfastly Denies Florida Allegations, by Jim Meenan (April 30, 2002)
 Catholic Bishops and Sex Abuse, Dallas Morning News (June 12, 2002)
 Parish Wants to Keep Priest Who Abused Boy, by Marisa Schultz, Detroit News (July 28, 2002)
 An Ousted Priest, His Offense Long Past, Wistfully Departs, by Jodi Wilgoren, New York Times (August 1, 2002)
 Few Priests Face Expulsion, by Patricia Montemurri, Detroit Free Press (April 14, 2003)

Ditta, Angelo J.

Born 12/9/54.
Ordained 5/10/86 Dowling College & ICS.
- Our Lady of Grace in West Babylon (1984-86, as a deacon and priest)
- St. Margaret of Scotland in Selden (1986-89)
- St. Louis de Montfort in Sound Beach (1989-90)
- St. Luke's in Brentwood (1990-95)
- St. Joseph's in Ronkonkoma (1995-98)
- St. Pius X Hospice in Uniondale (residence 1998- )
- Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow (chaplain 2000-2002)
- Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mattituck (Masses ?-2002, not listed in Directory)
- Dowling College in Oakdale (adjunct professor, not listed in Directory)

"He began abusing a boy when the boy was 10. An associate pastor testified that he heard 'horsing around' in the priest's bedroom and believed it was sexual in nature. The pastor told the grand jury he 'never made an official report to anyone in the diocese' about the priest. The diocese required the priest to receive psychological counseling, and it later assigned him as chaplain to an 'area' hospital, allowing him to celebrate Mass at a parish on weekends." Source: Newsday on the Grand Jury Report.
 The Suffolk County Grand Jury's description of "Priest H" matches a public allegation against Ditta.
 A 2nd LI Priest Removed, by Steve Wick (April 3, 2002)
 Complaint, Compasso et al. v. Vollmer et al. (April 14, 2003)

Duvelsdorf, Peter L.

Born 5/11/30.
Ordained 5/31/58 St. John's University Jamaica & Our Lady of Angels
- St. Raphael's in East Meadow (1958-65)
- St. Mary of the Isle in Long Beach (1965-71)
- St. James in Seaford (1971-74)
- St. Rose of Lima in Massapequa (1974-78)
-Christ the King in Commack (1978-81)
- St. Patrick's in Huntington (1981-86)
- Holy Family in Hicksville (1986-91)
- Holy Cross in Vero Beach FL (1991-96)
- St. Paul of the Cross in North Palm Beach FL (1996-97)
- St. Pius X Residence in Uniondale (1998-2005)
- Retired (2000)
Duvelsdorf was removed from St. Rose of Lima in 1978 after the diocese received an accusation that the priest had abused a 15-year-old boy and the boy's brother. But Duvelsdorf was then assigned to three other LI parishes, and given a clean bill of health for a transfer to the Palm Beach FL diocese, where he was removed from parish work in 1998 after being arrested for indecent exposure. Source: Sadly Familiar Tale, and History.
 Priest Arrested on Sex Charge, by Yvette C. Hammett, Stuart News (November 15, 1997)
 Priest May Be Put in Program, by Eric Alan Barton, Stuart News (January 23, 1998)
 Sadly Familiar Tale: Brothers Say Priest Molested Them, by Carol Eisenberg (March 18, 2002)
 Priest Accused of Abuse Served Two Area Churches, by Kathleen Chapman, Palm Beach Post (March 23, 2002)
 Leaving a Trail of Accusations: At Least 7 Priests Were Moved from LI, by Eden Laikin (April 23, 2002).
 Problem Priests Make Way to South Florida, by Peter Franceschina, Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (April 24, 2002)

Ferraro, Romano J.
Extern from Brooklyn

 

