Syracuse New York Priest Abuse Watch

Diocese of Syracuse

Diocese of Syracuse

There are approximately 300,000 Catholics in 142 parishes in the Diocese of Syracuse. The Diocese was created in 1886 from the Archdiocese of New York. The Diocese covers seven counties of Central and South Central New York State. The seven counties are Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego.

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Since the 1950’s at least 17 priests have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. Those are the figures that have been reported. It’s estimated that many more remain unreported to officials.

Rev Daniel Casey

ordained 1975; abused at least three boys and sued; cases settled for $475,000.

Rev Donald Crosby

ordained 1963; abused teenage girls at a Utica Catholic school in 1970’s.

Rev Francis Furfaro

ordained 1941; abused from 1949 to 1987; seven victims have come forward thus far.

Rev Bernard Garstka

ordained 1948; A former altar boy accused the late Bernard A. Garstka, a priest at St. Mary’s from 1962 to 1964, of rape, court documents show. Garstka served in brief stints beginning in the 1950s at St. Anne’s Church in Binghamton, Blessed Sacrament Church in Johnson City and at St. Stanislaus Church in Binghamton.

Rev John Harrold

ordained 1973; arrested in 1983 for sending child porn through mail.

Rev James Hayes

ordained 1965; abuse allegations first surfaced in 1990 but he was not removed until they resurfaced in 2002.

Rev Donald Hebert

ordained 1981; Hebert admitted to abusing a 14 year old during a camping trip. Police never charged him. Coordinated religious activities for Boy and Girl Scouts

Rev Thomas Keating

ordained 1966; abused girl after she told priest that another priest had raped her. Keating served in the following parishes: Most Holy Rosary Church, Maine, Broome County, 1993 ?, St. Mary’s Church, Cortland, 1982 1993 Our Lady of Angels Church, Endwell, 1980, St. James Church, Johnson City, 1975 1978

Rev William Lorenz

ordained 1963; seduced and abused teenage girl; Lorenz sent to St. Luke’s Institute in Maryland for counseling and then reassigned as a priest

Rev John Lugowski

ordained 1976; Franciscan priest served in Syracuse Diocese; in 1987 pled guilty to felony sexual abuse of 10 year old boy; admitted to abusing five boys from 1981 1987

Rev Chester Misercola

ordained 1964; abused 14 year old boy using porn and alcohol to seduce him.

Rev Thomas Neary

ordained 1954; abused and raped hundreds of boys according to news reports.

Rev Albert Proud

ordained 1968; abused two boys in 1970’s. Diocese determined one accusation credible

Rev James Quinn

ordained 1958; Director of Office of Vocation Promotion; abused boys in 1960’s and 1970’s. Diocese returns him to active ministry in 2004.

Rev H. Charles Sewall

admitted to abusing high school boy while priest was principal of school

Rev Thomas Trane

ordained 1960; abused two boys in Oswego parish

Rev John Zeder

raped a woman and threatened to put her in a mental institution if she told anyone