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Priests in the Times News area listed in the grand jury report

Published August 14. 2018 09:48PM

The report has identified the following priests in the Times News area:

Offenders Identified by the Grand Jury with the years they served in our region:

• Thomas J. Bender - St. Joseph, Ashland 1961 to 1962; St. Joseph, Girardville, 1962 to 1965; Marian High School, Tamaqua 1965 to 1966; St. Francis Orphanage, Orwigsburg 1971 to 1972

 

• James Gaffney - St. Mary of the Assumption, Coaldale, 1995; Assisted with six parishes in Shenandoah, 1995 to 1999; St. Patrick, Pottsville 1999 to 2002

• Joseph Galko - St. Ambrose, Schuylkill Haven, 1983 to 1986

• Edward George Ganster - Pastor St. Joseph, Frackville, Assistant, St. Ambrose, Schuylkill Haven, 1982 to 1983; Catholic Student Advisor, Penn State University Campus Ministry, 1982 to 1983; Pastor, Ss Peter and Paul, Tower City, 1983 to 1986

 

• Francis T. Gillespie - St. Patricks, Pottsville 1963; St. Joseph, Girardville 1974 to 1994

 

• Richard J. Guiliani - Assistant, St. Canicus, Mahanoy City 1969; Resident, St. Vincent de Paul, Girardville 1974

• P. Lawrence Homer - Residence, Our Lady Queen of Peace Rectory, Brodheadsville 1994 to 2002

• Joseph D. Hulko - Resident, St. John the Baptist, Pottsville 1971 to 1977; Assistant, St. John the Baptist, Pottsville 1977 to 1978; Pastor, St. Michael, Lansford, 1978 to 1982; Regional Director, Family Life Center, Berks, Carbon and East Schuylkill Counties, 1978 to 1982

• William E. Jones - Annunciation BVM, Shenandoah 1960 to 1963; St. Ambrose, Schuylkill Haven 1963 to 1968; St. Joseph, Summit Hill 1975 to 1978.

• Joseph H. Kean - Annunciation, Shenandoah 1970 to 1971; Marian High School, Tamaqua 1971 to 1973; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Nesquehoning, 1971 to 1973; Sts. St. Jane, Easton 1975 to 1977; SS Peter and Paul, Tower City 1977 to 1983; SS Peter and Paul, Lehighton 1983 to 1987; St. Joseph, Ashland, 1987 to 1993

• Thomas J. Kerestus - Assistant, Annunciation BVM, Shenandoah 1969; Regional Director, CYO Mid-Schuylkill County 1969 to 1970; Area Chaplain, Appalachian Trail Scouting Council, Regional Director, Bishop’s Overseas Aid, East Schuylkill County 1970; Regional Director, C.Y.O. West Schuylkill County 1976 to 1977

• Michael S. Lawrence - Immaculate Conception, Jim Thorpe 1984 to 1987

• Francis Joseph McNelis - Annunciation BVM., Shenandoah 1965 to 1966; St. Joseph, Girardville 1966 to 1966; Regional Director C.Y.O, East Schuylkill County 1966 to 1967; Regional Director, Thanksgiving Clothing Drive, East Schuylkill County 1967 to 1969; St. Jerome, Tamaqua 1969 to 1970; St. Mary, and St. Boniface, St. Clair, Schuylkill County 1975 to 1980; St. Mary, St. Clair, Schuylkill County 1980 to 1985

 

• Paul G. Puza - Catholic Scouting, Schuylkill County 1978 to 1981; St. Richard, Barnesville 1989 to 2002; Marian High School, Tamaqua 1989 to 2002

• Gerald Royer - St. Joseph, Girardville 1950 to 1952; Annunciation, Shenandoah 1952 to 1953

• William J. Shields - Bishop’s Relief Agency, East Schuylkill County 1966 to 1967; Administrator, St. Lawrence, Catasaqua 1969 to 1972; Pastor, St. Nicholas, Weatherly 1974 to 1995; Pastor Emeritus, St. Nicholas, Weatherly 1995 to 2000

• Stephen F. Shigo - St. Ambrose, Schuylkill Haven, 1981; Area Chaplain Catholic Scouting, West Schuylkill County 1981 to 1983; Regional Director, CYO West Schuylkill County 1983 to 1984; Regional Director Youth Ministry South Schuylkill County 1984 to 1985; Regional Director Family Life Bureau, South Schuylkill County 1985 to 1991

• David A. Soderlund - St. Joseph, Summit Hill 1978 to 1980

• Henry E. Strassner - senior priest/assistant Pastor, St. Jerome, Tamaqua 1994 to 2000

• Bruno Tucci - St. Canicus, Mahanoy City, 1972; Marian High School, Tamaqua 1972 to 1977; St. Canicus, Mahanoy City 1972 to 1974; Sts. Peter and Paul, Lehighton 1974 to 1975; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Nesquehoning 1975 to 1977; Marian High School, Tamaqua to 1975; Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Immaculate Conception, Nesquehoning 1986 to 2002

• Andrew Aloysius Ulincy - Professor, Marian High School 1966 to 1967; Resident, St. Joseph, Jim Thorpe 1966 to 1969; Pastor, St. Mary, Mahanoy City 1969 to 1979; Regional Director, Family Life Bureau, East Schuylkill 1974 to 1979; Assistant Pastor, St. Michael, Lansford 1982

 

In the Diocese of Scranton:

•Raymond L. Deviney - Pastor, Christ the King, Blakeslee, 1976 to 2007; Pastor Emeritus, 2007

•Robert J. Gibson - Assistant Pastor, St. Matthew, Stroudsburg 1965 to 1968; Assistant Pastor, St. Luke, Stroudsburg 1968 to 1974; Administrator, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Broadheadsville 1974 to 1982

• Lawrence Homer - Residence, Our Lady Queen of Peace Rectory, Brodheadsville - 1994 to 2002

• Virgil Thetherow - Rectory assignment 2005

Comments
I can't believe the parents did not know something was wrong. I blame most the parents for putting the church in front of their children. In particular, I blame the fathers. They should have confronted these devils man to "man."
Many of them probably complained to higher ups in the Catholic church but were told to keep quiet, that the church would take care of it and if they were good Catholics they would accept that. This entire church is crazy from the top on down.

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