Ordained 1960.
- St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church in the Brooklyn diocese (1961-62)
- St. Rosalia's in the Brooklyn diocese (1962-63)
- St. Lucy’s (Italian) in the Brooklyn diocese (1963-64)
- Holy Family in the Brooklyn diocese (1964-69)
- Chaplain in the U.S. Army, perhaps assigned to the U.S. Veterans Hospital in Brooklyn (1969-70)
- St. Rose of Lima in Rockaway Beach in the Brooklyn diocese (1970-73)
- St. Joseph's in King's Park in the Rockville Centre diocese (1973-77) [Ferraro is listed in the Directory as being "on sick leave" in these years, but with prompting, the church admitted that Ferraro worked at St. Joseph's then]
- St. Francis Xavier's in the Brooklyn diocese (in residence 1977-78)
- St. Aloysius in Queens in the Brooklyn diocese (in residence 1978-79)
- On sick leave in the Brooklyn diocese and released from diocesan assignment (1979-84)

Ferraro is a Brooklyn priest whose four years in as an extern in the Rockville Centre diocese were not evident in the Directory or Brooklyn diocesan statements. Ferraro is serving a life sentence for repeatedly raping a boy in Massachusetts, and is also a defendant in suits filed in Brooklyn and St. Louis.
 Queens Priest Arraigned on Sex Abuse Rap, by Scott Shifrel and Austin Fenner Daily (April 3, 2002)
 Priest-Sex Suit Seeks $300M Diocese of B'klyn Hit, by Barbara Ross and Dave Goldiner (October 16, 2002)
 Suit Claims Priest Abused Youth in '80s: Cleric Is Defendant in Criminal Case near Boston, Civil Case in New York, by Tim Bryant (January 21, 2004) [about St. Louis civil suit]
 Man Alleges Abuse by Priest in Early 1980s, by Betsy Taylor (May 11, 2004) [about another St. Louis suit]
 Life Term in Billerica Abuse: N.Y. Pedophile Priest Molested Local Boy, Now 37, during Home Visits over 11 Years, by Lisa Redmond (May 21, 2004)
 Kings Park Parish to Hear of Priest's Sex Abuse, by Samuel Bruchey (August 25, 2004)
 Official Catholic Directory entries for Ferraro

Assignments (cont.)
- St. Joan of Arc in the St. Louis archdiocese (in residence 1981-83) [not so listed, but the assignment was admitted by a St. Louis chancery official after a suit was filed]
- Jewish Hospital in St. Louis (chaplain 1981-83?)
- St. James in Woodbridge NJ in the Metuchen diocese (1984-85)
- St. John Vianney in Colonia NJ in the Metuchen diocese, and incardinated briefly there (1985-86)
- Released from diocesan assignment and on sick leave (1986-89)
- Parson's Manor in Jamaica in the Brooklyn diocese (on sick leave 1989-92?)

Fitzgerald, Matthew

Born 12/1/40 in Ireland.
Ordained 6/8/68 St. Columban and St. Patrick both in Ireland.
- St. Hedwig's in Floral Park (1970-74)
- St. Pius X in Plainview (1974-78)
- Holly Patterson Home in Uniondale (1978-82)
- St. Brigid's in Westbury (1982-85)
- St. Matthew's in Dix Hills (1985-86)
- St. Patrick's in Smithtown (1986-89)
- St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens FL (1989-91)
- St. Lucie's in Port St. Lucie FL (1992-93)
- Our Lady of Lourdes in Boca Raton FL (1994-96)
- St. Lucie's in Port St. Lucie FL (1997-98)
- Food for the Poor in Deerfield Beach FL (perhaps the "special assignment 1999-2001 listed in the Directory)
- Retired 2001.
"He fondled altar boys as they prepared for Mass, in a sauna at a health club, and during play 'wrestling' in his rectory bedroom.... [He] was reassigned to a diocese in Florida. He was later accused in Florida of molesting children in two parishes and was relieved of his duties." Source: Newsday on the Grand Jury Report.
 The Suffolk County Grand Jury's description of "Priest B" matches public allegations against Fitzgerald.
 Leaving a Trail of Accusations: At Least 7 Priests Were Moved from LI, by Eden Laikin (April 23, 2002). See also.
 Misconduct Concerns: Diocesan Official's Role in Complaints Eyed, by Carol Eisenberg (June 3, 2002)
 Priest: Former Bishop Ignored Abuse Reports | Statement Links McGann to Church Cover-Up in 1980s, by Eden Laikin (March 18, 2003)
 Man Settles in Priest Abuse Case: Victim to Get More than $100,000 after Lawsuit against Two Dioceses, by Scott Travis (December 4, 2004)
 Diocese Transferred Priest, by Rita Ciolli (December 4, 2004)

