Fr. John P. Connor – Diocese of Pittsburgh

| Dec 5, 2018 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father John Connor

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Ordained: 1962

Retired: 2002

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1965-1966: St. Mary’s (Gloucester, NJ)
  • 1966-1972: St. Rose’s (Haddon Heights, NJ)
  • 1972-1984: St. John (Collingswood, NJ)
  • 1970-1984: Bishop Eustace Preparatory School (Pennsauken, NJ)
  • 1984-1985: Sent to Southdown Institute in Canada for 8 months of treatment
  • 1985-1986: Sewickley Valley Hospital (Sewickley, PA)
  • 1985-1986: St. James (Sewickley, PA)
  • 1986-1988: St. Alphonsus (Wexford, PA)
  • 1988-1993: St. Matthew’s (Conshohocken, PA)
  • 1993-2001: Immaculate Conception (Bridgeton, NJ)
  • 1993-2002: Bridgeton Hospital (Bridgeton, NJ)
  • 2001-2002: St. Teresa of Avila (Bridgeton, NJ)
  • 2002: Retired

Summary of Allegations Against Father John “Jack” Connor:

Father John “Jack” Connor was ordained a priest in 1962, who served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. According to media reports, he had a long history of sexual abuse. In 1984, during his time teaching religion and coaching golf at Eustace Preparatory School in New Jersey, Connor was arrested for molesting a 14-year-old boy. He took the boy on an overnight trip to Cape May, gave him beer, and molested him.

The victim’s mother called the police after hearing about the abuse through the victim’s cousin. Diocesan attorneys and prosecutors agreed to a deal that allowed Father Jack Connor’s record to be cleared if he admitted to the abuse and kept out of trouble for a year. Connor was then sent to Southdown Institute in Canada where he was treated for 8 months. After treatment, a “bishops helping bishops” deal was made between Camden Bishop Guilfoyle and then-Bishop Bevilacqua that allowed Connor to work in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

He worked in a Sewickley Hospital and a parish in Wexford before moving to St. Matthew’s in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Bevilacqua allowed the transfer and did not tell anyone at St. Matthew’s about Connor’s past issues. While there, he gave lots of attention and many gifts to a third-grade boy, the mother of whom revealed in 2005 that she believed her son had been molested by Father Jack Connor. The son did not acknowledge any abuse.

Connor’s 1984 victim sued in 1993. The Camden Diocese granted him an out-of-court settlement, and Connor was moved back to Camden. Father Connor would visit the boy for the next two years, concerning a priest and nun enough for them to inform the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Only after clergy sexual abuse made headlines was Father John “Jack” Connor removed from active ministry.

He was named publicly as accused in a priest profile in the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.

Connor is still living and is believed to be residing in a retirement community for priests in New Jersey. He is approximately 80 years old.

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