List Of Credibly Accused Diocesan Priests &
Accused Religious Order Priests Who Served In The Diocese Of Bridgeport
The Diocese of Bridgeport Policies and Procedures Relating to Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors, Section 11.2, states that the Diocese will maintain a public record, including a website, that lists the names of diocesan priests and deacons who have been removed from ministry under this Policy. This policy is in accord with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies dealing with the Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors.
The information below includes the name of accused Diocesan Clerics or accused Religious Order Priests who served in the Diocese of Bridgeport. The list contains Dates of Birth if alive and if deceased, the year the cleric died; their status; the location of their diocesan assignments and ministries; the year of laicization where applicable and date when the accused cleric was convicted where applicable. This list will be updated as new information becomes available.
Credibly Accused clergy, living
* The year when the cleric was removed from ministry (unable to function as a priest).
Where applicable, we have included the year when the cleric was laicized (no longer a priest).
|NAME (R) Religious Order Priest||Date of Birth (D.O.B.)|
Religious Order where applicable
|Status*||Diocesan Assignments / Ministries|
|Henry A. Albeke||D.O.B: 9/3/1946|
Year of Ordination: 1973
|Removed from ministry 2002|
|St. Charles, Bridgeport | St. Jude, Monroe | St.
Joseph, Brookfield | St. John, Darien | St. Thomas
the Apostle, Norwalk | St. Francis of Assisi Church,
Weston | Notre Dame High School
|Charlie Carr||D.O.B: 3/21/1948|
Year of Ordination: 1980
|Laicized 2005||Our Lady of Fatima Church, Wilton; St. Thomas the
Apostle, Norwalk | St. Catherine of Siena Church,
Trumbull | Central Catholic High School, Norwalk |
St. Philip Church, Norwalk | St. Andrew Church,
Bridgeport | Notre Dame High School; St. Mary
Church, Bethel | Immaculate High School, Danbury
| John Paul Health Care Center | Sisters of Holy
Family of Nazareth
|John Castaldo||D.O.B: 12/6/1958|
Year of Ordination: 1987
|St. Theresa Church, Trumbull | St. Mark Church,
Stratford | St. Edward the Confessor Church, New
Fairfield | St Rose of Lima Church, Newtown | St.
Maurice Church, Stamford | Trinity Catholic High
School, Stamford | Our Lady of Grace, Stratford
|Jean Marie DeGraff (R)||Religious Order: Society of St.|
|The allegation occurred outside of the country.|
Allegation in CT was immediately reported to civil
authorities in 2007 and ministry restricted during
the investigation. Allegation not found to be
credible by CT D.C.F. on appeal. Prior to being
returned to unrestricted ministry, Fr. DeGraff was
arrested for abuse of a minor family member out
of the country. The Diocese of Bridgeport notified
his Religious Order, the Society of St. Jacques as
well as the U.S. Catholic Bishops. Fr. DeGraff is
not permitted to exercise ministry in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
|Never incardinated in the Diocese of Bridgeport|
|Stephen J. DeLuca||D.O.B: 1939|
Year of Ordination: 1965
|Removed from ministry December, 2014||St. Augustine, St Catherine of Sienna, Notre Dame
High School, St Mary’s High School, St Ann, St
Agnes, Greenwich Hospital and Nathaniel Witterall
Year of Ordination 1987
|Removed from ministry|
|St. Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport|
|Sherman Gray||D.O.B: 7/4/1943|
Year of ordination 1970
|Removed from ministry 2004||St. Mary Church, Greenwich | St. Maurice Church,
Stamford | Holy Name of Jesus Church, Stamford
|Albert McGoldrick||D.O.B: 4/25/1949|
Year of ordination 1978
|Laicized 2005||St. Mary Church, Stamford | Diocesan Tribunal,
Instructor | Diocesan Tribunal, Auditor | Our Lady
of Peace, Stratford | Assumption Church, Westport
| Notre Dame of Easton, Easton | St. James Church,
Stratford | St. Paul, Greenwich | Sacred Heart
Church, Georgetown | St. Mary Church, Ridgefield
| St. Luke Church, Westport | Our Lady Star of the
Sea Church, Stamford | St. Catherine, Riverside
|Joseph Moore||D.O.B: 10/3/1944|
Year of ordination 1971
|Laicized 2004||St. Theresa Church, Trumbull | Assumption Church,
Westport | St. Joseph Church, Danbury | St. Mary
Church, Bethel | St. Mary Church, Greenwich
|Gavin O’Connor||D.O.B: 1/21/1936|
Year of ordination 1977
|Laicized 1989||St. Joseph Church, Shelton | St. Edward the
Confessor Church, New Fairfield | St. Peter Church,
|Gregory Smith||D.O.B: 5/25/1941|
Year of ordination 1967
|Removed from ministry 2002||St. Theresa Church, Trumbull | St. Joseph Church,
Danbury | Our Lady of Good Counsel Church,
Bridgeport | Chancellor
|John Stronkowski||D.O.B: 9/20/1959|
Year of ordination 1985
|Removed from Ministry: June 23, 2016|
(He was initially removed from ministry in
May 2014 for reasons unrelated to sexual
abuse of minors.)
|St. Patrick Parish, Bridgeport | Our Lady of The
Assumption Parish, Fairfield | St. Gregory The
Great Parish, Danbury | St Ambrose Parish,
Bridgeport | St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish,
|Charlie Stubbs||D.O.B: 1937|
Year of ordination 1963
|Laicized 2004||St. Edward Church, New Fairfield | St. Mary
Church, Stamford, Assumption Church, Westport |
St. James | St. Ann Church, Bridgeport | St.