Hands, Michael R.

Ordained 1993.
- Our Lady of Lourdes in West Islip (1993-98)
- St. Philip Neri in Northport (1998-2000)
- St. Raphael's in East Meadow (2000-2001)
- Absent on leave (2001-2002)
"Ordained in 1993, this priest was later arrested in the abuse of an underage boy.... While in counseling, the priest told his therapist he had been abused by Priest O (Ribaudo). 'Each year he was abused six to ten times by Priest O,' the report says. The grand jury report says 'a high ranking diocesan official' asked Hands not to publicly disclose this abuse because it would be 'bad for diocesan public relations and finances ...'" Source: Newsday on the Grand Jury Report.
 The Suffolk County Grand Jury's description of "Priest W" matches a public allegation against Hands.
  Priest Guilty in Sex Case, by Chau Lam with Carol Eisenberg and Eden Laikin, Newsday (March 8, 2002)
 Priest: Abuse Hidden, by Rita Ciolli, Newsday (January 3, 2003)
 Sworn Statement by Rev. Michael Hands (January 3, 2003)
  Cash Offered for Silence on Abuse, Priest Says, by Daniel J. Wakin (January 4, 2003)
 Diocese Denies Pressuring Priest to Keep Silent About Abuse (January 9, 2003)
 Rockville's Response, by Rita Ciolli, Newsday (January 9, 2003)
 Priest Back in Jail, by Rita Ciolli, Newsday (January 14, 2003)
 Praise for a Priest in Abuse Inquiry Angers His Victim, by Daniel J. Wakin (March 2, 2003)
 Text of Rev. Michael Hands' Statement, Newsday (March 4, 2003)
 Victim Testifies at Hands' Abuse Sentencing, by Rita Ciolli, Newsday (March 4, 2003)
 Monsignor Denies Abuse Allegations, by Rita Ciolli, Newsday (March 12, 2003)
 LI Priest Sentenced in Abuse Case, by Frank Eltman (March 12, 2003)
 A Sentence and Censure: Judge Rebukes Rev. Hands, by Rita Ciolli (March 13, 2003)
 Legal Wrangling over Hands, by Alfonso A. Castillo, Newsday (April 12, 2005)
 Key Figure in Diocese Scandal: Ex-Priest Let Out of Jail, by Keiko Morris (May 1, 2004)

Hasselbach, Kenneth C.

- Born 4/27/40.
- Ordained 5/28/66 CC & ICS.
- St. Jude's in Mastic-Shirley (1966-69)
- St. Raphael's in East Meadow (1969-72)
- Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Centerport (1972-75)
- Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in Roosevelt (1975-79)
- San Pedro Apostol in El Cercado, Dominican Republic (1979-83)
- St. Francis de Sales in Patchogue (1983-84)
- St. Joseph's in Babylon (1984-91?)
- Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Patchogue (1991-94)
- Assisting with Spanish in Port Jefferson
- Retirement 1994.
Hasselbach was removed from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 1994 after a fellow priest discovered a pornographic video. Then accusations were made that Hasselbach had fondled and sodomized a St. Raphael's altar boy for about five years, beginning when the boy was 12 years old. The abuse allegedly took place at the St. Raphael's and St. Jude's rectories and on trips.

Huneke, Robert D.

