List Of Credibly Accused Diocesan Priests & Accused Religious Order Priests Who Served In The Diocese Of Bridgeport

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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.
 
* 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 PriestDate of Birth (D.O.B.)
Religious Order where applicable
Status*Diocesan Assignments / Ministries
Henry A. AlbekeD.O.B: 9/3/1946
Year of Ordination: 1973
Removed from ministry 2002
Laicized 2007
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 CarrD.O.B: 3/21/1948
Year of Ordination: 1980
Laicized 2005Our 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 CastaldoD.O.B: 12/6/1958
Year of Ordination: 1987
Convicted 2001
Laicized 2007
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.
Jacques
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. DeLucaD.O.B: 1940
Year of Ordination: 1965
Removed from ministry December, 2014St. Augustine, St Catherine of Sienna, Notre Dame
High School, St Mary’s High School, St Ann, St
Agnes, Greenwich Hospital and Nathaniel Witterall
Nursing Home
Joseph Michael
DeShan
D.O.B: 7/11/1959
Year of Ordination 1987
Removed from ministry
1989
Laicized 1994
St. Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport
William DonovanD.O.B: 7/25/1935
Year of Ordination 1961
Removed from ministrySt. 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
Sherman GrayD.O.B: 7/4/1943
Year of ordination 1970
Removed from ministry 2004St. Mary Church, Greenwich | St. Maurice Church,
Stamford | Holy Name of Jesus Church, Stamford
Albert McGoldrickD.O.B: 4/25/1949
Year of ordination 1978
Laicized 2005St. 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 MooreD.O.B: 10/3/1944
Year of ordination 1971
Laicized 2004St. Theresa Church, Trumbull | Assumption Church,
Westport | St. Joseph Church, Danbury | St. Mary
Church, Bethel | St. Mary Church, Greenwich
Gavin O’ConnorD.O.B: 1/21/1936
Year of ordination 1977
Laicized 1989St. Joseph Church, Shelton | St. Edward the
Confessor Church, New Fairfield | St. Peter Church,
Danbury
Gregory SmithD.O.B: 5/25/1941
Year of ordination 1967
Removed from ministry 2002St. Theresa Church, Trumbull | St. Joseph Church,
Danbury | Our Lady of Good Counsel Church,
Bridgeport | Chancellor
John StronkowskiD.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,
Shelton
Charlie StubbsD.O.B: 1937
Year of ordination 1963
Laicized 2004St. 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 VeichD.O.B: 1945
Year of ordination 1971
Removed from Ministry 2002Assumption 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
 
 
 
Accused Clerics who are deceased. 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
Order Priest
Year of Death |
Religious Order where applicable
Status*Diocesan Assignments / Ministries
Kieran T. Ahern (R)Deceased 1997Convicted 1993St. Luke Church, Westport| St. Mary Church, Bethel
Alfred BietighoferDeceased 2002St. 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,
Bridgeport
Stanley Bonaszek (R)Deceased 2007
Religious Order: MaryKnoll
MaryKnoll
St. Anthony of Padua, Bridgeport
Lawrence BrettDeceased 2014Laicized 2006St. Cecelia, Stamford| Sacred Heart University
Walter ColemanD.O.B.: 4/29/1932
Year of Ordination: 1959
Deceased: October 2016
Retired 1995
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
Martin FedericiDeceased 2013Laicized 2003St. 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
Cathedral, Bridgeport
William FletcherDeceased 1988This 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
Cross
Year of ordination: 1957
Notre Dame High School
Joseph GoreckiDeceased 1988St. 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 GradyDeceased 1993This 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
Church, Bridgeport
Stanley KoziolDeceased 2013Removed from ministry 2002Holy 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. McKennaDeceased 1989Allegations first received in 2015/2016St. 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 MorrisseyDeceased 2014Removed from ministry 2004St. 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 PcolkaDeceased 2009Laicized 2004St. 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