Catherine of Siena, Greenwich | St. Mary Church,
Ridgefield | St. Mary
|Vincent Veich||D.O.B: 1945|
Year of ordination 1971
|Removed from Ministry 2002||Assumption Church, Fairfield | St. Catherine
Church, Riverside | Assumption Church, Westport |
St. Cecilia Church, Stamford | St. John Church,
Darien | St. Benedict Church, Stamford | Notre
Dame High School, Bridgeport
Credibly Accused clergy, deceased
Note: in some cases, these allegations were brought forward after the accused was deceased and the death of the accused cleric prevented further investigation.
|NAME (R) Religious|
|Year of Death ||
Religious Order where applicable
|Status*||Diocesan Assignments / Ministries|
|Kieran T. Ahern (R)||Deceased 1997||Convicted 1993||St. Luke Church, Westport| St. Mary Church, Bethel|
|Alfred Bietighofer||Deceased 2002||St. George Church, Bridgeport | St. Anthony
Church, Bridgeport | St. Patrick Church, Bridgeport
| Blessed Sacrament, Bridgeport | St. Joseph
Medical Center, Stamford | St. Joseph Church,
Norwalk | Sacred Heart, Stamford | St. Mary
Church, Norwalk | St. Charles Borromeo | St.
Francis of Assisi, Weston | St. Andrew Church,
|Stanley Bonaszek (R)||Deceased 2007|
Religious Order: MaryKnoll
|St. Anthony of Padua, Bridgeport|
|Lawrence Brett||Deceased 2014||Laicized 2006||St. Cecelia, Stamford| Sacred Heart University|
|Walter Coleman||D.O.B.: 4/29/1932|
Year of Ordination: 1959
Deceased: October 2016
Removed from Ministry 2002
|St. Theresa Church, Trumbull | St. Maurice Church,
Stamford | St. Joseph Church, Danbury | St.
Aloysius Church, New Canaan | St. Thomas Church,
Fairfield | St. Patrick Church, Bridgeport | St.
Joseph Church, Brookfield Center | Immaculate
High School, Danbury | Central Catholic High
School, Norwalk | Sacred Heart Church,
Georgetown | St. Joseph Manor, Trumbull
|William Donovan||Deceased: 2018||Removed from ministry||St. John Church, Darien, ; St. Mary Boys High School
| Central Catholic High School; Convent of the
Sacred Heart, Greenwich | St. Thomas More
Church, Darien | St. Rose of Lima Church, Newtown
| St. Leo Church, Stamford | Holy Family Church,
Fairfield | Holy Cross Church, Fairfield
|Martin Federici||Deceased 2013||Laicized 2003||St. Theresa Church, Trumbull | Assumption Church,
Westport | St. Ambrose Church, Bridgeport |
Assumption Church, Fairfield | St. Thomas the
Apostle Church, Norwalk | St. Joseph Church,
Shelton | St. Edward the Confessor, New Fairfield |
St. Matthew Church, Norwalk | St. Augustine
|William Fletcher||Deceased 1988||This is a single allegation. His death|
prevented further investigation
|Sacred Heart Bridgeport| St. Joseph Church
Danbury | St. Thomas Church, Fairfield | St.
Margaret Mary Church, Shelton | Sacred Heart
University| Assumption Church, Westport
|James Gildea (R)||Deceased 1986|
Religious Order: Fathers of The Holy
Year of ordination: 1957
|Notre Dame High School|
|Joseph Gorecki||Deceased 1988||St. Cyril Methodius Church, Bridgeport | St. Joseph
Church, Shelton | St. Teresa Church, Trumbull |
Holy Name, Stamford | Assumption Church,
Westport | St. Vincent Hospital, Bridgeport | St.
Mary Church, Norwalk
|Richard Grady||Deceased 1993||This is a single allegation. His death|
prevented further investigation.
|St. Leo Church, Stratford | Our Lady of Good
Counsel, Bridgeport | St. Vincent Hospital |St.
Mary Church. Stamford | Catholic Charities | St.
Augustine Cathedral | St. Joseph, Bridgeport | St.
Joseph Medical Center, Stamford | St. Mary
|Stanley Koziol||Deceased 2013||Removed from ministry 2002||Holy Name of Jesus, Stamford | St. Aloysius, New
Canaan, St. Philip, Norwalk | St. Mark Church,
Stratford | Holy Family Church. Fairfield | St.
Edward the Confessor Church, New Fairfield |
Immaculate High School, Danbury | St. Rose of
Lima Church, Newtown | St. Clement Church,
Stamford | Our Lady of Grace, Stamford| St. Leo
Church, Stamford | St. Joseph Church, Norwalk
|Francis D. McKenna||Deceased 1989||Allegations first received in 2015/2016||St. Gabriel, Stamford | St. Jerome, Norwalk | St.
Charles, Bridgeport | St. Bernard’s, Sharon | St.
Ann’s, Bridgeport | St. Mary’s Norwalk | St.
Catherine’s, Riverside | St. Patrick’s Bridgeport | St.
Joseph, Shelton | Spiritual Director, St. Joseph High
School, Trumbull | St. Joseph Manor
|Robert Morrissey||Deceased 2014||Removed from ministry 2004||St. Lawrence Church, Huntington | St. Mary
Church, Greenwich | St. Clement Church, Stamford
| St. Joseph Church, Danbury | St. Joseph, Danbury
| St. Mary Church, Ridgefield | St. mary High
School, Greenwich | St. Patrick Church, Bridgeport
|Raymond Pcolka||Deceased 2009||Laicized 2004||St. Benedict Church, Stamford | St. John
Nepomucene Church, Bridgeport | St. Mary
Church, Greenwich | St. James Church, Stratford |
Holy Name Church, Stratford | St. Mary Church,
Bethel | Sacred Heart Church, Greenwich| St.
Mary’s Boys High School Greenwich| Notre Dame
Girls High School Bridgeport