- Born 4/29/40.
- Ordained 1969.
- St. Dominic's in Oyster Bay (1969-74)
- St. Anthony High School in Smithtown (1977-79)
- Christ the King in Tampa FL (1979-82); Huneke is indexed in the Directory 1980-82 as "on duty outside the diocese, and the Rockville Centre pages provide a diocese (St. Petersburg) but no address; Huneke's pastor at Christ the King was Very Rev. Norman Balthazar, diocesan Vicar for Education.
- St. Aidan's in Williston Park (1982-88)
- St. Patrick's in Huntington (1988-89)
- Absent on Leave (1989-2002)
- Marist School in Atlanta GA

"Four victims of this priest testified to the grand jury. 'By Priest M's own admissions there could have been more.' Two of the four were brothers. The priest's abuse of the boys was 'relentless' and included following them to their college." Source: Newsday on the Grand Jury Report.

Logan, William R.

- Born 8/23/42
- Ordained 5/31/69
- St. Lawrence the Martyr in Sayville (6/20/69-2/1/75)
- St. Brigid in Westbury (2/1/75-6/18/80)
- St. James in Seaford (6/18/80-6/12/85)
- St. Raymond's in East Rockaway (6/12/85-6/14/89)
- St. Luke's in Brentwood (pastor, 6/14/89-1997)
- St. Christopher's in Baldwin (1997-99)
- St. Ignatius Martyr (pastor, 1999-2006)
- Health leave (2006)
- Our Lady of Consolation Nursing Home in West Islip (9/28/06-)
- Suspended (3/7/06-9/06)
Accused on 1/9/06 of repeated sexual abuse of 13-year-old girl during 1980 in Seaford, involving hour-long embraces and warnings not to tell her parents. Logan was suspended on 3/7/06, and on 3/8/06 another woman accused him of kissing her and touching her inappropriately in the early 1970s in Sayville. A parent stated that in the early 1980s she spoke several times to Auxiliary Bishop James J. Daly about Logan's "sick and demented" actions with girls in Seaford, after Daly contacted her about Logan; Daly denies the conversations occurred. Logan was reinstated on 9/18/06. A suit was filed on 12/29/06 by the original complainant, accusing the diocesan child protection director of "psychotherapy and psychology malpractice" and "assault and battery" at a 2/23/06 meeting. On 2/23/07, another woman accused Logan of abuse in Sayville, filing criminal charges.
 Facing Her Torment, by Carol Eisenberg, Newsday (April 9, 2006)
 L.I. 'Perv' Priest Suspended, by Kieran Crowley, New York Post (April 9, 2006)
 New Allegation against Priest, by Carol Eisenberg, Newsday (April 11, 2006)
 Suspended Priest Reinstated after Abuse Allegation, by Bill Bleyer, Newsday (September 15, 2006)
 L.I. Diocese Reinstates Priest Accused of Abuse, WCBS (September 16, 2006)
 Priest's Accuser Files Lawsuit, by Eden Laikin, Newsday (September 30, 2006)
 Catholic Bishop Confronted after Mass, by Brandon Bain, Newsday (October 1, 2006)
 Women Accuse Priest of Sex Abuse, by Michael Amon, Newsday (February 27, 2007)

Magee, Br. Finnian

- St. Joseph's in Babylon (early 1970s, when McComiskey was a priest at the church)Magee is "accused of groping and rubbing against a 12-year-old boy in the early 1970s at St. Joseph's Parish school in Babylon. M[ag]ee, a Franciscan brother and the boy's sixth-grade homeroom teacher, allegedly molested the boy in the classroom and his private school office."

Mahoney, John E., OFM Cap

 

Born 11/1/38
Ordained 11/28/64
- St. Francis Retreat House in Garrison NY, Director (1964-73)
- Mary Immaculate Friary in Garrison NY, Librarian (1964-73)
- St. John Hospital in Smithtown NY, Chaplain (1973-74)
- St. Ann's Friary in Smithtown NY, Superior (1974-1976); indexed here as a monk but not so listed (1976-78)
- St. Barnabas the Apostle Church in Bellmore NY, Mass celebrant (2004 bulletin describes this arrangement as having been the case for "many years")
- Not indexed in the Official Catholic Directory for 1979, 1980)
- Guardian Angel Chapel at Wassaic Developmental Center, Wassaic NY, Chaplain (1980-82)
- Hospital in Wassaic NY, Chaplain, (1976-82) as per obituary
- North Shore Hospital in Manhasset NY, Chaplain (1982-84)
- St. John the Baptist Church in Manhattan NY, parish priest (1984-90)
- Blessed Sacrament Church in Manchester NH, Parochial Vicar (1990-94)
- St. Francis Friary in Garrison NY, Provincial Archivist (1994-98)
- St. Conrad Friary in White Plains NY, Provincial Archivist (1998-2002)
- St. Lawrence Friary in Beacon NY, business manager (2002-2004)
- Died 12/15/04
“Allegedly spanked and caressed the bare buttocks of an 11-year-old altar boy from St. Barnabas the Apostle Church in Bellmore on a trip to West Point that he organized in 1967.” Source: Lawsuits Detail.
Massaro, Gabriel
(Capuchin Franciscan)

Ordained 1966.
Founder and head of the Youth Ministry program for the Northeast province of the Capuchins.
- Mary Immaculate Friary and House of Theology in Glenclyffe, Garrison NY (1966-74) where Massaro was dean of studies of St. Mary's [Minor] Seminary (1970-73?); when St. Mary's Minor Seminary is given its own Directory listing, Massaro is the number two person (1973-74)
- Founded the "Day by Day Agape" (1973)
- St. Lawrence Friary in Milton MA in the Boston archdiocese (vocations director 1974-76)
- Capuchin Theological Seminary of Mary Immaculate Friary in Glenclyffe, Garrison NY (vocation staff 1976-80?) and youth ministry coordinator (1978-88) joined by Rev. John Wojciechowski (ordained 1981) in 1987-89.

 

Accused of abusing a 12-year-old boy from St. Margaret of Scotland in Selden during retreats in 1979 at the order's Garrison facility. Massaro was reportedly removed from Blessed Sacrament in Manchester after the Capuchins received an allegation that Massaro had abused a Queens boy at the Glenclyffe, Garrison NY retreat facility in 1986.

Assignments (cont.)

- Founded Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries
apostolate at Garrison NY (1978)
- St. Francis Friary in Glenclyffe-Garrison NY (1988-91) role unspecified in new Directory format for two years, then vicar (1990-93) and youth and family ministries (1991-93); and then guardian (1993-97), which was the top position at the friary, with preaching ministry added (1995-97).
- Pius X in Middletown CT in the Norwich diocese (in residence 1997-9/99) from which he coordinated the preaching apostolate of the New York-New England Capuchin
Province
- Blessed Sacrament in Manchester NH (in residence 9/99-5/14/05) while Massaro conducted preaching ministry in New England and NY.

McComiskey, Joseph C.

Born 1/16/44.
Ordained 5/30/70 CC, ICS, and Columbia (psychology and counseling).
- St. Joseph's in Babylon (1970-75)
- SS. Philip and James in St. James (1975-77)
- Maria Regina High School in Uniondale (counselor and chaplain 7/77 - 9/78)
- St. Agnes Cathedral (1978-86)
- St. Ignatius Martyr in Long Beach (1986-90)
- St. Edward the Confessor in Syosset (pastor 1990-2002)
An allegation against McComiskey was made on the diocese's new sex abuse hotline and was referred to local prosecutors.

McConaghy, R. Thomas

- LaSalle Military Academy in Oakdale NY in the Rockville Centre diocese (the school was run by the Christian Brothers; McConnaghy was reportedly "commandant" of the school in the mid 1970s)
- Ordained 1981.
- St. Andrew's in Colchester CT (1981-83)
- St. Patrick's Cathedral in Norwich CT (1983-85)
- St. Colman's in Middlefield (1985-90) as administrator and assistant; in late 1988 or early 1989 McConnaghy became sole priest at the parish; in late 1989 or 1990 Sr. Guytina Campisi, M.P.F., became director of religious education
- St. Michael in Pawcatuck CT (pastor 1990-99) with Sr. Guytina Campisi as school principal (1993-96)
- Sacred Heart in Norwich CT (pastor 1999-2005)
- St. John Mission Church in Fitchville CT (pastor 1998-2005)
"McConaghy is accused of molesting a student at the LaSalle Military Academy in Oakdale, N.Y., on Long Island between 1973 and 1975. McConaghy was the academy's commandant at the time, before he became a priest in Norwich in 1981." He denies the allegation.

McKeon, Brian A.

Born 10/20/50.
Ordained 3/26/77 CC & ICS.
- St. Anthony of Padua in East Northport (1977-82)
- Good Shepherd in Holbrook (1982-90)
- St. Anne's in Garden City (1990-99, pastor beginning in 1995)
- Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow (chaplain 1999-2001, with Ditta)
- Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mattituck (weekend Masses -2001)
- Not listed in 2003 Directory index
"He 'wreaked havoc' by abusing boys as young as 10. 'For this, he was rewarded by being a pastor ... He left behind a trail of alcohol abuse, depression, anger and disillusionment,' and his own pastor 'turned a blind eye to his behavior.'" Source: Newsday on the Grand Jury Report.
 The Suffolk County Grand Jury's description of "Priest C" matches public allegations against McKeon.
 LI Bishop: Accused Priests Must Go, by Steve Wick, Carol Eisenberg and Eden Laikin (March 13, 2002)
 Bishop: "This Will Not Happen Again": Murphy Faces 600 Angry Parishioners, by Carol Eisenberg and Tom Demoretcky (March 19, 2002)
 Expressing Regret | Pastor: "Should Have Done More" to Prevent Abuse, by Carol Eisenberg and Eden Laikin (April 2, 2002)
 Betrayed by a Family Friend, by Jimmy Breslin (February 13, 2003)
 Priest: Former Bishop Ignored Abuse Reports | Statement Links McGann to Church Cover-Up in 1980s, by Eden Laikin (March 18, 2003)

Michell, George J.

- Born 7/26/35
- Ordained 5/30/64
- St. Peter the Apostle in Islip Terrace
(6/27/64-1/14/67)
- St. John the Evangelist in Center Moriches
(1/14/67-10/14/67)
- Holy Spirit in New Hyde Park (10/14/67-11/27/76)
- St. Louis de Montfort in Sound Beach
(11/27/76-11/14/79)
- St. Patrick's in Smithtown (11/14/79-6/12/85)
-Christ the King in Commack (6/12/85-6/28/95)
-St. Patrick's in Southold (pastor 6/12/95-

Accused on 6/6/03 of "inappropriate conduct" in the early 1980s and placed on leave. Michell has denied the accusation.

Millar, Andrew L.

Born 7/4/30 in Antrim, Ireland.
Ordained 3/1/58 London University, Institut Catholique de Paris, and Angelicum in Rome (Ph.D.)
- St. Christopher's in Baldwin (1964-69)
- Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Southampton (1969-70)
Incardinated (1970)
- Our Lady of Grace in West Babylon (1970-77)
- St. Matthew's in Dix Hills (1977-82)
- St. Raymond's in East Rockaway (1982-90)
- Sacred Heart in North Merrick (1990-94)
- Evaluation at St. Luke's Institute in Suitland MD (1994)
- Holy Name of Mary in Valley Stream (1994-95)
- Not indexed in the 1996 Directory.
- Maria Regina in Seaford (1996-98)
- Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa Park (1998-99).
- SS. Peter and Paul in Manorville (10/99-5/2000), a residency that involved saying Mass, hearing confessions, and acting as pastor when Rev. John J. McGratty was away on vacation and convalescent leave; Millar was arrested in 5/2000 for sodomizing a learning disabled boy in a restroom at Tobay Beach.

"This priest was 'ultimately allowed to retire from active status after serious, credible allegations of child abuse against him were brought to the attention of the diocese within the criminal statute of limitations.' He was arrested for the abuse of one boy. The [Grand Jury] account matched allegations against ... Millar, who was arrested for abusing a learning disabled boy in 1999 and was sentenced the following year to 1 to 3 years in prison." Source: Newsday on the Grand Jury Report.

8 June 2012

STATEMENT

Bishop William Murphy upon the Appointment of Bishop-elect Robert Brennan and Bishop-elect Nelson Perez as Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese of Rockville Centre

With deep joy I am pleased to share with you the announcement made this morning in the Vatican that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has given the Diocese of Rockville Centre two new auxiliary bishops.

They are Bishop Elect Robert John Brennan priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and Bishop Elect Nelson Jesus Perez, priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. 

Bishop Elect Brennan whose parents are here this morning, was born on June 7, 1962, grew up in Lindenhurst, graduated from St John the Baptist Diocesan High School, received his BA summa cum laude from St John’s University, prepared for the priesthood at our Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John McGann on May 27, 1989.  He served as Associate Pastor at St. Patrick, Smithtown and then successively Secretary to three bishops: Bishop McGann, Bishop James McHugh and then myself.  In 2002 I asked him to be the Vicar General, a post he continues to hold while serving as well as Pastor of St, Mary of the Isle, Long Beach since 2010.

Bishop Elect Perez was born in Miami Florida on June 16, 1961.  His parents, David and Emma Perez are Cuban Americans who left Cuba that year and now reside in Florida.  Bishop Elect Perez studied at Montclair State College.  Prior to entering the seminary, Bishop elect Perez taught at a Catholic elementary school in Puerto Rico.  He then prepared at St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia and was ordained a priest on May 20, 1989.  In 1998, Father Perez was named Chaplain to His Holiness Pope John Paul II with the title of monsignor.  In 2009, he was made a prelate of honor.  Bishop elect Perez is currently the Pastor of St. Agnes Parish, West Chester, PA and has served in various positions in the Archdiocese of  Philadelphia including: pastor, Church of Saint William, Philadelphia, PA; founding director for the Catholic Institute for Evangelization, Archdiocese of Philadelphia; adjunct faculty member of La Salle University, Philadelphia; parochial vicar for St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Philadelphia; Assistant director for the Office for Hispanic Catholics, Archdiocese of Philadelphia; and a course instructor at St. Charles Seminary, Church Ministry Program, Overbrook, PA.

I wish to express my fervent thanks to the Holy Father for responding so quickly to my request for two auxiliary bishops to help me pastor this fifth largest diocese in our nation.  God has blessed this Diocese with good and holy priests and now two new auxiliary bishops, one a native son, the second, a Cuban American who will bring his many gifts and his Latino language, culture and heritage to enrich this wonderful Diocese.

These two men will be ordained by me on July 25, 2012, the Feast of Saint James the Apostle, whose shrine at Santiago de Campostella in Spain is one of the most historic places of pilgrimage in the Catholic Church.  It will take place here at Saint Agnes Cathedral where with great devotion we honor the Roman martyr, Saint Agnes, who watches over and protects this Diocese.

Bishop Elect Brennan will continue to serve as Vicar General.  Bishop Elect Perez will serve as Vicar for the Eastern Region succeeding Bishop Peter Libasci who, as you know, is now the Bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire.  Both will join Bishops John Dunne and Paul Walsh as my closest collaborators in the pastoral care of our Diocese.

Dear friends, this is great news.  We thank the Lord and His Blessed Mother.  Praised Be Jesus Christ!

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